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100
drank Organic Matcha by Den's Tea
865 tasting notes

Finally got around to my matcha. As much as I love my matcha 1st thing in the morning, sometimes having it later is good because it makes me appreciate it more. I had it thick today, 1 scoop/3oz water. Yummm…

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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100
drank Organic Matcha by Den's Tea
865 tasting notes

I forgot to log this today… kind of an inbetween thickness, 1 scoop/6oz water. It almost tastes like fresh mown grass. Clean, crisp, smooth, perfect.

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180 °F / 82 °C

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100
drank Organic Matcha by Den's Tea
865 tasting notes

Lucky Gold Matcha! I dumped the last half of the gold flakes from my Lucky Gold tea onto my half bowl of matcha, unfortunately a lot of the flakes stuck to my chasen, oops. Didn’t think that thru I guess. Oh well.

It frothed a little more this time, yay! Smooth, rich, creamy, like a nice warm blanket for your tongue!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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100
drank Organic Matcha by Den's Tea
865 tasting notes

The question came up yesterday "How much is a scoop?, so I measured it. For me, a scoop is how much wonderful matcha I can cram onto my scoop and I can fit .55g of organic matcha on it. This surprised me because I weighed Den’s Tea’s Kaze and that was 1.04g. Oh well, that means it’s cheaper per scoop and that’s ok w/ me:)

Made half a bowl this morning, 1 scoop per 8oz water. It was wonderful, I just wish I could get it to foam more.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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100
drank Organic Matcha by Den's Tea
865 tasting notes

Made this before I leave to go w/ my friend looking for a bridesmaid dress for her dad’s wedding. 3oz water/1 scoop. Wow! The flavors pop even more when made thick! I just wish it frothed a bit more. This may be my favorite unflavored matcha yet, unfortunately it’s also the most expensive.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C
S

What size scoop are you using? I thought thick matcha was ~3-4 bamboo scoops in 3 oz. water, and thin is ~1.25 scoops in 3 oz. water.

I haven’t tried organic matcha yet, but it sounds good!

Cofftea

There are different sizes of Chashaku? How can you measure .25 of a scoop other than measuring what a scoop of matcha weighs and then using 125% of that weight? Thin/thick is relative I guess then. My definition of thick is 1 scoop in 3oz water and thin is 1 scoop per 8oz water (for half a bowl, 2 scoops, 16oz for a full bowl).

S

Quality chashaku are handmade, unique and are all slightly different as a result. However, most bamboo cheapo ones are about the same. I was asking if you were using an actual chashaku or a tablespoon. Sorry, I cut off the last part of that, it says 1 1/4-2 scoops for thin. You can eyeball a quarter or half of a scoop pretty easily…
Sorry, I was a little confused by your reviews and your using the words thick and thin to describe how you prepare your matcha. Like I’ve said a million times, different strokes for different folks (to a point). If you like it like that, then you like it like that! :)

By the way, sorry, I got the water off…thick is 3-4 for 1.5 ounces, thin is 1.25-2 for 2.5-3 ounces. The rule of thumb is double the matcha and half the water, at least according to my Japanese teacher…

S

If you have any more info, that would be great.

Cofftea

Gasp! Tablespoon/teaspoon?! lol. J/k personally I’d never make matcha w/o the authentic tools (which is part of the reason I have a beef w/ Rishi). That’s just me though.:) Sorry, I thought that was clear by my use of the word scoop instead of tsp. I cram as much as I can on the scoop then just use 3 or 8oz water. I’m really freakin bad at eye balling things so no I can’t eye ball it easily. It doesn’t help that matcha balances very precociously on my chashaku and I’m absofreakinlutely terrified of spilling and wasting it. Not to mention it makes a HUGE mess. I’ve spilled matcha once and I bawled for 20 min, yes I’m very attached to my matcha lol.=D

S

I see…funny, I wouldn’t have pegged you as the type to be a purist about making matcha, considering your notes about steeping and cooking tea :-) Personally, I don’t see why not using a chasen or chashaku is a big deal if you’re not even making it traditionally. :) I don’t think I could stand sitting on my knees for so long either, LOL!

