Results: A creamy rich head and body with notes of lima beans made for a delightful first infusion. All further cups were much too astringent for my palate and could have been caused by poor packaging that resulted in crushed & broken tea leaves during shipment.
Vendor: Nio Teas
Origin: Shizuoka Prefecture, Honshu, Japan
Tasting: 5 grams / 140°/ 150ml / 60s-30-45
Gong-Go Gear: Tangpin Kyusu
Average number of infusions: 1
Trying out new things is always exciting and today not only do I get to try Nio Tea’s Hagiricha Mafuji Sench for the first time, but I’m also breaking in a new kyusu from Tangpin.
Beyond one sencha I’m very fond of, I don’t know much about Japanese tea. Oliver at Nio Teas doesn’t have much to say about its origins other than it’s from a collective of farmers in the Shizuoka Prefecture of Honshu Japan. Home to Mt. Fuji, the area definitely has the elevation to produce some fine teas. Further research revealed that the area produces half of the tea consumed in Japan – home to a volcano and mineral-rich soil, its no wonder.
Being a tea vendor I can imagine takes a lot of work. From a consumer standpoint, good customer service is just as important as the quality of the product. That service needs to include making sure your products arrive in the best possible condition. Unfortunately, this was not the case. At the time my order was shipped Nio Teas was moving their warehouse, so I’m going to assume the fact that my teas were shipped in an envelope and therefore pretty beat up was a one-off. I’ve not reached out to Nio regarding this as I wanted to try more than one from my order before I said anything. I know its hard to tell from my photos but this tea, like the Gyokuro I reviewed before, was a bit of a disappointment.
While the head and body were delightful, all the broken bits made for a very astringent finish that I did not enjoy. Right now I’m on the fence about Nio Teas, but should I decided to purchase anything else I will let you know how it turns out.
Freshly mown sweet-grass
Deep shiny emerald but after brewing you can see there leaves were quite broken
Very pale green with a fresh aroma
Rich lima beans with a butter sauce
Extremely astringent to the point of being unpleasant
Gong-Go Rating Infusion 1 :
Rich lima beans and cream with just a hint of astringency at the end
Gong-Go Rating Infusion 2 – 3:
Rich vegetal head and body but with a progressively astringent finish