Nov 8, 2018
I was walking through the grocery store when I came across this bag of tea from Shizuoka. I was in the process of picking up snacks and other things for my bento to go on the hike in Hanyu and thought it would be a great thing to take with me. I wasn't so sure what the flavor would be like, but decided to give it a chance anyway. Taking a hot beverage on at rainy, cool fall day seemed like a good idea. And it was pretty cheap. I think a little over 500 yen for 30 bags. The bags are the cute triangular shape that I think is very oshare (fashionable), but also apparently increase the flavor according to the back of the package. Whatever the case, I like them. When I woke in the morning, I stuck one little packet in my 500ml water bottle of hot water and headed off for the hike. Normally tea is best steeped with piping hot water, but I find the tannins (that bitter flavor) is stronger, so my water was just hot.
My expectations for the tea was that it was going to be bitter and overly strong because I left the tea bag in the bottle on my rush to catch the train. While I do love coffee and its bitterness, bitter green tea to me has a different sharp taste to it that sometimes I'm not in the mood for.
Even though the tea had been steeping for over an hour it was far from bitter. It had the most delightfully light taste to it. My friend who wound up drinking most of the bottle throughout the trip absolutely loved it. I really enjoyed it as well but I didn't want all the caffeine that was in it. Even during lunch, in the heat of the day with a hot drink, the tea still somehow came out feeling refreshing. It really was pleasant throughout the whole hike.
Looking at the back of the bag they say you can drink it cold as well by adding ice. I am sure that during summer this tea would be the most lovely thing to sip on a muggy hot day. The bag does say that if you make the tea in a water bottle, to take the bag out before indulging.
I read up on what the kanji on the bag meant, fukamushi preparation, and it seems the tea is prepared with a longer steaming (steamed for one to three minutes compared to the typical 30 second kind) which gives it its quaffable flavor.
I am looking forward to bringing it on more of my hikes in the future.
This post is supported by Shizuoka Green Tea Guide, one of City-Cost's Supporters helping City-Cost bloggers to enjoy life in Japan and engage in new experiences.
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