Miyabi has long been one of my perennial favourites. Offered by O-Cha.com, Miyabi was one of the first tea products I had ordered from the internet. All these years later, this sencha still remains a classy Japanese green tea.
Background on Miyabi
Grown in Uji (near Kyoto), Miyabi is composed of several different types of sencha. As a medium steamed tea, it is grassy and aromatic.
The scent is a fresh, grassy fragrance. Also containing a certain sweetness, the aroma of Miyabi is one of the greatest I have come across.
Over the years, I have brewed Miyabi in different ways, but in general, I’ve had my best results with a fairly high temperature, and using a cautious amount of leaf.
The temperature is a relatively hot 77C (170F), but I have also had success in brewing at a lower temperature, for a longer period of time.
Although Miyabi will yield a decent brew in many situations, it does have a sweet spot. Once you find the sweet spot, you will understand why I am so passionate about this tea.
Thoughts & Observations
Wonderfully grassy, this tea is what (in my books, anyway) defines a good mid/deep steamed sencha. The aroma is very present, along with a full flavour. There is some astringency to Miyabi, but it almost goes unnoticed.
Some tea connoisseurs consider Miyabi to be getting on the expensive side for sencha. However, it is worth every penny. I would recommend this tea to anyone who enjoys Japanese green tea.