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175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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From Harney & Sons

Japan’s capital is the inspiration of this tea. Green Bancha is blended with toasted sesame seeds and caramel flavors. The delightful flavor is reminiscent of some of Tokyo’s best desserts.

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Since 1983 Harney & Sons has been the source for fine teas. We travel the globe to find the best teas and accept only the exceptional. We put our years of experience to work to bring you the best Single-Estate teas, and blends beyond compare.

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Sipdown! I thought I had more of this one left, but apparently not.

Anyhow, cold-brewed this over the past couple days, and it’s quite tasty. Green tea, caramelly, and a bit nutty (more likely from the tea than sesame, I think). I also think I prefer Tokyo to Bangkok… hopefully that’s the same conclusion I came to prior. One day I’ll get more of it, but that day is an awfully long ways away.

Also, my sipdown list is quite mucked up right now as I haven’t been properly updating it lately. Gotta add my new Butiki teas, perhaps delete a few teas I left with my mom, and then I’ll be back on track. No significant increases or decreases, thankfully… Butiki order added less than 10 teas, the majority of which are not significant amounts (other than the 4.5 oz. of PTA/PTA blends).

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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Purchased this in my first ever H & S order and SO glad that I did!
What a lovely bancha base with an amazing caramel flavor!
Yes sweet but as others have said not too sweet but really if you are one to typically add sweetener to your tea I don’t believe you will have to with this so at least give it a couple of sips before adding by nature.

I do not get the sesame as much as others have – only slightly – but I am one to sit and eat sesame seeds like a snack just plain lol so maybe I am desensitized!

Although this is caramel flavored I totally taste fruits in this tea.

Love it. So happy that I included it in my small but awesome order!

I am sending a sample to Amanda to enjoy as well! :)

ashmanra

I have never tried this one. I will put a sample on my next Harney order!

Azzrian

Happy to send you a sample. Make it easy on me though and PM me your addy LOL I know I have it somewhere probably but if you want to shoot it my way I can get it out in the mail today! :)

gmathis

I started to say this is on my short list, but my short list is actually a LONG list!

Azzrian

LOL happy to send some your way as well! PM me a mailing addy and I will get it out tomorrow! :)

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So I have recently (like five minutes ago) decided to take a modified page out of TeaEqualsBliss’s book by promising myself that I will definitely have one cup of green tea a day. I am not gonna lie, I love black tea best and that means that some days I will just keep drinking it and never drink any other kind of tea. That means I am missing out on health benefits! UNACCEPTABLE. Actually, I should probably make this at least one cup of green tea AND one cup of rooibos, but I’m just gonna start with the green tea thing and see how that goes.

Part of the problem here is that I have never really met a green that got me all that excited. Most of them I would classify more as “eh, it’s all right.” Tokyo pretty much fits that. It was nice enough on the first try, but with each succeeding cup, I’ve gotten more and more meh on it. Perhaps I should go more fruity…

Cofftea

Actually it’s a complete lie that “only” green teas have health benefits. They said the same thing about Wu Yi Oolong a while ago. The people that say that are just trying to sell those specific types of teas. Tisanes have their own health benefits, but all true teas have roughly the same health benefits. It’s also about what you’re not drinking when you are drinking tea. So like what you drink and drink what you like- and feel good about it!:)

Ewa

Now see, what I had heard is that the different types of teas have different kinds of health benefits. So that the oxidization in black tea means you lose mumble benefit you get from green tea but gain something else. Or something along those lines.

Cofftea

That might be true, but you made it sound like black tea had no health benefits. I started drinking pu erh because it seemed like that was one of the few unique health benefits of pu erh, but now I’m even seeing that listed as a health benefit for other teas. There’s so much conflicting info out there about the health benefits of tea, I guess you just gotta take it w/ a grain of salt. Conflicting info can also be found regarding caffeine.

TeaEqualsBliss

So…I will be sending you a variety of greens as well! LOL – Yes…I have multiple blacks per day and start my day with them…just a habit, but I have 2 or more greens a day and now 1 or more rooibos’s a day. I usually end up with an Oolong too, yeah, I try and do at least one of all for the health benefits, etc., so I totally see what you are saying!!! GOOD JOB! I hope you find more you like!!! I will try and help all that I can with some new greens!

