Actually, umami is well-defined and can be analyzed quantitatively: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umamibambooforest wrote:...I could be wrong and I think on some level umami is open to interpretation:
Poohblah wrote:I'm sure is relatively low in umami; maybe some people will have more sensitivity to umami.
rdl wrote:milo, i am not sure if this is what you have in mind, but have you tried something like this sencha-matcha blend? (http://www.denstea.com/sencha-sencha-ex ... 70_92.html) i've not had den's but it seems to fit your taste needs. good luck in your search.
bambooforest wrote:Not sure if you partaked in otti... but here is an asamushi that didn't strike me as having that much umami though I could be wrong and I think on some level umami is open to interpretation: (http://www.thes-du-japon.com/index.php? ... cts_id=185)
However, this tea doesn't have a typical taste either... perhaps a little more fruity than your typical sencha. This is, however, a pretty potent tea and not light in flavor.
Milo wrote:Anyway, that Yamakai asamushi sounds very tasty. The promise of a 'fruity' note has me hovering my cursor over 'Add to Cart'.
David R. wrote:While umami doesn't bother me, I actually like a lot sencha which have none. You want to look for sencha grown without any kind of fertilizer what so ever, organic or not. Here are two specific sencha I can think of that may please you :
- Uji Jubuzan Sencha form Hojotea : barely no umami at all and delicious,
- last year's Hon.Yama Yokosawa from Thés du Japon was very poor in umami. I haven't tried the 2013 version yet but I'd bet it is still the case.
In any case, don't be afraid to write to these two sellers. I am sure that they will help you in your search.
edkrueger wrote:I think there are a few things I think are not true in this thread:
1) Umami is a trait of particularly modern teas.
2) Fukamushi has more umami.
3) Fertilized use leads to more umami.