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This tea is a great value for what you get. I paid about $8 for a 150g bag at my local asian grocer. This isn’t the highest quality tea by far, but it is very tasty and a great contender in the daily sencha category.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Mugicha (Barley Tea) by Maeda-en
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Flavors: Nutty, Wheat

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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89

Sipdown no. 56 of the year 2016 (no. 267 total).

Really enjoyable while it lasted. A great tea to sip during the work day. Optimally, I would have made this one go longer as it is a little on the sweet and vegetal side, which makes it more enjoyable for me if drunk occasionally rather than daily, but once I opened the packet I didn’t want to waste any time with this one given that it was already long in the tooth.

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89

So yeah, this was a 2010 green tea and I’m just getting to it now. [Hangs head in shame.]

It was vacuum sealed and stored in my magical California climate, though, so when opened, an amazingly fresh, sweet fragrance wafted out of the packet. Like sweet, buttery spinach, where the sharpness of the spinach has been filed down and replaced with sweet pea.

The leaves are amazingly fine and hair-like. They remind me a bit of gyokuro leaves but not as dark in color. These are a light, grass green, and may even be a bit finer in texture than gyokuro, though I’m not comparing side by side.

The liquor is almost a chartreuse color, and the steeped tea smells very much like the dry leaves.

The flavor is sweet and mellow. Very drinkable, very flavorful. Makes me wonder what this would have been like when fresh. I’ve been taking this with me to work the past couple of days. It’s a nice morning tea but I’m also having some now, and it’s just as enjoyable in the evening.

There’s something bright and happy about this tea. It’s like optimism in a cup.

Flavors: Butter, Grass, Peas, Spinach

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML
Ubacat

That’s just amazing that’s it still good. I have some green teas less than a year old that have gone stale.

__Morgana__

There’s definitely a difference with the ones that have been opened a long time. I had some hojicha that I tried recently years after it was open and it tasted like almost nothing.

Liquid Proust

send me some 6 year green tea :)

__Morgana__

Surely you jest? No really, I can’t tell whether you’re joking, but I assume you are. ;-) In any case, I didn’t see this until I’d steeped the last so on the off chance you weren’t joking, I no longer have any…

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70

I love Genmai-cha, but this is not my favorite version of the tea. I find it quite watery, requiring a lot of extra tea to get any flavor in my cup at all. It also doesn’t have much of that lovely “popcorn” genmai-cha scent. On the other hand, it’s a nice price for quite a big bag of loose leaf tea, and it doesn’t taste bad or off.

Flavors: Grass, Nutty, Toast, Toasted Rice

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drank Shiki Matcha Powder by Maeda-en
100 tasting notes

Delicious in a foamy green tea latte on a hot day. Before the chill and rain struck DC, I wanted two of these per day. Matcha + milk + honey + ice and whew! Delicious, creamy, green, healthy, refreshing.

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91

Found this at the local Asian Market. I have a different (far less expensive) brand coming in the mail, so it will be interesting to see if the quality is there. I have no complaints about this tin from maecha-en. The expected flavor and strength were there, even though I did a poor man’s brew – just a vigorous stir in the mug with a fork. Adding coconut sugar, almond milk, and ice was also tasty. I can’t wait to try this properly blended, in smoothies, in baked goods… yum.

Preparation
1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80
drank Shiki Matcha Powder by Maeda-en
113 tasting notes

I have been using this matcha for years mainly to make my mom’s favorite green tea ice cream & a delicious green tea pound cake. I have never drank it it straight b/c i don’t currently own a proper matcha brewing kit & I’m not sure how to brew it other wise w/out proper tools. It also makes for great lattes with vanilla soy milk so you don’t have to add any extra sweeter. I decided to leave this with a score of an 80 due to me not having this tea plain.

Happy Earth Day!

Preparation
1 tsp 0 OZ / 0 ML

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80

Yay, back home from an exciting day of eating dim sum and going to the Asian market! I just recently got a Japanese cookbook and needed to stock up on dried noodles, miso, sauces, etc. This was my only tea purchase from the Asian market, which let me tell you, is impressive. They basically had an entire aisle of tea in various mysterious packets and I wanted to check them all out, but I didn’t want to subject the boyfriend to that when he was already being sweet enough to go shopping with me. I just happened to see this package in passing, and since I love kukicha I decided to give it a try. It was only about $7 for the 150g packet, after all. The stems have that familiar straight and stick-like appearance with a mix of rich green and lighter cream colors. Dry scent is a touch grassy but really sweet.

I would say this tea is definitely worth the price! The beginning of the sip has more of an umami presence that I normally find in kukicha and almost tastes like sencha. However, the middle and end have that unmistakable sweet flavor that just says “kukicha” to me. It’s also very smooth with no astringency or bitterness whatsoever. Definitely worth the price at just over $1 per ounce! I’ll have to make another trip to the Asian market sometime soon just to check out all of their teas.

