Tea from the Yamanami cultivar is distinguished by a sweetness like cherry blossoms and the refreshing spiciness of cardamom and mint. It is characterized by an oriental tea taste and its strong body will wake you up. It goes well with Western sweets and is recommended for when you want to liven things up.
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This is how we brew this tea at Tearoom Toka. We offer these guidelines as a reference. Variations in water (hard or soft), leaf and water quantity, water temperature, and steeping time will effect the final flavor. Feel free to experiment and find the brew that best suits your taste.
Temperature: starting from 70°C
Add the tea leaves to a pre-warmed teapot. When the boiled water has cooled to the desired temperature, add and steep for the selected time. When pouring, the key is to decant each infusion down to the last drop. From the second infusion on, gradually raise the temperature of the hot water and shorten the extraction time. You may increase the amount of water as well.
Color〈dark pine green〉
Shape〈magatama antique comma shaped beads〉
Fragrance〈igusa, highland winds, croissants, cacao, forest after rain〉
Taste〈green soybeans, edamame, sea lettuce, potato chips〉
Color〈dull yellow green〉
Fragrance (brewed tea)〈chestnuts, cardamom, nutmeg, turmeric, kashiwamochi confections〉
Fragrance(steeped leaves)〈cherries, cherry blossoms, apricots, steamed oysters, grilled rice balls, faint sesame seeds〉
Sweetness〈sakuramochi confections, gourd, japanese lute〉
Astringency〈green grass, mint, citrus hassaku〉
Umami〈fish cake, green laver, eringi mushroom, slowly approaching〉
Bitterness〈tree bark, mugwort, shishito peppers, sweet peppers, pepper〉