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12 Tasting Notes

85

Very clean and straight-forward, not at all vegetal, not very sweet either.

Flavors: Grass

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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90

Yes, this tea is more tannic than most Darjeelings…it’s bold, a deeper amber than other SFTGFOP’s I’ve had from Mariage Freres. The first year I had it – I think 2010? – it was more floral, rose-hinted almost – but I haven’t perceived that rose note in the last two years.

I usually brew Margaret’s Hope at 5 degrees f lower than boiling because of the higher levels of tannins.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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80

A flavored darjeeling…light body, lightly favored – honey-vanilla with a touch of something floral. Very pleasant if you’re not into strongly-flavored teas.

I didn’t get any bergamot, but they may have changed the flavor in the last year.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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89

I’ve tried a few sencha sakuras (this one, Den’s – quite awful version – and Mariage Freres) and this one is my favorite. The cherry blossom add an almost spice-like floral flavor, deep but pure.
I hope they’ll have it in stock soon.

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91

This tea makes me nostalgic. It was the first sencha I fell in love with, in 2008….
Its a lovely sencha – nice light asamushi with a chestnut-like roasted flavor. Very unique.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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75

I have had the 2009 + 2010 – both were better.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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79

Very grassy and vegetal. For a asamushi-drinker such as myself, this is a good fukamushi – light, clean, relatively sweet.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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66

I normally like o-cha’s senchas and I primarily drink asamushi senchas…but this one’s TOO light and clean for my taste.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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88
drank Kaboku Sencha by Ippodo
12 tasting notes

Great asamushi style sencha. A bit more vegetal than most asamushi’s, and very clean, light…no bitterness or astringency.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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100

Lighter in body and sweeter than most senchas. My personal everyday favorite.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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