Flavors: Creamy, Seaweed, Smooth, Spinach, Sweet, Umami

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Ubacat

I have a Korean/Japanese market nearby I’ve stopped in for teas occasionally. I’ll have to check to see if they have this tea. The cashiers at that market are so friendly! It’s a great place to shop.
Good luck on the Asian cooking!

Cameron B.

The market I went to seemed to have everything – Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian, etc. It was huge and we were there for quite a while, ha ha.

They also had Maeda-en’s sencha and genmaicha, and they were some of the very few packages with English on them. :P

Ubacat

I’ve become a bit of a tea snob when it comes to sencha and genmaicha. lol I find most of the packages from Maeda-en are clear (letting the light in) and the quality is not the greatest. If you can find packages that do not let light in, I find the tea is better.

Cameron B.

Yeah, you’re right, it was in a package that was partially clear. However, it seems quite fresh and I’ve already transferred it to a tin. :)

Most of the other teas were in totally opaque packages, but they also were mostly in Chinese/Japanese so I would’ve needed to spend a lot of time looking through them all, and I didn’t want to make the boyfriend endure that, ha ha!

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drank Genmai MatchaBooster by Maeda-en
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I like this one a lot. I’ve tried a couple other of the MatchaBooster products from Maeda-en and I think this one might be my favorite, I like that roasty-toasty flavor. I like that this product stays incorporated until I finish the bottle. I don’t have to keep shaking it. I do shake it occasionally because I like the little bit of foamy, light, frothy texture that it produces at the top of the bottle when I do shake it, but I never saw that it needed it.

I really like this with just water. I pour a level teaspoon into my favorite 16.9 ounce water bottle and shake vigorously and it’s great like that. It’s also really, really good mixed with coconut water.

Very rejuvenating! Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/11/09/product-review-genmai-matchabooster-from-maeda-en/

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This is similar to the Unsweetened MatchaBooster that I reviewed a week or so ago, except that this is sweetened. You require more powder for the same amount of water of this product because of the sugar that’s in this. And really, I’d rather it not be sweetened, I prefer the unsweetened.

The sweetness is a little jarring, as I said in my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/11/01/product-review-sweetened-matchabooster-from-maeda-en/

I think it’s a little too sweet. What I did with subsequent uses is that I’d use one tablespoon of this powder and 1/2 teaspoon of the unsweetened powder in my 16.9 ounce water bottle and this made for a much more pleasant experience – it was still sweet but certainly not as sweet, and actually quite enjoyable.

And even with the sugar in this, it doesn’t completely mask the flavor of the Matcha, I am able to taste the buttery notes of the Matcha, light vegetal tones and hints of cacao.

This particular product would be perfect for a Frappe type of recipe – where you want a sweetened product but for on the go, I think you might be better off with the unsweetened.

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This stuff is great! It’s a really economical way to enjoy Matcha (to go!) every day. It’s a very versatile product. You can add it to juice, coconut water, smoothies, or anything that you want to “boost” with Matcha.

When I first tried it, I went simply and added a teaspoon of the powder to my 16.9 ounce water bottle and gave it a shake. It mixes completely with no lumps and no sediment and makes a perfectly tasty “tea to go” without any sweetener.

I’ve since added it to a bottle of pomegranate juice (Yum) but when adding it to juice, if you want to taste a stronger impact of Matcha, add maybe an extra half a teaspoon. When I added a 1/2 a teaspoon to 8 ounces of juice, the juice overpowered the matcha a little. A little more Matcha and it is better.

Here’s my full-length article: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/24/product-review-unsweetened-matchabooster-from-maeda-en/

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TTTTB 5/7
I cold brewed this in the past and liked it but saved some to try hot.
I ruined my last cup, I can tell I need to change my water filter. I meant to use my gallon of spring water but I forgot.

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80

Genmai-Cha Brown Rice Tea is what I would call a “savory” tea. There’s a strong flavor in between toast and cooked rice with a vague hint of nuttiness. I believe it would pair nicely with any savory food or substitute for a vegetable broth.

If you’re into sweeter teas, this probably won’t be your cup of tea. For me, this may be a new staple.

Flavors: Broth, Nutty, Roasted, Toasty

Preparation
1 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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bargain basement sencha that fully deserves its price. Awful cutting & rolling. Gross, twiggy smell. Very forgiving to brew, but always the same crude, dry, woody flavor. I’d really consider this more of a kukicha.

Flavors: Dirt, Dry Grass, Wood

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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88

Every summer we always have a lot of cold barley tea for the family. This is our favourite. Served ice cold it is refreshing and also inexpensive!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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90

I enjoy a cup or three of this a day. I brew it to be sweet and slightly grassy. 3 steeps (1min, instant, 1 min) in a covered porcelain mug with a large porcelain strainer, which allows the leaves and water to circulate freely.

Flavors: Grass, Mineral

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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75

I thought I reviewed this tea but couldn’t find my tea tasting note. I had to try it after having Tealux’s Tenkaichi Sencha. This one is a good sencha. Very grassy, smooth. I have to agree with the reviews here. It’s a good economical everyday sencha. The one from Tealux is a better sencha with it’s nutty buttery notes but this one is still a good cup.

Flavors: Grass

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C

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