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90

This is a very mellow yet well defined green tea. Mellow in that it isn’t very acidic. Well defined in that it has a definite green tea smell and taste. It is just so well mannered and refined I felt like I should sip it out of a porcelain cup at afternoon tea.

Flavors: Vegetal

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 3 OZ / 88 ML
ZipRedAcrossBlue

I’m trying experiments with this tea since I think the default amount is too strong. I just tried 8 g/16 oz at 160 for 2 minutes. The result is more acidic than I like and very vegetable-y. So I’ll need to try again but maybe this time for 45 seconds (the time suggested on the package).

ZipRedAcrossBlue

Tried a second pull yesterday with 160 degrees water but 1 minute steep time and that produced a weak tea.

ZipRedAcrossBlue

I tried a first pull using 8 g/16 oz at 160 for 1 minute (rather than the 2 minutes I used before). The result is a much less acidic tea but also, frankly, a less defined tea. The major taste is just vegetable.

I suspect that if one wants to get the best out of this tea one has to use the 3 oz/2 G ratio which means that a 16 0z cup needs roughly 10 G of tea. Which is a huge amount and will not let me sleep. So if I can’t find a better balance I’ll probably have to abandon this tea. :(

ZipRedAcrossBlue

For the second pull on the weaker tea I tried 160 for 2 minutes (upping it from the 1 minute last time). It has a taste so subtle it might as well just be hot water. :(

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90

The smell is awesome and I find that if I take an extra long steeping (a full 3 minutes) that it brings that awesome roasted rice flavor into the tea. This is becoming my go to Genmaicha. That or Den’s super green.

Flavors: Nutty

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
ZipRedAcrossBlue

I find that sometimes I even need to steep for 4 minutes to really get the flavor out.

juliebeth

i wonder if that’ll work as well on a second steeping? well, i’ll report back in a few…

ZipRedAcrossBlue

I do two pulls at 4 minutes each and it works fine. But two seems to be the maximum. The third pool is typically tasteless. I can actually see the rice turning white by that point.

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drank Apple Sencha by Den's Tea
2732 tasting notes

Thanks to The Cookie Lady for this sample tea. I liked the pineapple sencha from Den’s Tea and figured this might be good also.

I followed the instructions on the packet: 30 seconds of steeping, 1 tsp. of tea in 4 oz. of water, luckily I do have a little Japanese teapot that is around 4 oz.

I found that this yielded a very light cup of tea, vegetal and creamy with just a bit of green apple flavor. I was hoping for more apple flavor in this one. My second steep was around 30 seconds and now I am getting lots more green tea flavor but almost no apple flavor. I think this is a fairly subtle brew but I think it would be amazing as a cold brew in the summer time! I’d like to try brewing the remainder of my sample at some slightly different parameters before giving this a number rating.

… thanks again, Cookie Lady!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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drank Sakura Sencha by Den's Tea
621 tasting notes

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First sip of this was a bit bleh! Reading other’s reviews, I may have over steeped this with a 2m time. Adding a little more water helps! This has a really nice aftertaste with what I associate as cherry blossoms or leaves. I get a little bit of the fruit at the beginning of the sip. There is a grassiness to it. I’m not super impressed with this tea (not really a sencha kind of gal), but I’d guess that in the right setting I might be. Like if I was sitting down for a meal of really nice sushi, this would be a pleasant surprise in my cup.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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78

Very green due to the matcha being added.
Smell – toasted rice, nuts
Taste – vegetal, spinach

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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90

I always wondered what the awesome tea was that I got in some Japanese restaurants and now I know! The tea has a wonderful deep roasted flavor and I don’t even know how to describe the soft but wonderful aftertaste. This tea involves wonderful flavors I literally don’t have words for! :(

Flavors: Roasted, Umami

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 0 sec 4 g 4 OZ / 118 ML
ZipRedAcrossBlue

I now reduce how much tea I use to 3 G/4 OZ. The tea tastes every bit as good with the lesser amount and I get just as many re-steeps.

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90

Stephanie was kind enough to send me a bag of this one. I promptly cut the cold-steep tea bag open and put it in a ziploc because I really like this kind of tea hot. This barley is crushed up and texture is fairly coarse. It smells strongly roasted and similar to coffee, similar to the other barley teas I’ve tried. I used about a teaspoon and a half for 10 ounces of water.

