I got 10 tea samples of different breeds to study: 1Yutakamidori, 2Saemidori, 3Asatsuyu, 4Asanoka, 5Yabukita, 6Koshunn, 7Benifuki, 8Shizu7132, 9Kanayamidori, 10Okumidori.
Comparing the different samples at the same will make it easier to find the differences. However, 10 samples were kind of too many for me. I got confused after tasting several kinds. I think I need more experience on this, hahaha. Anyway, it was very interesting. Some teas have a distinctive aroma, and some teas are very mild. I was kind of surprised to find out that Yabukita has relatively strong bitterness among the ten.
My favorite one is Asatsuyu. I simply find it tasty. The most significant character of this tea is umami. You find it right after you sip the tea and it beautifully lasts to the end. The umami merges with other flavors and creates a rich body in the taste. You can enjoy the umami changing into milder sweetness during the aftertaste. This tea has more bitterness than Yutakamidori and Saemidori, but it’s not sharp at all, so I can still consider it mild.
In the tasting, I used boiling water, so I prepared it again with lower temperature (leaf:2g, water:30ml/1oz, 65C/149F, 1min). Using this method, I found out that it has a nutty sweet aroma. The aroma will get me to have a good expectation. With the first sip, I was sure that my assumption was correct. The rich umami pleased me. But, I feel something missing in the taste, so I still need to experiment for a better mixture. Anyway, I like Asatuyu. You try it and let me know your preference.