Kirkland Signature

Recent Tasting Notes

65

Gotta love those office Christmas parties, eh? This was my secret santa’s idea of an ideal gift for me.

It’s not bad! (which is a good thing, since I now have SO.MUCH. of it) It’s a standard green tea flavor; mild, not exactly bland, but it doesn’t really blow my skirt up, either. I’ve learned that I don’t like to drink it until the loose matcha dumped from the packet settles to the bottom. Drinking the loose matcha gives the tea an instant tea mouth feel that I find unpleasant, but the flavor itself is better with than without it.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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65

A pleasant surprise to a tea bag green tea! Its got a nice sweetness to the end of it that I wasn’t expecting.

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85

For a bag tea to have on hand its EXCELLENT. I have been drinking loose whole leaf teas for some time and this tea is comparable and even better than some of the more expensive loose green teas. I think gyokuro is one of the finer green teas and the taste of this kirkland tea is surprisingly similar.
In my opinion, those who are claiming this tea is so so are fooling themselves simply because it comes in a bag.
give it a try.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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85

very grassy-ish green tea. healthy, not “enjoyable”. good substitute to drinking water.

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I found a handful of these individually wrapped green tea bags from Kirkland in a purse! I drank a lot of this tea a while back, and it was my very first experience with the sachet format. I wonder whether Kirkland was the first to create the sachet? Well, anyway the biggest surprise was always that this purveyor of high quality Japanese green tea was somehow affiliated with … Costco!!!!

I loved this tea. The bag I drank this afternoon sadly tasted a bit stale, but now this tea is old, and I am thinking that maybe it was a sencha/genmaicha blend, because I’ve noticed that genmaicha sometimes becomes stale as a result of the popped rice. I believe that there is some matcha implicated as well, because some of the dark green powder sifts through the sachet pores.

Since this tea is no longer in its prime, I’ll refrain from rating it today. If I come across a fresh box at some point, then I’ll try it again. I do recall that I loved it before…

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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84

time to do a full review:

when i take the teabag out of the pack i can smell the green tea leaves and the matcha :)

i also noticed that the bag is like some kind of nylon casing and the string is attached to the middle of the bag and you have to detach the tab first.

after you put it in you do have to follow the instructions and wait 20 or 30 seconds. any longer and it can get bitter. then you should dump any left over matcha powder in the package into the tea.

the aroma is fitting for the kind of tea and the matcha/green tea leaves aroma smells great!

it tastes bitter sweet but it does taste good! for a lesser brand this is worth it

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84

The best of the green teas of the lesser brands i have tried so far :) tastes awesome!

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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Used this as the base for ochazuke, with leftover steamed white rice, edamame beans, and furikake. Yum!

here’s the idea, if you are confused:
http://justhungry.com/2004/01/ochazuke_rice_w.html

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81

I have this tea whenever I go to my friends house, or whenever we have to travel for work. This is probably my favorite bagged green tea – heck it’s one of my favorite green teas period. It’s pretty light and even a bit sweet, taste wise, and doesn’t leave a grassy aftertaste that I’m used to with a lot of plain green teas. I love the mix of the tea leaves and the matcha.

I’m definitely making someone run to costco for me and pick some of this stuff up.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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67

This is my travel tea. It carries easier and better since it is prepackaged into little green pouches and tastes better than any other packaged green tea.
I personally prefer quality loose leaf green tea but this one works in a pinch. The taste is a bit grainy and grassy but there are the hints of that sweet taste that makes green tea so darn good!
Served hot, unsweetened or cold, unsweetened.

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82

A very good green tea……a real steal at the price.

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I have a huge jar full of individually packaged bagged tea. I remember this one was a favorite before loose leaf.

I totally dislike when I open the package and I get sprayed with matcha. Taste? ehhh, kinda stale, though this has to be pretty old. The silk plastic tea bag I can see the tea looks like grainy mush. Oh, i’m spoiled from loose leaf. Snooty owl!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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I’m not really much of a green tea person..maybe because I am not patient enough to wait for a minute after boiling? This one turns out okay for me most of the time but I’m excited to try good green tea that I’ve only recently read about.

K S

I turn the kettle off long before it boils. Saves time and works for me.

Kasumi no Chajin

I often use just under boiling water for my greens as a bit of a “cheat”, though I do not mind waiting for water to cool either.

yssah - Love is Tea (LIT)

hm..ive thought of that. haha, was wondering if there was a special reason that the water had to boil. thanks guys!

Kasumi no Chajin

the main “special reason” I can think of is if there is any concern of water purity. Other then that, it should be fine

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We’ve been keeping a box of this in the cabinet for a long time now, and I never reviewed it as a hot tea (that I recall), but what I have been doing lately is steeping it cold, and the results are much better than the hot results.

I put 8 bags into a 3 quart vessel with tepid water, and stash it in the fridge over night.

The result is bright and green and that vegetal quality which is so great in expensive green tea and so lousy in cheap green tea is very muted here.

As I drink through the bottle, I keep adding back water (the tea bags are still in there) and I just keep drinking it down until the results seem to be getting thin, at which point I stop adding water. I probably get a gallon or two of green tea out of these 8 bags.

As refreshing as lemonade or sweet tea, but without the sugar, in Houston’s crushing Summer heat and humidity.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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