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82
drank Organic Kukicha by Aiya
112 tasting notes

This is a damn fine green tea…it’s light and delicate, but oddly accepting of a little bit of sweetener. There’s a fine grassiness to it that makes me think of haylofts and fresh-cut grass without the bitterness that I often find hiding in the greens I drink.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly silky – with a bit of an astringent bite at the end – and I’d be willing to bet this one will wind up in my rotation right alongside a lot of my heartier black staples.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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93
drank Organic Kukicha by Aiya
4224 tasting notes

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Previously, I reviewed their conventionally grown Kukicha, and then I got the opportunity to try their Organic variety. I love both teas, but I do have a special appreciation for this one because it is organic. That said … you really can’t go wrong with Aiya … all of the teas that I’ve tried from them have been really remarkable.

This is a really good Kukicha. Very fresh tasting. One of the best Kukicha teas I’ve tried.

A vibrant, energizing flavor, and yet it is very calming to sip. Light, sweet, slightly grassy, with a hint of astringency at the tail. Not quite as nutty as some of the kukicha I’ve tasted. This has more of a fruit and floral taste.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/06/organic-kukicha-green-tea-aiya/

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85

All-around excellent matcha! I’ve been drinking this usucha style, heated chawan, two almond-sized chashaku mounds of matcha finely sifted, bamboo chasen pre-moistened, 175F water around 75-85ml I’m guessing, added about 10ml first to mix up the paste then added the rest of the water to froth. Creamy, frothy, that perfect deep jade color underneath the foam, and very easy to form that smooth froth of uniformly small bubbles.

The aroma first hits you a bit like the first infusion of a gyokuro — that warm briny ocean smell, but nowhere as strong and quickly joined by a lot of deep vegetal aromas… it’s that special note my favorite matchas have in the aroma, and lets me know the leaves would have made a fine gyokuro if processed differently. But also like I enjoy my matcha, it doesn’t translate into the flavor — this tastes very vegetal with a sweet finish, and I find myself going through the whole process 2-3 times a day now just to enjoy a good bowl of this stuff more than once. I know it is a bit blasphemous, but some cream & stevia (not enough to make it a real latte, maybe a tsp of each) makes it oh-so-rich and oh-so-enjoyable.

Good quality for the price point.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 3 OZ / 75 ML

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90
drank Hojicha by Aiya
4224 tasting notes

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A really delicious, roasty-toasty Hojicha! The leaves are sencha and bancha leaves that have been roasted. The flavor is sweet, warm and toasty with nutty notes. A beautifully soothing cuppa.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/12/27/hojicha-green-tea-aiya/

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drank Konacha by Aiya
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Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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93
drank Ceremonial Matcha by Aiya
1 tasting notes

This is the first matcha I have tried, I was prepared for a horrible taste after reading about matcha in general but was pleasantly surprised. I drink this almost every day and am loving the energy it is giving me after I drink it. The only problem I have is that I have to order online to get it, would like to compare it’s taste to the Teavana brand.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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84
drank Konacha by Aiya
4224 tasting notes

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To my knowledge, this Konacha from Aiya is the first Konacha that I’ve tried. The dry leaf is very finely chopped (not surprising, the description tells me to expect dust). It brews up light yet bright green.

It tastes a bit like a gyokuro, again, not surprising, since this is made from gyokuro dust. Sweet, brothy, and enjoyable. A nice tea to have around if you’re big on gyokuro but can’t afford to drink it everyday.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/11/04/konacha-green-tea-from-aiya/

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82
drank (Deep Steam) Sencha by Aiya
80 tasting notes

Thanks, Nicole_Martin, for sample of this tea!
This week my taste buds have changed due to the snow and cold weather.
I chose this as the first tea of the day.
Like all Sencha’s – this one tastes great.
No sugar, sweeteners or milk needed.
This has a robust flavor, deep aroma, and dark green appearance.
www.aiya-america.com
K-Kosher sign on the foil package.

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91
drank Kukicha by Aiya
4224 tasting notes

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A really delightful Kukicha. The flavor is not quite as vegetative as the aroma might suggest. It has a light, sweet, nutty flavor, with hints of vegetation. The vegatal notes are more savory than sweet, which offers a compelling contrast to the sweet nutty tones. Really nice texture.

Aiya is definitely one of my favorite tea companies because they consistently offer high quality products.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/09/13/kukicha-green-tea-from-aiya/

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89
drank (Deep Steam) Sencha by Aiya
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This is a slightly different-than-I-was-expecting sort of Sencha. A lighter grassy tone here than in a typical Japanese Sencha. A delicious hint of toasty-ness in the aroma of the brewed tea that I really liked. Warm, nutty tones to the cup.

This is sweet, but toward mid-sip, there is a savory tone that is almost broth-like. Slightly salty, even.

Here’s my full-length review of this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/06/28/deep-steam-sencha-green-tea-from-aiya/

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93
drank Premium Sencha by Aiya
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I love Aiya’s products because they always live up to the quality that I expect from this company … always top-notch.

This was such a fresh … delightful Sencha! I could smell the freshness when I opened the tin. Sweet, luscious, slight kelp-y note, nice vegetative taste.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/05/18/premium-sencha-green-tea-from-aiya/

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95
drank Premium Sencha by Aiya
1088 tasting notes

This one is a very special green tea from TeaBoxB! The leaves are the darkest green I’ve seen and very wiry, tightly twisted. Water cooled, two minute steep and this is the sort of green tea I’m talking about it. It’s creamy creamy with something vegetal I can’t place (the specific vegetable I can’t tell… but so so good) and hints of something fruity (maybe peach)? The flavor is so lingering… probably the best green tea I’ve had!

