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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
295 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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100
drank Gokujo Hojicha by Ippodo
295 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
295 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
21 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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93

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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80
drank Gokujo Genmaicha by Ippodo
5 tasting notes

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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31
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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25
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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10
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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85

Just like the Rimpo at the Kaboku Tea Room in Kyoto. :) I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to replicate the full-bodied umami taste at home, but Ippodo’s recommendations have been on point. My shiboridashi is smaller than the kyusu used for brewing at the tea room, but I used the same amount of leaf (10g) and brewed it same way. A lovely gyokuro for treating yourself on a relaxing afternoon.

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93
drank Kuki Hojicha by Ippodo
3 tasting notes

Awesome tea. Really like the flavor and aroma. It also have a very low caffein level, so you can drink it whenever you want. Totally recommended!

Flavors: Earth, Hops, Roasted Barley, Tobacco

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML
Alejandro Paniagua

Esta rico eh? jejejeje

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94

Ummon-no-mukashi is the highest quality matcha by Ippodo.

To appreciate its flavor and aroma to the full, Ippodo recommends to prepare this tea as a thicker koicha.

It tastes best when served with sweets.

- Beautiful matcha, in appearance and quality and color.
- Foams easily and easy to sift.
- Deeply strong green aroma.
- Could be but not recommended as a daily matcha.
- Perfect to have some sweets after to take away the bitterness. (I have a chocolate covered cream and caramel I like to take afterwards.)

Another elegant matcha by Ippodo, it has the characteristics of the great elements you can expect in high quality. Ummon-no-mukashi is intensely richer, has more flavor packed with complexity, and is so much less bitter. There is more caffeine punch, definitely strong this one!

As for me, I love the creaminess and foam, the color, and fragrance. If your tastes goes more towards serious intense green and hints of bitter, then this is highly recommended.

Quantity of Matcha Powder:1.5 heaping of tea ladle/chasaku
Quantity of Hot Water: 60ml
Temperature of Hot Water: 80°C
Time of whisking: 15 seconds

Please see my full review with photos:
http://matchagirlparis.blogspot.com/2013/10/matcha-review-ummon-no-mukashi-ippodo.html

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

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70

Kimmo-no-mukashi is the 5th grade matcha from the top by Ippodo.

- Beautiful matcha, in appearance and quality and color. Aromatic.
- Foams easily and easy to sift.
- Green taste and strong. Not much sweet or floral aftertaste. More 1 dimensional.
- Do not recommend as a daily matcha, it is too bitter!
- It is good to try some sweets after to take away the bitterness. (I have a chocolate covered waffle I like to take afterwards.)

The texture is great and smooth but the bitter striking taste that hits every time is unpleasant for me.

I praise this matcha on its excellent quality, the beautiful color and texture, it is a very elegant matcha from Ippodo. On a personal note, I find it too bitter for my liking. Everything else is really perfect. If you can support bitter, then it will pass for you. If not, I would try the higher grades.

Quantity of Matcha Powder:1.5 heaping of tea ladle/chasaku
Quantity of Hot Water: 60ml
Temperature of Hot Water: 80°C
Time of whisking: 15 seconds

Please see my full review with photos:
http://matchagirlparis.blogspot.fr/2013/10/matcha-review-kimmo-no-mukashi-ippodo.html

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

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95
drank Tsukikage by Ippodo
14 tasting notes

- Limited seasonal offer, a perfect way to welcome in the autumn.
- Tsukikage means “moonlight” in Japanese.

Very enjoyable and deeply impressed! It is a very nice bittersweet aftertaste and overall a delicious matcha. However, I would not recommend this for a daily matcha.

The powder has a wonderful strong aroma and the taste lingers for a long time, the smell of the matcha will fill the room for awhile, it smells so nice.

The color is brilliant deep dark green. I opened the matcha bag on a sunny day, the color in the bag really stood out. The powder is fine yet more dense, perhaps it is more moist.

Recommend it to those who do like little bittersweet and strong after taste. And those who enjoy a caffeine kick from their matcha.

Quantity of Matcha Powder:1.5 heaping of tea ladle/chasaku
Quantity of Hot Water: 60ml
Temperature of Hot Water: 80°C
Time of whisking: 15 seconds

Please see my full review with photos:
http://matchagirlparis.blogspot.com/2013/10/matcha-review-tsukikage-ippodo.html

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

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90
drank Tsukikage by Ippodo
81 tasting notes

Tsukikage 20G Box
Expiration Date 14.01.2014
Distributed by Ippodo-tea.co.jp
Matcha:Tsukikage
Ingredients Green Tea (powered)
Country of origin: Japan
Distributed by Ippodo Tea Co.
Kyoto Japan
www.ippodo-tea.co.jp
Net wt: .7oz (20g)

Beautiful brown box that is marked in Japanese and English.
Cost is on par with high quality Matchas
Matcha comes in a foil pouch.
I cut open the pouch and put the powder in an empty matcha container.
I made a iced cup of Matcha.
This matcha, like other premium matchas I have tried, has tiny clumps that will need to be whisked up.
Matcha has nice green color.
I bought this tea in NYC location after reading the review at www.teaformeplease.com by Nicole Martin. Nicole has a great blog.

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