The Yame region (Japan) once again expresses its talent with this small lot of green tea realized by Mr. Okawa Hiroaki. Coming from a more mountainous and remote part of the country, the amateurs in search of finesse will be delighted.
The rich green leaves bring a surprising density to the texture as well as the colour of the liquor, without the tea being too bright. Sweet scents of roasted vegetables and broth emanate from the infusion and mingle with the sweet herbaceous, slightly iodized and salty flavours. A fruity persistence reminiscent of cherry settles on the palate.
A tea that offers a summery impression thanks to its freshness.
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