Chado Tea House

Recent Tasting Notes

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I got this tea in a small 5g sample package with my order from Chado Tea House.

First Impressions:
Looks like a standard high quality sencha but with slightly thinner leaves. The smell is very fresh and grassy as expected from a good sencha. Smells absolutely delicious and buttery while steeping! The colour of the tea in a glass teacup is a very pronounced greenish-yellow.

Taste:
This is a great sencha. It has a nice bold flavour for a green tea and is great for everyday drinking. It is grassy, yet buttery smooth. It brings warmth to the soul. If you love sencha, I would highly recommend you try this one out if you can get your hands on it.

Flavors: Butter, Grass

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g

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drank Yuzu Kukicha by Chado Tea House
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I just got my massive tea order in from Chado Tea House and decided to try this one first. I got this tea as something different and interesting to drink.

First Impressions:
The packaging is very nice and traditional.The dry leaves smell extremely fresh and grassy (Mmmmm.) with subtle citrus notes. While steeping, the citrus is more pronounced but still smells relatively similar. I’m drinking this tea in a glass teacup and the colour is a very light yellow, very clear.

Taste:
The first sip was very light and refreshing. The citrus is subtle but still very prevalent. I’m not a huge fan of citrus but this is pretty good. It tastes kind of like a mix of grapefruit/orange and a pinch of lemon (I’ve never actually had a yuzu before so I have no idea how it actually tastes). Overall, very light tea – great for refreshing summer days and afternoons. This would probably make a tasty iced tea.

Flavors: Citrus, Grapefruit, Grass, Lemon Zest, Orange

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp

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80
drank Yuzu Kukicha by Chado Tea House
15 tasting notes

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100

I actually had this tea for the first time in the small town/village of Hita in Kyushu itself. The lady working at the tea vendor was very kind and let me drink a cup or so along with some sort of gelatinous Japanese tea snack. I’ll always associate this tea and maybe gyokuro teas in general with this experience from now on.
I couldn’t get enough so I bought enough to last me a long time back in America. It has a very nice typical gyokuro sweetness but it had a little bit of that sencha grassiness and bitterness in it as well. All around a great tea.

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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51

This is not a bad tea it’s just that i don’t like toasted rice in my tea. to people who do then you’ll love it. The sencha and toasted rice balance out each other. Has a light yellowish liquor and grassy toasted kind of aroma to it. brewed in a gaiwan.

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

I am not one for Genmaicha or sticky rice puerh.

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89

Backlog:

Mellow and sweet. It has a light, crisp flavor that seems to clean the palate. A little bit of savory ‘saltiness’ to this cup too.

A very impressive tea from Chado Tea House. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/06/11/guricha-ureshino-green-tea-from-chado-tea-house/

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90

Backlog:

An amazing green tea … sweet, vegetative, remarkably smooth … smoother than many other Japanese Sencha teas I’ve experienced. It’s sweeter than other sencha teas too, with less of that bitter intonation. A delightful creaminess to the cup as well. One of the nicest Japanese Sencha teas that I’ve had the opportunity to try.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/03/07/sencha-tea-chashi-meijin-imperial-gold-from-chado-tea-house/

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drank Yuzu Kukicha by Chado Tea House
4315 tasting notes

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A really delicious flavored Kukicha. The Yuzu really brightens the flavor, a pleasant citrus flavor that is somewhere between tangerine and grapefruit. Definitely a memorable tea.

Here is my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/02/08/yuzu-kukicha-tea-blend-from-chado-tea-house/

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88

I’m on my 2nd infusion of this and I like the 2nd infusion better than the first. I am using short infusion times for this sencha – less than a minute. It’s GOOD. It’s a strong green – spinach and broccoli combo – flavor comparison. It’s sturdy and impressive! A really nice sencha!!!!

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81

Backlog:

I tried one of these earlier today. At first, I was going to prepare it as I would Matcha, but, then at some point before the water got hot (I think I was impatient), I decided to add a little cold water to my chawan instead and drank this cold. It’s really good! Sweet and vegetative and tasty.

My full-length review of it will be on SororiTea Sisters in the next day or two. http://sororiteasisters.com

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95

Special thanks to Liberteas for this lil gem! This is amazing!

It’s incredibly clean and quite brothy. It’s smooth, semi-savory, a little sweet and a little vegetal. It’s not grassy or bitter. I totally agree with Liberteas that this is JUST RIGHT in every way! Wonderful!

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drank Yame Gyokuro by Chado Tea House
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I am revisiting this tea this evening because a) It was so lovely yesterday and I wanted to experience that again today and b) the package containing what I had left of this tea was just sitting there, on the counter, as if to say “Hey! Drink me! Drink me!” Since I’m medicated and in pain and not wanting to stand around on my ankle, I decided to go with this tea mostly because it was conveniently there, waiting for me.

