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Backlog:

I got some of this year’s harvest of this tea (it’s now sold out.) What an incredible tea it is. Definitely one of the very best green teas I’ve yet to taste.

The dry leaf resembles slender, long, green needles. Beautiful. These have been hand-rolled. Amazing, the craftsmanship that goes into this tea. This tea requires a very low temperature (just 100°F) and I steeped the leaves for 3 minutes. The tea is very pale but very, very flavorful. Sweet and a thick texture.

This tea is really, really awesome!

Rich, buttery, grassy, creamy. I infused the leaves three times and the third infusion was my favorite. After that, I even ate the leaves after dressing them lightly with sesame seed oil and a squeeze of fresh orange.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/05/25/temomi-shin-cha-green-tea-from-sugimoto-america/

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This is a really good Genmaicha with Matcha. The Genmaicha tastes fresh and nutty and sweet, and the Matcha adds just a touch of creamy sweetness to the cup. I received this Genmaicha with Matcha in the most gorgeous Washi Paper covered tin. It’s absolutely beautiful and very well made.

It’s a really good Genmaicha with Matcha. The flavor is everything you expect from a top-notch Genmaicha. Sweet, nutty, smooth, and soothing. Nice.

Here’s my full-length review of this tea along with photos of the gorgeous tin: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/05/21/product-review-genmai-cha-with-matcha-green-tea-washi-gift-set-from-sugimoto-america/

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I love, LOVE, love these tins from Sugimoto America. They are absolutely gorgeous! And they were well crafted too, the patterns in the paper line up perfectly, these weren’t just slapped together haphazardly. I like the care that went into the tin.

Yeah, I’m a sucker for packaging. Especially when it’s a gorgeous tin like this.

And what makes it even better is that the tea inside is a great Sen Cha. Sweet, buttery, and notes of grass. Not overly vegetative and not quite as bitter as some Japanese Sen cha teas that I’ve encountered.

Fresh, vibrant, and a very lovely, appealing taste. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/04/19/sen-cha-green-tea-washi-gift-set-from-sugimoto-america/

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Tea of this afternoon is a matcha latte. I used soymilk for this and added cardamom per the suggestion of one of my Twitter friends. I also used my cheapo milk frother. This is just as good as any Starbucks matcha latte for about 1/8 of the price…

Good news also, my fracture is healing according to the doctor. I will be at home for 3 more weeks convalescing and drinking lots of tea. :)

OMGsrsly

Yay! Healing is good. :)

Fjellrev

I’m so glad to hear that it’s on its way!

TeaBrat

thanks, I am happy, finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel

mrmopar

Yay!good news!

TheTeaFairy

Great new!!

caile

That’s great news!

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I got this matcha yesterday in Japantown. Normally I go for the Maeda-en standard grade matcha but they were all out, so I thought I’d get this instead. I mostly use matcha in tea lattes and smoothies so I didn’t see the point in getting anything ceremonial grade. I had some this morning when I woke up: in a pineapple/banana/soymilk/chia smoothie. That was super tasty!

Then I decided to try some of this the standard way using the ceremonial matcha bowl and whisk. Drinking it plain, it is definitely bold and grassy with bitterness. When it comes to drinking matcha plain, you definitely get what you pay for. I’ve had some really nice ceremonial matcha that’s naturally sweet and delicate but almost 3x the price. I wasn’t expecting this to be great on its own, but for mixing with other things it’s fine.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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drank Sen Cha by Sugimoto America
2402 tasting notes

Lately I feel like I should be trying to drink more green tea just for the health benefits especially theanine. That is difficult when black teas are clearly my favorite!

Anyway I picked this up in Japantown yesterday. I got the mesh teabags but I don’t think I’ll create a new entry for it.

I steeped this for 60 seconds and got a vivid neon green color. This appears to be a fukumushi sencha, according to the Sugimoto website. I’m getting mostly gentle grassy notes with a bit of nuttiness and a slight astringency in the finish… It’s far less “seaweed” like than some other Japanese green teas I’ve had, but not the most flavorful fukumushi I’ve had. You can definitely get two steeps out of these teabags. This is a good everyday tea, however I prefer the bagged sencha from Den’s.

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

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Had a small one-serving pack from them. I may have not gotten to see how good the flavor could have been because I made cups for me and my wife (12 oz, when this teabag was probably made for 6oz or so).

I couldn’t tell Matcha was added because it was a very light color (usually the tea I’ve seen with Matcha added is a neon glowing green color). Anyway, it was very smooth, good…seemed like a typical Genmaicha, with apparently some Matcha added.

However, after 3 steepings (the first two had the most flavor), I squeezed out the teabag (the sample wasn’t loose tea), and a small amount of very dark green water came out. I tried that and it was so sweet and very delicious. If the whole tea had tasted like that it would have been amazing.

I’m going to refrain from giving this a number, since this one try I may have skewed things by ignoring the amount of water. But like I said, if the whole tea had been dark like the small sip I squeezed out of the bag, and had tasted like that…it would have been some incredible stuff.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 45 sec

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I’ve not had a better Genmaicha. Holds up under rebrewing better than I’d thought it would.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Hoji Cha by Sugimoto America
361 tasting notes

I was looking forward to this part of the day all day. Settling in the couch with the big kid (13) to watch Community and enjoy my toasty tea in my cast iron pot. It used to be a beer. And sometimes still is. But man, these roasty toasty teas are really good for the end of the night! And just slightly healthier…

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drank Hoji Cha by Sugimoto America
361 tasting notes

This is a really tasty Hoji Cha. Could be my favorite so far but I’ve only tried a few. So far the first steep is living up to my expectations

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drank Genmai Cha by Sugimoto America
16 tasting notes

I’m pretty sure I’m allergic to something in this tea, so I ended up giving it away. Too bad.

