Ujinotsuyu

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SIPDOWN! (102)

This one wasn’t roasty enough for me before, so I figured I’d try a longer steep this time around and see if that intensified the toasted rice flavor. Noop. I still taste too much grassiness and not enough nommy roasty toastiness. This was my last traditional genmaicha, but I’m not too upset about it, considering I still have the lovely Laoshan Black Chocolate Genmaicha! And hooray, I’m almost under a hundred teas!

Too bad I have more on the way… hangs head.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Another sample from KiwiDelight. I’ve loved the genmaichas I’ve tried so far, so I was excited to sample another one. The dry leaves are small and flat, and there are some stems included. There is also toasted rice, which is much smaller than I’ve seen before. And everything is covered in a green dust of matcha. I was surprised when I took a sniff, because the dry tea doesn’t smell much like toasted rice, it mostly just smells like grass and leaves.

Well, the toasted rice aroma definitely came out while it was steeping! It made my whole kitchen smell, which was amazing. :D At first when I tasted the brewed tea, I got quite a bit of toasted rice flavor. But it seemed as I kept sipping, it moved more and more into the background and I could mostly just taste the tea. It’s quite grassy, with notes of autumn leaves and some kind of fresh vegetable taste that reminds me of celery or cucumber or something. When I finished the cup, the rice flavor came back as a lingering aftertaste.

I liked this tea, but I really would have liked more genmai flavor.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Celery, Grass, Toasted Rice

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

Ah I love when teas make an entire room smell good! ^^

KiwiDelight

I think it’s so-so quality too, but sometimes it’s helpful to drink teas of different qualities so one can be able to distinguish what’s really good.

Cameron B.

Definitely! I appreciate the opportunity to try different teas whether I end up loving them or not. Thanks again. :)

KiwiDelight

You’re welcome! I hope you really enjoy the rest of the samples :3

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Flavors: banana, Flowers, Grass, Umami

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

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94
drank Matcha-iri-Sencha by Ujinotsuyu
142 tasting notes

this is an awesome workhorse tea – powers you right through the afternoon on multiple cups, a different flavor personality every steep. my favorite i think is the second steeping, where there’s still some astringenty matcha-y creamy-yness, but it’s also starting to grassify. good stuff. i will keep in stock at my house, yes.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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88

This is hands down the best green tea I’ve ever had. Very clean, fresh and hydrating, even with the savory genmai. A must-try for anyone who loves the taste of matcha.

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drank Sencha Silver by Ujinotsuyu
1432 tasting notes

After one of the teas I drank earlier made me think of soup, I decided to make some.

Brown Japanese rice, tinned tuna (better with grilled salmon, but you work with what you have!), red perilla rice sprinkles, a tiny drizzle of soy sauce, and tea!

So good. Chazuke is a lovely way to use up rice and tea. :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Genmaicha by Ujinotsuyu
89 tasting notes

A solid Genmaicha at a fantastic price (Even in NZ this stuff is usually rather cheap). Great with & after meals. Only downside being that because it’s quite a big bag (400g!), it can spoil before you get through it all. I’d also suggest transferring it to a container to help prevent this, as well as for ease since the bag it comes in rips/splits easily.

TheTeaFairy

My goodness, they actually sell only 400g bags? Thank god it’s inexpensive!

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drank Genmaicha by Ujinotsuyu
7 tasting notes

Comforting. Is a great substitute for my morning coffee. Roasty, light to med body. Not too sweet, earthy, slightly vegetal and smoky. Fairly clean aftertaste. A favourite!

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drank Genmaicha by Ujinotsuyu
90 tasting notes

Super toasty and nutty flavoured. You mainly get the ricey taste and not so much of the green tea. This is a great one to go with food and for the colder weather and you can easily get quite a lot of infusions out of it (the instructions on the bag recommend 20 sec steep times). On the other hand because it is SO toasty, it’s not something I can stand the taste of every day…

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drank Genmaicha by Ujinotsuyu
101 tasting notes

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drank Genmaicha by Ujinotsuyu
101 tasting notes

Mmmm a very nice tasting and affordable genmaicha! I have been drinking this for years. Everyone tells me genmaicha is the Japanese “poor man’s tea” but who cares it tastes great and I love the roasted rice flavour!

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drank Sencha by Ujinotsuyu
87 tasting notes

A good enough basic green tea, but nothing exceptional.

