Sencha of the Summer Sun from Kyoto Obubu Tea Plantations

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Kyoto Obubu Tea Plantations

Tea Description:

Sencha of the Summer Sun or 太陽の煎茶(夏) is the companion to Sencha of the Spring Sun, with a bitter taste that is strong at first. But the as the aftertaste spreads through you mouth, you begin to taste the sweet early summer sun shining brightly. Great for washing down oily meals (like summer BBQs…yum!).

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I think that the description above, while somewhat bardic, is pretty spot-on to what I’m experiencing with this tea.  The sip begins with a savory bitterness, and as it washes over the palate, there is a bright, fruity sweetness that comes through.  It’s really quite remarkable, this Sencha of the Summer Sun!

When compared to other green teas – or even compared to other Japanese Senchas – this Japanese Sencha has a strong, assertive flavor.  I would categorize it as a full-bodied green tea.  It has a fair amount of astringency to it, and some may find it to be too astringent (personally, I do not find it to be too astringent, but I could see how others might find it so), so I recommend steeping for just 1 1/2 minutes to start (175°F) to help taper the astringency.

But even though it is a bold green tea, I’m not finding it to be overly vegetative.  There is some vegetal notes in there, sure, but it tastes more like creamed spinach to me than a grassy taste.  Sharp floral notes that meld with the aforementioned savory bitter tones give it an umami kind of effect which then subsides into a lovely fruit-like sweetness.

A true delight, this Sencha from Obubu Tea!

Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of “Gramma” and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn’t drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn’t cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!

Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn’t cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!

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