Japanese Green Tea IN Issaku [Episode 222]

This episode Denny and James bring a true rarity, a Japanese green tea. This tea is the Issaku, a Fukamushi Sencha, and has a lot of fresh, grassy tones.

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6 Responses to Japanese Green Tea IN Issaku [Episode 222]

  1. Nick says:

    Hi guys,

    Thanks for bringing on a Japanese tea! I really don’t tire of your pu episodes and could watch them every time but as a daily sencha drinker I appreciated this one.

    By the way, I was surprised with the 30 second first steep. I always find 45-1 min depending on steaming level to be best but then that’s just me. You guys seemed to enjoy the first steep so I guess that’s the important thing.

    • James says:

      Thanks Nick. As I’m sure everyone can tell, it’s an abnormal brew for us but also a pretty enjoyable one. You’re right about the first steep and are probably rightfully surprised. It was considerably lighter than the other brews, so it probably could’ve used the extra time.

  2. Doug says:

    I’m a big shincha/sencha fan; in fact, it’s the only green tea I drink. Den’s tea has some incredible early-season senchas that hit you with the full blast of springtime.

    • James says:

      Thanks Doug! Yes, I have fond memories of drinking through Den’s catalog about four years ago. Really refreshing during this time of year. Cheers sir!

  3. Theo says:

    This is a nice change. I’m also a Japanese green tea fan – it’s how I started my “tea weirdo” journey.

    For what it’s worth, I don’t think the thermometer is necessary at all, especially for the more forgiving deep steamed senchas. Just feel the bowl, and if you can hold it for a few seconds without it being too hot, it’s ready to pour over the tea leaves.

    • James says:

      Hi Theo,

      Thanks for following and glad you liked the change of pace!
      You’re definitely right on and that’s a good tip. I mainly used the thermometer because I’m really not used to knowing temperature by touch and am pretty out of touch with brewing J Green Teas. I strongly suspect, if I brewed the teas more often I’d do it exactly as you said.


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