I don’t think anyone is more excited than I that today is March 1st. This winter, especially February, has been filled with record-breaking snow days, snow drifts, freezing rain, and below-freezing temperatures. While there is always the possibility of more snow, the likelihood has significantly decreased. Not to mention, the promise of warmer days with more sun is highly motivating. The countdown to Spring has begun with only 19 more days to go. I am drinking Yanagi Bancha to celebrate!
Composition: Japanese green tea harvested in June.
Dry Visual: Rich green and yellow coarsely twisted and broken leaves with stems present. Thanks to Obubu Tea for the great photo.
Dry Aroma: A very fresh green aroma. I am reminded of the smell of trees after a refreshing Spring rain.
Flavor: Yanagi Bancha is quite delicious. A lover of Japanese green teas, I found Yanagi Bancha to be mild yet flavorful. Naturally sweet, I thoroughly enjoyed its refreshing taste. A full-bodied tea, Yanagi Bancha has a hint of a vegetal quality throughout the cup with a floral finish. I was amazed by the changes in flavor as the cup cooled.
Yanagi Bancha has a moderate astringency that becomes more pronounced throughout the cup and into the next infusion. However, I would never add a sweetener for fear of negatively altering the flavor profile.
Liquor: A greenish-yellow hue.
Brewing Time: I steeped Yanagi Bancha in boiling water for 30 seconds during the first infusion, 20 seconds during the second infusion and 30 seconds during the third infusion.
Manufacturer: Obubu Tea
If you have had the opportunity to enjoy a cup of Yanagi Bancha tea, please stop by and share your experience. Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!
**Tea was provided by Obubu Tea as a sample.