This week’s tea, Postcard Teas Mount Fuji Sencha Green Tea, coming from Mount Fuji in Shizuoka, Japan. It’s made by Master Akayama and harvested in Spring 2017. It’s ichibancha which basically means tea leaves are picked up in the first harvest (considered as highest quality) of the year.
Dry leaves of this week’s tea are composed of short, dark green, needle-like tea leaves. It’s got a sweet grassy smell. It cupped out slightly cloudy light green liquor. There is a nice sweetness with no astringency in the background. The vegetal taste is quite prominent but very well balanced; perfect for my palate. It’s rather mellow and quite soft on the palate and the mouthfeel is slightly oily and thick.
The most I love about this tea is its strong and distinctive umami character. The umami taste is right there and it’s quite noticeable. The aftertaste is quite long and refreshing as well. Starting from your mouth down to your stomach you get a nice relaxing sensation going through your body.
Although I tend to drink Chinese green teas more, the unique character of Japanese Green teas makes me keep them all the time in my tea cupboard. This week’s tea is a decent example of Japanese sencha teas and is a must for green tea lovers.