Harney and Sons, what a fancy, hoity toity sounding name. They must make good tea, even if the price seems too good to be true. Well, bleehhh. The first infusion of this sencha was in the ballpark, albeit way up in the nosebleed section with an obstructed view. I followed the directions except I used almost three full wooden scoops because yesterday's experiment with less tea at a lower temperature resulted in a tepid liquid that sent me to the pu-erh shelf. ]
I lived in Japan for a long time and have had some great tea, but sadly never delved into what I was actually drinking. Despite speaking quite a bit of Japanese, I never learned words such as gyokuro, asamushi, etc. When buying tea, I just chose by price. If there were offerings of 1,000, 2,000, and 3,000 yen I'd usually take the middle one and not even know anything more about the tea. Anyway, back to now. The first infusion was OK, especially for someone who is sencha starved. The bitterness was on the verge of being too much but I was able to savor it. I probably used too much tea. But this second infusion, which I did at the same temp, 80C, and same length, three minutes, just ain't good. I'm making faces. I'm sticking my tongue out, hoping the air will take away the taste.
Well, it was worth a try. Living in Thailand, Iherb's cheap, cheap shipping is always attractive. Is Rishi any better?