Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Den’s Tea Shincha Kunpu

Green TeaI received this sample as part of the Official TeaChat TeaTasting Initiative so I’ve got a ton more reviews of great teas in the works. According to Den’s this tea is an 88th Night Shincha which means that it is picked on the 88th day after the first day of spring in the traditional Japanese calendar. The leaves were dark green, almost spinach-like, in color. They had a woodsy but sweet aroma. I brewed this tea in a kyusu with 158 degree water for one and half minutes. The liquor was a pale opaque green and had a pleasant vegetal aroma.

I’m an oolong person but every once in a while a tea comes along that makes me want to dive into the greens a bit more. This tea is one of them. While it lacked the grass clippings taste I was expecting, that wasn’t a bad thing. It was sweet and mellow with a slightly minty aftertaste. It almost reminded me of cucumbers. All in all this tea made for a very refreshing cup of tea. So much so that I had five kyusu full on a hot summer day. I would definitely recommend this tea.