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8 Tasting Notes

93

Love this stuff. It reminds me of what green tea should taste like. Has a very vegetal flavor. The description says a fruity flavor, but I’m not finding those notes. I find it to be somewhere in the middle of a Sencha and a Dragonwell. You get a slightly grassy flavor (sencha) with a hint of nuttiness (dragonwell). If you drink green vegetal teas, you must buy this one.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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77

I love properly brewed sencha, but this is an interesting one. It is really hard to brew wrong unless you use boiling water, which is a no-no for green teas anyway. Regular sencha’s should be brewed at around 30s seconds to 1:30. This timing makes this sencha too weak. It almost tastes like a second brew to start with. 2 minutes is a perfect brewing time. I would recommend this as a “sencha for beginners” or “someone on a budget”, myself being the latter. It’s a good price for a mediocre tea.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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76

Had to update this tasting note again. Aromas of spinach & seaweed. Powder is bitter. The frothed mixture is sweet. An un-frothed mix with water is bitter. Holds froth bubble & consistency for a long period of time..ex: 15mins.

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67

This is an interesting take on a Darjeeling. The smokey smell is very much resembles a Green Gunpowder tea. You still get that slight muscatel flavor mixed in with a wood smoke & slightly floral taste. I do not recommend steeping this one a second time. The flavor notes change drastically, & not for the better.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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76

I must say everything about this matcha is perfect. The shipping packaging, the container, the color, the smell, & the taste are amazing. I purchased this matcha not for adding to desserts or ruin with milk, but to enjoy as a price conscious version of matcha. I absolutely love Gyokuro, & for this to be the ground version of it..is nothing short of amazing. The powder itself is a little bitter without water. Once infused with water, it gives off a spinach smell with a sweet taste. The color of the matcha is a darker shade of “bright green”. I will definitely be purchasing the other 2 varieties from Matcha Source. This matcha is highly recommended for the price & quantity.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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67

My usual morning brews consist of various darjeeling’s, but I decided to go with a more caffeinated blend. I do not use sweeteners in black tea. This brew does not come out bitter, thus not requiring milk or sugar. I found it to be very rounded. I have had it for weeks, but I can not tell that it is more caffeinated. Very good taste & worth a try.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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93

Gyokuro is my favorite tea. The quality from Stash is very good as well as affordable. It is usually half the price of other companies. It has a sweet spinach vegetal taste. To me it is a great pick-me-up tea. It can calm as well as energize at the same time, due to the amount of theanine in the tea. I usually brew it around 160-175 and have yet to get a bitter steep out of it.

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

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77

I would consider this decaf green very different from Stash’s Premium Green(caffeinated). It has a very astringent taste under the tongue. By astringent, I mean it has a very lemony effect under the tongue. It is great in the evening when you want a green tea, but do not want the caffeine. Just do not expect it to be like the regular Premium Green.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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