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87
drank KaiMatcha Premium by KaiMatcha
600 tasting notes

A review of KaiMatcha Premium by KaiMatcha

Company: KaiMatcha
Tea Name: KaiMatcha Premium
Tea Type/Varietal: Green tea powder
Region: Japan
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ 1 teaspoon
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: bright green

Water temperature: 180 Fahrenheit
Time: 45 seconds

I am scraping together the last bits of matcha powder teas that I have for one full cup of tea. Well not filled but partially. I shake all that remained of the green tea powder from Hamassaen and scraped remainder of the Kaimatcha from the its tin and putting it all in my mug, I pour in some of the boiled water into the cup and begin to whisk the tea briskly until all of the powder has dissolved.

The tea’s color is a bright green color; that of wet grass smell and when I sip this concoction it is very astringent and yet fresh in the taste when swallowed. It would seem combining the two powders makes it bitterer with a stinging effect on the tongue when drinking the tea.

I have been enjoying the Kaimatcha and taking in all of its benefit for strength and courage with having clarity of mind and body. I truly believe this as I drink a cup of this tea daily or occasionally as I was running out of it. Now that there is none left I find I need my fix and must make a purchase somehow. Some EBay Matcha teas or Aya’s Matcha tea powder possibly as the pricing is much less than this Kaimatcha Premium and the results might not be the same either.

This is something to note and keep in mind when trying other matchas. Again, thank Kaimatcha for the experience; the Kaimatcha Premium surpassed all of my needs: to think clearly and stay focused as things around me are at their least cohesive best. I mean chaos and negation is what I seem to attract of late and the matchas have helped getting me through the day and I need more of the stuff. Thanks!

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

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89
drank Shi Zuo by Tea from Taiwan
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A review of Shi Zuo Tea by Tea from Taiwan

Company: Tea from Taiwan
Tea Name: Shi Zuo Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: oolong
Region: Taiwan China
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ 1 teaspoon
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: bright yellow / golden
Leaf Characteristics: the leaves are small pellets like and explode when immerse with hot water to fuller leaves. One can see the two full leaves plucked with stem and all. Leaves color is green.

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 3 minutes

I decided to try this tea as mid-morning drinking tea. The tea pouch that tea is in is lovely as it reflects a cup of the oolong tea with the two leaf floating above saucer. I cup open the tea foiled pack and take in the aroma of the tea leaves; smelling very milky, fresh scented green tea. It is an inviting smell.

I scoop out of the bag one teaspoon of the tea and put this in my cup and pour the boiled water into the cup and covering it, I leave it to steep for several minutes.

When I remove the covering from my cup the tea leaves are fuller and green in color; as I scooped them out I am noticing how the leaves looks just the way they were plucked from the tea bush; two bud/two leaves method. If I am using the right term; anyhow, the leaves are full with two leaves per stems. I put the leaves aside and simply take a sip of the tea while noticing its color which is a bright yellow/golden orb of amber with yellow base. Tea is smooth when I taste it; it is cleanly with no astringent. It is more floral like and sweetly-smooth.

Shi Zuo oolong tea is lightly roasted for a unique flavour. It has a very pleasing aroma and taste which produces a pleasant sensation on the palate.

Tea from Taiwan, thank you for sending this sample for me to experience and review. This is a most enjoyable oolong tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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79

A review of Organic Green Tea by Midori Trading Inc.

Company: Midori Trading Inc.
Tea Name: Organic Green Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: Green
Region: China
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup / tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: light green
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 180 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes

I brew two tea bags in a cup of boiling water for five minutes. I discard of the tea bags and simply drink the tea. Organic Green Tea is considered to be one of the best green teas on the market today and this tea is grown organically.

It is the goal of the distributor that the tea drinker is satisfied and I can say this cup of green tea satisfies my need for having tea at this time. It is a fresh clean cup of tea; astringently fresh and still quite mild with two tea bags.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Bamboo Integrity by Zen Tea
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A review of Bamboo Integrity (Herb Blend) Tea by Zen Tea Life

Company: Zen Tea Life
Tea Name: Bamboo Integrity
Tea Type/Varietal: Herb
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ teaspoon
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: bright green/yellow
Leaf Characteristics: there are chunks of ginger bits, lemon grass, bamboo leaves to view when opening of the tea packet.

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes

I am fixing another cup of this wonderful tea to have with some noodles. I am not sure how this would work out since I usually have oolong teas or green tea with my noodles.

