saxon75 wrote:......I'm used to sencha tasting kind of clean and grassy.
........About 5g of leaf in an 8 oz, preheated kyusu. Water at 70C. 1st infusion 1 min, 2nd infusion 10-15 sec, 3rd infusion 30 sec.
Brewing this way I don't notice much difference between these two teas, but more than that, they don't taste much like I remember sencha tasting. Rather than tasting grassy, they taste like soup. Very savory, umami flavor, a bit salty, kind of like nori or maybe miso broth. I hardly even recognize them as tasting like tea.
I guess what I'm curious about is whether this is a characteristic of the teas I'm choosing, and better tea would be different. Or whether perhaps I'm brewing them completely wrong. I've been interested in trying out some of this year's shincha, but if they're going to be much like these cheaper teas I've been trying, I figure I might as well save my money....
saxon75 wrote:Thanks for the tip, Victoria. I visited Nijiya Market yesterday and found their selection to be pretty comparable to Mitsuwa and Marukai, but it's nice to have options. I tried two more somewhat more expensive senchas that agreed with me much better: Ito-En Kanayamidori and Orita-En Okumidori. Interestingly, both seemed to have the same basic profile, but with more balance and complexity.
Just to see if I was remembering wrong, I went back and used one of the Shirakata Denshiro sencha teabags I keep at work, and, sure enough, although it did have a bit of that salty flavor, it was mostly grassy with little umami--much different from the four loose-leaf senchas I mentioned here. So either there's that much variation between teas or else the different brewing style makes that much of a difference.
victoria3 wrote:To get “clean and grassy” flavor palate you will need to get higher end senchas or gyokuros, or better start pre-ordering 2013 sinchas, a discussion is going on now at; viewtopic.php?f=6&t=18404
Chip wrote:... hm, there is goody grassy and then there is the more brassy grassy.
Good grassy is pretty good.
bambooforest wrote:My experience is the vast majority of sencha's are not grassy at all. I think people interpret "grassy" in different ways... but to me it's distinct and can't be misinterpreted.