Den's Tea

Recent Tasting Notes

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For a long time I wasn’t a fan of sencha. Now I realize that my first few attempts were with relatively low quality tea. Den’s has always seemed to be THE source for green tea so I ordered their green tea sampler and this tea was included. The leaves were a dark emerald color and smelled fresh but not quite the freshly mowed lawn smell I was expecting. I brewed this tea in a cast iron tea pot called a testubin with 170 degree water for two and a half minutes. This was longer than Den’s directions but my testubin is fairly large and I was worried about ending up with a weak brew.

The brewed tea had a slight roasted aroma but also retained the fresh smell of the dry leaves. This tea was naturally sweet and had a taste that lingered long after taking a sip. It was not bitter in the least. I compared a cooled cup and a still hot cup and they were both equally delicious. I think I would be hard pressed to find a green tea that was a refreshing as this selection. It was perfect for a warm northeastern day like today.

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67

This is my second steep, and it’s ok. I am really bummed that I screwed up the second steep. Yesterday I made a cup and left it to steep for about a minute or two… 30 minutes later, I gasped and realized that i was making tea… needless to say, I dumped that cup. This morning’s second steep is only so-so. This was the last of my sample, so now it’s either pay up (this stuff ain’t cheap), or settle for a slightly less decadent sencha. It’ll probably be the latter.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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67

It’s my lucky day! I got a sample of this with my Den’s order. It is wonderful! It has a very rich flavor, and a beautiful deep green color when brewed.

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100

Definitely one of my favorite teas- I come back to it over and over. The flavor is kind of sweet and toasty. It reminds me a little bit of the flavor of honey. My husband thinks it tastes like brussell sprouts, which I think is kind of strange. It’s an easy one to brew- temp and steep time will not adversely affect the brew. Good for me, the tea killer.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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100

This tea has a very unique flavor- kind of toasty & sweet. Definitely unlike any other tea I’ve tried. I love it- drink it almost daily.

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75
drank Rose Sencha by Den's Tea
9 tasting notes

let it brew a little longer than supposed to.. about 4 1/5 – 5 min.. although a nice mild tea, you actually will pick up on the nice floral notes. little touch of honey would have been better, but the raw sugar I used was quite nice as a second choice

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75

~1.25 tsp
~160-165 degrees F
30s, 30s, 1min

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75

Very good! I got this for free with the Den’s Green Tea starter kit. I was hesitant about cool brewing, but it was the perfect drink for the afternoon on the go. It was good the second infusion, too.

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100

drank a whole pot of it! so good!

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100

Around 2:00 today my energy totally faded. So, I had a cup of this. I love it. The toasted rice, the extra green quality, the matcha… it’s comfort in a cup!

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100

Yum! I made a small pot of this, and my espresso drinking husband even requested some: “a big mug of it, please!” So I guess I’ll be making another small pot by the end of this evening. :)

I really do love this tea. I’m a big fan of Genmaicha in general. When I finish up this batch, I’m going to give Samovar’s Ryokucha a try. I’m looking forward to seeing how the two compare.

Frank W.

So how did they compare?

laurenpressley

Actually, I like Den’s a bit better. There’s much more matcha and it has a stronger flavor. In addition, it’s cheaper. I’m sticking with Den’s for my regular Genmaicha, but Samovar will win for other types of tea. :)

Frank W.

Thanks! I had just ordered a half pound of Den’s (my wife likes it too and it is on sale through October), but never tried Samovar’s. I saw it on Sam’s website, but also noticed Ryokucha is close to double the price and their minimum free shipping amount was $100. Still, I’ll have to order from Sam’s sometime. What do they do well?

laurenpressley

I really like their oolongs a lot! I’ve been enjoying the four seasons (with many steeps each time) for a while, and just got the hawaiian oolong which was pricey but amazing and quite resteepable. I’m just trying a white (downy sprout) this morning and am really enjoying that one as well. :) I think the half pound of Den’s is a good choice… we’re going to have to do that next time at the rate we go through the stuff!

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100

First cup of the day. Consumed during a hot game of Power Grid, but before yoga. I love this toasty tea. I realized that my bag’s “best by” date is coming up fairly quickly. I know I won’t finish it by then. Any guesses as to how long past the “best by” date this will last?

Shinobi_cha

Well, I don’t have a guess as to how long, but here is a tip I read about online. I haven’t tried it, but it could work — if you put the amount of leaves you are planning to drink in a pan and roast them, you will bring out flavor again (even if it had ‘gone flat’ or however one would put it) and be able to use any of your old green teas even if they’ve gone past date. But just roast what you’re planning on drinking right away…

laurenpressley

Interesting tip! Thanks!!

Jillian

I’ve heard that in general japanese greens are good for about a year, but to be honest it’s probably a matter of personal preference aswell. If it still tastes good to you, then why not drink it? ;)

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I had genmaicha with my tofu breakfast, though I’m not sure it was this one. The quirky local brunch joint has an extensive tea menu, mostly loose leaf, though they don’t tell you which company’s tea you’re drinking. Since I have this in my cupboard, I’m labeling this way. Yum!

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