27 Tasting Notes

99

This is the first matcha I’ve ever had, although I have had matcha-flavored foods (green tea gelato was delicious!). I guess I can’t really compare it to any other matcha, but I must say this tea is DELICIOUS! The smell is amazing and the taste is super sweet, and very thick. Great tea!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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95

Delicious! This tea has a grassy, earthen smell in the bag, and a grassy, floral sent once brewed. The color is a nice bright green and the flavor is a near perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness (the good kind). Obubu doesn’t disappoint!

Approximately 3 grams of tea for 3oz of water at 70C for 1.5 minutes for the first infusion, then 3oz 80-90C water after that for 30 seconds for further infusions.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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90
drank Yanagi Bancha by Obubu Tea
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This is a nice, cheap, everyday tea. The flavor is really good for bancha, and the leaves are big and whole.

I deviate from Obubu’s “standard” steeping method a little, I use 3 oz of boiling water to about 4g of tea for 30 seconds for the first infusion, then 3oz boiling water for 15 seconds for the other infusions. The brew is tasty. A bit tart, with a good mix of bitter and sweet. For the price, a really nice tea!

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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100

This is my first tea from Obubu, and it is quite delicious.

The leaves are large! I’m used to rather broken leaves with Japanese tea, but these are mostly whole. Being aracha, there are stems in it, but I love the flavor of the stems, so I like it even more.

The smell of the leaves, both before and after brewing, is AMAZING. I can see why it is called “Sencha of the Wind”. It smells like a sweet spring breeze. The color of the tea is a nice yellow-green, and the taste is nice and sweet, with a slight fruity flavor.

I don’t follow their “sencha expresso” brewing instructions, instead using my own. 2-3g of tea to 3-4oz water for 1.5 minutes. 30 seconds for the 2nd and 3rd infusions. Unlike some teas, the flavor really lasts on the 3rd and even 4th infusions.

I hope to try more teas from Obubu. They have a nice lineup, and are very “open” about their work on the site, and have good communication on Facebook/Twitter.

EDIT: Forgot to mention, Obubu recommends you eat the leaves after steeping. I tried it, and they tasted surprisingly good. I splashed a little soy sauce and rice vinegar on the leaves, and they tasted quite a bit like spinach. I think I felt the caffeine more, though.

EDIT 2: The more I brew it the more I like it! This tea is really growing on me. Easy to brew, always a consistent flavor, it’s great!

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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95

I had never tried this company, but their teas looked nice, and so did their website.

I ordered their Yutaka Midori breed, named “Ichigo Ichie”. The tea shipped quickly and came wrapped in heavy green paper and Japanese calligraphy, and the tea itself is in a metallic based paper pouch (similar to many other Japanese tea vendors), only this one is resealable.

The tea is deep steamed, and has quite a few small pieces, but smells very fresh. I brewed 2g in ~3oz water at 170F for 30 seconds. The color is a nice greenish-yellow, and surprisingly little “dust” in the cup for being so deep steamed. The flavor is pretty strong and tastes a lot like hazelnuts, and has a hint of roasted flavor, with a little sweetness after.

I might have to try some of their Yame teas later, to see how they compare.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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85

Had to buy this tea when they offered 20% off for reddit users. I’m not disappointed!

The leaves have a strong smell, almost like a gunpowder green. They also look somewhat similar to gunpowder green, with their rolled shape.

I used my own brewing parameters: 2g for ~3oz water at 175F for 1 minute. The color looked good, a nice bright yellow, and had a nice buttery smell. The taste at first was kind of like a Chinese green with some earthiness, but as I continued to sip, I found more of a smooth buttery flavor come out. I personally like a little more vegetal flavor to my green tea, but it’s still very nice.

For $10, this is a really nice tea. Comes in a nice resealable metal pouch. The shipping was also really fast (Ordered Friday night, got it Monday afternoon).

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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97

This tea is really nice. I was a little weary of organic teas, as I heard they could be less flavorful, but this one definitely isn’t! First infusion is a nice yellow-green, with a sharp but sweet taste. Second infusion is cloudy, soupy and umami-packed, as it should be. The price is also cheaper than some other teas, while still having all the flavor.

The tea was packaged in the usual type of bag, however it seemed to be vacuum packed, as it was air tight and you could feel the tea packed together inside. On the packaging is a drawing of what I assume is the owner of the tea farm, along with her son. It’s nice to see the faces of the people who dedicated their time to making your tea.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Oh no, no, no, no no! I personally believe that organic teas (well organic anything really) is SO much flavorful. Infact, I’ve never heard anyone say organic things are less flavorful.

Shinobi_cha

I have heard the exact opposite actually, that organic (japanese) teas are less flavorful. I wouldn’t know from experience, but certainly are conflicting opinions out there.

Cofftea

Really wow? The only two organic Japanese teas I’ve had are sencha and matcha- and I’ve foud them to be much more flavorful- especially matcha. And to plug LeafSpa today, they’ve got a great organic ceremonial grade matcha!:)

Shinobi_cha

Oh, I don’t doubt your experience in the least. Just pointing out I’ve only read the other side (that organic = sacrifice of flavor) on the internet. However, having never tried organic, this makes me want to compare and see for myself!

Cofftea

Now decaf on the other hand…

Cofftea

Shinochiba (and Martin Biship) you guys should try the steepster select item for today too- It’s organic and I deem it 100 worthy!:)

Shinobi_cha

How much are you getting paid by them? (jk!)

Cofftea

I wish!:)

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85

I got a free sample of this with a recent Den’s Tea order, and decided to try it.

I put the bag in a mason jar (32 oz) and then filled it with filtered water, put a cap on and stuck it in the fridge. I shook the jar a little once about half way through the 1 hour brewing. When I first opened the package, I though “this smells like toast bread” and then after it brewed and I tried a cup, it tasted almost exactly like having buttered toast and coffee.

The flavor is good, you don’t really taste it until after you swallow. Because of this, it’s a little weird to drink it…sort of tastes like drinking a cold cup of coffee. The flavor is good though, and it is quite refreshing. Couldn’t be simpler to make, and quite fast too.

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99

Wow, this tea is really good. Fresh, almost citrus leaf smell, good dry leaf color and nice bright green brewed color. Tea is sweet but with strong umami.

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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99
drank Sencha Zuiko by Den's Tea
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Just got some of this since it’s on sale. First brew, used about 3oz water to 2.4g tea, for 90 seconds at 150F. The color is light yellow and very clean, almost no “dust”. The taste is…similar to a Chinese tea, like a good Dragonwell. There is just the right amount of bitterness and plenty of umami. Not as vegetal as some…this is a little more on the floral side. Overall, a very good tea, but a little expensive at it’s regular price.

Oh and as always, the extras Den puts in the order make it just that much better. Got a free sample of Mugicha (barley tea) that I’ve always wanted to try.

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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