Careful with the matcha! Especially if it’s the 52teas matcha :)

harukaJU

I think I can clear up the thin, thick thing. ;). It slightly depends on what school of sadou you follow! The temple I studied at only used koicha for special occasions. Shanti’s teacher is right, though. The “typical” system is to double the tea and half the water. Koicha should be thick, almost like honey (but not so sticky of course!)  Also… if you want to be technical about it, you RARELY make koicha from the same tea as you would make usucha. You can… but generally a higher grade is used for koicha. Koicha is usually sweeter and the matcha powder selected for koicha comes from older trees almost exclusively.
If your matcha brewing is for private use, there is no need to be a purist about it. Make it to the taste you enjoy the most. In my case I like a heavy flavour but am not a big fan of Koicha’s texture. I usually put in 2 HEAVY scoops. Unless you are performing the ceremony or making it for guests, go with the flow and make it how you like it. It sure will last longer as usucha though! ;)
お茶を楽しもう!

S

Thanks Haruka for the explanation! There is a wonderful woman who teaches tea ceremony at my school, but her class filled up quickly so I didn’t get a chance to sign up for it.

I agree with you, I think if you’re making tea for yourself, you might as well make it as you like it. I use the chasen because I like my tea frothy, but I’m not going to make fun of someone if they don’t use one. Not to mention, chasen/chashaku/bowl/sifter can be hard to find unless you order online or have a specialty store nearby.

(And yay, I think I understood the last part…you wrote “o-cha wo tanoshimou/Let’s enjoy tea!” right? My kanji is really bad so sorry if I’m reading that incorrectly!)

harukaJU

your reading is correct.
;)

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100
drank Organic Matcha by Den's Tea
865 tasting notes

Curled up w/ this before Prayer + Share this morning. My 4th unflavored matcha, 3rd prepared myself, 2nd from Den’s, and 1st organic matcha. I really wish I had some Kaze left to do a side by side comparison.

The powder is a pretty bright green and the smell is quit strong, stronger that O-cha’s Kiri No Mori and, from what I remember, a bit stronger than Den’s’ Kaze as well.

Half a bowl- 1 scoop/8oz water.

This matcha incorporatesw/ the water a little differently than Kaze. A few bubbles of foam form on the rim of my bowl. Yay! The color is an absolute gorgeous green color.

Wow! Boy do these flavors pop! I wonder if it’s because it’s organic? It’s definitely vegetal like all matchas should be, but it’s also smooth, clean, and… sweet? I’m not sure if that’s the word I’m looking for, but it’s not bitter. Spectacular.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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98

Janefan made matcha lemonade so I decided to make my own variation. I used this cuz I’m getting very low on unflavored matcha.

1 tsp powdered sencha/6oz (minus 2TB) cold water/2TB lemon juice. Unlike Janefan, I didn’t sweeten mine. Approx. ratios of a double portion of Usucha and almost 8x stronger than the suggested parameters for powdered sencha.

Wow… measuring by the tsp sure is messy! I had to be very careful not to spill. I put it in a empty plastic water bottle so I could shake it well. It created a lot of foam that didn’t collapse easily. Lemon and matcha were both very evident. Personally I think I prefer my matcha hot. That and not drinking it from my chawan just wasn’t the same.

Preparation
Iced

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98

Put a scoop of this thru my sifter w/ 8oz water before Prayer and Share. I’m not a morning person and getting up at 6:30am sucks!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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98

Decided to have this instead of matcha this morning. It seems to stay more cohesive w/ the water longer than matcha does which is a plus because I ike to savor it instead of chugging it.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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98

1/2 tsp/16 oz cold water and my daily joint supplement powder. As strong as the berry flavor of my supplement powder is, I can still taste the sencha which makes me thrilled!=D

Preparation
Iced

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98

1 scoop/3oz water. There’s nothing more to say other than perfect. My day wouldn’t be the same w/o this or matcha!=D

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98

This is by far the thickest preparation I’ve made so far. 1 heaping scoop and 3oz water. Wow! It also froths a lot more… so maybe my frothing problems are due to the thickness. The 1st thing I notice is the astringency. This isn’t an overly sweet matcha, although it’s by far bitter. Definitely more of a wake me up vs “oooh this is comforting” preparation. All formulas are delicious!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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98

Made this even thicker than last time. 1 scoop (1.5g) and 5oz water. Next time I’m only gonna use 3oz. I love tasting and feeling the flavors pop more and more as I gradually prepare it thicker!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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98

I’ve had a slamming headache all day and I just can’t move to make tea… this is all I’ve had all day. Made it the way I do a 1/2 bowl of matcha, 1 Chashaku (1.5g!) of powdered sencha and 8oz water. Thick, sweet, vegetal, w/ a hint of astringency that whiskes up very easily even before I use my Chasen and foams slighty. I drank it slower than usual so it gets slightly thicker and stronger as I drink it… yummm….

