Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Den’s Tea
It is our best quality Fukamushi-Sencha and is also unique in that it is from a special species, Yutakamidori. Den’s favorite Fukamushi-Sencha.
The aroma of the dry leaf is quite grassy, and when you look at the dry leaf, you might think that you’ve a bunch of blades of green grass rather than tea leaves. The leaves have a very slender cut to them, and they look like blades of bright green – and I mean vividly green! – grass. And that’s almost the color liquor it produces too. A very bright, jade green. Beautiful!
And although I’ve never actually brewed blades of grass before, I don’t think that it would taste like this. Yes, there are some grassy tones to this tea, but it is so much more complex than that. It has a wonderful texture to it, and the flavor is a savory, broth-like taste. It isn’t as sweet as some Sencha teas tend to be, this one has more of a savory note to it. And while it does have a creamy texture to it, it doesn’t taste creamy or buttery. It tastes nutty and toasty, like freshly roasted chestnuts.
There are hints of sweetness along with a distinct sour tone that leans to the aforementioned savory side. It has a very comforting effect that reminds me of the feeling I would get if I were eating chicken soup. This doesn’t taste like chicken soup, of course, but you know that feeling? That warm, home-y, comforting sense of well-being that you get when you have a cup of homemade chicken soup? That’s what I feel right now as I sip this. It is very soothing, very relaxing, and quite delicious.
This is a tea that I’d like to keep on hand for when I might be feeling under the weather, or any time that I want to experience that satisfying feeling of something so comforting and delicious.