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The end of another tea sample. This tea was nice enough and I liked it for the novelty but I don’t think it’s really for me. The roasted flavour is perhaps a bit too strong and the tea too rough, so I probably wouldn’t go out and buy this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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73

This tea keeps reminding me of something and after two cups of it tonight I think I know what it is. It has that bran-like flavour that you get from brown rice or maybe whole wheat bread, combined with a bit of “green”-ness and a touch of charred/roasted corn.

The wet leaves in the bottom of the strainer actually look like little bits of charred wood instead of resembling anything remotely leaf-like. It resteeps very well though, the second cup being almost identical in taste and strength to the first.

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Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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73

Well this is the first cup of tea I’ve had in several days. I got a really nasty stomach bug and I couldn’t keep anything down so the only things I was consuming were Gatorade and water. D:

But anyways, this is quite a robust tea yet not harsh in flavour. It’s strong enough to wake me up but (hopefully) not so strong that it’ll upset my still-tender stomach.

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Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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73

This tea is very dark-looking to the extent that it could pass for a black tea. Having learned my lesson with the NecessiTea’s Strawberry Shortcake I made sure to research the recommended steeping time/temp before I started. I am surprised that Den’s Teas recommends using boiling water but it is a pretty robust tea for a japanese green.

Looking at the tea I can see how it got the ‘Gold’ part of its name. The taste is a bit like a genmaicha but without the malted, grainy quality. There’s a hint of…not quite charcoal but something like it in the flavour.

The second steep @ 15 seconds is smoother and slightly sweeter.

I have nothing to compare this tea against but it’s interesting and certainly not objectionable.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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77

I got my Den’s Green Tea Sampler for Novices today! I was so impressed with what was inside that little box: 4 samples of loose-leaf tea, 2 tea bags, 2 paper filter bags, a catalog, order form, pamphlet about Den’s Tea, a sheet of brewing instructions, and a large booklet all about the health benefits of green tea. If anyone doesn’t know, this was all for $3, with free shipping. Such a great deal.

So this was not only my first time with Den’s Tea, but my first time with an unflavored green as well. It took me a while to get over my fear of grassiness, but I’ve gotta take that plunge sometime, right? I didn’t know which tea to start with, so I plunged my hand into the samples and picked a random one.

These leaves were a medium brown color. When steeping, they honestly smelled like Pu-erh mixed with marijuana [I’ve been to lots of rock & metal concerts]. However, once decanted, it just smells a little like Pu-erh but less fishy and more woodsy/earthy. The liquid is brown, just like the leaves.

After that smell, I was a teensy bit scared to take a sip. I want to like green tea, but I guess I have to actually try it to like it, right?

It’s not nearly as heavy as I thought it would be. It definitely has a light mouth feel, medium body. If I didn’t know this was green tea, I’d mistake it for a light Pu-erh. It has most of the characteristics of a Pu-ehr; earthy, woody, and the tiniest bit fishy (but not in a bad way, I promise).

I like it. But I’m confused. It looks, smells, and tastes like a Pu-erh. What’s the deal? How is this considered green tea? I know it’s all about the processing, but… Can anyone enlighten me? Pretty please?

Cofftea

Holy crap… This is a scary one to try 1st! It’s made of twigs instead of leaf I think. I could be wrong. I’m having a HORRIBLE day and reading this made me feel better- thanks! I can’t wait to live vicariously thru your next tasting note=D

LiberTEAS

Hi Erin: Houjicha is not the twigs (that would be kukicha or bocha), houjicha is made from bancha which is similar to sencha tea, only of lesser quality. The bancha leaves are roasted over charcoal, which imparts the very deep woodsy and locks in a very earthy characteristic, which is what you’re detecting.

Erin

@Cofftea – Awwwww, I really do hope your day gets better, seriously.
@LiberTEAS – That makes sense… Is Pu-erh processed the same way?

Dan

That is a great deal, I just ordered my sample kit. Thanks…

LiberTEAS

Erin: no. There are several different types of pu-erh so I would need to know what type of pu-erh you’re speaking of before I can be completely accurate. Pu-erh can be either raw or cooked, and is generally pressed and aged. It also generally comes from ancient, wild tea trees. It is these unique situations that create the unique flavor that is pu-erh.

Erin

@LiberTEAS – Wow, thanks for the help! Having you on this site is like having a Tea Encyclopedia that can type!

Cofftea

I don’t like any tea that’s roasted (or roasty/toasty in taste). This and gen mai cha I think are the only 2 greens I’ve found I don’t like.

__Morgana__

Good to hear about your experience — I’m sitting here with an unopened Den’s tea box on my lap which ought to contain the things you just mentioned. This is going to be fun!

