Yutaka Midori is a fukamushi sencha offered by O-Cha.com. Often referred to as YM, this deep steamed delight comes from Kagoshima, Japan.
Background on Yutaka Midori
Along with Miyabi, YM is a perennial favourite of mine. The grassy, aromatic flavour has never disappointed my taste buds over the past 5 years that I have been buying it.
The crumbly leaves of this fukamushi range from medium to dark shades of green. The intense aroma is possibly the greatest I’ve ever come across. The scent of grass, citrus, and sweetness fill the room when a fresh bag of YM is opened.
Yutaka Midori is easy enough to brew, as long as it’s done so with care. The temperature needs to be hot, but not too high.
Being a very strong sencha, only 1 and 1/5 of a tablespoons of leaf is required for my 125ml brews. I have also had success with a slightly increased amount of leaf, and decreased brew time, but this formula suits my taste the best.
Thoughts and Observations
The complex taste of YM is full of grassy, vegetable, and citrus tones. The brew is somewhat cloudy (which becomes more prominent in later infusions). Interestingly, there isn’t much astringency for such a bold taste.
Yutaka Midori is one of the best deep steamed sencha you will ever come across. Its trademark characteristics are second to none, and its price is competitive as well.
YM benefits from a short second, and third infusion. Brew your second steeping for 20 seconds, and the third for 45. A fourth infusion is also achievable with a 1:30 infusion time.
Comparison of Yutaka Midori and Sae Midori
Occasionally someone will ask me if they should buy YM or SM.
To compare the two, YM typically is more aromatic, grassy, and bold. SM on the other hand is sweeter, smoother, and easier to brew. Both sencha are amazing, but people appear to be floored more often by YM. Based on that, I would give YM the edge over SM.