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This isn’t bad if you are picking up a bottled tea. Now, I drank most of it with a meal of sticky rice and honeyed tempura chicken, so I didn’t get any of the green tea out of it. Even when I drank the last 1/4 there wasn’t any green tea flavor in it.

But the jasmine is a lovely aftertaste. It is a lot of jasmine, but I like knowing that it is there in an aftertaste. Really nice and refreshing. Pleasantly sweet as well.

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drank Jasmine Green Tea by Ito En
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drank Oi Ocha Dark by Ito En
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drank Tea's Tea Golden Oolong by Ito En
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drank Tea's Tea Golden Oolong by Ito En
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drank Tea's Tea Golden Oolong by Ito En
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drank Tea's Tea Golden Oolong by Ito En
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drank Tea's Tea Golden Oolong by Ito En
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drank Tea's Tea Golden Oolong by Ito En
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very refreshing and the flavor is fairly natural for a RTD tea. Wouldn’t buy a whole case, but would buy a bottle or two again.

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drank Tea's Tea Golden Oolong by Ito En
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Went to Mitsuwa today and got some lunch. I got this tea with it too.

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The dry leaf smells like hay, very sweet hay. And plums? Something fruity, sweet yet tart. Once put in a heated pot, the leaves smell dark and heavy, almost (but not quite) musky. After brewing, the tea smells sweet and tangy. The taste is slightly astringent and peppery. Yes, peppery. How strange.

Slurping brings out a sweet, fresh cut sweet grass taste and the aftertaste has a fresh floral note. There is a bitterness to it but not an unpleasant bitterness – more like the bitterness that comes with dark, leafy greens (collards, kale, that sort of thing). The mouthfeel is thin with a little of that peppery taste coming through on the texture – little dashes of roughness.

This isn’t as sweet as I am normally go for but I’m finding it very attractive. Will wait on the rating to see how this romance develops.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Shinobi_cha

I assume you got this in Hawaii? So is this a Gyokuro with Matcha?

Auggy

Yep, this is one I picked up in Hawaii. No matcha. The package has zero English on it (except for the sticker Shirokiya put on it that romanizes the name and covers part of the ingredient list) and I haven’t taken the time and effort to translate all the little notes on the back, but I’m pretty sure it is a blend of sencha and gyokuro. (Actually, the bag says a blend of ryokucha and gyokuro but I’m assuming their green tea = sencha vs something else.) Not sure how much gyokuro is in there though.

Shinobi_cha

Interesting. The one time I had a gyokuro blend sencha (by Yamamotoyama) it was not very good at all. Hopefully this one is much better!

Auggy

Well, I don’t think this competes with Yutaka Midori or anything, but so far I do like it!

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This doesn’t exactly taste like jasmine tea… must be the ascorbic acid. but pretty good if you need to pick up a bottle of tea at the store.

Ricky

Agreed, the jasmine is very faint. I get more of the green tea taste, which I imagine is Chinese sencha. I’m telling you most of their teas taste the same! At least my taste buds can’t detect the difference.

laurenpressley

Glad it’s not just me!!

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drank Teas' Tea Green Hoji by Ito En
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drank Teas' Tea Green Hoji by Ito En
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not as bitter/smoky as I expected/feared. It actually reminds me a lot of Ito En’s “Oi Ocha” minus the buttery/floral aspect. I like the Oi Ocha better because it has that extra dimension, but this wasn’t bad.

Preparation
Iced

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drank Tea Pear by Ito En
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As with their “Tea Apple,” I found this one to be juicy, natural tasting. However, the tea is definitely secondary to the pear flavor. Very refreshing, and worth buying a bottle to try, but not something I would specifically seek out in the future.

Preparation
Iced

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drank Tea Apple by Ito En
2474 tasting notes

HisGirlOona is right: this tastes surprisingly like biting into a juicy red apple! They somehow bottled that “crisp” taste that bottled apple juice never seems to capture.

I can’t say much for the tea itself because I was too wowed by the apple. Not an everyday drink for me, but I’m glad I tried it. It was refreshing and would certainly fulfill an apple craving if you don’t have an apple handy!

Preparation
Iced

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drank Teas' Tea Green Jasmine by Ito En
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drank Teas' Tea Green Jasmine by Ito En
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drank Teas' Tea Green Jasmine by Ito En
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Smooth, with a strong jasmine finish that is floral, but tastes more fresh than fake/perfumey. Probably not the best choice with my lunch of roast beef and welsh rarebit over rye toast, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Janefan

this was my 200th tea logged! (aka my 200th tasting note, although I don’t always write an actual note). At least it was a “different” tea from my norm, but too bad it wasn’t the next one (Lady Grey on dreaming of London day…)

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drank Southampton by Ito En
24 tasting notes

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drank Oi Ocha Dark by Ito En
2474 tasting notes

This advertises a “bolder taste” but to me it tastes bitter (overbrewed?), with a strong honey note onteh finish. I actually looked to see if it’s sweetened (it’s not.) I definitely prefer the more subtle, yet more complex taste of their regular brew. In fact I bought a whole case of it. I can taste a bit of woody/roasty something behind this if I strain, but the bitterness is primary on my palate. It’s drinkable, but I don’t enjoy it like their other green.

Preparation
Iced 0 min, 15 sec

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drank Sencha Shot by Ito En
190 tasting notes

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