ISAO

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First harvest tea (2021)

Description

Nakayama san in Higashi-Sonogi has created a bright and balanced tamaryokucha with the youngest leaves picked in early spring. ISAO is a highly aromatic and elegant tea that beautifully represents Higashi-Sonogi.

Its delicate and aromatic liquor has notes of kumquat, toasted pine nut, and steamed arugula. It can be enjoyed over many steeps as its subtle, fragrant characteristics will continue to develop

Producer

Origin
100% Japanese tea from Higashi-Sonogi
Quality and Type
High-Grade Tamaryokucha
Organic 
No

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
70C / 158F

Brewing time
60s

Reviews

Reviews

  1. Riley Bingham (verified owner)

    This is the tamaryokucha I return to again and again. Beyond its balance and perfect temperament for an everyday teach, few other teas are as fun to open–the powerful aroma of Isao will almost burst from the bag.

  2. Mikhail Usachev (verified owner)

    This tea has quite a long lasting sweet and a bit salty taste. Second-brewed it’s rather soupy and the aftertaste seems to last forever. An eye-opener with the calming effect.

  3. jmacyang (verified owner)

    So much worth for the price, if you enjoy it slowly

  4. Andysworld2020 (verified owner)

    One of the lighter flavoured Tamaryokucha’s, much subtler then then the others which I have come to love.

    You have to pause and listen and allow this particular blend to whisper it’s secrets to you and then you will understand.

    If you are in a hurry, you’ll miss the message. So slow down and take a moment to listen and enjoy what comes.

  5. Robert Kim (verified owner)

    I brew it per instruction and let it cool to room temperature. This accentuates tropical fruity flavor (I can taste Mango). Try it.

  6. chappellnetwork (verified owner)

    I LOVE Isao! This is the tea I order every single time I order from Ikkyu it is non-negotiable. It is such a unique tasting tea and is very earthy, espesially on the smelling notes. Be careful not to brew it longer than the 60 seconds as it comes on super strong and in my opinion can ruin the experience. Overall, it is a very relaxing tea and is one of my defaults when I order Tamaryokuchas.

  7. iriska2903 (verified owner)

    Fantastic Taste
    Love this tea, cold or hot!

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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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ISAO

$12$14

Clear
Earn up to 140 points.

First harvest tea (2021)

Description

Nakayama san in Higashi-Sonogi has created a bright and balanced tamaryokucha with the youngest leaves picked in early spring. ISAO is a highly aromatic and elegant tea that beautifully represents Higashi-Sonogi.

Its delicate and aromatic liquor has notes of kumquat, toasted pine nut, and steamed arugula. It can be enjoyed over many steeps as its subtle, fragrant characteristics will continue to develop

Producer

Origin
100% Japanese tea from Higashi-Sonogi
Quality and Type
High-Grade Tamaryokucha
Organic 
No

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
70C / 158F

Brewing time
60s

 

 

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