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27 Tasting Notes

90

This tea was very good. Part of the fun of drinking this tea is knowing that it’s from the oldest continually running teashop in the world! It’s flavor is very similar to Kukicha, but with a touch of Sencha flavor too. You can kind of alter the flavor depending on how you brew it. A little hotter and you get more “twig” flavor (nutty and tart), a little cooler, and you get more sencha flavor.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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95
drank Chiran Sencha by O-Cha.com
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This is a great tea! It’s from the yutaka midori breed, and has a very similar flavor to Yutaka Midori, only not as “bold”. But since this tea is also $8 cheaper than YM, it’s quite the bargain for a very good tea.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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95

Yutaka Midori isn’t just the name of this tea, it’s also the breed, and this breed is known for it’s good flavor. O-Cha’s Yutaka Midori is great. Very green, vegetal, grassy and delicious. Multiple infusions with great flavor/color. Probably the best Sencha you can find.

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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85

I ordered the free sample of this tea, and it came in surprisingly quickly. The sample was just the right amount to fill a 4oz gaiwan.

It smelled very floral, like a garden of flowers. I poured it into my gaiwan (which filled it about 1/3 full) and then poured about 190F water over it for a rinse, and dumped it out. Then I filled up the gaiwan and let it steep for 30 seconds before pouring it into a cup. The color was a greenish yellow. The smell was very much like the dry leaf, floral and almost fruity. The taste reminded me of gunpowder green tea, only less harsh, and a lot smoother. After I finished the first cup, I re-infused, and found the leaves to have expanded a lot. They were all the way up to the lid of the gaiwan! The next 3 or 4 infusions were done at approximately 30 seconds. They all came out almost identical, and tasted good.

I typically drink ONLY green tea, so an oolong was a nice change. This Tie Guan Yin is pretty green, literally in between green tea and black tea, in both taste and fermentation. It’s a really nice tea if you aren’t a fan of black tea, but like something a little more…“brisk” than light green teas.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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95
drank Green Kukicha by Den's Tea
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Currently my favorite tea. Den’s Kukicha is like a sweet, nutty tasting sencha. Relatively easy to brew and affordable.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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90

Tastes better than the Fuka-Midori, a little more complex, yet mellower. More expensive, however.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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80
drank Bancha Suruga by Den's Tea
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Simple and easy to brew. Affordable and still tasty.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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90
drank Mecha by Den's Tea
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I had heard this tea was “strong” so I hesitated to try it, but once I did I was not disappointed! It’s flavor is “strong”, but not bitter. It simply has a strong tea flavor, similar to that of sencha, but with a different feel in the mouth. Very tasty.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 45 sec
Cofftea

MECHA!:) Have you tried sencha? Just wondering if you think it tastes as much like it as I do.

Ken Durocher

It really does taste like sencha, which makes sense I guess, being the by product of sencha “sifting”. But you’d think being a by product would be a bad thing :P

Cofftea

Oh my gosh I’m such an idiot. I ment matcha, not sencha. duh…

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85

A very nice medium quality sencha. Affordable and delicious.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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90

Plain genmaicha is nice, but this genmaicha extra green gives it a slightly more sweet green tea flavor, and really balances it will.

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

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