Mm, this is tasty. It has the rich roasted flavor of coffee without being as strong and overpowering as straight coffee is. And there’s no bitterness at all, which is lovely. There’s a clear, light sweetness that lingers with the roast in the aftertaste. Yum, very good, and I’ll definitely try a little cold-brewed as well.

Flavors: Coffee, Roasted, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Kittenna

Oooh. I got a bunch of these from teabrat quite a while ago… I should do that and brew them hot. I just don’t drink coldbrews/iced tea very much.

Cameron B.

I’m the same way, even in summer I rarely make iced or cold-brewed tea. I really like these barley teas hot though, so it works out! Definitely try it if you like strong roasty or coffee-like flavors. :)

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72
drank Guricha by Den's Tea
519 tasting notes

This is an interesting alternative to regular sencha, but I’m not sure whether I like it better. It’s intensely vegetal, like steamed green beans. It has a brothy mouthfeel and lingers a long time, and I think I prefer it with food than without. It’s assertive enough to cut through strong flavors but not overwhelm them.

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80

The tea smells more like grape bubblegum than normal grapes. It’s a very sweet somewhat aggressive smell. The taste however is a bit more subtle. Again, more grape bubblegum than grape the fruit, but much milder, less aggressive than the smell. It’s a fun tea for the morning and mid day.

Flavors: Grapes, Sweet

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 0 sec 4 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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83
drank Sencha Fuka-midori by Den's Tea
9 tasting notes

The first tea I’ve tried from Den’s sampler pack. Very refreshing with a slight hint of bitterness.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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87
drank Fukamushi-Sencha Yame by Den's Tea
2732 tasting notes

Sample sipdown…
I could have sworn I reviewed this tea before but according to Steepster I haven’t. Anyway this is a sample I got from Den’s Tea which is a few months old at least, but it was very well sealed so I’d think it’s fresh.

I’m still sick and am going to the Dr. today because I suspect I have a sinus infection. I don’t know how much this is affecting my tastebuds, but I still feel like they are okay.

I definitely have enjoyed these type of fukamuhi senchas in the past. After steeping for 90 seconds, the tea liquor is light green and is very fresh and mostly sweet. I get a lot of spinach notes here and not a lot of noticeable astringency. Hopefully this will perk me up a bit…

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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59

I think I don’t like this one much because I can still kinda taste the bancha. If it were a roasted oolong I’d like it more. I really just don’t like the taste of grassy bancha. So this one isn’t really for me. Not horrible. But definitely not my favorite.

Flavors: Roasted

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81
drank Genmaicha Extra Green by Den's Tea
673 tasting notes

Well, I’ve decided I’m on a green tea kick tonight. Have so many things I need to try before Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales so gotta hurry and try all these samples so it will give me a better idea what to buy.
This one is probably the win of the night so far though!
Can’t believe it took me so long to try this one.
I love the extra sweetness the matcha adds to the genmaicha. It’s just the perfect combo. Would definitely buy more of this! :D

Flavors: Spinach, Sweet, Toasted Rice

Stephanie

I dig this one. Has a nice kick too!

The Cookie Lady

Lol I’ve been picking my teas each day based on what I might want to order for Black Friday/Cyber Monday, too :)

Ost

Haha have to be prepared!:P

Cheri

I agree, this one has a good kick. It’s probably my favorite genmaicha with matcha.

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90

Bright and grassy both in nose and taste this is what straight up green tea should be. It’s just a mild round green hug. Both the first and second pulls were equally awesome.

If made via the instructions, 1 rounded teaspoon per 3 ozs, then this is going to be one pricey (but tasty) tea. However I did the unthinkable and on the third (yes, third, the shame!) pull I actually used my usual green tea approach of 165 degrees and used a ratio of 1 rounded teaspoon per 8ozs. The results were wonderful! In fact, I had thought it would be so weak that I let it over steep! The idea that you could over steep on a third pool hadn’t occurred to me.

If you like clean vegetal green tea, a ‘straight up’ green tea taste then this is a winner!

Flavors: Green, Vegetal

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 3 OZ / 88 ML

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drank Apple Sencha by Den's Tea
199 tasting notes

So…I think I brewed this too long (somewhere around 2 1/2 to 3 minutes) and was left with a slightly bitter tea…or maybe sencha just IS bitter? I don’t know because I think this is the first sencha I’ve tried. My fault. BUT!! The apple flavor still exceeded my expectations! While this smells very jolly rancher-ish in the bag, the aftertaste is that of having just swallowed a bite of a very juicy Granny Smith apple. Lovely! I was warned by Jennkay, who was kind enough to send this (and the grape sencha from Den’s, as well) off to me, that I may not end up being incredibly fond of this. As a result, my expectations were quite low…which maybe worked to my benefit here? I don’t know. What I do know is that this grew on me. I’ll definitely be drinking the rest and probably will try ordering some of their other flavored senchas, especially since I keep hearing about how good their pineapple sencha is.

