AIKO

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Description
The powerful and remarkable fragrance of this premium and very rare sencha can be enjoyed as soon as you open its bag. This power is matched by its high caffein contents. In your mouth, its umami, sweetness and fresh tastes blend together to leave you with an unforgettable impression. With next to no bitterness, this exceptional and refreshing tea, picked in spring in the Yame mountains, has a very nice light gold color. You can enjoy it in the late morning time for a maximum energizing effect.

Producer

Origin
100% Japanese tea from Yame
Quality and Type
Premium Sencha
Cultivars
Yabukita

Tasting Notes

Packing
Resealable vacuum bag, or aluminium bag with neutral gaz for best preservation.

Conservation

Unopened
1 Year

Opened
6 weeks

Preparation

Tea quantity
8g /0.28oz

Water quantity
200ml /6.76oz

Temperature
60C / 140F

Brewing time
60s

Reviews

Reviews

  1. Francois Lurton (verified owner)

    As winemaker I think production is different every year. It is what we call vintage.
    I must say this « vintage » of AIKO is not as fruity as the one before but with other aromas such as toasted bread crumbs mixed with a deep, slightly iodized marine sensation. And the extraordinary long aftertaste is still there. Very nice tea. Always my favorite!

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Tasting Guide

sweetness

A sweet-tasting tea is a very light tea that leaves a sensation of natural sweetness in the mouth.

UMami

Although there is no official translation of the word “umami”, some call it “savory taste”: it leaves a mild and lasting pleasant brothy after taste and is recognized as one of the five basic tastes (together with sweetness, sourness, bitterness, and saltiness). It also induces salivation and a furriness sensation on the tongue, stimulating the throat, the roof and the back of the mouth.

BITTERNESS

The natural bitterness of green tea comes from the way it is made. Unlike black and oolong teas, green teas are made from the unfermented leaves of the tea plant, which keeps the antioxidants intact, but also gives them the bitter taste. This bitterness can be regulated with the water temperature : the higher the more bitter and vice-versa.

CAFFEINE

Caffeine is a naturally-occurring stimulant, found in several plants. Caffeine is water soluble, and is extracted into the brewed cup when preparing tea. In most cases, tea has much less caffeine than coffee.

CATECHINS

Catechins are a type of polyphenol (EGCG) and are the main astringency component in green tea, long known as tannins. In order to release more catechins you will need higher brewing temperature at around 80 but this will also increase the astringency and bitterness of your tea because of the caffeine. Dont use such temperatures for Gyokuro.

THEANINE

L-theanine (here referred to as theanine) is an amino acid that has a relaxing, but not sedating, effect. It is renowned for its ability to put you in the ideal state of calm attentiveness. It can sharpen focus, while reducing stress and enhancing overall well-being. Theanine can interact with caffeine, allowing a smaller dose of caffeine to have a stronger effect in terms of boosting concentration and alertness.

ASTRINGENCY

L-theanine (here referred to as theanine) is an amino acid that has a relaxing, but not sedating, effect. It is renowned for its ability to put you in the ideal state of calm attentiveness. It can sharpen focus, while reducing stress and enhancing overall well-being. Theanine can interact with caffeine, allowing a smaller dose of caffeine to have a stronger effect in terms of boosting concentration and alertness.

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AIKO

$22$25

Clear

Description
The powerful and remarkable fragrance of this premium and very rare sencha can be enjoyed as soon as you open its bag. This power is matched by its high caffein contents. In your mouth, its umami, sweetness and fresh tastes blend together to leave you with an unforgettable impression. With next to no bitterness, this exceptional and refreshing tea, picked in spring in the Yame mountains, has a very nice light gold color. You can enjoy it in the late morning time for a maximum energizing effect.

Producer

Origin
100% Japanese tea from Yame
Quality and Type
Premium Sencha
Cultivars
Yabukita

Tasting Notes

Packing
Resealable vacuum bag, or aluminium bag with neutral gaz for best preservation.

Conservation

Unopened
1 Year

Opened
6 weeks

Preparation

Tea quantity
8g /0.28oz

Water quantity
200ml /6.76oz

Temperature
60C / 140F

Brewing time
60s

 

 

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