Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Aiya Tea Konacha

Country of Origin: Japan
Leaf Appearance: deep green, very small particles
Ingredients: green tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 175 degrees
Preparation Method: mesh infuser and ceramic teacup
Liquor: vibrant greenish gold

Konacha is Japan's OTHER powdered tea. It's not matcha but the leaf particles are very small. This particular one is a by-product of gyokuro production. Just as with a really good dinner the next day, sometimes leftovers can have their own appeal. The smaller leaf pieces give a stronger flavor more quickly than a full leaf tea would. Finding an infuser that would be able to catch them was a bit tough. My old Finum basket did the trick since it has really fine mesh. The taste was surprisingly smooth. It was grassy, vegetal and somewhat sweet with very little bitterness. I don't think that would be the case if it had been made from lower quality material but gyokuro is usually considered the creme de la creme. I didn't attempt a resteep but this tea probably would not be well suited for that. At $40.60/1.1 lb this is a great option for those with gyokuro tastes on a teabag budget.

Konacha sample provided by Aiya Tea.