Buzz, you will have to visit one of us so we can brainwash...er enlighten you!!! The 5th steep is simply a nice gentle sweet brew, all the other layers have been peeled away, and this is all that is left.
I am now trying my first attempt at a new tea I opened last night. It is a kabusecha limited edition blend direct from the farmer in Uji, this is too good, someone pinch me.
Anyway, the farmer/vendor pulled the page since he sold out. It is a very interesting blend, and I wanted to share the varietals that are in it. I emailed him ad I am sure he will get back to me promptly.
This is an interesting Japanese tea. It is shaded for a short period before harvesting, but much shorter than gyokyuro. I has a little of a gyokuro taste to it, and it is not a grassy sencha taste, but sencha is in there too. Technically, it is neither gyokuro nor sencha. I would say it is really desirable for someone who does not like the grassy intense flavor of sencha, but can't be bothered with making gyokuro.
More on this tea to come.