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drank Genmaicha by Ujinotsuyu
189 tasting notes

Loose
Appearance: small leaf, lots of sorghum seed, some popped rice
Aroma when Dry: buttery, nutty
After water is first poured: buttery, creamy, nutty, grassy, faint earthiness
At end of steep: harsh grass
Tea liquor:
At end of steep: grassy, clear
Staple? Type yes, would not use brand again
Preferred time of day: any
Taste:
At first: harsh grassiness, slight rice and butter notes hinted at
As it cools ? Harshness lessens, creamy notes surface
Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? No

Lingers? Yes, harsh at first, slight buttery grass notes close

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

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76
drank Sencha by Ujinotsuyu
46 tasting notes

This is my almost-daily morning sencha. It’s not artisan sencha by any means, but I like how it’s easily available from the Asian aisle in my supermarket, and it’s cheap enough to buy regularly. The taste is decent, though a little strong on the seaweed, but I like the calm buzz it gives me in the morning.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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75
drank Genmaicha by Ujinotsuyu
31 tasting notes

This tea is very inexpensive. As it is a blend of approximately 50% tea and 50% toasted rice, it is low in caffeine and may be enjoyed anytime. The comforting and familiar taste of toasted grain mellows the grassy taste of the green tea leaves. This is tea for the common man. I have been hooked from the first sip.

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drank Genmaicha by Ujinotsuyu
6770 tasting notes

Thanks Alphakitty

It’s looks like your typical Genmaicha but it has a less intense aroma, I think. Plus, I think the flavor is a bit more vegetal-juicy and a tad less popped rice and popcorn flavor than others I have tried but REGARDLESS this is darned tasty! Maybe because it seems a bit more buttery than some of the others or a combo of all the less is more type flavors – not sure – but it’s very YUMMY!

Alphakitty

This is definitely a buttery tea, so good, especially given the price!

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94
drank Genmaicha by Ujinotsuyu
235 tasting notes

My first time having this hot!
Delightful. I’m drinking this with an ultra delicious salad and the two are working perfectly together. School has swallowed me whole and today was the first time I’ve gotten to see my sister in nearly a month! we live in the same town How sad is that. (also hence my lack of postings here sadface)

Nutty sweet comfort tea with a slightly creamy edge to it.
New drinking-with-dinner tea.. I’ve tried not to drink tea with my meals as I do not really get to appreciate the flavours of the tea. Solution? Drink a delicious, extremely cheap tea.
Problem solved.

Alphakitty

This one is so so good! And the price, unbeatable.

Lynne-tea

I so agree. I can’t believe how good it is and for the price it’s just bonkers. I’m so happy you all helped me discover it =)

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drank Genmaicha by Ujinotsuyu
235 tasting notes

YAY!
I have been wanting to get a tea to cold steep for the summer, but most teas would end up costing an arm and a leg to make them strong and flavourful for making large amounts of. With all you wonderful Steepsters drinking this up like crazy I had to track some down!
I put 1.5 tablespoons in warm water, then stuck it in my fridge for a while (4+ hrs). The results? Delicious! I am so very happy I found this. Sweet green tea taste with a nice toasted flavour. Staple for summer! I just hope it shows up sooner than later as it’s been raining cats and maybe dogs, but definitely cats, for way too long.

EDIT: Alright, so I’ve had at least 4 cups of this in half an hour. My stomach is so full, but I can’t stop drinking it >.<

Alphakitty

This stuff is way too good.

Lynne-tea

I know! There is no way I could pass up tracking some down to try after the raves about it from you and Incendiare =)

Alphakitty

It really is addictive! On the plus side, no calories and it’s good for you.

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91
drank Genmaicha by Ujinotsuyu
470 tasting notes

Hello everyone! I have returned from the dead! Actually I’ve been very much alive, but the past few months have been hectic to say the least (warning: this is not so much a tasting note as a life update note, so if you’re expecting tea stop now! I’ve commented a whole lot on this bad boy before so I thought it’d be a safe one to pick. Plus, it actually does tie in at the end. I promise!)

My boyfriend was diagnosed with ulcerative collitis two years ago, when he was 20. Usually when you’re young it’s an easy disease to control but he has been in a constant flare since then—if you know anything about uc, you’ll understand how totally hellish that was for both of us. None of his medications worked, the constant steroids they had to use to control the ulcers caused crazy mood changes, and he even had some very rare traits of the disease that his doctors had never seen (like ulcers on his appendix… and skin).

