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This one is not an expert of Genmaicha but I’ve drank enough of it to feel like I can tell the difference between companies… etc. This one I find to be mediocre. It’s good but I just don’t quite find myself being happy with every sip like I do with some others I have tasted. This has happened a few times with other genmaichas that I’ve tried. This one is grassy and has a slight rice flavor but not enough to really get my taste buds going.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp

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71

Not sure why I love plain green tea so much but glad I do. This one is quite grassy. Very reminiscent of the teas we had while in Japan. Still below Genmaicha in my opinion but for a straight up green tea it’s well balanced.

Preparation
1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp
Stephanie

I get it…greens are satisfying in a particular way!

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80
drank Houji-Cha by Takaokaya
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Flavors: Hazelnut

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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80
drank Houji-Cha by Takaokaya
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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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83
drank Genmai Cha by Takaokaya
142 tasting notes

oh yes, this is a good travel mug tea. make sure you get a stainless-lined travel mug, i notice too much plastic in the plastic ones. at ANY rate, as someone else noted, not my favorite genmai cha in the world, but quite nice for an afternoon spent on wifi at the rec center, waiting while the kiddo was doing his lego club thing. quite nice. i will be restocking once i’m done with this box.

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Tea #5 from Considering a new TTB
This is my first time trying Aracha; it’s certainly a strong green tea and one that isn’t really to my tastes. Even with a short steeping time it was a very bitter tea with a strong vegetal flavor. I can normally deal with one or the other, but the combination of the two meant I had trouble finishing my cup.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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97

all i can say is NOM. glad i bought a ton of this delectable delight!

sherapop

Sorry, but what does “NOM” mean? Thanks (sherapop writes sheepishly…)

Cavocorax

Nom is internet-speak for ‘yum.I’m gobbling this up’.
Related to ‘om nom nom’.

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97

yum yum yum, afternoon of oolongs, and i needed this. GREEN.

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97

started over on the multiple steepings of this for today. first steep – as described before, and i still love it! this stuff will easily become a daily craving for me, so after today i’m going to try to not drink it THAT often (maybe just every 2-3 days?) so that i don’t get sick of it. it is such a strong presence, i can tell that might happen a little too easily.

but for today? i binge! NOM NOM NOM GREEN NOM

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97

oh wow, this tea is GREEN. the dry leaf is bright green, the liquor is a dusky green, and the flavour, well, it is just a complex combination of all green and verdant tones possible! there’s grassy, asparagus, green beans, spirulina, all in a very brothy drink. there’s also a creamy fullness to it that satisfies. just plain good. if you’re craving green tea (yes you do, you know who you are), you can’t get any better than this! there is a tiny bit of astringency, but i’m adding that to the spirulina flavor in my mind.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
juliebeth

Second steep, by the way, at closer to boiling and at 30 sec or so, was just as good. Not as bright bright green, it had definitely mellowed a bit. No loss of flavor, richness, or even color! I’d have gone for the third (etc.) steeping, but was getting late in the day for me + tea. Will start over tomorrow…love this stuff!

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drank Sencha Asuka by Takaokaya
5 tasting notes

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85
drank Houji-Cha by Takaokaya
54 tasting notes

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drank Aracha Takusen by Takaokaya
53 tasting notes

REVIEW: ARACHA TOKUSEN GREEN TEA

I bought this tea at an import market here in Vegas. It comes loose leaf and vacuum packed into a foil-lined, 7 oz package.

It’s called simply Green Tea because it’s a blend of Fukamushi cha, kukicha and kona cha. The aroma is nice. I brewed it for only a minute or so and enjoyed the flavor.

The flavor was pleasant- nothing special, though. The body was relatively smooth.
I’ve enjoyed other greens more, but as I sipped I was thinking this would be fine as an everyday tea.

Then I got to the final few sips and suddenly it became extremely astringent, like the most extreme brut wine. Yikes! I seriously couldn’t drink anymore- it was a totally different experience in the space of 10 minutes or so.

So…since it was nice until the last bit, I won’t give up on it. I’ll fiddle with temperature, amount of tea and brew time, and – maybe drink it quickly! At $16.99 I’m not throwing it out.

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  1. from Artp’s Traveling Teabox

I looked at this tea and I was very curious so I gave it a try. I do not have a great deal of experience with japanese teas so it seemed worthy of a tasting. This one is not for me! Very vegetal with strong flavors of green beans and peas combined and that is just fine; however, the tea liquor is very, very cloudy and the taste is quite bitter.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Matcha Iri Genmaicha by Takaokaya
324 tasting notes

I really like genmaicha tea, so I was intrigued with this one which is genmaicha with matcha added. Honestly, I can’t taste what – if anything – the matcha adds. It’s still a good genmaicha tea (not the best I’ve had, but decent) but I feel a bit let down because I was expecting something more given the matcha.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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drank Shizuoka Sen-Cha by Takaokaya
181 tasting notes

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92 Rating: Awsome, really Green. Makes a good complex brew that lasts in the palate. Love this tea

Dry leaf; A complex grassy aroma. Color of leaf and stem is a beautiful grassy green.

