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Bought this while strolling through the hood on my way to my favorite lunch place for dan dan noodles. Bright green leaf in bag with no obvious aromas. Brewed to instructions in smallest gaiwan, the aroma is really intense with cooked spinach. Not that over boiled nasty spinach smell but the gentle parboiled fresh smell as you squeeze out the juices. The liquor is a bit cloudy, thick and not as vibrant as i would have expected, more of a muted yellow. The flavor is dead on spinach and asparagus at first with a hint of seaweed. As you continue to sip, a noticeable bitter approaches but not enough to scare you off. After about 2 minutes the aftertaste yields from bitter to sweet. The one thing I observed in my reaction was I didn’t feel like I had drank a tea. Knowing my way around a kitchen and being one of those who wastes nothing I have been known to drink my spinach water if I wasn’t using it it in a recipe, and that’s how I regarded this tasting. I would have given it a better rating but I am new to Japanese greens and will need to revisit after I try a few more samples. Also the bitterness was noticeable and I don’t know if it is supposed to be part of the experience or just an expression of this tea alone.

Flavors: Asparagus, Seaweed, Spinach

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 1 min, 30 sec 10 g 3 OZ / 80 ML

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drank Tsukikage by Ippodo
5 tasting notes

This is my 2nd pack of tsukikage, and I use a higher temperature this time. The powder is quite dense so must use a matcha sieve or strainer to remove any tiny clumps. Good for both koicha and usucha. Colour is a nice green and smooth texture, taste is quite sharp with some sweetness, and a long after taste.
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100
drank Sencha Hosen by Ippodo
18 tasting notes

Ippodo tea indicates that Sencha should be steeped for 60 seconds at 176 F (80 C). Suggested ration of tea to water is 2 Tbsp (yes, Tbsp!) to 7 ounces (210ml) of water. To cool water to the proper temperature, Ippodo suggests transferring the water once by first pouring into a cup and then the tea pot. A second and third pot can also be brewed at 176 F (80 C) water with no steeping time.

I had a WONDERFUL cup of cold-brewed Hosen at the Ippodo shop in Kyoto. I think that this was the first time I understood the meaning of “umami” – it was unlike anything I’ve ever tasted. Any Japanese green tea can be cold-brewed by steeping 2 Tbsp in 7 ounces of chilled water for 15 minutes. A second and third pot can be prepared by brewing the second pot for 7 minutes and the third for 3 minutes.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec 10 g 7 OZ / 207 ML

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Ippodo tea indicates that Gyokuro should be steeped for 90 seconds at 140 F (60 F). Suggested ration of tea to water is 2 Tbsp (yes, Tbsp!) to 3 ounces (80ml) of water. To cool water to the proper temperature, Ippodo suggests transferring the water three times by first pouring into a cup, transferring that to a second, then third cup, then the tea pot.

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 1 min, 30 sec 10 g 3 OZ / 88 ML

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90
drank Kimmo-no-mukashi by Ippodo
1 tasting notes

My favourite matcha so far – I’ve had 2 bought in London, 1 from Edinburgh and 5 from Tokyo. For me, this one is the smoothest and creamiest taste and doesn’t go bitter when making with water or milk. Actually use 1/2 tsp for 1 person.

Flavors: Creamy, Green, Smooth

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 tsp 2 OZ / 70 ML

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drank Sweet Matcha Soda by Ippodo
879 tasting notes

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drank Sparkling Sencha by Ippodo
879 tasting notes

Served in a champagne flute. Absolutely amazing. So incredibly smooth, subtle, and sweet. I believe that this is only available while dining at Kokage or Kajitsu – worth a trip to either restaurant for this drink alone!

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This review might be a bit unfair as I received the tea from my cousin, and I’m not /certain/ how old it is or how well stored it had been. That said, it did appear to be stored in a tightly sealed container.

Ippodo is not kidding around about the umami flavor. It dominates over the vegetal tones and I couldn’t detect a hint of bitterness. There was an odd sharpness to the aroma that I’m not certain I enjoy. Still, this is an intriguing tea, and I recommend investigating it for yourself.

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73

You know how sometimes you’re about to run out of something and you save just an teensy tiny bit so that it’s never really gone? That’s the only purpose this tin is serving right now, to keep my happily delusional about the fact that I drank all this up long ago. It was thick and delicious. It was bitter too, but there was more than enough flavor to compensate. The vibrant green and the smooth texture were also memorable enough to keep that tin in my closet until I can justify another purchase.

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90

It’s a very good, rich tea. Not a sweet type for me, that’s an ultimate green flavor. Very pleasant long taste with a lot of umami.

Flavors: Grass, Green, Umami, Vegetables

Preparation
2 tsp 3 OZ / 80 ML

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100

This is my absolute favorite matcha. It’s smooth, creamy, sweet tea without bitterness. I love the rich unami flavour, and it has a little flower aftertaste.

Flavors: Flowers, Grass, Green, Sweet, Umami

Preparation
2 g 3 OZ / 80 ML

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100
drank Gokujo Hojicha by Ippodo
482 tasting notes

so there is a tie between my top two favorite teas. this and dragonwell (long jing) also my dear followers , have you tried this tea? was it from ippodo or elsewhere? what did you think of it?