Cofftea

Morgana … open it! =D

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93
drank Genmaicha Extra Green by Den's Tea
1614 tasting notes

I came home after a fairly stressful day full of rushing around. I’m glad to have the rest of this sample. I used my kyusu to steep it. I love that thing teapot! I feel so relaxed. I always crave popcorn when I drink this! >_

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93
drank Genmaicha Extra Green by Den's Tea
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I’ve steeped this twice! So delicious. :) Shared it with my boyfriend!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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drank Genmaicha Extra Green by Den's Tea
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I have a very soft spot for genmaicha. My fav Japanese restaurant serves genmaicha! This one also came with my Den’s Tea Green Novice Sampler. This definitely had extra matcha! I’ve had genmaicha with matcha, and my cup has never been this bright green before. Green’s my favorite color! I love the color of the liquer. Also, the color of the leaves before I steeped them was covered with bright green matcha.

The scent was fantastic. Toasty, warm, popcorn, roasted rice… yum! The taste was enjoyable and delightful. I steeped this twice.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Erin

I’m expecting my Den’s Tea Novice Sampler to come any day now. Reviews like this are making me even more excited!

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76
drank Grape Sencha by Den's Tea
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Boiling 1 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I am personally not a grape fan, but I have absolutely no doubt it’s a fantastic tea.

Ricky

Flavored matcha next? ;)

Cinoi

Two things I love: flavored matcha and grape flavors :)

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drank Sencha Fuka-midori by Den's Tea
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drank Sencha Fuka-midori by Den's Tea
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drank Sencha Fuka-midori by Den's Tea
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This is the first tea I’ve ever tried from Den’s Tea! I bought the Green Tea Sampler for novices, a really cute kokoro (kyusu) teapot, and the sakura sencha gift set. I must say, I am so impressed with this sencha fuka-midori. ! I steeped it according to Den’s recommended brewing instructions. Delicious! I steeped it twice and shared it with my boyfriend, who is starting to like greens!

A great way to enjoy the mornings. There is enough in the sampler to make 2-3 pots!

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Cofftea

Going to make one of Den’s teas now:)

Ricky

Ohhhh kyusu! I want one =P

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

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82
drank Organic Sencha by Den's Tea
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Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Orange Sencha by Den's Tea
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I’m really enjoying the flavored senchas from Den’s that I’ve tried thus far (the other I’ve tried is the pineapple). The dry leaves have a big, brassy orange scent, while the steeped tea has a much more muted orange scent and taste, but the orange is still present. It’s great how well the orange taste blends with the sencha. I also like that this tastes like orange, not just broad citrus flavor.

Thumbs up!

Cofftea

Their apple is amazing as well- the best apple flavored tea I’ve tried.

Ricky

I love all their flavored Senchas.

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75
drank Pineapple Sencha by Den's Tea
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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec
Cofftea

You’re a bigger fan of the apple even though you think it tastes like hot apple juice? I’m confused.

Cofftea

I just looked and the steeping parameters on the tea’s page and on the brewing parameters chart are the same… 4oz boiled water, 2g leaf, 30 sec steep.

Ricky

If I had to order how much I like a certain fruit, it’d be oranges, apples, pineapples. That was fruit, not tea. I’m not a fan of pineapple nor am I a fan of orange citrus peels, therefore I enjoyed Apple sencha more. Apple sencha would be a healthy apple juice =]

the quiet life

Pineapples can be evil, but I love them so! I’ll definitely have to try this someday. And the Apple Sencha, too. :)

Ricky

Did you ever try the Den’s Sampler pack?

the quiet life

Yeah, mine came with Orange Sencha (which I still haven’t tried, but should).

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drank Orange Sencha by Den's Tea
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Boiling 1 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

You don’t think the apple sencha has a sencha flavor? Interesting.

Ricky

Nope, I thought it was like drinking apple juice.

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78
drank Matcha Miyabi by Den's Tea
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The green is vibrant, though difficult to discern visually between it and Den’s Matcha Usucha(Matcha Kaze) – which reflects positively on Den’s usucha. Make sure to use a sifter to eliminate clumps. I vary my scoops day-to-day. Den recommends only 1 chashaku scoop, which I do when I’m in a particular rush. Otherwise its 2-3 chashaku scoops for me. 1/3 or 1/4 cup of Water at 175F. Foams up nicely; it could be my imagination, but I could swear his usucha foams up better. Flavour-wise, it is quite good. Den advertises the elimination of bitterness, compared to his usucha. I tend to agree, the small amount that was detectable in his usucha, was faint or non-existent in this koicha. The natural sweetness however isn’t as prominent as I would have liked. Compared to his usucha, I do prefer this. The question is if it worth twice the price of Den’s usucha? Ultimately, that is a personal preference. Compared to other Matcha Koicha’s, it is priced competitively. So definitely worth a shot.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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drank Sakura Sencha by Den's Tea
43 tasting notes

The first time I tried it, I must have steeped it too long. I hated the flavor, and pushed it so far back that I forgot it was there. I brewed a cup this evening, and the taste cup was subtly sweet. I usually hate flavored green teas, but this subtle cherry flavor was a delight. I am glad that this tea was found!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Matcha Kaze by Den's Tea
27 tasting notes
Cofftea

Amazing. Have you tried their other matchas?

