I've been a fan of Japanese culture for a long time. Tokyo in particular offers a unique view into the micro-cosmic reality of this interesting people. This Tokyo blend from Harney & Sons whet my palate right away because it reminds me of some of my favorite Japanese foods.
|Company||Harney & Sons
|Country of Origin||USA|
|Price per Package||$7.50|
|Quantity||~ 4.0 oz|
|*Flavor, Aroma, Boldness|
This is one of the more interesting green teas to look at. A jagged bancha blended with sesame seeds provides a visual more natural than I thought at first. The aroma is roasty and sweet with hints of a more savory flavor profile.
When brewed the leaves produce light yellow liquor partially clouded by some dusting from the loose blend. The steeped aroma is lighter, slightly sweeter with more prominent nutty tones and a more subdued roasted profile.
On the palate everything comes alive. Clear spinach and artichoke flavors pair with the roastiness of the sesame and the nutty flavors to create a well balanced and nuanced flavor profile.
While there is a slight bit of vegetal astringency it's only on the initial part of the sip and is quickly balanced by the other pieces of this teas' profile.
I recommend this tea to fans of nutty and savory teas with heartier brew characteristics. Fans of darker senchas and banchas should also find this brew more than palpable.