Kabuse Cha

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Brand:Unami
Style:Kabusecha
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Japan
Loose/teabag:Loose
Product page:Kabuse Cha

This tea's info last updated: Jul. 2, 2017

Commercial Description

...close to, but more affordable, than gyokuro, or to obtain a sencha of superior quality. The leaves are shielded from the sun before harvest time, but not as long or as strongly as gyokuro leaves. Kabusecha is sweet like gyokuro, but more astringent.

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Reviewer pic65 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
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I took the dégustation comparée (comparative tasting) of three green teas of a higher quality. This is one of the three I was served.
I got a zhong with dry leaves in it, a small cup, and a thermos of water.
I was recommended to finish with this tea, so I tasted this one last.

The leaves are very dark green and look fine and powdery.
First steeping (15 sec.): Strong vegetal aroma, but the flavour is very different from any tea I've had before. It tastes savoury.
Second steeping (20 sec.): Lovely lime green liqueur, the aroma is still there. There's a hint of bitter now but in a pleasant way. It's still vegetal.
Third steeping (20 sec.): The colour is undiminished and the leaves have unfolded to many times their size when dry. It tastes more bitter and less vegetal.
Fourth steeping (20 sec.): It still has the same colour. It tastes fresh and even more bitter, but less flavourful.
Fifth steeping (25 sec.): The colour is slightly lighter but still not yellowing. (Enjoyment of the colour is important to me.) Sweet and bitter.
Sixth steeping (25 sec.): Very sweet, the bitterness is fading. It has a minty aftertaste.

At this point I ran out of water again and didn't dare ask for more another time.
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