Tea: Okumidori Sencha

A Sencha from Wegmans

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Review of Okumidori Sencha

8 of 105 of 53 of 577 of 100

A good sencha that infuses very quickly. In my opinion, much better than Wegman's Tomo Sencha, although pricier.

The dry leaf has a very dark green color and fine texture, and is intensely aromatic: highly vegetal and suggestive of sweetness and umami.

Brews a surprisingly clear and pale cup, especially relative to the very dark color of the leaf. Looks almost watery...but this appearance is deceiving! The cup is intensely aromatic and very full-bodied.

Flavor is richly savory (umami) with a slight briskness and a slight tanginess too. Aroma is typical of high-quality sencha: grassy, vegetal, almost seaweedy, but slightly toastier than average. Less sweet than aroma suggests.

I strongly preferred using less leaf and brewing for a longer time. I found this tea did not work particularly well with multiple steepings. It infused very rapidly, so when using more leaf, it was easy to oversteep the first cup, even with a very short steeping. Wegmans said 1 minute and even that seemed way too long.

At $80 a pound, this tea seems expensive given that it didn't resteep well, but this is offset by the fact that surprisingly little leaf is necessary to produce a robust cup, and I did find it very pleasing to drink. ITO En sells a similar-looking tea for a much higher price, but I have yet to try that one so I can't say whether or not it's worth the extra or is basically the same tea.

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