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My 2nd order from Den’s Tea! It was shipped on the 29th and arrived today. Very quick considering yesterday was Sunday!

I spent $34.05 on my order ($3 of that was shipping) which consisted of this (30g), 2oz of Bancha Suruga, organic matcha, Lucky Gold Tea, and I was also surprised w/ the "Sample Tea of the Month: 10g of Premium Sencha Shin-ryoku! (Although it’s not listed as “premium” on their site… I wonder why…) Now that’s value! I didn’t get the Sample Tea of the Month w/ my matcha set in Dec. Maybe that was because I got the sampler instead.

Whoa… mmm… Looks like matcha, smells like matcha too- only stronger. Both the vegetal and sweet aromas are stronger.

I know this isn’t matcha, but I prepared it like it. 5oz hot water, 1/8tsp (although it seems weird using a plastic measuring spoon instead of my Chashaku) powdered sencha in my matcha bowl then whisked w/ my chasen.

The liquor (is this the proper term even though this isn’t decanted tea?) is a gorgeous green color and it whisks up similarly to my Mandarin Matcha only not as thick, although it still does foam up slightly.

I’ve decided that the word to describe matcha and like teas is sensual. Lucious also fits. This is amazing. Stronger than some matchas in both the vegetal and sweet aspect. Each sip is a little different. This is definitely a good matcha substitute.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C
fcmonroe

I hope you have enough to try the sample tea iced as well. I’ve been toying with the idea of buying some powdered sencha for iced tea.

Cofftea

fcmonroe, the sample was premium sencha (leaf, to be steeped and decanted). I have 30g of this stuff! But yes, I will try this iced as well. I just hope it isn’t like instant tea- matcha isn’t so I have hope for this iced as well.

fcmonroe

Oh. I thought it was some of the whole leaf powdered sencha.

http://www.denstea.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=268

Cofftea

That’s what this tasting note is. It’s not a sample though, it’s 30g as my tasting note states.

Robert Godden

I must try matcha…

Cofftea

Yes, you must. It’s wonderful!=D

Ricky

Woah lots of stuff came! Where’s that lucky gold matcha now? =P

Cofftea

Ricky, Just didn’t have time this morning. May not tomorrow morning either, but I’ll try that Thurs morning at the latest.

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fcmonroe

I hope you have enough to try the sample tea iced as well. I’ve been toying with the idea of buying some powdered sencha for iced tea.

Cofftea

fcmonroe, the sample was premium sencha (leaf, to be steeped and decanted). I have 30g of this stuff! But yes, I will try this iced as well. I just hope it isn’t like instant tea- matcha isn’t so I have hope for this iced as well.

fcmonroe

Oh. I thought it was some of the whole leaf powdered sencha.

http://www.denstea.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=268

Cofftea

That’s what this tasting note is. It’s not a sample though, it’s 30g as my tasting note states.

Robert Godden

I must try matcha…

Cofftea

Yes, you must. It’s wonderful!=D

Ricky

Woah lots of stuff came! Where’s that lucky gold matcha now? =P

Cofftea

Ricky, Just didn’t have time this morning. May not tomorrow morning either, but I’ll try that Thurs morning at the latest.

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1: I can’t even stand the raw leaf enough to make this (I’ve never owned a tea w/ this rating, but I’ve smelled some before buying resulting in me NOT buying them that were that bad)

2: I steeped this tea but couldn’t stand the aroma enough to get it past my nose

3: I immediately gagged at the 1st sip and spit it out.

4: I manageed to get the 1st sip down, but I tossed the rest.

5: I drank the 1st cup but I can’t bring myself to resteep

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