Recently I tried the Miyazaki Organic Asamushi Sencha from O-Cha.com.

Miyazaki is a lightly steamed sencha from the Kyushu region of Japan. It is an inexpensive tea, and as its full name implies, it’s also organic.

Initial Thoughts on Miyazaki

I was curiously skeptical about this tea. I’m biased towards deep steamed fukamushi, so I wondered how an inexpensive asamushi would fare on my palate. However my bias aside, the price made it too enticing to pass up.

Here is what the tea actually looks like. The leaves are a nice medium-dark shade of green.

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I was expecting Miyazaki to have the soft, delicate fragrance I would usually associate with light steamed sencha. This was not the case. I found the scent to be a combination of sweet, zesty, and grassy notes.

Brewing

When it comes to brewing parameters, the mantra for Miyazaki is hot, lots of leaf, and relatively fast.[/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner]


Leaf: 2tbsp/125ml
Temp: 80C(176F)
Time: 1:00 sec
The instructions on the packaging suggest using 0.8g per ounce. I’m pretty sure I’m using a lot more leaf than this, but once again, that might be because of my bias towards fukamushi.

For temperature, I brewed the first infusion at 80C. This is on the hotter end of the scale for sencha.

Brewing time came down to 1:00 for the first infusion, 0:30 for the second, and 0:55 for the third.

 

Taste & Observations

The colour of Miyazaki is a yellowish-green. (The image below is a bit deceiving. My cup is blue, so it cancels out some of the yellow in the tea.)

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The taste is subtle – less bold than the aroma. Miyazaki has a delicate mixture of sweetness, astringency, and a vegetal flavour. I find the taste light and refreshing, yielding decent subsequent infusions.

It is possible to get a fourth and fifth infusion out of this tea. The fourth would require 2:00 minutes of brewing at near boiling temperatures, and the fifth 5:00 minutes or longer. Beware that the astringency starts to creep out and become more intense at this point.

Does Miyazaki Make the Cut?

Most definitely! The quality of this tea far exceeds its price. Diehard fukamushi fans may find the taste a little too light, but most everyone should be able to enjoy this tea.

Let me be clear, we’re talking about a tea that falls in the category of a daily sencha. But within that scope, Miyazaki Organic Asamushi Sencha is one of the best.

Griff is the co-founder of The Art of Japanese Green Tea website and video series.

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Ryan

    Good Review. Review’s are very enjoyable and people love to read them. I purchased this tea today, along with three other o-cha’s organic selections.

    I may be poorer in the wallet, but I’m 400 grams richer in tea. The latter brings much bliss.

    You may want to change your captcha. I hope you realize you’re discriminating against those whose math acumen has much to be desired.

    And discrimination isn’t cool.

    1. Griff

      Thanks πŸ™‚ I’ll have to write another review then!

      Yeah the thing about the captcha, if I ever wanted to disable it, I’d have to solve it’s math problem…I now realize I have installed an unstoppable beast o.o

    2. Belle

      The math issue is very real. If we do more math, we may get better at it. If we get better at math, we may truly realize how much we’re spending on tea. This is a scary thought. πŸ˜›

  2. Ryan

    I think you nailed the parameters with the hot temperature and fast brew. It’s what I settled on and I think it makes the best cup for this asamushi.

    The Tea Master of The Art of Japanese Green Tea has struck again.

    Your brewing skills are formidable.

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