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drank Yuzu Sencha by Samovar
35 tasting notes

My Samovar order came in today!

The smell of the yuzu is definitely noticeable compared to the green tea. It makes me want to cry because it is so amazing.

Once brewed, the grassy/vegetal smell is much more noticeable, with slight undertones of yuzu. I kind of wish it would keep the stronger yuzu smell once brewed, but this still smells amazing.

The first sip. This has a much grassier flavor than I originally thought it would have, which isn’t a problem at all since I love green teas. The sencha is vegetal, buttery, and creamy, with very subtle hints of yuzu in the aftertaste. With each sip, the progression of yuzu seems to get a bit stronger in the aftertaste. Next thing I know, I’m at the bottom of my mug. Damn, need to resteep.

2nd steep, for 30 seconds. I’d have to agree with teaplz, the second steep could possibly be even better than the first. The yuzu is much more noticeable when you taste this. I’d say the tastes of the sencha and yuzu are almost equal now.

3rd steep, 30 more seconds. I’m tasting straight yuzu now. The tea has gotten quite light, but still tastes pretty amazing… Now that I’m tasting almost straight yuzu, it reminds me of drinking a very very light or watered down yuzu juice. I think that is pretty amazing.

With the progression of tastes in this tea, with each steep, you would almost think this is a different tea every time you tasted the new brew. Which that is just amazing.

Overall, I think it is a pretty freaking awesome tea. It is a nice, light, refreshing tea that cleanses the palette after almost each sip. But, there is a part of me that was a little let down. Not with this tea itself, but at my expectations of this tea. Let me explain.

When this tea first appeared on Samovar’s site, I got so excited. I was so happy that I found a yuzu green tea that I could get outside of Japan (then again, I never actively searched for some after I got back home). The first thing that came to mind was the amazing yuzu tea that I had while in Japan. I then went on a little stroll down memory lane. Britt and I were back in Harajuku, and we were walking down Omotesando. I wanted to get some tea at this interesting looking tea shop that was above Heiroku Sushi (which is an amazing kaitenzushi/conveyor belt sushi restaurant, I’d highly recommend going there). So we stopped in there, and I decided to go with the yuzu tea since I had been hooked on drinking hot yuzu juice from the conbini during my stay there. It tasted glorious, it was like they brewed the tea with straight yuzu juice, and it also had a few large chunks of the citrus-y fruit in there along with the tea. It was even better than the yuzu juice that I had been hooked on. So, we come back to reality, and I think to myself “Man, I gotta get this! It is yuzu tea, just like I had in Japan!” So, I am a little disappointed in myself and thinking this was going to taste exactly like the tea I had in Japan.

But this tea, definitely a winner in my book. I’d highly recommend it!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Cofftea

I placed mine today! This sounds so good!

Garrett

Did you end up ordering this? If so, you’ll love it, especially if you like green teas!

Cofftea

I LOVE green teas, but no I didn’t order this. I ordered their yixing pot and calendar to get the tencha.

Garrett

Well, if you’re ever interested in trying this and wanna do a tea swap, I’d be more than happy to trade ya.

Yeah, I saw that deal, but I had already made my order for the steepster select four seasons oolong.

teaplz

So good! Yay that you liked the second steep just as much, if not better than the first! I never got to the third steep, but I’ve definitely got to try it, from what you wrote!

Garrett

I actually got up to 5 steepings, and I could have kept going! But pretty much from the third steep on it tastes just like a watered down yuzu juice, which definitely isn’t a bad thing.

Cofftea

Garret… “but I had already…” Yeah so? LOL hehe;-)

takgoti

Congratulations! Welcome to the Samovar family!

…Is it just me, or did that just kinda sound like Samovar drinkers are part of the mafia?

Anyhow, this was a fantastic read. Love this tea!

Garrett

Cofftea: LOL, true.

takgoti: Thanks! I already had a handful of their stuff, but my collection is definitely growing. And I wouldn’t call it being part of the tea mafia… I’d say we are a legitimate group of people that like to pursue things in a particular way…. or… something along those lines….

