Oku Hikari is an organic sencha from the Shizuoka prefecture in Japan. This mid/deep steamed tea is offered by O-Cha.com.
Oku Hikari can be described in one word: fun. With aromas similar to Yutaka Midori and playful tones of astringency, this sencha has a lively vibe.
The leaves range from light to medium shades of green. Interestingly, some of the leaves appear to be as wide as they are long. The fragrance of this tea is very reminiscent of Yutaka Midori: grassy, citrusy, and sweet.
Brewing Oku Hikari
Also, I am using a lower brew temperature. 74C seems to make for a sweeter brew compared to the recommended 77C.
(Those with a trained eye will know that I’m actually using rice cups in the picture above. Perhaps not quite the right thing to do, but they fit my mood. 🙂 )
Thoughts and Observations
The liquid is a vibrant shade of green. The first infusion is somewhat cloudy, but the second and third are virtually opaque.
The flavour has grassy overtones, and brothy undertones. There is an astringent aspect to this tea, but I find it adds to the taste in a playful way.
For the second infusion, brew for 15 seconds at 77C (170F). For the third, brew for 45 seconds around 85C (185F). Fourth and fifth infusions are possible, but you are required to brew them for several minutes near boiling.
Oku Hikari is fun, vibrant sencha with a very refreshing taste. Priced competitively, this is a sencha everyone should try. 🙂