Shouyanagitsu Shinichi Shouten

Recent Tasting Notes

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This is much better than genmaicha I have purchased stateside, but I believe that is largely because I tend to get genmaicha in import grocery stores, not tea shops, in large, cheap quantities.

This was an absolutely shocking shade of green when I poured the first cup. But it began to fade and darken almost immediately.

The flavor is both darkly vegetal and brightly toasty. I start to get a sense with this of what genmaicha may be all about.

The brew also has a sticky thickness in the mouth, almost like a broth. Which is not unpleasant, but… unexpected.

I don’t think genmaicha will ever be my truly favorite favorite of green teas, but this is very tasty.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Lisbet

This is so interesting. Next time you make some, let me know so I can try it. I never did have genmaicha over there. Or if I did I forgot. The shades of green in the teas I saw over there delighted me!

Jim Marks

Oh dear. I’ve long since drank it all, luv.

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96

Even after a few months in a metal tin, being opened and closed every few days, this tea is still holding up very well. One has to be very careful not to over steep, but when the temperature and timing are right you get a wonderfully soft, round, almost buttery cup.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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OK, Japanese green tea snobs, it is time for the rubber to hit the road. For years I have been having people tell me that “every day” green tea in Japan is better than even the best teas available in the USA.

Well here it is, a bag of green tea so authentically Japanese, I can’t read anything on the bag except the “4”.

Now, this is a truly fantastic shaded green tea. A perfect balance of sweet and bitter greens, soft mouthfeel, and vibrant color even after an hour or two in the pot.

But I have had just as good, or even a bit better, purchased through shops in the USA.

I think it is time for the Nihonophiles to accept that the Internet and international shipping and distribution has eliminated the barriers that once kept all the best teas in the domestic markets.

Don’t get me wrong, this is top shelf, and I will savor every cup. But it is time to put the myth to bed.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Lisbet

What I wonder is whether at this point the best green tea you can get in the US is as good as the best you can get in Japan eyebrow wiggle
I think the message you hear about every day cups here being as good or better than anything available in the US comes only from individuals whose pride rests on maintaining this notion. That said, of course I’d say the crappiest green tea available here is about par with mid-shelf in the US. They just don’t have anything that compares to our “below mid-shelf” green tea. THAT is its own American grossness.*
*I reserve the right to change this opinion though if I encounter anything as gross as American supermarket mass produced green tea here though.

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