I steep one teaspoon of the tea with boiled water for a good five minutes. Tea’s aroma is so enticing that one cannot help but want to sip and sip straight away. I fixed my plateful of noodles with some loose salad mixed in it and take the tea, straining the leaves and ginger bits from my cup; leaving them in the strainer.

The color of the tea is pure gold, but truly more like pink grapefruit with more yellow. I refrain from sipping the tea at first because I do not want to drink it all without having some or any of the noodles. I eat about half of the noodles and then decided to sip the tea; thank goodness it is still quite hot as I take pleasure in the warmth of the cup in my hand and sip and sip…the apple bits I taste are tantalizing as well as the citrus blend of lime, and sunflower. I am getting more of the verbena and lemon grass with the ginger kicking in every now and again. It is that zesty taste that is to be found with the spices.

I am able to finish my noodles and my tea making for a very enjoyable meal. I am thankful always for a meal and a good cup of tea. Zen Tea Life sent me this tea and I thank you for bestowing this experience upon me.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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83

A review of Special Gunpowder China Green Tea by Temple of Heaven

Company: Temple of Heaven
Tea Name: Special Gunpowder China Green Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: Green
Region: Shanghai China
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ loose leaf
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: light yellow-green
Leaf Characteristics: Tea leaves are tightly rolled pellets and smelling of smoke…roasted scent and when brewed leaves a fuller and smelling of spinach. Actually when brewed they do look like a plate of spinach. The Chinese call these small pellets “Pearl Tea”.

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 2 minutes

This tea I purchased during my visit to the Living Earth market in Worcester, MA. It was very inexpensive and a gem in a little box. When I opened the box I thought I would find powder tea; I was pleasantly surprised to see it was leaves medium-finely crunched.

I took 1 teaspoon of the leaves and put this in my cup and add the boiled water into my cup. I leave it to steep for several minutes; after sometime, I take the tea and spoon out the leaves; they are somewhat fuller and look like spinach.

The teas’ aroma is that of green veggies and smells mildly astringent; tea’s color is light green with a yellow base and with longer steeps the tea is a golden brown. Tea tastes mild and smooth with a nutty flavor. It only gets bitter when tea leaves are left for longer in the cup as I tend to do; from being lazy in having to remove the tea leaves.

I had read and heard so much of gunpowder tea that it was a treat to finally see it in a store and the pricing was right as well; I did wonder why it was so inexpensive however. It is a good cup of refreshing green tea and I am happy to finally have sampled and purchase it.

I am fortunate this year since I have been able to experience finer teas than before.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec
seule771

I submitted this review two months pass and someone likes it recently; I am odd aren’t I? Cold

Elizabeth

Hi! Well, I’m the new “liker,” and was happy to see that someone had reviewed this tea. I just found it at an Asian grocery yesterday, and brought it home. Looking forward to my first steep!

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100
drank Korean Ginseng Tea by Dongwon
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A review of Korean Ginseng Tea by Wah Po Trading, Inc.

Company: Wah Po Trading, Inc.
Tea Name: Korean Ginseng
Tea Type/Varietal: herbal
Region: Korea
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: fine granule powder
Liquor Color: light yellow/ honey
Leaf Characteristics:

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 2 minutes

I dissolved one packet of the powder into my tea mug and add boiling water and stirring until mixture is dissolved. The tea’s color is honey with a milk and honey aroma. I am having this tea as my morning cup of tea and I find it most enjoying, it is not filling since tea is very light. It is like having a cup of chamomile tea without; this is how light and sweet this tea is. In all, this tea is sweet and light; with the ginseng taste to be like that of honey with a citrus base.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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70
drank French Vanilla by Bigelow
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A review of French Vanilla Tea by Bigelow

Company: Bigelow Tea
Tea Name: Vanilla
Tea Type/Varietal: Black
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ teabag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: brown
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 195 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes

I took one of my mother-in-law’s tea bag from her tea box on the microwave and open the packet putting the bag in my cup and I pour the cold water into the cup and put it in microwave for few minutes and leaving it to steep for two more minutes.

This is a tea I have had and have enjoyed. The aroma is a heady vanilla bean scent and the tea itself is wonderfully light and vibrant. You simply want to keep drinking and drinking the tea until it is all finished; which is exactly what happened.