Flavors: Green Apple

Kittenna

Sencha can be bitter if oversteeped – my personal preference for greens is a max of 2 minutes at about 82C/180F. As long as it’s a good quality tea (and Den’s is!), you should be able to have a bitterness-free cup at that time.

The Cookie Lady

I’m gonna try maybe 1.5 minutes tomorrow to see how that goes. Thanks for the tip! I’m kind of surprised it wasn’t more bitter than it was.

TeaBrat

Sencha can be fussy. I think you could try this for even 1 minute at around 170f. And you can always try cold brewing it too!

Stephanie

I didn’t like this one- tasted fakey. Love the pineapple and sakura though!

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85

Rich flavored and wonderful roasted this is a satisfying bancha

Flavors: Roasted, Umami

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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80

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Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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92

Just got this tea in the mail a few minutes ago, with a couple of Den’s new Ocha Cans, which are gorgeous. Emptied the tea into the can, and all I can say is, WOW! The aroma! Sweet, toasty, roast, like warm, honey wood soaked in bliss. Lovely smell!

I have steeped it for 30 seconds, about 2 teaspoons worth, maybe a touch more (what was left in the bag after filling the 6.5oz tea can to capacity).

Aroma profile: very deep scent. Sweet smell, very warming and calming, toasty, roasted nuttiness, like honey in some way. Hard to describe, but I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t just LOVE this smell.

Flavor profile: very delicious. Sumptuous warmth and the honey-esque sweetness is gorgeous, only to be tamed to perfection by what remains of the distinctly green tea flavor this blend retains. I adore the color, too. Like hard wood floors that are lit up by the reflection of a crackling fire. To die for!

Being a Gyokuro stem, – Japan’s top grade tea FYI, – the quality is apparent with every sip. Truly elegant taste that is the most marvelous harmony of toasty, warm notes, paired with the almost umami taste that the green tea holds on to.

As always, Den’s, MAGNIFICENT tea. I already know this is one of my favorites. Hope this isn’t limited time, as I will want this to be a regular in my cupboard from now on. I know exactly why I continue to use your teas exclusively when I receive such a beautiful product. Really, every detail is thought out splendidly and I thank you for what you do.

Flavors: Honey, Nutty, Roasted, Sweet, Toasty, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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Note to self: Tasted with a stuffed up head. Try again when well.

This is a comforting tea. Roasted and yet green tasting.

Must buy more.

scribbles

Hope you feel better soon!

Rellybob

Thanks scribbles!

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75

This tea doesn’t have what I look for in a Genmaicha, which is the rich flavor of the roasted rice. Don’t get me wrong, as a tea, this is good stuff. It has a rich flavor with just a hint of sweetness. But I’m still looking for my favorite Genmaicha.

Note that I made the tea both according to the instructions on the website (1 rounded teaspoon per 4 oz at boiling) and also my preferred way (1 teaspoon per 8 oz at 165) and both tasted good. But it’s the flavor of the roasted rice that I’m looking for and didn’t find.

Flavors: Green, Sweet

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Earl Grey by Den's Tea
95 tasting notes

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85

A refreshing Sencha with really nice passion fruit/pineapple notes. The taste isn’t quite as clean as I might like, the fruit and green tea tastes seem more to mush together than reinforce each other. But nevertheless this is much better than any bagged tea I’ve had and better than the teas I get from a place like Teavana.

When I originally made the tea I made it exactly to instructions using boiling water, 1 round teaspoon per 4 0Z and 30 seconds steep time. The result was a strongly aromatic and very tasty tea! But the second pull, again following instructions, boiling water and 15 seconds steep time, had a good aroma but almost no flavor. However the bigger problem for me is that I just don’t want nearly that much caffeine. I literally couldn’t sleep!

So I now make it using my normal way of 1 teaspoon for 16 OZs, 165 F water and 2 minute steeping. The result is a fruity (without being excessive) tea that tastes just as good on the second pull as the first.

Flavors: Green, Passion Fruits, Pineapple, Umami

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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