Background: Yamato was a former Province and was sometimes used as the name for Japan. Sencha in Japanese means green tea – and is the standard style of tea in everyday use. Sencha Yamato is a high-end version of Sencha, made towards the end of the season when the bushes have strengthened under warm summer sun.
Leaf: neat jade to olive green needles rolled in the traditional Japanese style promise quality in the cup. The dry aroma has hints of biscuit.
Infusion – visual: broken olive green leaf
Infusion – aroma: the expected green, maritime, aroma of a Japanese steamed tea but unusually with a hint of floral
Liquor – visual: lemon yellow, slightly cloudy
Liquor – taste: the creamy, buttery taste of a good Sencha – balance astringency and brothy, with an intriguing hint of floral
On second steep (4 minutes at 90⁰C) – still lots of oomph. Liquor the colour of sherbet lemons, and tasting sweeter and more rounded, but good and strong.
Summary: A very nice tea indeed. It does not show the tenderness of spring – it has a more worldly character that will appeal to the experienced Japanese tea fan.