Takeo Tea

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83
drank Longcha from Mie by Takeo Tea
1160 tasting notes

I chose this tea for my morning cup and it’s given me a bounce in my step all day. Seemed more wooden today than it did yesterday but still very nice.

Also inspired me to have another try at tea jewellery, so I made this pendant. The leaf is Bancha.
http://tinypic.com/r/mlkwsz/8
http://tinypic.com/r/2dv7nyb/8

Anna

Ooh, cool idea!

caile

Very nice!

__Morgana__

Very pretty. Interestingly, from a distance it looks like a map.

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83
drank Longcha from Mie by Takeo Tea
1160 tasting notes

Thank you Dag Wedin for this sample. I’ve kept it safe for a few months until I became confident enough to do a review, though even now I have not had many Japanese Oolong.

Again I will be following the same steeping method as Dag. I’ve tried to find this tea online for more information but I failed :(

The leaves are dark brown and are a variety of lengths, I would say they range from finely chopped up to 20mm. I can also see some light brown stick/stem amongst the leaves. They have a sweet wooden scent with a subtle hint of flowers. As though I was walking through a woods in the summer time and inhaling deeply.

The steeped scent is also wooden and gently sweet. Medium strength, sweet fresh cut wood, malt and honey. Little to no astringency. Beautiful sweet after taste.

A fine Japanese Oolong :) Similar to a light black tea so I think my husband would also enjoy this one. He’s dominantly a black tea fan but he does make exceptions.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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91
drank Mie Sencha FF -12 by Takeo Tea
234 tasting notes

Ah, some sencha to calm me down and relax after an hectic week.
6g / 180ml banki-yaki kyushu
5 infusions
1m 60C / 5s 60c / 5s 65c / 5s 65c / 5s 70c

Smooth and sweet. The 5th in particular was very sweet, a tone of vanilla! :)
This sencha is indeed top notch.

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

Thanks to Dag Wedin for sharing this one :)
I followed Dag’s parameters:
6g / 180ml
5 infusions
1m 60C / 5s 60c / 5s 65c / 5s 65c / 5s 70c
The first steeping was a little intense, due to user error. I tried to steep it in my test tube, but the particles are pretty fine & it wouldn’t strain. So the resulting cup of tea was over steeped & terribly bitter. :p

For subsequent steepings I transferred the leaf to a Finnum & cup, which worked much better. Very green, tart & tangy with an anise undertone & an intense tongue tingle. The 4th steep had a granny smith apple quality to it, 3 – 5 had a vanilla mouth, kind of creamy, but also very fresh & clean, if that makes sense.

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91
drank Mie Sencha FF -12 by Takeo Tea
234 tasting notes

A very smooth sencha.
Sweet and mellow, refreshing.

Smells a bit of spinach but does not taste of it.
Good stuff!

did 3 infusions.

1. 60s 60C
2. 5s 60C
3. 5s 65C

Could easily handle a few more infusions.

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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60
drank Mie Hojicha by Takeo Tea
234 tasting notes

Charred taste. Yet smooth and clean.
However not really my cup of tea.

Smells like burnt straw :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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86
drank Longcha from Mie by Takeo Tea
234 tasting notes

ca 5g / 180ml Kobiwako kyusu
Single infusion 2m @ 80C

Sipdown! The last of my pastry tea.. This the is so very sweet and minty, it goes perfect with pastry. I accompanied it with some white chocolate cheesecake. :)
Hm might try to get some more this spring when first harvests are coming in. A bit of a hassle to order though since Takeo-sans webpage is all in japanese. haha google-fu translate!

Anyways i will miss this tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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86
drank Longcha from Mie by Takeo Tea
234 tasting notes

Going through my -12 teas before they go stale. Will be drinking a ton of sencha soon….. :)
This tea is somewhat of a favorite. Although VERY inexpensive it is of good quality and the taste is uniqe.

5g / 200ml glaspot. Kunzan tetsubin.
2m/3m @ 80-85C
Minty, sweet but a tiny bit to strong. forgot the recommended amount of 3g/200ml.
Very refreshing!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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86
drank Longcha from Mie by Takeo Tea
234 tasting notes

This is a strange one.
Produced by Takeo Organic tea farmers at the foot of the Suzukasanmyaku, in the town Geino Mie Prefecture.

It is semi-fermented and is somewhere between oolong and black.

The taste is very sweet and minty. Goes perfect with pastry :)
Refreshing.

Can get it here straight from Takeo family themselves.
http://www.kodawari.or.jp/b-syouhin/18-yukironcha.html

Use google translate. The page is in japanese only.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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