Light Steamed Sencha Asanoka
Light Steamed Green Tea, Loose Leaf (AsamushiCha)
Light Steamed Sencha (AsamushiCha) from the Asanoka cultivar will appeal to connoisseurs of Japanese green tea. The wonderful odor from a first opened package excites the senses. The brilliant emerald green colored leaves are rolled into thin elongated shapes resembling pine needles such that they can easily be mistaken for a high quality Gyokuro. In fact, our supplier is a skilled artisan of Gyokuro processing and has finished this tea in the same manner. The complex taste and nature of the clear liquid from the first steeping provokes thoughtful appreciation. When warm a subtle astringency appears with no sweetness, which increases to medium as the liquid cools. The tea has a mellow full bodied texture that can best be described by the difficult to translate Japanese word “umami”. Experienced green tea drinkers know what the “umami” flavor is when they encounter it, and this tea has it in abundance. Incredibly, the astringency disappears from the second steeping and the result is a pleasantly mild tasting brew with a slight hint of sweetness and earthiness.
- 100 grams (3.5 ounces)
- Makes approximately 45 to 50 servings of tea
First Infusion: Add 1 gram of tea per 100 ml of fresh water, or about one tablespoon per potful. Heat the water to 80C (180F) and brew for one minute.
Second Infusion: Brew with the same temperature water as the first infusion but for only a few seconds. Please note that the caffeine content of green tea becomes significantly less after the first steeping.
Notes: We brewed the tea as suggested above in our taste tests in order to write the product description. We recommend that you experiment with your own techniques to find your most desired taste profile. For a healthy and invigorating refreshment in hot weather chill the liquid in your refrigerator/freezer to the desired temperature or pour over ice. Our products may be kept in your refrigerator before the package is opened. After opening the package, seal and store it in a cool dry place out of direct sunlight. Please do not place an opened package back into your refrigerator.