Ewa

Ah yes, I was imprecise in the post. I blame the giant cloud of pollen that has apparently settled on Santa Barbara. (damn you pollen!) I meant that as long as I am drinking tea I desire the full range of possible (even made up!) health benefits :D
Yeah, caffeine is a weird one, too, isn’t it? I don’t know what to think about it except that I really need to stop drinking black tea (and probably green as well) at night so I can fall asleep easier.

TeaEqualsBliss

Am I thinking you are more of a sweet green instead of a grassy or bitter green!?

Ewa

@TEB yaaaaaaaay, new greens! I have yet to really come around to the oolong side of the force, though (or the pu erh one for that matter – the tea force has many sides. it’s like a dodecahedron or something)
Sweet green sounds right! Where do the kind of buttery greens fit in? I like those.

TeaEqualsBliss

Buttery greens are good too – let me see what I can find for ya! In terms of oolong…start with some Ali Shan!!!! I LOVE me some Ali Shan!!!! :) For an Oolong BRAND…I really like Norbu but am current out of Norbu Teas. As for Oolong Flavors…do you like peach as a general rule of thumb? If so…try a Peach Oolong…or even a Plum Oolong. I LOVE both, usually. And…both are great iced, too!!!!

Ewa

I love peach! I was totally intrigued by the peach oolong you posted about today, but then I looked on Adagio and it was not there so I was sad. I guess that is a thing though? That is, other people make those?

TeaEqualsBliss

I think I have some Peach Oolong from Teavana left – I like that one, too…I will try and remember to send that one your way!

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Are you taking about my blend Sweet Peach Treat?

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

If so here is the link…http://www.adagio.com/signature_blend/list.html?userId=38912&sid=fad57ba95366c34abe7f8d3a0380b16d&scrollTop=0
You can also find my stuff under creator “Rachana Carter” in the blends section.

Ewa

Yay, awesome! Then if I like it, I can just go to the Teavana in town for moar!
@RachanaC That’s the one! I was really intrigued by the way TEB described it with the peach coming in at the end.

Ewa

Oh cool! I was just looking in the sidebar list and didn’t see it there.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

It is one of the blends I am most proud off. Delicious indeed and not your average green tea.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Only the most recent and most popular appear in the sidebar. No worries my young Padawan for you are still learning. LOL :-)

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Oh! How many times have I had this and this is the first time I have had lil sesame seeds in the mix???? COOL! NUMMY! But SIPDOWN…sigh…

Batrachoid

Really? Every time I buy some I get tons of seeds in it. I love letting the leaf redry and using for cooking. Truly a meal tea.

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This is a sample sent to me by Azzrian. Thank you so much!

Wow, this is not at all what I expected! If I had not read the description, I wouldn’t know that it is caramel flavor I am tasting. I am not sure what sesame tastes like in tea, I have only had it on rolls. And I think this is the first time I have had bancha! So the whole profile of the cup is really new and different.

And I like it! I really feel like it should remind me of sme exotic foreign foods I have eaten, except I haven’t eaten much exotic foreign food! I have to say, this cup is PACKED with flavor, and although I never add sugar to my hot tea, I don’t think anyone would ever need to even if they normally do. This is really sweet on its own, and the base is smooth and assertive at the same time.

Thank you so much, Azzrian, for sending this for me to try!

Azzrian

Your welcome! So many wonderful tasting notes of people sharing their teas I LOVE it! This is what steepster is all about! :)

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Made this one as a cold brew, brewed for about 12 hours. This is super delicious as a cold brew. To me, it tastes like caramel shortbread. Mmmmm. It is slightly sweet, but not too much, which is just perfect for me. I get very minimal green tea taste, but there is a sweetness kind of like sweetgrass that you get with some green teas. I think this one is better cold than it is hot.

Nxtdoor

Good to hear. This does absolutely nothing for me hot, am going to cold brew as soon as I get back home Tuesday.

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The dry leaf smells a touch buttery and toasty.

Used a heaping 1.5 tsp (maybe even closer to 2 tsp.) of leaf for 8 ounces of water. Brewed, this tastes like a mix of lightly toasty genmaicha smoothed out with a touch of buttery caramel. The flavor is a little lighter than I’d like. It’s kind of meh, but I think that’s because I’m still a little congested.

A big thanks goes out to Alphakitty for sharing a nice sized sample of this! I look forward to taste testing it again, and maybe even iced.

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

This one is a little light on flavor, I think it benefits from a longer steep time or perhaps even cold brewing!