I am sad that this is the last that I have of this tea though, it is an excellent Gyokuro. Chado Tea House has a wonderful selection of Japanese Green teas, everyone! You should definitely give them a try if you’re in the market for good Japanese teas. OH… and they’re very nice too!

This is nice … very relaxing and it allows me to mentally leave the pain behind as I enjoy the tea. I like that. I need that.

Kittenna

Your ankle?! Hrm. I think I need to take a look through the rest of your tasting notes from today!

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drank Yame Gyokuro by Chado Tea House
4315 tasting notes

Backlog:

Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a sampling of this amazing tea from Chado Tea House. I love Gyokuro… and this one is remarkably good.

I am backlogging this because on Wednesday afternoon (technically yesterday, as it is now early in the AM on Thursday) I rolled my ankle and was taken to the ER to make sure I didn’t break it. Fortunately I did not, but it is still very painful. This is the tea that I drank while sitting in front of the TV trying to forget my pain with the help of painkillers. Why is it that doctors are so afraid to give pain killers when we are in pain? Yeah yeah, addiction, blah blah blah. But, when I’m in pain, I’m really not concerned with becoming addicted to something that will help me not hurt. At this point, I’d rather not hurt and run the risk of an addiction than to keep the pain at a “tolerable” level and not become addicted.

end of rant

Anyway… this was really nice. Crisp, vegetative, and soothing … and for a moment while observing the beauty of the tea I was able to forget about the pain. Just a moment, but it was a lovely moment.

KeenTeaThyme

Yikes! Feel better soon! A trick for the ER I’ve learned over the years, after having to go for migraines, back pain and stomach pain is to ask for morphine. If they give you enough (!) it’ll last long enough for you to sleep.

Helena

Ouch! I don’t know about morphine but I usually get Tylenol 3 and that works wonders :D

The Purrfect Cup

Jeeez, glad to hear it wasn’t broken. I feel your pain. I didn’t get any pain meds when I sprained my ankle either…same reason. I wanted to smack the guy with my cane! Anyway…feel better!!

LiberTEAS

Yeah, they gave me ibuprofen 600mg … and I’m like, I need something stronger than that. They wanted to give me anti-inflammatory which is why the ibuprofen, but, I’m like, OK, then give me some vicodin too. Sheesh. I HURT!

Nik

Ouch. =( When I was young I had an Ace bandage on my ankle like every other week. It was ridiculous how frequently I twisted it. It rarely happens now, but I still remember the pain. Hope your ankle heals quickly!

The Purrfect Cup

Ha I didn’t even get that! Doc just told me to take aleve when I got home. More like I took my last vicodin from a procedure a month ago when I got home….which led my hubbins to calling me Dr. House for the night. :p

Azzrian

Aweeee I hope you are better soon!!

Terri HarpLady

Bummer! A year & half ago I injured my foot by thinking I was at the bottom of the stairs & stepping off, about 3 steps early or so. crash, boom, no fun. I was on crutches for 6 weeks, & had no stability on that foot for months. I’m just now getting where the stability is reliable enough to ride my Harley again. You have my sympathy, & I hope this heals fast for you, I know it’s no fun. I strongly recommend gel ice packs for pain & swelling.

Donna A

Hope you make a quick recovery. Terri is right about ice packs. Was it a sprain? Sometimes those are as bad as fractures. My college daughter had an ankle sprain and had to go to Physical Therapy for a few weeks, but made a full recovery.

CHAroma

Ooh, that sucks! Hope you get better soon! As for the pain killer thing, I’ve never seen doctors who were hesitant to give out pain killers before…I guess it’s the area I live in. I can’t imagine telling D.C. people that they can’t have pain killers!

Geoffrey Norman

Sorry to hear about your ankle, but glad you got a good gyokuro brewed.

LiberTEAS

@CHAroma: they even had posted in my hospital procedure room a notification that they will basically prescribe the minimum amount and the way it read is basically: “we know you’re hurting, and we’ll help you with that, but, you’re not going to get something that is strong enough to knock out all your pain. You’ll still be hurting, just not as much.” And as I’m reading that, I’m thinking, Oh great … I’m in pain and they’re already making it clear to me that they’re not going to give me full pain relief. My husband on the other hand, he has corporal tunnel and on a monthly prescription for vicodin and they tell him that he should be taking the vicodin regularly, before he starts to feel pain.

