Details: Mike has visited Matsuda and his family several times. Their house is located halfway up a hill that is covered with tea bushes, and looking out over the valley, that is all one sees. The family's abode has been all business for generations. They have a space to make the tea in the back, with steamers to fix the green tea and rollers. This tradition and dedication serves us well, because it is a unique Sencha with a distinctive aroma, great body, and flavors that are hard to forget.
Dry Leaves: The slender spears are a vivid, forest green which comes from constant attention through out the year.
Liquor: In the cup, the tea is an intense yellow green. This is a sign that Matsuda has not taken the shortcut of covering his tea bushes like some of his neighbors.
Aroma: Many senchas have similar aromas, however Matsuda's teas smell wonderfully vibrant. There are fresh lemon notes backed by a nice spinachy aroma and the roasted hints of nori seaweed.
Caffeine Level: Caffeinated
Body: A medium bodied tea that is still mouth-filling and brothy. This comes from the high levels of amino acids.
Flavors: If you like the vegetal flavors of Japanese green teas, you are in for a treat! It opens with vegetal flavors that seem like sautéed chard and finish with roasted Nori. The tea's pale sweetness is balanced by a slight bitterness on the back of the tongue. The sweetness endures and evolves long after you've sipped the tea.
Brewing Time: 1 to 2 minutes
Brewing Temp: 160° Fº