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C
Ricky

Awww, it’s missing that one point from being perfect.

Cofftea

Yep, the name “matcha”- that’s it!:P

mattscinto

I need to get some matcha.. thanks for reminding my taste buds

Cofftea

Any time!

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98

My 2nd order from Den’s Tea! It was shipped on the 29th and arrived today. Very quick considering yesterday was Sunday!

I spent $34.05 on my order ($3 of that was shipping) which consisted of this (30g), 2oz of Bancha Suruga, organic matcha, Lucky Gold Tea, and I was also surprised w/ the "Sample Tea of the Month: 10g of Premium Sencha Shin-ryoku! (Although it’s not listed as “premium” on their site… I wonder why…) Now that’s value! I didn’t get the Sample Tea of the Month w/ my matcha set in Dec. Maybe that was because I got the sampler instead.

Whoa… mmm… Looks like matcha, smells like matcha too- only stronger. Both the vegetal and sweet aromas are stronger.

I know this isn’t matcha, but I prepared it like it. 5oz hot water, 1/8tsp (although it seems weird using a plastic measuring spoon instead of my Chashaku) powdered sencha in my matcha bowl then whisked w/ my chasen.

The liquor (is this the proper term even though this isn’t decanted tea?) is a gorgeous green color and it whisks up similarly to my Mandarin Matcha only not as thick, although it still does foam up slightly.

I’ve decided that the word to describe matcha and like teas is sensual. Lucious also fits. This is amazing. Stronger than some matchas in both the vegetal and sweet aspect. Each sip is a little different. This is definitely a good matcha substitute.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C
fcmonroe

I hope you have enough to try the sample tea iced as well. I’ve been toying with the idea of buying some powdered sencha for iced tea.

Cofftea

fcmonroe, the sample was premium sencha (leaf, to be steeped and decanted). I have 30g of this stuff! But yes, I will try this iced as well. I just hope it isn’t like instant tea- matcha isn’t so I have hope for this iced as well.

fcmonroe

Oh. I thought it was some of the whole leaf powdered sencha.

http://www.denstea.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=268

Cofftea

That’s what this tasting note is. It’s not a sample though, it’s 30g as my tasting note states.

Robert Godden

I must try matcha…

Cofftea

Yes, you must. It’s wonderful!=D

Ricky

Woah lots of stuff came! Where’s that lucky gold matcha now? =P

Cofftea

Ricky, Just didn’t have time this morning. May not tomorrow morning either, but I’ll try that Thurs morning at the latest.

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92
drank Sencha Fuka-midori by Den's Tea
4 tasting notes

Beautiful in all respects. & I love the peaceful look of good green tea in a nice cup.

Brewed like Den’s website suggests: 1 tsp/3 oz water. First infusion at 180 degrees for a minute was great, but the second, done at boiling for just 15 seconds, was just awesome.

The mental well-being this tea produces is amazing, too. Made me smile without even realizing it :-)

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85

I opened up my 2oz bag of this for the first time yesterday and was blown away by how much matcha was mixed in to this genmaicha! My sample from jennlea had a lot, but this had a TON. This is definitely the best genmaicha I’ve ever had.

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85

Yummy. Can definitely taste the sweet matcha, though not terribly specifically, but more as a muted sweetness that makes the popcorn taste not so strong. Interested in trying this in a teapot, not a bag like I had to use for work.

Cofftea

In honor of my purchase this morning? lol Good timing:)

jennlea

Yay for my favorite tea!

