The Sasa Hime is a very fine, well-balanced Gyokuro. It offers a subtle natural Umami taste that is rounded out with the grassy vegetal flavor of the tea. It has only a slight acidity.
The Gyokuro Sasa Hime is a certified organic Gyokuro from Kagoshima, the southern part of the main island. Its farmer, Mr. Sakamoto, has been planting organic tea since 1985 and is the best organic Gyokuro farmer we have found thus far. The fresh smell of its tea leaves is reminiscent of summer grass, with a slight, creamy note of caramel as well as vegetables.
The first brewing has a note of spinach and a well-developed sweetness and natural umami taste. Compared to some of the other Gyokuros we have seen, the Umami taste here is a bit more subtle and blends in nicely with the grassiness of the tea. A slight note of hazelnut is also noticeable.
The second brewing has a balance between its sweetness and a natural umami taste. You may also notice a slight acidity and a very subtle sourness.
60 degrees celsius for 2 min for the first steeping
60 degrees 30 sec for 2nd to 4th steepings