CHAroma

Wow, that’s just insane. I’m one of those people that is extremely intolerant of pain. If you poke me, I cry. I can’t imagine being in real pain and having a Doctor say something to me like that notice. In my opinion, that’s absolutely ridiculous. Is it really that common for people to get addicted to pain killers? Or is it that the people who are already addicted are constantly trying to get more, so doctors only want to give the minimum amount so there’s none left over to sell to an addict?

LiberTEAS

I don’t know … I think that we hear all the sensational headlines about people – mainly celebrities – that become addicted to painkillers and I think that we’ve become such a legal action society that everyone is more worried about their legal positioning than about the job that they’re supposed to be doing. I just don’t want to hurt. When I hurt, the last thing I’m thinking is “I hope I don’t become addicted to this stuff.” And yeah, it happens and people don’t intend for it to happen and it’s a sad thing when it does. But, you can’t blame the emergency room for an addiction … they were doing what was best for the patient at the time.

Frustrating.

Terri HarpLady

They should at least give you 3 – 5 days worth of something good, usually the really bad throbbing pain of a sprain or even a break is over after a few days, and a few days worth of good dope for pain isn’t going to make you an addict! Sure, it will still hurt after that, but by then you can manage it with some tylenol 3 or some such.

Indigobloom

owww! get well hun, and rest up! xx

Kittenna

Yikes! I see the story now! I too wish they’d give out stronger painkillers… although I’m not sure I’d react well to them. The last (and only) two times I was given Tylenol 3 (wisdom teeth and blood clot), I fainted…

Anyways, hopefully you have a speedy recovery, and the painkillers you do have help a bit.

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When I opened the package – it smelled so fresh! Like freshly cut grass kind of fresh. Very vegetative, very sweet, very clean and crisp and … fresh.

The brewed tea has a lighter scent, still very vegetal and fresh smelling, but, not quite as prominent an aroma.

The flavor of this reminds me very much of a high quality sencha, but it is less “brothy.” It still has a very pleasing mouthfeel and a thickness to it, but it is not as thick or soup-like the way I typically notice from a top-notch Japanese Sencha. The flavor is vegetal, but not quite as much as I expected based on the fragrance of the dry leaf (I expected this to be highly vegetative, but, this is a light vegetative taste with lovely flowery notes)

This is really lovely!

seule771

It looks very good and makes me think of The Tao of Tea Sencha or Sencha Shinrikyu tea. All are very good teas, I was fortunate to receive sampler set from Leah Tea Ware etc. Very good review.

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98

Liberteas & DaisyChubb…comin’ at cha! AND…saving some for myself!!! This is FAB!!!

Geoffrey Norman

Oooooooo, god. That sounds so good. Tamaryokucha’s my favorite.

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100

A most lovely addiction. Only issue with this tea is – I hope I get my stock replenished when it runs out ! :-) very flavourful, sweet and I love its golden yellow liquor !

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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92
drank bai mu dan by Chado Tea House
23 tasting notes

This is the Bai Mu Dan that I sourced from Chado Tea house – hear in Mumbai. The tea leaf is similar to the Bai Mu Dan my wife bought from Shanghai ( they look slightly more white) – and the taste is almost as good too :-) subtle, sweet.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank golden puerh by Chado Tea House
23 tasting notes

I was a bit vary about trying a Pu-erh tea – thinking maybe it might be too strong for me. But I found this to be quite pleasant and flavourful with the added advantage of knowing that this one is packed with health benefits ! :-)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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100

Can one of the most rare white teas be your daily morning ritual ? Why not ? :-) The more I have this tea, the more it’s full flavour and sweetness grows on me !

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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100

Still loving this rare tea ! Maybe I should not get too used to it :-) As a novice, I am realising the art is in getting the brew to the right temperature to truly enjoy the magnificence of this tea !

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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100

When I saw the colour of the tea liquor ( golden yellow vs the usual subdued yellow of most premium white teas), I was not so sure I was going to enjoy this one ! Then I took a full sip – and I tasted flavour, character and its sweetness ! I couldn’t relate to its high price till this sip and many more sips followed – followed by a purchase ! I am in love :-)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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86

Special Thanks to LiberTEAs for this one!

It smells like Spinach and Pine Nuts! Very nice on the nose! The flavor is full and green and slightly buttery!

My 2nd infusion was a bit bitter but not overly so. The first infusion was NOT bitter in the slightest! :)

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92

This is an exquisite Sencha, a lot of beautiful flavor to it. It has a light brothy-esque quality to it, not as heavy as some of the brothy teas I’ve tried, but, it has a savory tone to it that lends a brothy-like quality to it. A strong vegetative scent leads to a strong vegetative taste, but, I think that the sweetness of the tea balances out the grassy tones very nicely, making it neither too sweet nor too savory… it is just right.

Delightful.

Tamm

Sounds lovely! Sencha is wonderful. :P

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