I like Bigelow teas and perhaps I should not since names bother me and folks pile it on knowing of this weakness. I had another wonderful cup of tea that is all.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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86

A review of English Breakfast (K-CUP® TEA) Tea by Bigelow Tea

Company: Bigelow Tea
Tea Name: English breakfast Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: black
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ Keurig brew cup
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: dark malt color
Leaf Characteristics: This was a Keurig brew cup of tea

While visiting the library to return some books and dvds I found that they had a Keurig brewer for (coffee, tea, cider and hot chocolate). I am familiar with this machine since I once worked with years earlier. I decided to have a cup of tea and selected the English Breakfast Tea; passing over the India Chai Tea.

It is so very simplistic. You place the paper cup underneath the brew section of the machine and once I select the tea I wanted, I lift the lid to place the cup like disc in its middle and closed the lid; then there is a tea brewing button to push down and after this the tea begins to dispense into the cup and it is nicely hot.

I took my cup of tea after placing $1.00 dollar into the donation cup and sat down to enjoy the tea which was very nice and strong. All that I remember was that it was very hot as I wrapped my fingers around the cup for the warmth offered while holding it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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100
drank Bamboo Integrity by Zen Tea
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A review of Bamboo Integrity (Herb Blend)Tea by Zen Tea Life

Company: Zen Tea Life
Tea Name: Bamboo Integrity
Tea Type/Varietal: Herb
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ teaspoon
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: bright green/yellow
Leaf Characteristics: there are chunks of ginger bits, lemon grass, bamboo leaves to view when opening of the tea packet.

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes

I received this tea sample for Zen Tea Life in Canada. I remember discussing via email with the vendor about Bamboo tea; I told them that I had come across a seller of Bamboo teas in Florida and they had similar tea with Lemon Grass and I had yet to purchase their teas. I mentioning of this since I was surprised to receive amidst the samples sent was this Bamboo Integrity.

I open the foil sample packet to be delightfully surprised to view the loose tea; it is aromatically pleasing as well. I see the carrot bits, the ginger bits, lemon grass and the bamboo which are fine chute; so small you could miss them.

I take one teaspoon and put this in my mug, adding the hot water to the mug I leave it to steep for 5 minutes all the while taking in the teas aroma which is very lively and zesty.

After 5 minutes, I scoop out the tea leaves and put them in strainer until my next infusion. The tea smells so sweetly of the combined ginger and lemon grass and the color is a mixture of brown and yellow which makes for a light orange cup. When I sip the tea it is spicy and zesty (a hot cup of zest tea). I sip and sip of this tea and I am enjoying it, also I am thinking of its name Integrity…the herbs are true to form and what is stated in the bag is just what is in the cup I am holding in my hand.

The more I sip of tea; I find there is a tartness that comes from the lime and apple bits perhaps; as there is a citrusy finish that is left after each swallowed sip.

Overall this is wonderful tea and true to character of the bamboo and lemon grass with the added ginger, and lime; aromatically this tea is 100% delight.

Thank you Zen Tea Life for sending this tea for me to sample. I am happy to have opened the packet finally as it was a lovely surprise.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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87
drank KaiMatcha Premium by KaiMatcha
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Kaimatcha Premium by Kaimatcha

A review of Kaimatcha Premium by Kaimatcha

Company: Kaimatcha
Tea Name: Kaimatcha Premium
Tea Type/Varietal: Green Tea Powder
Region: Japan
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ ½ teaspoon
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: bright green
Leaf Characteristics: This tea powder is a bright green and the aroma is most pleasant “umami” with lots of grassy tones.

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 45 seconds

Tea is steeped for 45 seconds stirring briskly at first then slowly. The tea did not foam, tea’s color is a bright green. I have been drinking this tea for nourishment substituting for breakfast I suppose were I to have any. I like the way I feel when drinking this tea because I believe it is strengthening me as I take sip after sip; since I tend to feel that I have much to endure with no recognition or if there is it is insults hurled.

I mean that I feel I do lots for nothing, it does not add up and I am wasting my time; I sorry if that is what I doing on Steepster, so many others might want to have a space here; the real writers and tea officialdoms /connoisseurs.

Matcha tea is wonderful, healthy and filled with antioxidants. I am happy to have discovered this tea. I would not have were I not researching teas. I have used green based powdered drinks like that of Dr. Hawagatha made of barley grass, if memory serves me correctly.

Thank you, Kaimatcha for this lovely premium tea.

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

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I enjoy a lovely cup of tea most days,and I like sharing my tea experiences with the world. I have been doing this for most of two years now.

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