Friday, August 30, 2013

O5 Tea Chiran Sencha

Country of Origin: Japan
Leaf Appearance: deep green, small with needle-like shape
Ingredients: green tea
Steep time: 1 minute
Water Temperature: 160 degrees
Preparation Method: kyusu
Liquor: greenish gold

I received a sample of this tea as part of an Amoda Tea Monthly Tea Tasting Box. The taste was sweet and vegetal with just a touch of refreshing astringency. There grassy notes and a hint of oceanic salinity. That part is a bit hard to explain but it reflects the terroir of the region where it was grown perfectly. The mouth-feel was incredibly thick and buttery, quite unlike anything that I have experienced this this type of tea. I loved that the packaging included instructions for traditional hot water steeping as well as cold infusion and espresso. I was so intrigued that I decided to give them both a try. The "espresso" was strong and slightly fruitier than the traditional brew. This tea is no longer listed on O5 Tea's website but it is available from Amoda Tea.

You can find out more about this tea here.