Cofftea

Yes Garrett, we are definitely legit

~lauren.

OH NO! I think I ordered 6 teas from Samovar and this one wasn’t on it – and you make this tea sound delectable! UGH!

SoccerMom

great review! Do you really almost cry? OR “want to cry”?

Garrett

Lauren: Get some! haha
SoccerMom: want to, haha

~lauren.

No more tempting me! Please! I get enough of that from Select! But this does sound so good …!

takgoti

Oh, durr. There have been so many people losing their Samovar virginity lately that I see, “My Samovar order came in,” and my mind automatically goes, “Ahhh, yesssss. Welcome to the fold.”

You are no Samovar newbie, though! Regardless, great review! I’m going to need to add this to my tea agenda for tomorrow. I haven’t had it in a while.

teaplz

MY SAMOVAR ORDER IS HERE YAYNESS.

And yay for Samovar in general!

Garrett

Lauren: Temptation is gooooooooooooood

takgoti: You better add it! It’ll be soooo worth it.

teaplz: What did ya get?

~lauren.

Okay, okay – it’s on my Shopping List and when I make up my THIRD order of Samovar (thanks a lot, takgoti, I only heard of Samovar when you were first made ambassador!) I will be sure to add this because I love sencha and am curious about yuzu and “It makes me want to cry because it is so amazing” got to me, I admit it!

Garrett

Mwahahaha!

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Cofftea

I placed mine today! This sounds so good!

Garrett

Did you end up ordering this? If so, you’ll love it, especially if you like green teas!

Cofftea

I LOVE green teas, but no I didn’t order this. I ordered their yixing pot and calendar to get the tencha.

Garrett

Well, if you’re ever interested in trying this and wanna do a tea swap, I’d be more than happy to trade ya.

Yeah, I saw that deal, but I had already made my order for the steepster select four seasons oolong.

teaplz

So good! Yay that you liked the second steep just as much, if not better than the first! I never got to the third steep, but I’ve definitely got to try it, from what you wrote!

Garrett

I actually got up to 5 steepings, and I could have kept going! But pretty much from the third steep on it tastes just like a watered down yuzu juice, which definitely isn’t a bad thing.

Cofftea

Garret… “but I had already…” Yeah so? LOL hehe;-)

takgoti

Congratulations! Welcome to the Samovar family!

…Is it just me, or did that just kinda sound like Samovar drinkers are part of the mafia?

Anyhow, this was a fantastic read. Love this tea!

Garrett

Cofftea: LOL, true.

takgoti: Thanks! I already had a handful of their stuff, but my collection is definitely growing. And I wouldn’t call it being part of the tea mafia… I’d say we are a legitimate group of people that like to pursue things in a particular way…. or… something along those lines….

Cofftea

Yes Garrett, we are definitely legit

~lauren.

OH NO! I think I ordered 6 teas from Samovar and this one wasn’t on it – and you make this tea sound delectable! UGH!

SoccerMom

great review! Do you really almost cry? OR “want to cry”?

Garrett

Lauren: Get some! haha
SoccerMom: want to, haha

~lauren.

No more tempting me! Please! I get enough of that from Select! But this does sound so good …!

takgoti

Oh, durr. There have been so many people losing their Samovar virginity lately that I see, “My Samovar order came in,” and my mind automatically goes, “Ahhh, yesssss. Welcome to the fold.”

You are no Samovar newbie, though! Regardless, great review! I’m going to need to add this to my tea agenda for tomorrow. I haven’t had it in a while.

teaplz

MY SAMOVAR ORDER IS HERE YAYNESS.

And yay for Samovar in general!

Garrett

Lauren: Temptation is gooooooooooooood

takgoti: You better add it! It’ll be soooo worth it.

teaplz: What did ya get?

~lauren.

Okay, okay – it’s on my Shopping List and when I make up my THIRD order of Samovar (thanks a lot, takgoti, I only heard of Samovar when you were first made ambassador!) I will be sure to add this because I love sencha and am curious about yuzu and “It makes me want to cry because it is so amazing” got to me, I admit it!

Garrett

Mwahahaha!

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