This summer we finally hit our limit. The disease had overwhelmed us. Surgery is a pretty extreme solution, because it involves cutting out his colon. Yup, the whole thing… at 22. And then rebuilding it 2 surgeries down the line, but it’s kind of insane to have to do something like that at this point in our lives (though we have been together for 5 years).

His family is not exactly… traditional, you could say (okay I’m being polite here they’re kind of extremely hard to deal with) and he had to have the surgery down in Philly since his doctor is there (which was worth it, since his doctor is AMAZING), but this necessitated me staying in the hospital with him. The entire time. Thankfully they do let non “family” members (at this point I consider myself family, and so does he!) stay over so I slept curled up in a chair, living off Lipton (Lipton!) for 6 days before he got the all-clear to go home. It was horrible, hellish, yet somehow a wonderful bonding experience that brought us together closer than ever, and perhaps I’ll write more about it later. But not now!

I said this tea came into play and indeed it did, because I brought it with me! His past room at UPenn had fridge, and this is his absolute favorite tea so I brought it to cold brew for him. Alas, surgery recovery rooms don’t include fridges because they want to carefully monitor the patients’ food & drink intake so neither of us had any good tea that week. So no tea for us, because Lipton brewed in coffee-tasting water is possibly the worst beverage on the entire planet.

There is no way I can ever hope to catch up on past notes since I’ve been binge drinking tea (kind of like chain smoking, except without all the bad stuff since unsweetened tea really has no negative sides!), but I’ll try to pop by more often and catch up on all the notes I’ve missed from you wonderful people! I’d also like to thank Kittenna for reminding me that I’d suddenly vanished—forgive me, but my social media obligations have been the last thing on my mind!

mrmopar

Welcome back and prayers for a speedy recovery!

Veronica

Oh my word, that sounds awful. I’m so sorry that both of you have to go through that! The next time you’re in Philly let me know. I’ll bring you tea, and I’d be happy to sit with you while you’re boyfriend is in surgery. I’ve been there, and I remember feeling completely stircrazy a few hours in. If nothing else let me being you tea!

gmathis

Lipton in coffee water. Been there. Blech! Hope there’s some deep-to-the-core rest ahead for both of you.

tigress_al

Oh wow! You are such a great support for him. Now you deserve some good tea!

Ysaurella

nice to see you back Alphakitty – all the very best for you and your boyfriend

Nicole

Goodness. So sorry to hear – that’s quite something to go through. I hope things improve for both of you after the surgeries.

Terri HarpLady

Wow! I hope he heals quickly, and gets through those other surgeries easily as well. What a terrible thing to have to go through, especially at such a young age. He is so lucky to have you at his side, Alpha. Best wishes to both of you.

Sil

oh man hun. Glad to have you back but i wish you both all the love and luck in the world to get through these times.

Hesper June

Wow! So glad to have you back! But, sorry you and your fella had to go through all that.
I hope he feels better quick!

Indigobloom

I think you deserve the biggest tea hug ever. So glad you have made it back, and that the hellish times are over (for now? hopefully the next two surgeries will be loads better xxo)

Alphakitty

Thank you so much for the comments everyone <3 What an awesome thing to wake up to!

Bonnie

Oh dear! Poor thing! I really am sympathetic! My allergies have the same responses as colitis…yuck!
Sounds like the best decision considering the severity and that you tried everything else. Poor dear! Must be congenital since he’s so young.
My dad married my mom knowing she would be sick all her life and he dedicated his life to her. Your boyfriend is blessed to have you by his side. When I got sick, my husband divorced me.
I’m proud of you, and pray that the future will be filled with healing and joy for both of you! Selfless love is rare.

TassieTeaGirl

As someone who has a chronic condition, I can guarantee that your boyfriend appreciates your support and love more than he can ever say. Welcome back to the land of tea reviewing!

Lynxiebrat

Many Blessings to both of you!

Serenity

Best wishes for healing, I’m so sorry about your boyfriend’s illness!

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91
drank Genmaicha by Ujinotsuyu
470 tasting notes

I think if I logged this tea every time I actually drank it I’d have something like 30 entries by now haha. Enjoying a nice cup of iced genmaicha since it’s nearing the end of cold tea season!

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drank Genmaicha by Ujinotsuyu
470 tasting notes

I’ve been drinking this almost every day, and while it’s no less delicious I wanted to try something new. Almost everything I have in my fridge that could potentially be added to tea is fruity, and somehow I don’t think peach genmaicha would be good (though who knows, I’ll probably try it out now!). That’s how I ended up with half of a cucumber (peeled & sliced) in my pitcher of genmaicha: it stayed in there for the whole cold brew, roughly 14 hours. I was honestly a bit suspicious when I sniffed the end result (no cucumber) but oh dear lord is this delicious. It’s even MORE refreshing than usual, with that soft hint of cucumber lifting it to new heights. It tastes like a day at the spa!

