If an uplifting, exceptionally light and refreshing tea is what you're looking for, look no further than our organic sencha with dried yuzu. Our Kakegawa-based farm crafted this beautiful blend that brings a bright, sunny brew for your afternoon tea time (bonus--check out our video below!). The organic sencha's smooth, rounded flavor profile is a great backdrop for the yuzu's punchy and cheery citrus flavors!
What is Yuzu?
Yuzu is a delicious, super-bright, and aromatic citrus from Asia (originally from China, introduced to Japan during the Tang Dynasty). Commonly found in Japanese cooking, you might know yuzu if you're a fan of ponzu sauce! Yuzu is also found made into marmalades, vinegars, and in cocktails. You can think of using yuzu like you might use a lemon. Some people enjoy using the whole yuzu fruit in their bath for aromatherapy. If you can't steep yourself in a yuzu bath, at least you can enjoy yuzu's beautiful fragrance in this tea! The dried yuzu peel in this blend is meant to evoke a bright and sunny experience in your teacup.
Aroma: Bright, happy scents of citrus that are evocative of fresh, high mountain pine needles, but with a smoothness that kind of reminds us of an orange creamsicle. On the wet aromatics once the leaves have been brewed you can pick up some salted lime notes.
Flavor: The liquor of this tea is frosty! The flavor in the cup is smooth and light with a rounded and creamy citrus (slightly grapefruit) taste. Yum!
Location: Haruno - a famous highland area in Shizuoka prefecture. The yuzu is from Kawane.
Harvest Season: Spring
Process: This sencha is steamed to an average of 30-45 seconds to stop the oxidation prior to rolling into a classic sencha needle shape. The "middle timed" steam is typical for a highlands tea from the Shizuoka prefecture.
Amount: 5.5g organic sencha with yuzu.
Water: 230ml (8oz) of 170ºF water. For the second steep, try brewing at 175º F.
Time:1:30 minutes for the first steep, up to 2 minutes second steep.
Food Pairing: something as fresh as this tea! Try having this tea alongside a spring or summer salad laden with fresh veggies.
Sold in either 50g or 100g bags. Store in a cool, dark location. Best consumed within 3 months.
PS - this tea is so full of summer fun, we made a commercial about it for you:
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