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Guricha Ureshino Green Tea from Chado Tea House

June11

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Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Chado Tea House

Tea Description:

Asamushi Guricha from Ureshino, Saga prefecture. Ureshino city has been the biggest Guricha producing center. Located south in Kyushu island. Their geographical location seemed influenced the tea making method. It has sense of Chinese tea feeling as well, though, the base is Japanese tea. Traditional Asamushi, lightly steamed Guricha tea. mild and sweet. Good everyday tea for Guricha lover. Click the image to see the tea leaves and color.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

This Guricha Ureshino Green Tea from Chado Tea House is really lovely – it’s so mellow and pleasantly sweet.  I drank this tea after dinner, and found that the first couple of sips were pretty difficult to taste but once my palate had been “washed” by the tea, the flavors really started coming through very well.  gurichab

The flavor is light, there is a certain crisp, clean taste to it that makes it a nice choice after dinner.  It is vegetative with flavors that are somewhere between kelp and mild green veggies, with hints of grassy undertones.  I could taste a vague “saltiness” to the taste as well … which is why the “kelp” immediately came to mind.  As someone who typically doesn’t care for seaweed, one might think that my description “kelp” might indicate that I don’t like the flavors coming through but that isn’t true.  While I don’t care for the strong flavor of seaweed (like the sheets you might buy in an Asian market) I find that seaweed notes in a tea to be rather intriguing.  And I do like the hint of salt here, it adds a nice contrast.

But as I mentioned before, overall, the flavor is light, nothing really smacks me over the head here … it’s very lush and mellow and easy to drink.  The sweetness is really delightful – and I think that’s why I’m finding it especially enjoyable after a meal … the sweetness is knocking out that sweet craving that I often have after a meal.  I don’t have room for (nor the desire to eat) dessert, so this tea is making a nice alternative to something sweet.  No, it’s not a “dessert alternative” … but it does offer a little sweet something for those times when I don’t want something too sweet or dessert-y … but my palate wants something a little bit on the sweet side.

A very refreshing tea – light, sweet, and enjoyable!  Then again, Chado Tea House never fails to impress me with their quality.  They’re a great company, and this is a great tea!

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Our mutual love for tea and writing about it inspired us to start this blog so that we could better share this love with others.

One thing I (Anne) learned very early on in my career as a tea artist is that everyone has different preferences, and every single tea tastes differently on every single palate.  So just because one of us doesn’t happen to like a tea, doesn’t mean that YOU (the reader) will not.

We try to be as impartial as we can.  We do have our favorites.  We are human.  But we do our very best to be as fair and as honest about a tea as we can be.

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What a beautiful world it is that we have so many teas to suit so many tea enthusiasts!

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