Will Work For Tea

Dually noted – thanks! ;)

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Thank you Dinosara for sending me this tea. It’s one of those rare days where my husband asks for a green tea and tonight is the time to try this blend.

In raw form this Bancha looks to be a nice quality colour green but there are some stalks amongst the crisp dry leaves. Also if you look very closely you can spot a few sesame seeds resting at the bottom. It has a light floral yet slightly toasted scent with sweet highlights.

Once steeped the tea is light yellow in colour with a sweet yet light toasted aroma.

My first few sips reveal a sweet green tea that reminds me of sweet pea mixed with broccoli and a nutty, toasty touch that holds itself in the after taste. There is a little hint of something floral or perhaps even fruity which gives the tea a smoothness that slips down wonderfully. Bancha always gives me a dry mouth though after a few mouthfuls and I’m not overly keen on that feeling but taste wise it’s very nice.

Drinking green tea gives me a tea buzz every time and my cheeks have started to go rosy. :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
jessiwrites

Yum, I enjoyed this one quite a bit.

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I have some of this from both Alphakitty and Azzrian! I know though this is from the bag from Alphakitty first, but thank you both for the inevitable hook this tea will have on me.

I love the sesame seeds in the tea before I even steep it, I don’t think I have ever had a tea with any sesame flavor in it before, although I can only think of few others. Along with the caramel, I can smell ginger and citrus.

It’s much sweeter than I was expecting! The sesame flavor isn’t strong at all, I think it kind of mixes in with the bancha and adds just a slight genmaicha type flavor to it.

I’m actually not sure how I feel about it. It’s more citrusy than I thought it would be. It smells like caramel, but I just don’t get caramel when I drink it. Well, maybe, just in a sort of it feels like I’m drinking something syrupy sort of way. I’m going to have to cold brew it and try it that way.

Also would anyone be interested if I were to sell a couple envelopes of lots of samples? I am about broke for 2 weeks and I’d at least like to buy a couple of my textbooks while my school takes their sweet time direct depositing my money. I suppose I can beg my mom for like $200 to not freak out but it would also make me feel better to not have so much tea.
Because you know the two are directly correlated.

Alphakitty

The flavor on this is pretty light, I think it comes out well when cold-brewed—it’s still not heavily caramel, though. I’m sorry to hear about your money woes, and seeing as how mystery boxes are my weakness I’d be willing to help you unload some tea/buy textbooks!

Azzrian

I would probably get one from you I know that our last trade was EPICALLY good! I mean I loved every single tea you sent me!
Seriously.
So depending on what you are selling them for and if I have the money for it I would grab one from you! Make a thread on it or PM me!

momo

I have it set up on a site sort of like paypal called We Pay but I want to get some nicer bags than ziplock ones first, I’m waiting to order them until I’ll be back and then I’ll post the link to the shop page as a thread.

I’m letting it cool off to see how it is cold, but I’ll definitely be coldbrewing it next!

momo

It does stop having that syrupy feeling to it now that it’s room temp though.

Azzrian

Never heard of wepay does one have to open an account with them like you do paypal?

momo

If you want to pay with a credit card, no, but to set it up like paypal where it comes from a bank account it requires signing up. And in that case, I’d just go off to paypal for that transaction, even though I don’t trust them all that much anyway, nobody more needs my bank info lol. I think to set up the store thing it didn’t require any of that since you can get a physical check for accepting payments received.

Azzrian

Oh okay cool well link me or PM me when your ready!

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Finally, our order from Harney & Sons got here. After three weeks of waiting. Seems like a long time when they charge so much for shipping, but they apparently don’t even ship out international orders until a week or so after the order is placed. Whatever. Lame.

Luckily, I ordered a 4oz tin of this tea. It’s delicious. I had a small sample with only one cup, and based on that one cup (and multiple infusions) I decided to order a lot more. It’s a really nice blend of grassy, vegetal green tea, toasty sesame seeds, and a hint of caramel-like sweetness. It’s lovely, but makes me a little bit sleepy… so it wasn’t the best choice to drink while trying to get some work done this afternoon, but it was awfully good.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec
Sil

hmmm i’ll have to look into this one.

jessiwrites

I have 4oz, Sil, if you want a sample. I don’t mind sharing, and it’s a pain to order it to Canada.

Sil

Sounds like a plan…we can make a mini swap, though maybe in a couple of weeks so I can sip down some of the teas Terri just sent me. I’d love that :)

jessiwrites

Sure! I like mini swaps. :D

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