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69
drank Sencha Shin-ryoku by Den's Tea
10 tasting notes

Shin-Ryoku is a Shincha or “new tea”/“first flush”, essentially the first harvest of sencha in Japan. If I remember correctly, its traditional to only consume Shincha within the first couple months of harvest, regardless of vacuum-sealed packaging and freezing. But, hey, it was a free sample, so I have no real grounds to complain.

Anyhow, this tea is VERY temperature sensitive.

Den is kind enough to personalize each tea’s brewing instructions, on his website. Which calls for 1.5 teaspoons 4oz of water at 160f/71c for 60 seconds.
My first attempt, ended up with 1.5 teaspoons around 170f/76c for 60 seconds, 5 oz of water. It was too bitter for me.

I tried again with 4oz of water at 160f, maybe even high 150f’s by the time I put the leafs in, for 60 seconds. It came out a watery-pale yellow, compared to the more common gold-yellow seen in sencha, that I was worried I under-steeped it, perhaps I did, but I found it to be a smooth with natural sweet notes.

The suggestions for re-steeping on Den’s is not personalized. The FAQ area has some generic suggestions, and not specific to this tea, which recommended 15 seconds for Sencha’s. However this may not apply to Shin-Cha, due to quantity of leaf (for such small quantities of water, its common for most sencha to be only 1 teaspoon, not 1.5 like shincha).

Second steep, I “tried” 170f for 25seconds, and it had the taste I’m more familiar with in sencha, but I found the bitterness to sneaking in. I think the bitterness never left me, following subsequent steep attempts, always sitting on my palate. Re-steep at 185f for 3rd time, 60 seconds, the bitterness started to come in much stronger. By the fourth, 5mins boiling, and fifth 10mins boiling, it was more akin water, despite a strong colour persisting.

From my experience, this tea walks a very thin line between sweetness and astringency, that is ultimately decided on by the water temperature, sure this is common with all japanese tea’s, but in this case, the temps were almost gyokuro levels for me. If I had more of it, I would like to experiment with it further. I’m ultimately curious what would happen if I had kept the water temp low for the second steep. Or just as high, as my “guess”, but with only 15 seconds. Freshly harvested Shincha/Shin-ryoku may also affect the taste, but we’re going to have to wait another 3 months for that.

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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90

First off, Den’s Tea is a wonderful company. If you’re considering ordering from them, I say “Do it!” Timely delivery and they included their catalog, a pamphlet about the health benefits of green tea, and a magazine about Japanese cuisine and culture. It’s the small things, yes?

Of course, all of this would be nothing if they didn’t sell high quality tea.

I’ve tried all four teas I bought from Den’s and they’re all absolutely delicious. (More reviews coming soon!) Today me and my housemates celebrated Christmas. It was wonderful. We all went to church, had breakfast together, opened presents, ate a fantastic homemade dinner (each person made one part of it), and, finally, played cards together. No homework, no stress. Just quality time. And I don’t have school tomorrow! (That’s the cherry on top, my friends.) In any case, my housemate Shane got me an awesome elephant teapot. The tea comes out of its trunk! Love it! In fact, I just finished an elephant of Fukamushi Sencha Special.

According to the Den’s Tea webpage fukamushi sencha is steamed at least two times longer than regular sencha. I believe this is the first deep steamed sencha I’ve had. The dry leaf smells full and fresh with light fruity notes. The flavor is deep and complex. Pleasantly grassy with hints of ripe fruits and brine rounded out by a wonderful taste of milk at the back. The aftertaste is milk then fruit.

I think I’m starting to get a hint of what good sencha can be.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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My first taste of Sencha and I really enjoy it. I have to say it is unlike any other flavor I have had with a tea. I am looking forward to trying other Japanese green teas from Den’s Tea. The best $3 I have spent in 2010. Can’t beat this sampler pack.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Shinobi_cha

I agree…best $3 I have spent in 2010.
And do try others – I haven’t been disappointed yet with his teas.

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80
drank Organic Sencha by Den's Tea
224 tasting notes

Nice sweet grassy aroma and taste. Brews into a greenish yellow murky liquid. It is soothing.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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95
drank Green Kukicha by Den's Tea
27 tasting notes

Currently my favorite tea. Den’s Kukicha is like a sweet, nutty tasting sencha. Relatively easy to brew and affordable.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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