A couple more this afternoon
3 grams, very small fragments of deep green leaf, nice scent in preheated shibo, but brininess is apparent in first infusion. Deep, rich, sweet, briny--the briny/umami is heavier than I prefer, but there is absolutely nothing astringent or bitter or unpleasant. After this first infusion, the leaves are an amazing shade of green, like mature--not young--pine needles.
2nd at 20 seconds, the briny taste is stronger.
170 for 45 seconds, briny without much sweet--spinach plus umami.
score for me is a 3--just because it's not a flavor profile I prefer.
Yutaka Midori (Y)
2.8 grams in the shibo, large fragments of leaf, 160 degrees, delicious, sweet, spring vegetables, intense, sugar snap peas.
20 seconds 160 degrees, second infusion, delicious--suggestion of brine, but not briny.
30 seconds 170 degrees, shorter because I was afraid it would be too intense, and indeed, there is some astringency and briny flavor that are a little bit intimidating--short was good.
Noting the leaves are a bright rich green, opened up into quite large fragments, as it steeps in 180 degree water for about a minute: and the result is a little briny, a little astringent, but still mostly sweet.
For me, this one is a 4, tasty, but not as congenial as the Miyabi.