After presenting Tôbettô, the Yamakai and Sôfû cultivars from Tsukiji Estate in Tamakawa, here, finally, the Kôshun cultivar. From a mechanical harvesting, it is a little more “reasonable”, but still remains a great Sencha.
This is actually the 4th Kôshun proposed this year (that of Mariko is out of stock), but it is also the most subtle and interesting, beyond the only characteristics of this particular cultivar.
The leaves are beautiful; many handpicked teas do not give such a beautiful result. The perfume is a mixture of sweetness and a fresh reminiscent of aromatic herbs and plants. I would say that we have the typical scents of Kôshun without being too strong.
With this cultivar, these thick leaves (gatherer little late in order to have heavy buds), brew should not be too warm : 80-85 ° C.
The fragrance of the infusion is quite faithful to the dry leaves, with great intensity, first dominated by mild and sweet aromas, then letting appear more deepness with its herb notes, a floral touch and a little something fruity, evoking green apple.
On the palate, no aggressiveness. The first attack is actually quite mild with almost imprescriptible astringency, but this impression only last a moment before is revealed with gentleness much strength, moderate umami, and finally vegetable and aromatic flavor, somewhat reminiscent fennel. These are flavors that can be found in the powerful after-taste. Then the after gradually let place appear nice and soft flavors typical of good steamed green teas after-taste.
One evolves on several infusion keeping a lot of strength, but also of mellowness, the aromas lost in complexities, but never falls into an overflow of astringency, never tannic, as can sometimes be seen with Kôshun. The young producer Mr. Kosugi offers us a very balanced sencha, not a simple concentrated of the cultivar characteristics, while it os still clearly recognizable. The strength, length, endurance on several infusions, are again here, and after the Yabukita from Tôbettô, the Yamakai and the Sôfî, it is again a must try Hon.yama sencha.
Next time I’ll leave Hon.yama for Kawane Mountains.