|"It's an intensely savoury tea, brothy with overtones of cooked artichoke and a mild lemon acidity to the aftertaste."|
The leaves of this premium Kyoto tea are gorgeous: shiny, evenly-sized forest green spears. I put 6 grams into my six ounce preheated kyusu and brew at 140° for two minutes. I get a cloudy pale green liquor. It smells strongly lemon, vegetal, and mildly buttery.
The cup has a oily texture, so thick it’s almost soupy. It’s an intensely savoury tea, brothy with overtones of cooked artichoke and a mild lemon acidity to the aftertaste. I thought the website’s recommendation of 140° sounded a bit cool, but it turns out it’s perfect. Any hotter, and I’m sure the tea would be bitter.
I steep again, and while the cup is still good, it’s already lost all its wow. The flavour is vegetal and somewhat buttery, but the balancing lemon acidity is gone, and the texture is thin. I expected the leaf to last a few more steeps, especially since I usually get five infusions from similar senchas.
At this price, and with the amount of leaf you use per cup, this isn’t an everyday tea for the average consumer. But Lalani & Co. is honest from the start. They don’t market this as an everyday tea; it’s sold as a premium tea because it is.
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