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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
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.
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
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…
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
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
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
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
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
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
A couple notes I have written up for both tea boxes yet to post, but both are on the move!
Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox – Round #3 Tea #30
I love the tiny flower buds in this blend.. it looks like a little garden with this sencha base looking like grass. I don’t taste very much cherry and the green tea itself is very light. Oddly enough I get a sugary cinnamon flavor… it doesn’t seem to belong but this is stored in a nice thick pouch so I’m not sure what is going on.
Steep #1// 30 min after boiling // 3 min
This is the last of the flavored senchas that KiwiDelight sent me in our swap. This has the same sencha leaves – large and flat and yellow/green in color. There are a couple of small pieces of dried apple mixed in as well. Dry scent is crisp, fresh apple. I steeped about a teaspoon for 1 minute at 175 degrees. I think I could’ve steeped it longer.
This one is a bit too mild for me. I don’t taste much vegetal here, just a touch of apple flavor and some sweetness. The texture is very creamy, almost like a milk oolong. It kind of tastes like a really weak apple milkshake? Not for me. :P
Flavors: Apple, Cream, Smooth
As the evening wears on, I tend to want black teas less and less and I start to turn to green and white options more. This one was a sample sent to me by KiwiDelight along with the other flavored senchas from Den’s. The leaf itself is quite pretty with a few purple flower buds mixed in. Dry scent is candy sweet and grapey. I steeped a teaspoon for 1 minute at 175 degrees (my usual sencha treatment).
Hm, I definitely don’t like this one as much as the pineapple. And that’s mostly because the flavoring here is definitely not genuine grape, it’s more like a grape candy and it reminds me of wine and champagne flavored teas. I was hoping for a more authentic grape flavor, as the pineapple seemed very true-to-life to me. Ah well, can’t win them all! :)
Flavors: Candy, Grapes, Sweet, Vegetal
I wanted something refreshing and calming after my run, so I chose this sample from KiwiDelight. This is the first of Den’s flavored senchas that I’ve had, although I did try and enjoy a couple of their plain ones. The leaves are dark yellow-green and flat steamed. Dry scent is spot-on fresh pineapple with lots of tartness. I steeped my leaves for 1 minutes at 175 degrees.
The brewed aroma reminds me of a fictional pineapple milkshake! It’s sweet and pineapple-y but also creamy. And that creaminess is present in the taste as well! The pineapple flavor almost reminds me of citrus in this, it’s definitely underripe fresh pineapple and isn’t very sweet. And it’s very nice this way! Definitely a tart pineapple milkshake or smoothie. :)
Flavors: Citrus, Creamy, Pineapple, Sweet, Tart, Vegetal