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80

this tea is awesome!

however it has lost its freshness (probably due to moisture). even though its been opened 3 times :( it seems this tea is the only tea that ive tried that looses freshness fast.

so i rate it 80 and cannot do a full review

i do note the coffee/espresso taste and it does have a sour smell to the leaves. but it tastes great still

however i do thank my friend paola for this awesome tea

Flavors: Coffee, Espresso

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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42

No notes yet. Add one?

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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95
drank Asamiya Sencha by Hojo Tea
337 tasting notes

a nice tea :)

when i smell the leaves dry, they smell nice and grassy.

when i smell the leaves wet, they smell nice and grassy and sweet.

when i smell the brewed tea, it smells sweet and grassy.

when i taste the brewed tea, it tastes sweet and grassy.

many thanks to paola for this nice tea :D

Flavors: Grass, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 250 ML
Indigobloom

Love the consistency of your reviews Kirk! Have you thought about adding a comment about why you rate a tea at a certain level? (ex. if you like smoother teas, or it has more/less flavour?)

Kirkoneill1988

That’s a great idea. I’ll try that next time :D

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75

an ok tea

when i smell the leaves dry, they smell grassy :)

when i smell the leaves wet, they smell grassy again.

when i smell the brewed tea, it smells sweet and grassy

when i taste the brewed tea, it tastes sweet and grassy

many thanks to paola for this nice tea

Flavors: Grass, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 250 ML
scribbles

it sounds quite good – I like grassy, sweet notes :)

Kirkoneill1988

Somebody stole my tin of karigme. :’(

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99
drank Karigane by Hojo Tea
337 tasting notes

An update:

this tea can get bitter with small mugs so im removing a point 100 -> 99

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99
drank Karigane by Hojo Tea
337 tasting notes

some how my can of this tea has returned. i still don’t know who first stole it and who returned it.

this is still a tasty tea. sweet and grassy :D

some sad news:

i accidentally broke my Tim Horton’s mug :(

Flavors: Freshly Cut Grass, Grass, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 250 ML
TeaBrat

I hate breaking cups, it happens far too often.

Kirkoneill1988

doesn’t happen often to me :/

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99
drank Karigane by Hojo Tea
337 tasting notes

someone stole my tin of this tea :( i wish i had it back

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99
drank Karigane by Hojo Tea
337 tasting notes

an awesome tea

little glass pitcher, grandpa style:

when I smell the stems dry, they smell nice and sweet and similar to asparagus.

when I smell the stems wet, the smell is intensified.

when I smell the brewed tea, it smells sweet and like asparagus.

when taste the brewed tea, it tastes very sweet and like asparagus.

NOTE: the following comment does not affect the score

only if this tea tasted more asparagusy

also it was hard to strain the stems in the little strainer while pouring the tea into the cups so it managed to get a little bitter on me

many thanks to paola for this amazing tea

Flavors: Asparagus, Sweet

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 6 g 8 OZ / 230 ML

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This tea left a lasting impression. It’s aromatic and robust like a good long jing, but has more tannin and mineral notes. It’s sharp, flowery, grassy/herbal, and piney, with a very long sweet finish that reminds me of a good sheng pu’er. It’s refreshing sharpness is makes it a perfect morning pick-me-up. I’m thinking of getting more now to take advantage of the weak yen.

Flavors: Flowers, Herbs, Mineral, Pine, Vegetal

Preparation
2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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87

A sencha made from 200-300 year old tea plants? Definitely worth trying. This wasn’t as “different” as I expected, but it was pleasant. Good lasting aftertaste, and it does indeed have a bit more of a minerality to it than a standard sencha, as the lengthy description of the tea on the vendor’s website suggests.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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The tuocha of the day came from Dag, thanks!
It’s a pleasantly sweet one, with a nice whole wheat crust’ kind of taste.
Later steeps feature some cedar as well, & I should have more to say about this, but but sorry, that’s all I got.
Oh, & this is my 3rd sip down of the day, with an remaining balance of 375 teas.

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88

Jummy oh so jummy for the tummy :)

Still the only Shu I like. Les oomph when brewed in a glazed pot with water from electric kettle. Still a nice earthy fruitiness! Smooth and somewhat sweet in contrast to the earth flavour. or is it peat? who knows?!?
Will stick to preparing this in a reductionfired pot with water from tetsubin.

Tomorrow i will try to try out a very nice sheng! While watching the Big bang theory of c ;)

Keep sipping tea and enjoy life when possible!

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 14 OZ / 400 ML
KittyLovesTea

Such a happy note to finish on :)
I wish you Happy Steeping Dag Wedin.

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88

1 piece / 360ml banko-yaki, Water from Kunzan tetsubin.
Followed Mr. Hojos instructions.
Wash/Wash/15s/5s
Unfortunatly only had time for two infusions.

Now im not a big fan of ripe pu-erh. Ivé only tried to prepare it gong-fu style in celadon and zini yixing. Both are soo soo match for shu.
I was given the recomendation to prerpare shu in a reduction fired pot using water from a tetsubin. And i must say the result was fantastic. The first shu ever that i truly enjoyed. I will try this with another sample shu ive had lying around for awhile.

The flavour was slightly earthy with a shockful of ripe fruit. A long aftertaste of fruit lingering. It left me wanting more…… A truly good experience!

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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68
drank Asahina Gyokuro by Hojo Tea
1 tasting notes

First genuine green tea for me. I was not a tea lover but growing older I like it more and more. This one taste really great.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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