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drank Tokyo by Harney & Sons
277 tasting notes

Finally brewed a proper cup of Tokyo. First attempts were disastrous so I had to dump it. Both previous times I’ve either burned the leaves because I didn’t wait for the water to cool enough, I just winged it and well, some green tea you can’t do that with. Second time I didn’t set a timer because I’m so awesome..l and forgot about it for close to 10 minutes I think. It was bitter both times so watch your Tokyo, don’t just get busy and forget it.

Now that I managed to steep only 2 minutes and around 180 I can drink it. Because I can see the sesame seeds in the dry leaf I expect there to be sesame taste. Don’t get any. Also, can’t say I get caramel either. It is, however, somehow smooth and buttery and it does taste like maybe a 3rd steep of Genmaicha would. I prefer Genmaicha.

The color of the brew is pale yellow and is not very fragrant but a good sniff will tell it has the same smell as the dry leaf.

I’ll keep it just because I don’t have much straight green tea in the house. I would hardly call this flavoured despite the sesame.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Dexter

Hmmmmm, I don’t really like fussy teas. 3rd steep genmaicha – LOL you aren’t instilling a lot of confidence in me that I’m going to like this. It was in the drink next pile, it might get moved to the drink soon pile.

Nxtdoor

Drink next, for me? I’m curious if you’ll like it.

Dexter

Tommorrow…..will try it tomorrow – I’m doing comparisons between straight blacks tonight. LOL this wouldn’t go with those. (I was drinking that walnut green stuff today – need something heavier to erase that memory).

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Dexter

Hmmmmm, I don’t really like fussy teas. 3rd steep genmaicha – LOL you aren’t instilling a lot of confidence in me that I’m going to like this. It was in the drink next pile, it might get moved to the drink soon pile.

Nxtdoor

Drink next, for me? I’m curious if you’ll like it.

Dexter

Tommorrow…..will try it tomorrow – I’m doing comparisons between straight blacks tonight. LOL this wouldn’t go with those. (I was drinking that walnut green stuff today – need something heavier to erase that memory).

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I started drinking loose leaf tea in the spring of 2013 (why do we feel compelled to mark the date of tea drinking somewhat like addicts counting their sobriety days?)

Never been much into tea before. Growing up in Romania, tea was something mom made for you when you were sick. As an adult, my hot beverage of choice has been coffee, both flavoured and regular. I’ve recently stumbled upon Teavana and DAVIDs TEA and quickly got addicted to the latter. Then came steepster and all else followed.

Formerly a mathematician and insurance adjuster, I gave up the corporate world and am now a professional chef. I drink wine and sometimes cheat on it with tea.

I lean heavily towards flavoured black teas. I’ve started to crave the occasional straight oolong and green but so far unflavoured black teas leave me unimpressed.

I’m learning so I drink them all. Am even introducing myself to pu’erh. So far I can do fine with the sheng cause frankly, they don’t taste like pu’erh to me. The shou is another story.

Note*: The virtual cupboard does NOT contain any of the samples I hold since most of them are one-cup quantity.

Note**: My partner, our home improvements, gadgets, mortgage, travel, wine and food have budget priority over tea.

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Toronto-ish, Canada

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