A2: Hachiju-hachiya, Maiko
The first thing that impresses about this tea is the look of the dry leaves. They are a very very dark green and are mostly thick in shape.Brewing parameters:
3.8g, 4 oz water
1st, 65° C, 90 seconds
2nd, 70° C, 40 seconds
3rd, 73° C, 60 seconds
4th, 79° C, 120 seconds
I don‘t really know how to describe it, but I can say that I like it a lot. Brewed this way, it‘s thick and strong but not with an overly obtrusive taste.
It‘s not very sweet and in general, there is no one taste that takes a predominant role. That‘s also probably the reason I can‘t exactly describe the taste and why some of you say it is simple and lacking character/personality.
Each infusion carried on the taste nicely with a very gradual decline ending with a nice mild brew for the 5th infusion. The infusions didn‘t even look too different from one another. It may be the tea with the best resteeping qualities out of the whole bunch.
Like with the other asamushi, it makes me feel very relaxed and at the same time gives me the heightened awareness from the caffeine, which we have found to be more apparent in asamushi than in fukamushi. I like this a lot about asamushi and will make sure to have an asamushi open along with a fukamushi in the future so I can go back and forth depending on my mood or the occasion.
I think this is more of a tea to sit down and take some time with rather than to just have a cup sitting on your desk to sip from casually. A nice tea to have with company who aren‘t used to drinking green tea for sure.
...but LOL, I‘m not exactly describing the taste here, am I?