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Sipdown! (114) I’m sad to see this one go, but it’s not exactly going out on a great note. It probably has to do with the fact that it was a bit underleafed and that it was the bottom of the sample. Today’s almost teaspoon had less rice and matcha than usual. This actually nicely brings out a grassy taste that was hidden by the toasted rice and matcha flavors before. However, this made the tea a bit bitter, which I never had a problem with before. Anyway, if I ever circle back to an order from Den’s, this tea is going to be close to the top of my repurchase list!
Cold-brewed some of this up and then couldn’t drink it for three days. That means it’s a little oversteeped but it’s still okay. I prefer it hot—it’s actually grassier this way—but cold it tastes a little more like gummy grape. There’s an extra-sweet aftertaste to this this way and it might be good steeped for less time, but I think I’ll drink the rest hot.
Backlog. Yesterday, I had an early start to classes, so I brought this with me in my tumbler. I have decided that I’m only going to bring less finicky teas to school, and I remember this one as being very generous. I’m increasing the rating because even though I’m pretty sure my water was too hot, it didn’t get bitter. I like the combo of the flavorful toastiness from the genmaicha and the energy boost from the matcha. I only have one teaspoon left, though, nooo!
i am re-doing this tea and its tasting note! i now recommend, i now bump higher in rating. B plus this time!
Morgana (THANK YOU!!!) pointed out that Gyokuro usually wants a lower temp and longer steep time than the Den’s recommended. so instead of 60 sec. at 180 deg, i tried 120 sec. at approx 140 deg. made a huge difference! i think the veggies finally got cooked! or something. the seaweed was much less overpowering, and the vegetal green (fresh, bright green!) was enhanced, brought forth, materialized.
definitely like it better this way. Tea communities ROCK!!
ok maybe it is my taste buds, but is this the second over-umami’d green tea from Den’s in a row for me? i like it, but i don’t believe i could drink this all day. i’ll try a second steeping out of curiosity, i’m sure, but this is just too…TOO. there’s something sharper, more ribbed and less squishy about my favorite Sencha Fuka-Midori, i’m not really sure what causes it or how to describe it. but this tea makes me miss it.
perhaps i’m not classy enough or something, but the pricier, more exclusive teas seem to NOT be my favorites. this one gets a solid C from me.
this is interesting – very seawatery, very vegetable-y, i think they call that umami? it’s a little mellower than other senchas, there’s still a tiny bit of bitterness, but this is smooth and sweet and salty. a little heavy on the salty, this first steeping. will update upon seconds.
I have received this tea as a sample many times, and I always enjoy a nice roasted green tea. It’s a wonderful blend: dark and robust when steeped for a long time for those who like coffee and the deep flavors of these teas; yet also very light and gentle on the palate at shorter steep times and amounts, if that’s what you prefer. Highly diverse and adjustable, always delicious for my tastes.
I recommend this tea to anyone who enjoys a nice, quality dark roasted tea, or houjicha and bancha teas in general. Excellent as usual, Den’s.
Flavors: Plant Stems, Wood
hrm. i have way too much of this. sipping away some more of it, just to get my green on for the day. i guess i’m looking at that rating i’ve given it before, and it’s better than that. well, this time it is, but i oversteeped the heck out of it just to see what would happen, and i think i like it a lot better this way. still do not love. sad.
I’ve come across Houjicha in a few blends, and thought I might like it. I was looking forward to trying this to see if I really do.
Tada! I do. By itself, it’s a little less exciting than when in blends. But something about this tea reminded me of brownies. It’s in the creamy, satisfying, mouth-coating ability it has. Delish.
I feel slightly bad reviewing this tea, as I have never had a sencha before and am new to tea.
But I found this tea to be actually disgusting. I had a tea the other day that was seaweed esq, but more along the dried nori and sushi vibe that was tasty. This one tasted like I had pulled raw seaweed out of the water and started nomming down.
It was strange though, because it was ALMOST pleasant to drink, but I couldn’t get past a sort of slimy bitter feeling to the tea. I actually had to pour it out and find something else to drink. So disappointing. I guess I don’t like this kind of green tea. :(
well, den’s website says there’s no more of this until next year. sigh i’ll have to savor what is left – i am savoring a cup right now, and it is the PERFECT hot drink for a cold yucky afternoon indoors with a fluffy dog and a fluffy lapblanket. mmmmmm….
I really love this one. It’s nutty and roasty but there’s an underlying sweetness that mellows out the whole cup. I wanted to warm up after being outside (2*F air temperature) and this was the first thing I reached for. Something about the roastiness warms me right up. Mom also loves this one, so I may have to restock when it’s gone!
SO YUMMY. This is, to date, my favorite tea. I practically downed it at work and wish I had a strainer to make another cup of tea (I usually fill my travelers mug up at home, and it lasts me almost all day). This is exactly what I thought it would be: Nutty, smooth, slightly nori-esq. Super easy for me to drink and enjoyable as well. This may just be my first big buy. The added matcha must have added a creaminess PLUS a little extra caffeine boost I think.
A perfect daily tea to drink without any additives. mmm
Flavors: Nuts, Seaweed
Sipdown no. 67 for the year 2014. Another teabag from the work stash; and another case in which this is a sipdown because of form factor only as I know I have more Den’s Genmaicha Extra Green somewhere.
I oversteeped this unintentionally. There’s no instructions on the packet so I had to go look up how I’d steeped this tea before in my Steepster notes. By the time I found it, the bag had been sitting in the water for almost 1.5 minutes, when I’d steeped before at 30 seconds!
Fortunately, my mistake doesn’t seem to have made this unbearably bitter or otherwise ruined it. The tea is a light yellow with a greenish tinge. There’s a light, toasty rice flavor over a smooth slightly vegetal green tea flavor.
I think that genmaicha is growing on me. I can see drinking it more frequently than I may have once thought I would. Rating this the same as the non-bagged version of the same tea.
Sipdown no. 65 of the year 2014. A teabag from the work stash. This is only technically a sipdown because of form factor. I have more Den’s sencha, maybe even more samples—just not more in teabag form.
I love the way dry sencha smells. It reminds me of cut grass, only more food-like. This steeped to a light chartreuse color and the aroma is of warm cut grass with something reminiscent of melted, salted butter around the edges.
The flavor is light, mild and somewhat sweet, not at all bitter. And I wonder whether it’s the same tea in the organic sencha sample I tried a while back. In any case, in looking what I wrote about the organic sencha, I’m having the same thoughts about this. It’s very pleasant if what you want is a light straight green tea.
I wonder if it has suffered some because of its age, though it was in a sealed plastic packet because the taste isn’t quite as robust as I recall the organic sencha being. I’m rating it the same as I rated that, taking age into account.
First off, thanks to bluebelle for sending me this surprise in our swap! I really love houjichas and this is no exception. It has all the toasty goodness of houjichas, but it somehow seems also sweeter and mellower than others that I’ve tried. It’s really a nice, relaxing cuppa. I will rate officially later when I’m not drinking it while eating food (though, it went well nicely). It’s gonna be a while before I reorder tea from Den’s (spending ban), but when I do, I am definitely keeping this one in mind!