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This is what I would describe as one of shizuokatea’s entry-level or ‘daily green tea’. I brew it about three to five times a day and it is certainly a very reliable, easy to brew, and robust Sencha. This website delivers high quality and directly sourced fresh green teas ranging from Houjicha, Bancha, Genmaicha, as well as many others!
Flavors: Astringent, Vegetal
I’m going on through all the teas I have, trying to update my cupboard and see which ones I have enough of to send out to swap. I’m realizing I forget to log a lot… Oh well. This one brews up yellow and is warm and toasty in taste. I like it because its not veggie like green teas, not astringent at all, and it tastes like the tea we get at the restaurant. We took my dad out for Father’s Day and shared a pot of tea that tasted just like this, it is a good one to pair with dinner.
With my loose leaf Genmai Matcha, Shizuoka also sent a teabag… and that is what I’m having right now. I prefer the loose leaf, but this is good for a bagged (pyramid sachet) tea, and one thing that I like about this particular tea bag is that the tag has a little notch in it to attach to the rim of the cup. A small feature, but it makes it just a little easier to steep because the tag doesn’t go for a swim in the brewing tea (I always seem to lose the end of the string in the teacup!)
Deliciously toasty and sweet. Very soothing.
Having now had a lot more of this tea i’m a little less excited about it. With just the right temperature and steeping time you can strike gold and get a wonderful, rich, buttery tea….but it’s fussy. You’ll have to experiment to get it right. Seems like very short brewing times work best for me. Less than 10 seconds. But that seems to be true to me for most green teas. 3 minutes is absurd. I don’t know why that seems to be the standard recommendation for green tea.
This was a good genmaicha with matcha. It has a nice sweet aftertaste that gets more strong on the 2nd steep, and it lingers several seconds which is very nice. (I think the matcha covers this sweet aftertaste in the 1st steeping).
I enjoyed this tea, but it seemed fairly standard to me, nothing exciting, though no real faults either. The leaf itself is very small; it looks like a fukamushi, but I’m not sure.
Thanks to LiberTeas, for sending this surprise sample!!
I am enjoying this tea this evening, and pairing it with a new cheese that I discovered at my local grocer … Wasabi Cheddar! Oh YUM! This is the perfect pairing. The HOT wasabi with the sweet, smooth Sencha … delightful.
My full-length review of this tea will publish on SororiTea Sisters soon!
This is so strange! I have never had premium sencha
of quality in a bag like this before! I mean, it’s really good quality, and it’s very fine, but it’s in a bag and puffs out like nothing I have ever seen! It even has a loose leaf type look to it once steeped…you know with that powdery texture to it.
The taste is very good…a nice sturdy green tea and I’m amazed this was a bagged version!
There is a bit of a grassy aftertaste – but nothing I can’t handle…I DO like it! Very nice!
This truly is in a class of it’s own…It intrigues me!
This smells like Veggies and Popcorn! ACTUALLY…have you ever had VEGGIE BOOTY? http://piratebrands.com/products/piratesbooty/veggie – this is what this matcha powder reminds me of! Both in aroma and taste and I just LOVE it!!! For those of you that are looking at the ingredients for Veggie Booty and saying “oh…health food…ho-hum” don’t knock it ‘til ya try it! It’s addicting! Anyhow…
This is like popcorn and veggies and it’s very smooth! It goes down quite nicely! :)
The dry stem – loose – prior to infusion smells incredible! It’s powerful and very green in every way! Vegetal yet springy. VERY Fresh smelling!
After infusion it smell like veggies as well but the roasted aroma decreases a bit.
The flavor is full and smooth. As far from ever being bitter than you could ever get. This is very clean and pretty brothy.
This is in a different category than most Greens I have tasted…this is high quality and a pure delight!