Price: 1 oz./$3
Brewing Method: 1 tsp of loose leaves, 8 oz. of filtered water, at 180F, in "Kat" teapot, for 3 minutes
Overall Score: 4.7 out of 5
Before brewing: The leaves are very small and tightly rolled. It looks like there is a lot of dust in this container as well. That makes it a less expensive, everyday type of tea. That fact makes me a very happy girl because this is a tea I would like to drink everyday (and I completely understand why this particular tea is a staple in Japan).
This is my favorite tea I have tasted. After cautiously tasting my brew, it was not bitter like I had feared. It has a sweet, vegetal flavor that pleasantly lingers on the tongue. I guess I could describe this particular cup of tea as medium bodied. Over all, though, I would say this is a mellow tea. There is no need to add sugar or anything to it, in my opinion. It seems like I didn't get the water too hot after all.
After brewing: You can see how leaves have opened up. They are not very big and it seems like more of a ripping and tearing procedure was used in the production process. I notice there are leaves as well as stems. I’m not sure if you would call these torn leaves “attractive,” but the brew they make is enough to make me come back for more.