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Being only familiar with matcha powder (Teavana) for my lattes I was a bit hesitant to try anything else, but finding good prices on SA’s sencha, genmaicha and hojicha powders I figured it was worth the risk. I found the sencha powder darker and more bitter than my matcha but am relieved to discover that it tastes just fine in my lattes (tea powder, skim milk, sugar-free Torani syrup). The taste is different, but just as good. (I’m tempted to say “almost as good”, but that may well be because I’m so used to the taste of the matcha.) Obviously a slightly coarser grind than what I’m used to, as it doesn’t clump in the sifter and exhibits a bit of a chalky(?) feel in the mouth towards the bottom of the cup. I don’t know how good this might be prepared traditionally, but in a sweetened latte it’s definitely acceptable.

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drank Sen Cha by Sugimoto America
57 tasting notes

*Quick Note

I got this from a Marukai Japanese market in San Diego during my spring break. I thought it was plain sencha until read the back of the packaging and realized it was a fukamushi type.

Anyways, I was pleased with the taste of this tea. It is lightly sweet, medium bodied, a bit nutty, and with no astringency whatsoever.

Very good store bought sencha.

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

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I received this one in my Steepster Selects box – So Excited to get that in the mail!

Sencha is one of my favourite green teas so I was especially looking forward to this one. The dry leaf has that wonderful and quintessential sencha smell – very ‘green’ and comforting. It steeps up beautifully; more body than a regular sencha – it seemed like the finer leaves stayed in the steeped tea a little like matcha powder. Definitely delicious. I’ve had some time to play around with steep times and while a shorter steep is generally my favourite, a bit of magic happens with the right temperature and a longer steep.

definitely one of my new favourite senchas! So glad I got this in the mail!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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This is the first tea that I’m trying from this month’s Steepster Select Box. A really good Sen Cha. Sweet but with a really pleasing savory note. Very light and refreshing, while at the same time, warming and soothing.

An excellent choice for this month’s box, Steepster!

LiberTEAS

The second infusion is just as lovely as the first!

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Nice..first one. So when I opened my Steepster Select box this was the first one out of the two that I smelled. WOW…so sweet! I almost did not believe it was green tea. It did not smell grassy to me..something else that I could not put my finger on. I took the box to work with me since I picked it up on the way. Throughout the day I kept smelling the tea…then giving it to others, even one of my managers to smell. They got a laugh out how excited I was. Hmm….maybe a green Jolly Rancher when you take it out of the wrapper? Yeah thats what I got.
The wet leaf was more complex…maybe cooked spinach with nutmeg. The taste followed suit. It was not astringent at all…very smooth. A delight for sure.
Thanks Steepster Select for opening me up to new teas. I would have never have bought this otherwise. Green tea is a new world to me :)

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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drank Sen Cha by Sugimoto America
14 tasting notes

Wow, I love this Sencha. This is my first Fukamushi and I’m so impressed. Such a lovely green cup and tastes exactly like it smells. It’s not too bitter or grassy, but lightly sweet and vegetal. It definitely tastes of buttery asparagus with a hints of artichoke, and it’s just a little bit brothy. Divine. I will definitely be purchasing more to this.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 15 sec
Shinobi_cha

If you liked this, I definitely recommend either Den’s Fukamushi Yame, or Sencha from Yame by Thes du Japon, or O-cha’s Yutaka Midori.

Glo

Thanks Shinobi-cha, I’ll have to try those.

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drank Genmai Cha by Sugimoto America
66 tasting notes

Picked this up at my local Japanese market and I love it. The tea comes out this bright green and the notes of roasted flavoring from the brown rice blends really well with the matcha. A very mild manner tea that would go perfect with some food or just a nice cup to unwind with later in the day.

ScottTeaMan

Years ago I tried Genmai Cha and didn’t like it, but now my tea tastes and brewing habits have changed. I’m pretty sure I would enjoy it. :)

Anna Vu

You should also try blending grain teas with different teas as well. It’s definitely similar to genmai cha but you get to control the roasted flavoring however you want. I recommend trying some Buckwheat tea with a sencha to start and the blend as your heart desires after. I like a stronger hint of roasted flavoring.

ScottTeaMan

I’always wanted to try Buckwheat Tea, & I really enjoy Sencha. Have you ever tried Soybean Tea? It was so good-so sweet with no sweetener. Then I’d eat the soybeans-usually plain, but sometimes with just a little sugar or honey. It was rather filling, & a good light lunch. :)

Anna Vu

For buckwheat tea, I recommend getting this: http://www.teao2.com/puripan-loose-leaf-herbal-tea-tartary-buckwheat-35061.html
I love Puripan. They used to have a shop open near my house but they closed… :( Luckily I can still find their teas online!

ScottTeaMan

Thanks Anna, I’ll try some soon {bookmarking page}. My Soybean tea is really hard to find, but there are other sources out there, probably are similar.

ScottTeaMan

I just finished my Genmaicaha sample from H & S 10-28-11, and I really enjoyed it. I’m gonna send you a surprise sample from H & S. I really hope you enjoy it….:))

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