1st Brew: 2 teaspoons tea leaf for 5 oz of water at 175, steeping 1-2 minutes. I love the complexity and depth of this tea. The brew is a beautiful green color. This tea comes in a Select & Premium version. I really look forward to trying the Premium next.

60 Rating: New Package Update, 2/8/2013
Wow, this tea is all of a sudden very bitter! What a let down, as this was a nice tea in the last package. Seems to have inconsistencies between batches.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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91

A review of Organic Green Breeze by Takaokaya

Company: Takaokaya
Tea Name: Organic Green Breeze
Tea Type/Varietal: green
Region: Japan
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ 1 teaspoon
Liquor Color: minty green
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 30 seconds

This morning I want to try and make a better matcha than the last one I had; I am using this Green Breeze tea powder and not the Hamasaen brand. As this one is per packet for each use, so I should fare better this time. I open the packet and place the contents in my cup and add some boiling water to my cup. Less than half of a small cup of water is what I use. I stir and stir the tea until the mixture has completely dissolved and what remains is a frothy mixture of the tea.

I seem to have done it right since there is no pastiness; the tea’s color is a mint green, not darkly green and the tea smells smoothly of milk as does my fingers from having handled the tea packet’s content while putting it in my cup. I like the milky scent and when I sip my tea it is rich froth with smoothness of green tea. This tea has a wonderful ‘umami’ taste of green veggies; a bowl of cream of broccoli soup would be a close description of this tea powder. It is so very mild and faintly since nothing is overt in the tasting of this tea.

I think because the packets are pre-measured per serving and all one need do is add water; less than half of a small cup and stirring tea with vigor should produce a wonderful cup of tea as in this instance.

I had purchased this from the Miso International Market and will need to find some more of this. Thank you for this great tea.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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A review of Organic Green Breeze by Takaokayausa.com

Company: Takaokaya
Tea Name: Organic Green Breeze
Tea Type/Varietal: Green tea powder
Region: Japan
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ teaspoon of tea powder
Liquor Color: green
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 30 seconds

I am having this tea powder as morning pick me up (well if I believe it must be so); anyhow I fixed one teaspoon of the tea powder with some boiled water added in my cup and stir and stir until the tea powder’s content dissolved.

Tea did not foam; and the color is a dark green. When I take sip after sip of the tea it is astringent with a slightly smooth complexion. There is a milky dewy texture in the layering of this powder that I don’t find in some other tea powders that is salt base/ sea weed like and more perhaps for cooking with. I like them both and I am noting the difference in that this tea powder is creamy and milky with slight astringency when swallowed

I like this tea powder as well.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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A review of Organic Green Breeze by Takaokaya.usa

Company: Takaokaya
Tea Name: Organic Green Breeze
Tea Type/Varietal: green tea powder
Region: Japan
Liquor Color: soft mint green
Leaf Characteristics: This tea powder is the lightest I have seen, the small tea pouch seem to have very little of the powder, yet when I fix the tea it is just rightly so.

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 30 seconds

I pour the content of the small pouch into my cup and add the boiled water slowly into my cup and then whisking the tea for a good 30 seconds; no froth just a lively green in coloring that I am looking at. The aroma is milky smoothness and when I sip of the tea there is slight astringent as I continue to drink this cup of goodness until it is all gone.

I like starting my day with the likes of this nourishing beverage.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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A review of Organic Green Breeze by Takaokaya

Company: Takaokaya
Tea Name: Organic Green Breeze
Tea Type/Varietal: green tea powder
Region: Japan
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ teaspoon
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: green
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 45 seconds

I fixed another packet of this Organic Green Breeze just so that I could take in the milk/dewy aroma offered from handing of the packet as I open and pour its content into my cup. I like the sweetness and milky aspect that my fingers are scented with. Weird!

I stirred and stirred my tea for about 45 seconds, the powder when mixed with water does not foam; instead the tea is a light green and most feint since each packets contains very little tea powder but enough for one to enjoy a cup of powdered tea with rich nutrients for starting one’s day right.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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A review of Organic Green Breeze by Takaokaya

Company: Takaokaya
Tea Name: Organic Green Breeze
Tea Type/Varietal: green tea powder
Region: Japan
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ teaspoon
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: green
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 1 minute

I purchased this newly tea powder from the Miso Market in Cambridge, MA. I was looking for their Taiwan Chai (orange-cream) tea powder but I could not find this and I forgot to ask the store owner of it when I was paying for my items. Anyhow, I found these small packets of tea powder and decided to give them a try.

I take one tea packet and empty it into my tea mug and I pour in some of the boiled water into the cup. I stir and stir the tea powder’s mixture with the water until all is dissolved. Tea is a lovely green color and the aroma is of green veggies. It is more of a sweet astringent where the tannins are stronger with antioxidants perhaps.

The tea packet smell of milk and when I taste the tea it is creamy and smooth in texture with a milky quality to it. This is good; I can see that I will enjoy this tea as well. The tea’s aroma is everything to the making of a good cup of tea; it smells of milk and when drinking it keep this in mind.

Thank you Miso Market for carrying these wonderful treats.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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