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This sushi bar style green tea takes me back to Japan and to small sushi bars where the sushi was delicious and the my tea cup was never empty. The full flavors of this green tea are warm and full.

Flavors: Green

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

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90

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Flavors: Grain, Green, Popcorn, Tannin, Toasted, Toasted Rice, Toasty

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec 20 OZ / 600 ML

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78
drank Gyokuro green tea by Yamamotoyama
12 tasting notes

Treat yo self!

Gyokuro must be brewed much cooler than other green teas, 140 F at the hottest. One is also to use a much higher ratio of tea to water than is typical. Such a sensitive tea! But, when I drink it I feel like I am back in Japan at a ryokan nestled in the mountains, and it brings me a little bliss and peace.

This tea leaves your tongue very moist, not dry, and even induces salivation after a sip. That may not sound too appealing, but the net result is that it leaves you wanting another sip, and another, and another. Though light, this tea has a nice round flavor. It is the opposite of astringent (is there a word for that?), smooth, and one to savor through multiple infusions.

Flavors: Sweet, Thick, Umami

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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100
drank Hoji-cha by Yamamotoyama
3 tasting notes

I’ve had this tea several times before and always enjoy it. It’s smooth roasted flavor goes well with most foods. And maybe because it is roasted but it doesn’t get noticeable bitter (to me) when brewed incorrectly.

Flavors: Roasted Barley

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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80

I grew up on this tea, it’s been in my cupboard for all of my life it seems. It’s a solid every day easy to drink green tea. I live in Hawaii, so I do a lot of iced tea. I love tossing a teabag into a bottle of water or a cup of iced water to steep and drink right away, I guess even though its in a teabag, I drink it grandpa style, adding water to the cup… 1 teabag can easily cold infuse 40-48 oz of water this way.. It’s very convenient and refreshing. :D

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72

This is the first time I’ve had Hoji-cha. It is rather fascinating to me in that I can taste the seaweed saltiness of the Japanese green tea and yet it also delivers a toasted dark flavor. So now it is this slightly charred seaweed flavor lingering on my mouth. Slightly burnt popcorn is something I am getting as well.

I’m sure none of these descriptors are making people’s ears perk up. Having no other stick to measure this with, I feel like it is a decent tea especially considering the low price. I really went back and forth on if I liked this or not but after my second cup, I think I’m coming around to appreciating it.

Flavors: Burnt, Popcorn, Salty, Seaweed

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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81
drank Hoji-cha by Yamamotoyama
9 tasting notes

A strong flavor and brown color in the cup. Toasty, woody, warm. Makes me think of autumn. A slight hint of astringency, but not too much for my taste.

Flavors: Dark Wood, Roasted Barley, Toast, Umami

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70
drank Genmai Cha by Yamamotoyama
38 tasting notes

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So, when I was misbehaving yesterday in the asian grocery, I made some purchases that totaled under $10, and I have to admit, I am happy. Like their genmaicha, Yamamotoyama’s hojicha is actually quite good. Yes, really. The “aroma” of the dry leaf had me wondering if maybe they threw some charred sticks and bark into the bag, but the brew is robust, smoky, and flavorful and smells fantastic.

Also I got this cute little kitty teacup for $1.99:

https://instagram.com/p/7v_A62GgOx/?taken-by=curlygc

Who doesn’t love an asian grocery?

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drank Genmai Cha by Yamamotoyama
107 tasting notes

I picked up a big ole bag of this tea at my local asian grocery. It might be cheap as chips, but sometimes that’s not a bad thing. It’s toasty and warm, not bitter, and very much hitting the spot right now. Not much to say other than that. Well, actually it does make me wonder how much better a “high quality” genmaicha might be. Perhaps I’ll keep that in mind the next time I order from Yunomi.

Liquid Proust

The high quality stuff is MUCH better. You can pick up 100g loose bags of Yamamotoyama tea in Japan for 106’ish yen which is less than a dollar…
YUNOMI is great choice, I haven’t looked in awhile but if they have gyokuro genmiacha it might a buttery texture that is subtle but very enjoyable.

curlygc

Ok, I didn’t even know that gyokuro genmaicha was even a thing. I am all over that!

