Started with the Yutaka Midori this morning, timidly, 3.7 grams into my 5 oz Petr Novak unglazed kyusu, preheated with water to 150 degrees, 30 second first infusion. Lots of fines through the filter, should probably have strained it. The dry and warmed leaves both had a distinct chocolatey note, which seems quite absent from the sweet, light liquor--a little fruitiness apparent at the end.
2nd infusion was 35 seconds, strained through so a slower pour, still 150 degrees, and stronger astringency is apparent, but not dominant. 3rd infusion 160 degrees, 90 seconds--got distracted, meant it to be 45 seconds--and was surprised by the mellow rich sweetness, nothing briny, and even hints of that chocolate hinted at from the aroma of the dry leaves. Hmmmm…. 4th infusion, quite lost track of time, 180 degree water, at least 2 minutes, maybe 3 or 4….and it's sweet, rich, delicious. I may have to rethink my fear of YM!
I'd rate this one a 4.5