Lynne-tea

Wow great idea! I didn’t think to try adding things to it for some reason.. Thank you for the inspiration!

Alphakitty

I am always doing weird experiments with my tea, this one came out particularly well I think! Definitely give it at try if you have some cucumber.

ScottTeaMan

Today I was actually thinking about adding fresh cucumber when cold brewing green teas.

ScottTeaMan

Or real fresh fruit to certain teas as well.

Alphakitty

I’ve tried a few different fruits in teas—cantaloupe and peach seem to work really well, also fresh mint and cucumber. Cucumber has been a real winner, it’s great with white and green cold brews.

ScottTeaMan

thanks Kitty. :))

Hesper June

Mmm, Yummy! How refreshing and summery:)

gmathis

I’ve been trying to come up with creative ways to sneak more veggies into my diet … I’m thinking this might work well!

Alphakitty

Secret veggies! I tend to eat a lot of fruit salsa in the summertime which gets a lot of veggies in—cucumber, tomato and roasted corn, depending on which fruit/s I am going with. I tend to eat a LOT of veggies in summer actually, since produce is so cheap.

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drank Genmaicha by Ujinotsuyu
470 tasting notes

I drink a lot of iced tea every day even in colder months, and my consumption pretty much doubles in the summer. I really can’t afford to ice all the teas I’d like to since the bf and I go through about half of a very large pitcher a day—even some of the cheaper blends I like cold like Bangkok would cost an arm and a leg over the course of a hot NYC summer. So, I need a cost-effective tea to make, preferably one that I take no sugar in so I’m not ingesting a truckload of extra calories. I’ll be honest, I like most of my iced tea sweet, even blends that I wouldn’t sugar hot. To me, nothing screams refreshing like genmaicha, so when I saw a 400g packet of this in one of the asian groceries for $4 I absolutely had to get it. Ends up costing about 7 cents a day (15g per a pitcher cold-brewed), not bad at all! Plus no sugar… I can’t even imagine sugar in a straight genmaicha (though I did put it in the strawberry cheesecake one).

This is SO GOOD. Cool, refreshing, crisp and light from the green tea, earthy and nutty from the rice. I think cold brewing it brings out the green base a lot more, as hot this particular blend ends up being all nutty toastiness (which is nice and all, but I like it better with a bit more balance). Yup, definitely going to be drinking this alllll summer. It’s already 95, not really a great sign of things to come, but with the AC blasting and a glass of this in hand I just might survive.

EDIT: Seems like we actually went through an entire pitcher in a day since I just drank the last glass… seems like our cost will be raised to a whopping 15 cents a day!

CHAroma

That is the least expensive tea I’ve ever seen! $4 for 400g?! Wow!

Alphakitty

It’s so cheap you’d think it would be terrible, but it’s very nice!

Fjellrev

Seriously, if anyone sees this tea, grab it. You won’t regret it.

Lynne-tea

I gots it I gots it!! YAY! So happy. There are at least two stores here that have it so I will be set for life. I just snuck a little taste from the warm-soon-to-be-cold-steep and it was sweet and delicious!

Bonnie

ok I have no idea how to figure the grams…I’m a gram’ma…anyway I did find it online 14oz $6.58 and whatever shipping..Marukai e-store. CHEAP-O

Alphakitty

400 grams is roughly 14 ounces, so you get a LOT. I definitely recommend getting some—I mean, at that price it’s not something you’ll regret!

Bonnie

Lots of places online were sold out.

Lynne-tea

Honestly you should get some! I thought a huge pickle jar could house all the tea from one bag, but boy was I wrong! There is so much tasty tea there for such a good price!

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drank Genmaicha by Ujinotsuyu
757 tasting notes

Veronica mentioned popcorn in tea and now I want this. :) Frankly, I actually just want to chug two litres of water, but I’ll have some of this too.

I was bad and bought a copy of Rolling Stone’s special edition Paul McCartney issue. And a whole bunch of chocolate. And went out for a veggie burger at the Scottish pub. I was a bit extravagant today.

So this tea will bring me down to earth. Cheap but oh so fine.

Veronica

Ha! Glad I could help. ;-)

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