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drank Sakura Sencha by Den's Tea
1675 tasting notes

A couple notes I have written up for both tea boxes yet to post, but both are on the move!

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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

Fjellrev

So odd that you get cinnamon!

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85

This was from my b-day sampler. It smells like seaweed salad a little. And also spinach. The flavour is sweet, and mildly green. Makes me want sushi.

Flavors: Seaweed, Spinach

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drank Apple Sencha by Den's Tea
972 tasting notes

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

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Sakura Sencha by Den's Tea
3115 tasting notes

This is a sample from Stephanie. It was tasty, a little tart, buttery & green, & little floral.
Although it isn’t something I’d ever feel compelled to include in my collection, it was a nice change of pace, & pleasant to drink while teaching.

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70
drank Grape Sencha by Den's Tea
972 tasting notes

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

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TeaBrat

Have u tried the pineapple sencha?

Cameron B.

Yes, Kiwi was nice enough to send me the apple, pineapple, and grape. I liked the pineapple a lot! Hopefully the apple one is good too. :)

Kirkoneill1988

do they have strawberry sencha?

Kirkoneill1988

or cherry sencha?

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88
drank Pineapple Sencha by Den's Tea
972 tasting notes

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

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Kirkoneill1988

oooh! that tea sounds delicious :D

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71

This tastes like spinach and asparagus heads. Most sencha tastes the same to me, super vegetal and green. This is no exception. Good, but not my favorite. Adore the rich green color of the leaves, though.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

Sipdown, yay! As much as I love this one I probably won’t be replacing it anytime soon. While it’s a bit smoother and sweeter than the Harney version I generally have in my cupboard, it’s hard to beat Harney’s price (and constant sales). And, in all honesty, it isn’t that much better. If you’re a hojicha/hoji kukicha fan it’s certainly worth a try, and if I place a future order with Den’s this will certainly be in it. But I won’t go out of my way to re-stock.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

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90

While I haven’t found a hojicha, let alone a hoji-kukicha, that I haven’t loved, this one is my absolute favorite (Sorry Harney, I still love you). It has the deepest roasty sweetness I’ve ever tasted in a tea. While I’ve never had them, it tastes a bit like those roasted chestnuts you find on street corners though out the holiday season smell. A nutty caramelized sweetness. Almost difficult to believe this is a straight tea. It’s an absolute delight. I’m definitely going to have to stock up for the winter.

Flavors: Roasted nuts, Sugarcane, Toasty

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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79
drank Sencha Fuka-midori by Den's Tea
24 tasting notes

I’m changing my previous rating on this tea. I’m not sure if I oversteeped it on my first review, but this time I did 2g/3oz/1min. This time, the brew was MUCH better… any astringency or bitterness during my first tasting was much improved on this revisit, and had a much more vegetal flavor with a good amount of natural sweetness (another tea that I do not need to add sugar to). It tasted great, and its sad that most people dismiss green teas before tasting a delicious one such as this. Its hard for me to identify and define the notes in this since its my first sencha so I apologize for the briefness, but I will definitely be coming back to this tea in the future to see how it stacks up vs other senchas. In fact, tomorrow my huge Yunomi.us order arrives, so we will see very soon =D

Preparation
1 min, 0 sec 2 g 3 OZ / 88 ML

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80

Very roasty, deep flavor. Supposedly has the lowest caffeine level of all the Japanese green teas, so this may be a favorite for later in the day. They suggest trying it iced as well, which I will definitely do my next order.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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drank 3 Genmaicha Mix by Den's Tea
1064 tasting notes

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drank 3 Genmaicha Mix by Den's Tea
1064 tasting notes

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drank 3 Genmaicha Mix by Den's Tea
1064 tasting notes

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82
drank Green Kukicha by Den's Tea
114 tasting notes

Aroma: Light roast, grassy, crisp, sweet
Liquor Color: Bright yellow-green
Liquor Flavor: Creamy, sweet, slight nuttiness, clean, smooth vegetal
Notes: When I first opened the bag, the aroma smelled so good. And the leaves were so pretty! Bold colors and straight lines. The wet leaf aroma was heavenly. This reminded me of a sencha in a less intense kind of way. Reminds me of a crisp spring day.

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

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82
drank Green Kukicha by Den's Tea
114 tasting notes

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76

I’ve had the sample pack of this tea (unopened) for a few years now, which admittedly might have impacted the taste, but I thought it was getting around time to try it and that a tasting note wouldn’t be amiss.

The first scent I noticed from the dry leaf was tobacco, but after a few more sniffs I can also pick out a leafy smell — it reminds me of the woods in the fall. Not generally what I expect from tea, but I’ve never had houjicha before.

1st steep – boiling water, 30 seconds:
The liquor smells like tobacco too, but in a surprisingly pleasant way. A lovely golden color! I’m glad I’m using a clear mug. There’s not much that surprises me about the flavor, honestly — it’s got a smoky kind of flavor, although much weaker than I get from, say, lapsang souchong. There are some definite woodsy notes as well, and the flavor lingers in the throat after swallowing.

2nd steep – near boiling, 60 seconds:
There’s a pretty similar flavor profile here, although it’s less complex now. The leaf notes have now really taken over.

Ultimately this isn’t really my preferred flavor profile (I do enjoy smoky teas, but I’m not so fond of the other notes), but it’s a very interesting sipping experience and I’m glad it was included in the sampler! I can see it being particularly pleasant to sip on a cool fall day.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Smoke, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Flavors: Earth, Honey, Tobacco

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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90

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Flavors: Sweet, warm grass, Vegetal

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 g 3 OZ / 90 ML

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83

I’ve never had a genmaicha like this before. A fine coating of matcha is dusted on everything, which looks pretty darn cool looking.

I saw the directions had instructions for icing this, and even though I basically ice or cold brew everything, I’ve never thought of trying a genmaicha cold. So obviously that’s what I had to try.

I combined both the first and second steepings and iced them. Dang, I like this. I’ve had roasty teas iced, and I’ve had green teas iced, but never together. I already know that I love the combination of roasty toasty comfort, with sweet delicious vegetal when hot, but cold it’s so similar, yet different when cold. Instead of being warm and comfy, it’s refreshing and complex. The notes are all the same, but the tone is different. This is another one I’ll need to restock.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Cameron B.

This is my favorite traditional genmaicha out of the brands I’ve tried so far. :)

Cheri

I didn’t ice mine but now I kind of which I had. It sounds delicious!

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84
drank Fukamushi-Sencha Yame by Den's Tea
294 tasting notes

Smelling this tea, it smells just like everything I love in a green tea: sweet vegetal spinachy goodness.

I set my stopwatch, and waited 45 seconds for it to steep. I let the leave float free, planning to strain it through a basket, but right before it was time to strain, I knocked the basket on the floor, and had to rush to go clean it, of course causing it to over steep.

The liquor smelled delicious and mouthwateringly vegetal. Unfortunately, sipping it was a bitter astringent mess. This cup went down the drain, and when I resteeped, I made sure to pull the leaves out at exactly 15 seconds. This cup was much smoother, sweeter, and more vegetal, but also mellow.

I had enough leaves yet, so I tried again, pulling the fresh leaves after 30 seconds just in case. Much better than the last first cup. I got all the vegetal spinach notes of the resteeping of the last cup, but a bit stronger and with a slight astringency. Definitely a good vegetal fresh green tea. Might need to restock this one.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 3 OZ / 88 ML

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