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89
drank (Deep Steam) Sencha by Aiya
6770 tasting notes

Deep Steam Sencha! Yay! I appreciate the fact they took the time to steam this longer than your usual sencha. It comes thru in the flavor, aroma, and to the naked eye! It’s vegetal, but sweet. It’s fairly creamy and quite clean tasting. Pretty brothy. Slightly Peppery. I like it!

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97
drank Premium Sencha by Aiya
6770 tasting notes

Go-to Sencha? Perhaps! Backlogging…see other notes!

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89
drank Matcha Infused Genmaicha by Aiya
4224 tasting notes

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Having previously tried their Organic Matcha Infused Genmaicha, I was pretty sure I’d enjoy this conventionally grown Matcha Infused Genmaicha from Aiya. Since it’s been about a year since I last had the Organic variety, I don’t know that I could adequately provide an accurate comparison between the two teas. But I enjoyed this one … and I enjoyed the Organic as well.

To tell the truth, I enjoy everything I taste from Aiya because they’re synonymous with high quality Japanese teas. I’ve not found anything that I’ve been less than impressed with from them.

Here is my full-length review of this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/04/01/matcha-infused-genmaicha-green-tea-from-aiya/

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97
drank Premium Sencha by Aiya
6770 tasting notes

This has been my go-to Green tea the last month or so! It’s so incredibly clean that I can’t help but go back to it time and time again! It has natural citrus notes as well as a sweet touch of nut. This is SOLID!

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90
drank Organic Sencha by Aiya
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I love Aiya. They’re really a great company – and they provide some of the finest Japanese teas available. I have never been disappointed by a tea from them. They’re always fresh, always amazing.

This Japanese Sencha is no exception – fresh, vegetative, and so lovely to sip.

Here’s my full-length review of it: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/03/17/organic-sencha-green-tea-from-aiya/

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100
drank Premium Sencha by Aiya
807 tasting notes

Full review will be on http://sororiteasisters.com/ tomorrow, May 22nd at 6pm Central but here are the snippets:

The best way that I can describe Premium Sencha from Aiya is fresh delicious perfection. I have sat here with this cup so immersed in it, just allowing myself to become a part of it, and it is just the freshest sensational cup of tea ever. There is a nutty sweetness with just a slight astringency that gives it almost a citrus like zest. The left over flavor on the palate is lingering, nutty, and a little tart. Yes, you will find a grassy flavor in the tea, but it is not grassy like other green teas I have experienced, this tea is more like a seaweed with a slight saltiness, a vegetal flavor that is really special. The aroma is equally pleasing. I can only describe the aroma as something you would experience in a prairie meadow on a breezy, warm, summer’s day.

When I received my tin from Aiya I was really surprised to find that under the lid was a secondary sealed pull back lid. I was so excited and impressed I made my daughter and husband come look. Upon pulling off the sealed lid by the ring (like an older style soda can) and hearing the freshness seal open, with an airy sound, the aroma of the dry leaf was mesmerizing! The lead is dark green and almost shimmery silver looking. No wonder this is the freshest tasting sencha I have ever experienced!

If you have not tried a tea from Aiya please do yourself a favor and get yourself some right away! You won’t be disappointed in their teas.

Ysaurella

so you definitively need to buy a Mariage Frère tin, they add a secondary sealed lid as well :)
It sounds like a delightful tea !

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96
drank Organic Gyokuro by Aiya
6770 tasting notes

Had a cup of this before “lunch” which really only consisted of bean chips and nuts! LOL Regardless this was good!

Stephanie

Love gyokuro…too bad it is so expensive!

K S

bean chips?

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98
drank Organic Gyokuro by Aiya
807 tasting notes

Full review will post on Sororitea Sisters on the 27th but here are my snippits:

I feel very centered and balanced when I sip this tea, and it makes me feel like I am doing something really wonderful for my body, and mind. Gyokuro is known for its balance of sweet and bitter, even when steeped properly there is a slight astringency in the sip. Yet, it is sweet as well, which brings this perfect harmony to the cup. Its the perfect balance indeed.

There is just something special about Japanese Green Tea, something that only high quality companies that have high standards can bring us as tea lovers. Aiya brings us some of the best examples of excellent Japanese Green Tea.

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90
drank Organic Sencha by Aiya
807 tasting notes

Full Review will be on http://sororiteasisters.com/ on the 20th but here are my snippits:

I found this cup to have a nutty appeal, grassy of course, and just a slight seaweed flavor. While also vegetal, I find the vegetal notes to be somewhat tame.

This sencha also leaves a lovely floral essence on the palate. It is a surprising and delicious experience.

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96
drank Organic Gyokuro by Aiya
6770 tasting notes

When Aiya releases something new – it’s like a grand fanfare and rightfully-so! This is delightful! It’s light but flavorful – pleasant and beautiful – vegetal yet sweet – bold yet delicate. It’s quite clean and very impressive. It’s good for multiple infusions, too!

A lovely Gyokuro experience!

Gravitea

I’m curious. I’ve not had any Gyokurus yet. Did this one have a lot of umami in it like the Gyokuru Imperial fermataleaf just reviewed?

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