I tried #1. Before I describe any preparation details, I just wanted to give an overall impression…yum!
I am actually at work and should probably have waited until I got home since I don’t have a thermometer or scale here.
The smell of the dry tea leaf was pleasant, buttery and savory.
I used a preheated Kyushu. The first infusion was approximately 40 seconds and resulted in a bright green/gold fluorescent broth. Upon tasting, the buttery flavor took the lead closely followed by the savory taste and aroma. There was also a light grassy taste and an ever so slight but not unwelcome bitterness. The only thing I felt that was lacking was a small plate of senbei to enjoy along with this tea.
There was a sharp drop-off in flavor for the second 40 second infusion and a slight astringency…still very good and enjoyable to drink. All the flavors still present but much more subtle with no bitterness.
Third infusion was sixty seconds. I’m going to try a 4th infusion but I’m going to guess this would be the stopping point for me. I can now only smell and taste a very light buttery flavor and aroma.
The fourth infusion of two minutes resulted in a mild, not unpleasant, lightly infused cup of hot water. I will say that the (back of my throat) astringency of the tea, while never strong, increased slightly with each infusion.