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Den's Tea

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88
drank Sakura Sencha by Den's Tea
699 tasting notes

Already regretting only getting 1 oz of this. What was I thinking?!

Sigh. So good :) it’s like a gentle floral with a hint of cherry, which is perfect with the butter greeny Sencha.

boychik

i should probably get it. There was no sakura sample in my Den’s sampler;(

boychik

did you try apple sencha and grape sencha? i was thinking maybe its better to get pineapple and sakura only. your thoghts

Stephanie

I haven’t tried grape or apple yet. I’ll bust those open ASAP! :) I definitely recommend pineapple and Sakura though.

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87

I got my Den’s order in the mail today, YAY!

Celebrating with some toasty ricey genmaicha with the extra kick of matcha!

TheTeaFairy

That makes two of us Stephanie. I got a small supply of Genmaicha from Zen Tea today, I’m drinking it with a nice cod filet tonight, can’t wait, love it with any fish dish!

Stephanie

Awesome TheTeaFairy! It does sound really good with fish. I’m drinking my 2nd steep now, WOW this stuff is way more caffeinated than normal Genmaicha due to the matcha…tea buzz LOL ;)

TheTeaFairy

Glad you are enjoying your cup! I’m not a fan of matcha but good tea buzz is always welcome ;-)

TeaBrat

enjoy! Den’s is yummy!

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87
drank Pineapple Sencha by Den's Tea
699 tasting notes

Cold Brew Backlog!

I’m almost out of this, but I have more on the way, YAY! I’m finding I really enjoy flavored senchas cold brewed, and nothing could be quicker or easier! I will be doing this a lot this spring and summer, I think.

Sil

i keep meaning to order this one heh…

Stephanie

They have a flavored tasting pack right now, Sil with 1oz of each of this, apple, grape, and sakura! In stock until the sakura sells out :)

Sil

yeah..i saw that. pretty tempting but i’m also REALLY trying to be good…so maybe i can hold out until next year hahahaha

Stephanie

I understand completely!

Fjellrev

Funny, I was JUST thinking about Den’s last night, and how I haven’t ordered from the in two years. This definitely sounds like it would make an excellent cold brew!

Stephanie

Now is a great time to remember about Den’s because it is Sakura Sencha time! Limited edition seasonal :)

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94
drank Sakura Sencha by Den's Tea
130 tasting notes

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93

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!

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88
drank Grape Sencha by Den's Tea
383 tasting notes

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.

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100

What time is it? HOUJI-KUKICHA TIMe!!!!

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93

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!

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87

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!!

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
__Morgana__

Yay! Glad it worked out!

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87

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.

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

oh wait, i just realized. higher temps cause these teas to taste less like the ideal, right? perhaps 2nd steeping will be boilt. off to go try.

__Morgana__

Gyokuros like very low temps and longer steeps. I would try it at 140 for two minutes and see how that works.

juliebeth

good thing i’m a procrastinator, as i didn’t yet go boil those leaves. trying your advice right now! (the above was the Den’s recommended treatment, btw.) (dangit, i really need a tea thermometer. i’m going to have to go with “feels about 20 deg cooler than last time” LOL!)

__Morgana__

Good luck!

juliebeth

OH i liked that! the seaweed was under control, and the vegetable-y was improved! liked so much i’m going to try again with fresh tea and your parameters!
Thanks, Morgana! U rock!

__Morgana__

Great! So glad it turned out.

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87
drank Sencha Shin-ryoku by Den's Tea
130 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
juliebeth

huh. it went all mushy, the second steeping. i don’t know how to describe, but i did not like. the first time was good! maybe i did something wrong inadvertently…i’ll try again in a few days. meanwhile, i have a houjicha craving. steepster box, here i come!

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91
drank Sencha Fuka-midori by Den's Tea
130 tasting notes

as always, green tea perfection.

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89

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

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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70

This tasted weak to me. No matter how I brewed it, there was just not enough flavor.

Flavors: Grass

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95

Full-bodied Genmaicha. Strong yet smooth toasted rice/popcorn taste. Grassy. Milky. Malty. So far, my favorite Genmaicha.

Flavors: Grass, Malt

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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62
drank Houji-Genmaicha by Den's Tea
130 tasting notes

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.

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90

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.

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30
drank Sencha Fuka-midori by Den's Tea
38 tasting notes

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. :(

Flavors: Seaweed

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96
drank Yuzu Kukicha by Den's Tea
130 tasting notes

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….

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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95

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!

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99

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

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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