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90
drank Hoji-cha by Yamamotoyama
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Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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90
drank Hoji-cha by Yamamotoyama
30 tasting notes

This delicious tea brews unusually dark for a green tea, due to the fact that it is roasted. The flavor is terrific, and the scent of the leaves, particularly after steeping, is unparalleled.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 45 sec 5 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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95

Great alternative to Genmaicha tea from Ujinotsuyu (http://steepster.com/teas/ujinotsuyu/3511-genmaicha) when travelling or when loose tea is not an option.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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81

I buy this in 16 count boxes of well sealed individual pouches from my (more or less) local Asian supermarket. It’s amazingly inexpensive, dependable, and it reminds me of Honey Smacks. I get that smacks are puffed wheat instead of rice but tell that to my brain.

When I’m not looking for an adventure of some kind and just want to idle on tasty, I pick this green tea and enjoy the toasty goodness. The tea itself is rather mild and vegetable, perfect for when you’re looking to simply hydrate and stay tea-headed all day while doing something else but you also have a sweet-toothed craving for all-day carbs.

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Had this tea at a restaurant today, one of my favourite sushi places, though it’s not terribly authentic. I was cold so I ordered this as a hot tea. Sweetener got interesting because the restaurant was completely out of white sugar so I put some brown sugar in instead (sacreligious I know, I don’t care). It was..interesting and not awful. Which is about what I expect from restaurant bagged tea where I have no idea what any of the parameters are.

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84
drank Oolong Tea by Yamamotoyama
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Preparation
8 OZ / 236 ML

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85
drank Genmai-cha by Yamamotoyama
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I was in the mood for some genmaicha today. This really hit the spot. I went through a genmaicha phase last year and probably had this tea 5 days a week for about 6 weeks. I don’t feel like I can drink this every day, as I kind of do get tired of it now, but it’s nice to add variety every once in a while. The roasted flavor from the brown rice really transforms the tea…pretty much completely masks the grassiness of the sencha. I steeped it for 3 minutes the first time, and 6 minutes the second time…no bitterness, it seems like it would be very difficult to oversteep this tea. Very inexpensive tea…I’m sure there are many better genmaichas out there, but this is easily obtained and worth drinking.

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85
drank Genmai-cha by Yamamotoyama
132 tasting notes

Good tea when I’m in the mood for genmaicha. The brown rice aroma is very strong and really transforms the taste of the tea, so I don’t go for it when I really want a green tea. I’ve only tried a couple genmaichas, but this is probably my favorite one. Very inexpensive also.

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85
drank Sencha by Yamamotoyama
132 tasting notes

I probably drink this tea more than any other tea. Is it the best tea you’ll ever drink? No, of course not. But, it’s good, inexpensive, and widely available. It’s grassy and pleasantly bitter, with a nice bite to it. I usually steep it for about 2 minutes, and it can handle quite a few resteeps. This tea served as my introduction to Japanese green tea. I’ve since had sweeter senchas that were nice, and gyokuro, which is, of course, amazing. However, for an everyday tea, I’m always happy to grab this one. That being said, I’m going for the gyokuro tomorrow. :P

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85
drank Sencha by Yamamotoyama
132 tasting notes

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50
drank Sencha by Yamamotoyama
3 tasting notes

Though Yamamotoyama’s mid-level senchas are very good for their price, this “value” sencha isn’t actually much of a value. Even when purchased directly from Yamamotoyama, so that it doesn’t have time to sit on store shelves and get stale, I found it weak and unusually bitter. Doubling the quantity of leaves from one teaspoon to two doesn’t help. Not recommended.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Green

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80

Though this was a good-quality fukamushi sencha, comparable to the more-expensive Den’s Tea fukamushi and the varieties I would drink while I lived in Japan, it’s now been discontinued, and I advise against purchasing it.

As its packaging is transparent – a very bad choice for green tea – it goes stale very quickly while sitting on store shelves. This was often a problem even before it was discontinued, but now that old stock can’t be replaced with new, and it can no longer be ordered direct from Yamamotoyama, you’re unlikely to find many packages worth drinking.

Yamamotoyama appear to have replaced both the “Ocha-Zanmai” and “Tokusen” mid-level lines with their new “Premium” line; I’d recommend looking for that instead.

Flavors: Green

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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