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We bought a small tin of this to be a decaffeinated treat in the evenings, and it’s very tasty! It initially has a nice, mellow sweetness, and then the kiwi bits add a tart kick in the aftertaste.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Organic Matcha by DoMatcha
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Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 8 min or more

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This tea was a very pleasant tea. My wife and I tried it the other night as a dessert tea, and it worked very well. While the tea’s flavor does resemble the taste of cheesecake, it also tastes like tea – as a well-blended tea should. The green tea base was also nice, because it’s lower caffeine content makes it something that you could enjoy in the evening without fear of losing any sleep.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This tea is wonderful for the price! It’s just as Upton describes it. It has a clean, crisp, vegetal flavor, and I would go as far as to say that it’s an excellent daily cup of tea. At $54.60 per kilo, this tea is a steal. I routinely get 3 steepings out of this tea (once at 25 seconds – once at 5 seconds – once at 30 seconds, and each one is beautiful.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 30 sec
ScottTeaMan

I’m all for multiple infusions, even with Senchas, which as you know can get bitter if overbrewed. What did you brew it in and how much tea did you use? Steeps still seem a tad short to me. Five seconds? Was the taste thin or weak? If you haven’t, read my review on Upton’s Sencha Ingen. Man, was that a good tea! I had two really good steeps all the time, & I’ll bet I could’ve gotten three.

The Tea Show

I usually steep up 9 grams in a Chatsford 4-cup on a daily basis. The second steeping of 5 seconds does not produce a weak or thin taste at all. When you’re dealing with green teas, the second steeping doesn’t need to be long. This is because the essence of the tea has already been extracted to a large extend and is just sitting on the exterior of the leaves. With the second steeping, you’re basically just rinsing the essence of the tea off of the exterior of the leaves. Then, with the finally steeping, you allow it to soak a little longer to draw out more of the tea’s essence from within. Try it sometime! You may discover that you’re doing it all wrong. I tried it one day and haven’t looked back.

ScottTeaMan

No….I agree about the second steeping, it’s just that 5 seconds seemed a little short to me. I will try it sometime though. I don’t measure my tea precisely, but I tend to use slightly more leaves and do shorter steep times. For sencha, I typically do 30 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and if I do a 4th steep, somewhere beteen 1.00-1.5 min. It works for me. It also depends on the quality of the tea too.

I noticed your bone china chatsford teapot from Upton’s. How has it performed over time for you? Is it as durable as it looks? I’ve been considering purchasing one. Thank you!

ScottTeaMan

I just saw your latest tea episode about your raffle. I don’t use twitter. Can you elaborate on other ways to enter. You did mention something about “liking” you on FB. I think the easiest way to do it is this:

Depending on the number of entries, divide up the prizes as a % of all entries. Put all entries in a hat or box and thoroughly mix it up. Also depending on the number of entries received, perhaps have a rule that states that no one household or person can win more than one or two prizes. The easiest way to do it would be to let the prizes be random, prizes listed in order as you wish. It is your raffle after all. :)) I hope these suggestions help! :))

The Tea Show

I LOVE my Chatsford teapot, and they aren’t paying me to say that. It’s the best. I’ve had it since I was about 15 years old, and I’m 28 now. I clean it every once and a while with an electric toothbrush and baking soda, and it looks as white as the day I bought it! :)

I think the best way to handle the Facebook business is to Like or Friend us on Facebook and send me a message afterwards. That way, we’ll be sure to send you your 25 raffle tickets right away. For more raffle tickets, Just send out messages on Facebook advertising our raffle to your friends and we’ll send you 5 tickets. Once again, it would probably be a good idea to send us a small message after doing so. That way, we can be sure to send you your tickets.

Thanks for your ideas on the distribution of the prizes! There are other people participating in the raffle, and I’d like to get their ideas on it as well before we make any decisions on how to distribute the prizes. I know one lady with several hundred raffle tickets that might not want to split the prizes up that way. ;)

ScottTeaMan

25 raffle tickets….wow! I thought you said 5 in the vid. Oh, yeah I agree …you can’t split them that way with that many tickets out there. You may have to just put them in a rotating drum….like the lottery. :))

Aunty Proton

Is this sencha the current TJ10T Japanese Sencha on Upton’s catalog?

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drank Dragon Pearls by Shanti Tea
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Check out our video-tasting here on Episode 25 of The Tea Show: http://blip.tv/the-tea-show/episode-25-shanti-tea-s-dragon-pearls-5452208

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Dragon Pearls by Shanti Tea
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Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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