AdamL

Haven’t tried their other matchas yet. This was my first time making matcha, and I think I made it a little too strong. It was good, but I will probably use less matcha next time.

Cofftea

This was my 1st matcha I made myself as well. I currently have their organic matcha which I love even better.

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80

Bought this with my Tencha-Kuki Houjicha. I felt like I almost had to, haha. In the spirit of spring! We may not have many cherry blossom trees in New Jersey, but somehow my spring experience is incomplete without sakura something. I always found it amusing, though, how Japan has so many sakura-flavored things in the spring. I’ve had sakura-flavored Kit Kats… probably sakura-flavored Pocky, too.

Anyway, back to the tea! The leaves smell really, really nice! A liiiiittle bit like candy, but really it’s more like a light sweetness. This is definitely not what one would consider “cherry flavor,” but then again, “sakura” doesn’t mean “cherry” in the fruit sense. It means “cherry blossom” or “cherry tree.” (“Sakuranbou” is the fruit.) Definitely still smells like sencha underneath, though!

The package says to use a higher temp for a more fruity flavor, and a lower temp for more of a sencha flavor, and I used a bit of a low temp, thus resulting in mostly a sencha flavor. There’s a tiiiny bit of sweetness on the end, though. It’s yummy, but I’m looking forward to trying it with a higher temp, too. :) I want to try to recreate the scent of the leaves.

I should mention, too, that as the tea cools, a bit more of the flavoring comes forward in the aftertaste. It’s like floraly sweet.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Orange Sencha by Den's Tea
865 tasting notes

Ugh… craaappp… sigh… I was gonna make a double cup according to premium sencha parameters, but totally spaced and made it a double cup according to flavored sencha parameters… I hate when I do that. It makes me so mad I almost don’t want to make tea for the rest of the day. It’s ok… but not nearly as good as it could or should have been…

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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drank Orange Sencha by Den's Tea
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I love any free tea, but what I love even more is when you get something free unexpectedly that I’ve always wanted to try. And this is one of them.

Prepared as suggested. Holy orange! The flavor of the orange instantly hits me in the face when I open the package. Once steeped, the liquor is a light yellowish green. Unfortunately the orange isn’t nearly as strong as it was when the leaf was raw, but it’s still definitely there. The flavor matches that of the steeped tea and not the raw leaf, but that’s ok. I think if it’d been as strong as the raw leaf it would have been too easily mistaken for an herbal tisane. The sencha is very much a part of the flavor profile.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Cofftea

Oops, forgot to log infusions 2-5. 15, 20, 25, and 30 sec. All very wonderful!

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drank Sakura Sencha by Den's Tea
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Ok, I admit it. This tea terrifies me. I love cherries (bing to be exact), but I hate almost anything else cherry flavored. But… I also love things that are seasonal and since Japan is known for their cherry blossoms, I knew I had to at least give it a try.

Prepared as suggested. 2g/3oz water. The aroma of the dry leaf isn’t as strong as I was expecting and smells of cherry sweet tarts, not of cough syrup as I feared. When steeped the liquor is a gorgeous yellowish green. Surprisingly the sent of the cherry is gone leaving only that of the sencha.

Hmmm… I’ve only had one other flavored sencha from Den’s (their apple) and the flavor of this one just doesn’t compare. The cherry is very light and is more of the blossom rather than the fruit. I’m not sure I’d like it if it was stronger, but I have a feeling that a person looking for a cherry flavored sencha will be disappointed.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

2nd infusion, almost boiling water for 15 sec. Liquor is the same as the 1st although the cherry flavor and aroma are both slightly more pronounced.

Gingko (manager of Life in Teacup)

Me exactly the same! Loving cherries and hating everything cherry flavored! Besides, I think the cherry used to flavor things is not the same cultivar as the sweet bing cherry we eat.

Cofftea

But being more blossomy this isn’t your average cherry flavored item either…

Cofftea

3rd infusion, 20 sec. Still very sweet, but the cherry aspect is gone.

Cofftea

4th infusion, 25 sec. Lighter liquor, but the flavor is the same as the 3rd infusion.

Cofftea

5th infusion, 30 sec. The liquor is like the 4th infusion. A lot of the sweeteness is gone, but it’s still very clean and crisp.

Cofftea

6th infusion, 40 sec. Consistant liquor and the flavor is back to being sweet.

Cofftea

7th infusion, 50 sec. Lighter in liquor and flavor, but still very good. I think I’ll call these leaves done even though they may not be.

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