Atsushi Yasui 36 Shimonoto Yuyadani Ujitawara, Kyoto 610-0221 Japan
Sencha Karigane (200g/7.05oz) Reviews
Product: Sencha Karigane (200g/7.05oz)
From: Chip Creitz (United States)
Date: Wednesday 11 July, 2007
I hope hibiki-an always offers sencha karigane of this incredible quality, especially since I prefer sencha karigane over gyokuro karigane.
I opened the Sencha Karigane the day I received it. It is very good, very well made, very fresh and aromatic. It is the possibly the best green stem/vein tea I have ever had. The stems/veins consist of around 90% of the tea by volume, very unusual for karigane that can often have just as much leaf particles as stems. Also, as I said, very well made, it is as if they have tea elves trimming all the twigs into uniform lengths, again compared to others I have had, this is also a delight to behold, and completes the karigane experience...it is like geese (karigane is Japanese for geese I think) are floating in my kyusu.
The aroma of the dry leaf... if I closed my eyes, and smelled it, the way I interpret it is like a fresh cool sweet tropical sea breeze. It is amazing.
The flavor and aroma of the brewed tea is lovely, light, fresh and very refreshing, like a warm tropical breeze (LOL). There is a distinct sweetness and tartness apparent in each infusion.
Well, I really like it, a nice inexpensive low caffeine green tea with a very different flavor profile. I also find I can blend other teas with this if I want a reduced caffeine session or just something a little different.
[Comment from Hibiki-an]
We agree with blending Karigane with other tea. It will bring other pleasure. Would you try different combinations?