Yamanien Premium Sencha
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This is the traditional method of treating the raw Camellia sinensis tea leaf in a light steam bath for a very short period of time and is commonly associated with the finest Green Teas.
Chlorophyll in raw tea begins to break down quickly after the leaves are harvested. The result of this "fermentation" process is a loss of the bright green color and natural sweetness associated with O-cha (green tea) due the release of bitter tannins.
In order to prevent this oxidation process, green tea leaves are treated with steam. The duration of the steam bath will have a large impact on the shape, aroma, and most importantly, the taste of the final dried tea leaf.
High-quality Asamushi, or light-steamed tea, retains the classic green tea leaf character, long, slender, beautifully formed leaves. The infusion yields a pale-jade to golden-green liquor which may surprise tea lovers more familiar with the deep-green intensity associated with Fukamushi Teas.
The aroma of Yamanien Premium Kumonoseki Asamushi Sencha is truly beyond description. Vibrant yet elusively subtle, pure yet complex, it is a rare fragrance best experienced on a very personal level. Its thick, earthy-sweetness and unforgettable green-textured scent is without comparison.
Asamushi is also the most sensitive of all Sencha varieties. Its delicate nature and complexity of flavor captured within the leaf necessitate a crystal-clear source of very clean, soft water, as well as infusing at the optimal temperature and duration. The resulting liquor will be well worth the extra effort, and in fact we believe that the very act of going through this process will create a level of anticipation and a frame-of-mind that will allow one to fully receive the purity and majesty of this outstanding tea.
The fresh intensity of the light-green color can be deceiving for the uninitiated.
Kumonoseki Asamushi Sencha explodes with a powerfully-rich umami flavor throughout the mouth followed by rippling waves of Theanine sweetness and a poignant Sencha astringency. A true, balanced masterpiece.