26 Tasting Notes

85

2010 version. Fresh & clean, grassy flavours. Right in the middle quality wise.

Price: $20 for 100g.
Buy again: Probably not – decent value though.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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81

Delicate and fresh but a bit too simple on the palate. There is an interesting honey type note on the nose in addition to the fresh grass.

I like it and I am happy that I tried it, but I don’t feel the need to revisit it in the near future.

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

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85
drank Shincha Moe by ZenCha
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Tried the 2010 version of this. Well balanced, forgiving of brewing variance. Good value for money but prefer the Takumi Shincha from this vendor.

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92

Tried the 2010 Shincha version of this and I’m shocked. It is sensational. Total contrast to the regular 2009 harvest tea I thought was mediocre earlier. Not sure if 2010 is just a better harvest or if the Shincha version shines.

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86

2010 Shincha version. Good, nice richness and umami. Didn’t really think it had the depth/complexity I’d want at the price they are asking though ($21 for 50g).

Shinobi_cha

Was it any good? I was curious about their 2 shinchas (well, this one and…Nishi san 1st flush)

camw

It was good, nice richness and umami. Didn’t really think it had the depth/complexity I’d want at the price they are asking though ($21 for 50g). Much preferred the O-Cha Sae Midori (price and quality wise).

Shinobi_cha

Yeah, that is quite expensive; at least, at that level it needs to be good. I’ve found them (Rishi) to be on the generally more expensive end of things.

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79
drank Nishi 1st Flush Sencha by Rishi Tea
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2010 Shincha. Light grass notes. Not enough palate depth for my liking. I think it is good quality, but not really my style.

Price Paid: $12 US per 50g.
Buy Again: Probably not

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Kukicha by Rishi Tea
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Tried the 2010 Shincha version of this. Quite enjoyable, displays a rounded flavour profile with some nutty elements. Fairly simple but nicely refreshing.

Price: $9USD for 50grams
Buy again: Maybe

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

Their Gokubo 1st flush Fukamushi Kukicha is awesome; I definitely recommend ($8.50 for 50g)

camw

Thanks, got more tea than I know what to do with at the moment, but will definitely add it to the list to try!

Shinobi_cha

Yeah; that makes sense… it seems like one they carry normally, not one of those seasonal specials that may not come back, so there’s probably a good chance it will be available often.

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88

Great complexity and has a very interesting coffee and dark chocolate note in the background that really appealed to me. Good balance and length on the palate.

Price: $6.49 for 30g.
Buy Again: Yes

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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81
drank Shincha Kunpu by Den's Tea
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Nice sweetness and vegetable character. Not a great deal of intensity, just some restrained sweet and grassy flavour notes. Good but not especially memorable.

Buy Again: Probably not

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Shinobi_cha

Just remember, this year was particularly hard on the Shizuoka harvest (early frosts). You probably wouldn’t want to buy it again (if I were in your shoes I probably wouldn’t), but if you get the opportunity to sample a better harvest year, do so. At least, I get the impression his Shincha Kunpu is very good, but this year was nothing special because of the weather.

camw

Thanks for the comment. Will keep it in mind when drawing up the list to order next time around!

Shinobi_cha

One cool thing about Den’s tea – you can request for a free 10g sample of any of their teas. Obviously they kind of hope you will order something, but if next year you planned on buying a shincha from Den’s and wanted to try the Kunpu, I’m sure you could request a sample. I highly recommend his Hashiri Shincha (I didn’t get to try the Kunpu, but I did get the Houryoku, and the Hashiri was even better). I’m planning on buying or at least sampling the Kunpu next time around.

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85
drank Shincha Houryoku by Den's Tea
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2010 version: Quite strong (and interesting) roast green bean, spinach and seaweed elements here. Good lift, remains fresh even with the strength of flavour and aroma.

Price: $19.75 for 56g
Buy Again: Maybe

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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