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Fukujuen Mikan Sencha

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Mandarin has much more eleg­ant fla­vour than orange, with its stronger, sweet notes mak­ing it more enjoy­able than oranges, which tend to be sour­er. Mikan is a pop­u­lar spe­cies of man­dar­in in Japan (ori­gin­at­ing from China), and its dried peel is often used in Chinese cuisine. Here, it fla­vours this Fukujuen Mikan Sencha.

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Steeping a 2g tea bag in 200 ml of 75°C water for 90 seconds yields a pale green­ish yel­low liquor with the pleas­ant slight sea­weed-like smells of some qual­ity green teas. Each sip has a mel­low veget­al brothy umami fla­vour from the sen­cha before the sweet cit­rus notes from man­dar­in emerge in the back­ground of the body to gently scent the tea. A slight sharp­ness from the man­dar­in peel appears in the tail before leav­ing only the mel­low sweet­ness of refresh­ing cit­rus on the pal­ate.

Subsequent infu­sions at the same tem­per­at­ure and time have a more pro­nounced bit­ter­ness from the man­dar­in peel and more astrin­gency. This con­trasts with the mel­low sweet­ness of the first infu­sion where the sen­cha is the focus with com­ple­ment­ing, not com­pet­ing, fla­vours of man­dar­in.

This box of Fukujuen Mikan Sencha con­tained 5 tea bags. The tea ori­gin­ated in Japan and was pur­chased in Uji, Kyoto, Japan in 2015.