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drank Gokujo Hojicha by Ippodo
482 tasting notes

so i had some of this tea today, and i still think its an awesome tea!

i was thinking while drinking this tea:

boy, it sure is raining p’s and q’s! someone in the world must not be minding their own business. oh! that’s you reading my review! ha ha ha ha just kidding. i’m glad you are reading my reviews :D

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 10 g 250 OZ / 7393 ML

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100
drank Gokujo Hojicha by Ippodo
482 tasting notes

little Glass pitcher method (grandpa style):

when i smell the leaves dry, they smell nice! roasted, toasty and crisp

when i smell the leaves wet, its the same as above but also has a aged smell to it (in a good way)

when i smell the brewed tea, it smells same as above but also has a coffee/espresso taste to it! :D

When i taste the brewed tea, it tastes like all of the above! :D

WHAT A WONDERFUL TEA!! :D Hojicha is my new #1 favorite Japanese tea!

many thanks to my wonderful friend Paola for this wonderful tea!

Flavors: Coffee, Espresso, Roasted, Toasty

Preparation
Boiling 7 g 9 OZ / 260 ML

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85
drank Iri-bancha by Ippodo
5 tasting notes

The tea has a rather smokey aroma and this also reflects in the taste. The bitterness of the tea leaves and the bitter scent of the smoked aroma collaborate nicely to imbue the tea with a strong refreshing, thirst quenching and revitalising character. A hint of acidity can also be derived, but isn’t at all overpowering. The overall aroma of the tea quickly fades and doesn’t linger in the mouth. It’s liquor is dark brown with a dark red distinction. Visually, it appears somewhat close to the liquor of a black tea.
Overall, it is a fairly easy tea to enjoy and easy to brew. It is a great thirst quencher and allows itself to be infused in large quantities at a time, making it a great tea to drink throughout the day. As the amount of caffeine contained is also neither to low, Kyo-Bancha can be consumed at basically any time of the day and by any person ranging from very young to old.

Flavors: Bitter, Smoke

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 10 g 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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75

Tancho-no-mukashi is an aromatic Matcha with great color and texture. Easy to sift and easy to foam up. This Matcha is according to Ippodo suitable for both Usucha and Koicha.
Prepared as Usucha it has a more one dimensional taste which nonetheless results in a harmonious overall taste.
Prepared as Koicha the taste had slightly vegetal bitter notes which lingered for a long time on the palate. With the first sip I could taste some sweet notes that then were easily covered up by the bitter notes. It is definitely not a Matcha which I prefer prepared as Koicha. But for its price Tancho-no-mukashi is making a good everyday Matcha.
Read the full review with photos:
http://matchaenthusiast.blogspot.de/2014/11/matcha-review-tancho-no-mukashi-by.html

Flavors: Bitter, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 0 min, 15 sec 2 g 2 OZ / 60 ML

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75
drank Tsukikage by Ippodo
22 tasting notes

The color of the dried Matcha powder is a vivid dark green.
This Matcha is suitable for Usucha and Koicha.
Prepared as Usucha it foamed up really nicely with a very bright green foam.
Sipping this Matcha resulted in an overwhelming sharpness in the beginning that turned in a sweet and aromatic body and ended with a light umami aftertaste. Maybe I should mention that I’m very sensitive to sharpness. The texture was very smooth.
Prepared as Koicha this Matcha wasn´t my liking at all, too much sharpness.
Read the full review with photos:
http://matchaenthusiast.blogspot.de/2014/11/matcha-review-tsukikage-by-ippodo.html

Flavors: Seaweed, Spicy, Sweet

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 0 min, 15 sec 2 g 2 OZ / 60 ML

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drank Gokujo Hojicha by Ippodo
1 tasting notes

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I purchased the one-pot-size.
The dry needle shaped tea leaves were dark green and turned mushy with a small leaf size after steeping.
The fragrance of the dry tea leaves were sweetish vegetal. My Steeping Instructions were 10g per 90ml water, at 60-80°C for 10sec-2,5min. 4 Infusions were possible.
The liquor was slightly turbid and yellowish green with an umami-rich taste which was slightly salty and sweet, smooth and slightly viscous.
Conclusion: An umami-rich tea, which changes its flavor profile slowly.
After brewing this Gyokuro you can enjoy its used tea leaves by adding a little soy sauce and citrus juice.
My tea leaves were mild, a little bit sweet and a hint of seaweed was still there.

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 0 min, 30 sec 10 g 3 OZ / 90 ML

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One of the better and full Genmaicha teas I have experienced. Its soft and pleasant flavor of the quality sencha leaves balances out nicely against the round and full scent of the roasted rice.

Flavors: Caramel, Rice, Roasted, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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10
drank Uji Shincha by Ippodo
7 tasting notes

This similar to another tea I tasted. It did not taste fresh and smelled like old socks. It was not nice for me to drink and we wasted a lot of money for Shincha. As an experience tea drinker I was very unhappy with this purchase.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Kuki Hojicha by Ippodo
7 tasting notes

Expensive offering from Ippodo i thought. This Hojicha was nothing special for a roasted tea and I fel it was overated. I prefer making my own which is easy.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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drank Organic Sencha 10 by Ippodo
7 tasting notes

I had the latest organic offering from Ippodo called Premium Organic Sencha. I noticed a strange flavor. I prefer the Organic 10 to the Premium organic.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Ippodo Shincha by Ippodo
7 tasting notes

Been drinking green tea from Japan for many years. Even had some decent tea from this company. My opinion of this tea was very poor no matter how I prepared it. Even with good quality bottled water this tea tasted and smelled like old socks. Unfortunately we purchase quite a bit because Shincha, or new Sencha, is usually tasty. This was not and we wasted a lot of money.

Flavors: Bitter

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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