The dry leaf appearance of this tea is light green and very leafy (large bits of tea). The dry leaf has a pleasant, grassy aroma, and this aroma is much more pronounced after brewing.
For my first attempt at making this tea, I cooled the water to 80C degrees and lightly brewed the tea (1.5 minutes). It produced an extremely pale liquor that lacked taste. With my next two attempts, I cooled the water to 90ishC degrees and let the tea brew for 2 to 2.5 minutes. This method, with hotter water and longer brew time, definitely found the sweet spot of the tea. The liquor was much darker, and the taste and aroma were much more pronounced.
This tea is more sweet than vegetal, which would definitely appeal to people who don’t like the strong grassy taste that is found in many Japanese senchas. Initially I was not sure about this tea because it lacks the vegetal taste that I so love, but it has grown on me and I’ve found myself enjoying it in the evenings.
My review: 3.25/5