A3: Maruyama, Maiko
3.6 g, 4 oz waterDry leafAppearance:
Very deep, dark green in color. There are needles of varying length and thickness and a very small amount of smaller particles.Aroma:
The aroma is mild and grassy. It‘s not very strong. I don‘t know how else to describe it.1st: 68° C, 90 seconds
Very long aftertaste with very noticeable astringency. Sweetness only comes out at the very end. Also some nutty qualities. Leaves me wanting more. Definitely some qualities I don‘t know how to describe. I wouldn‘t necessarily say it‘s very complex but it has something to offer for sure. The mouthfeel is soft, smooth and a little oily (in a pleasant way).
Definitely enjoyable and leaves me with a very relaxed feeling.2nd, 73° C, 20 seconds
It‘s like the aftertaste of the first infusion got stronger and sweeter. It also last for a very long time. Quite nice!
Can someone put a name to that initial taste that you get from this infusion? It was very noticeable in Den‘s Yame Fukamushi as well. Can someone who has both confirm that?The leaves are opening up nicely.3rd, 79° C, 60 seconds
Initial taste is much milder, aftertaste is less sweet. It takes a long time for the sweetness to show. I think this infusion has a very well balanced flavor. It could be the best one yet.
The nutty and vegetal qualities are also pronounced.
Also, this is nothing for those who hate astringency as there is strong astringency as soon as you‘re done drinking. I personally do like it.4th, 85° C, 120 seconds
Very brothy, soupy. Interesting but not very pleasant to me. It‘s like the initial taste you got from the second and third infusion is multiplied by a factor of ten with some added bitterness and everything else is gone. Very little aftertaste.
I haven‘t made up my mind about this one yet. That's what the second round is for, though, right?
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