kagoshima kirishima no kaori by Yuuki-cha
Dry leaf appearance: dark green, shiny needles. slightly more broken up than I was expecting.
Dry leaf Scent: deep umami, stock like, brothy rich and savory, like beef stock with celery, sea vegetables
water: crystal geyser, heated in a tetsubin.
brewed in a tokoname pot by gyoko
steep # 1: 70c/1min
color: golden yellow, very clear, vibrant
aroma: rich, briny, faithful to dry leaf
flavor: briny, umami, the most umami of any tea I have had this year, sea vegetables and broth in the attack, big green timothy and bromus grass in the in the finish. a mellow smooth body.
steep # 2: 70c/20sec
color: ever so slightly darker than #1
aroma: savory, mouthwatering
flavor: deep umami in the attack with more big green timothy notes following. fresh and inspiring, very yin. strong chi. briny and savory, sea vegetables, nori-dulse-kombu. a hearty flavor reminiscent of bullion. rich and complex sweet highlights and subdued rounded body. the finish fades just a little to fast for me.
steep # 3: 70/1min
color: lighter golden yellow
aroma: same as #2
flavor: less oceanic, more sweet on the nose and front palate. hints of umami lurking on the back palate. somewhat thin texture slides down the throat very easily.
This is by FAR my favorite tea of 2012 as of yet. savory, meaty, umami with a big bushel of timothy and bromus to go with it. I appreciate everything that goes into this tea. My must have for 2012. Yabukita asamushi at its finest.