Shoike - 100g
Medium-body Shoike has equal astringency, sweetness, and umami. Its finish is just-right, making this tea perfect for almost any situation.
Shoike has an even balance of umami, sweetness, astringency, bitterness, and fragrance, in a medium-bodied sencha. The result is a round-character tea that is accessible for beginners and satisfying for more seasoned sencha drinkers.
This item’s full name is Shoike-no-o, and this is the name written on the package.
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I was born in Japan and am very particular about my tea. This is my go-to tea.
2nd time ordering. Aftertaste balanced precisely between insistent astringency and a light, grassy sweetness. Recalls days at the beach, dark coarse sand dug from below the water level drying on the lighter fine sand of the surface layer.
Lovely, flavorful tea. I use much less than the recommended amount, and steep longer: perfect. Delicious tea, with subtle flavor notes.
When Ippodo stresses the balance of this tea they are not lying. The balance between sweetness, astringency, bitterness and overall flavor was a pleasant surprise and would certainly appeal to a long-time sencha drinker as well as someone who has only ever brewed from mass-produced teabags and is looking for a change. The tea is high quality, but also hardy enough to stand up to small brewing mistakes (temp too high, brewed to long, etc). I feel the price point is also pretty attractive and very reasonable for the quality of the tea. If you are overwhelmed by the options on the Ippodo site, I can sincerely recommend Shoike-no-o as a good starting point for any loose leaf green tea adventure. Happy brewing!
Very good. Light, and can easily drink three pots of.