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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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120 tasting notes

A jagged bancha blended with sesame seeds provides a visual more natural than I thought at first. The aroma is roasty and sweet with hints of a more savory flavor profile.

When brewed the leaves produce light yellow liquor partially clouded by some dusting from the loose blend. The steeped aroma is lighter, slightly sweeter with more prominent nutty tones and a more subdued roasted profile.

On the palate everything comes alive. Clear spinach and artichoke flavors pair with the roastiness of the sesame and the nutty flavors to create a well balanced and nuanced flavor profile.

While there is a slight bit of vegetal astringency it’s only on the initial part of the sip and is quickly balanced by the other pieces of this teas’ profile.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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293 tasting notes

I rarely drink green teas and I’m always putting them off.. but since I was tinkering in the kitchen this morning, listening to Thrilling Adventure Hour & right there to pull the kettle off just before boiling, I thought I’d give it a try. It’s pretty yum, too. Will probably see how a resteep goes in a bit. ;)

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1527 tasting notes

First of all thank you to Batrachoid for giving me some of this tea to try.

I’m not really tasting the supposed caramel flavours in this tea though that might just be a reference to the naturally slightly nutty flavour of the bancha base. The sesame seeds are more obvious although the flavour isn’t as strong as with Adagio’s sesame-flavoured black tea. It’s a nice green tea, but nothing too extreme.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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52 tasting notes


I can’t believe I haven’t logged this yet, because it’s one of my favorites that I’ve recently bought. It smells absolutely amazing. The green tea base is nothing special—which isn’t to say it’s bad, it’s just not astonishing, as green teas go—but the subtle sweet sesame flavors make it, and it’s a very nice, cozy, lightly sweet green tea.

I think I’ve had mine a little too long, as I can’t taste the flavors as well as I used to be able to, but this effectively got me through my hellish senior year of college, and for that I salute it.

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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16 tasting notes

Wow, this was an interesting tea. It had a fairly simple buttered spinach aroma, but the flavor was very complex. In my bid to find words to describe it, I came up with this:
Lightly sweetened buttered spinach, with caramel in the aftertaste and a bit of astringcy towards the end of the cup.

I enjoyed it, but I don’t think I’d order more of it. I’m starting to see that I have a preference for the unflavored when it comes to greens and oolongs.
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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236 tasting notes

I drank this today with my breakfast. It’s really sweet on its own. I think this might be one of the sweetest green teas I’ve had. I am not crazy for the flavoring, it reminds me of Bossa Nova with the caramel, nutty taste. I love the sesames in it. The green tea itself is nice, I would of liked it without the sweet flavoring. I just haven’t found a tea with caramel I liked, it is just something that doesn’t agree with me.

Thank you Shinobicha for a taste! I have been interested in knowing what this taste like.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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9 tasting notes

Normally I don’t go for green tea—I haven’t branched out much and most of what I’ve tried has been too vegetal for me. But this, oh! It smells so good. Sweet, nutty, smooth… it really is the closest thing to a dessert tea that I’ve tried. Somehow the sesame and caramel notes just add up to the most delicious smelling thing in the world. (Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a little.) I will warn you, though, the tea itself is not nearly as strong as the scent of the leaves. It’s much milder, more… nutty, almost, though without the strong grassy taste I usually associate with green teas.

More bad news: the leaves are fairly large, but they aren’t totally unbroken and I’ve found a number of stems. A quick googling shows that bancha tea is usually lower grade, so this isn’t super surprising with that in mind. It’s definitely a high enough grade for a simple flavored green.

I’m still sorting out the exact combination of time and temp and amount, but I definitely have to use more of this than my stronger black teas, and I go for two minutes and thirty seconds rather than the recommended two. Definitely don’t be stingy when measuring this out. It’s already a very mild tea. I’ve found you can get at least two full-strength steepings out of it, and it’s only six bucks for a quarter pound at the store.

Once I run out of this (and I will definitely run out), I am absolutely buying more.

2 min, 30 sec

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417 tasting notes

I am so incredibly sleep-deprived that I can barely orient my fingers around the keyboard. I’m doing my best to hang in there until about 8:00 or 9:00 tonight, but I’m already starting to list to one side. My ear hurts for some inexplicable reason, and I feel bloated. I just want to trade my body in for one that knows what it’s doing.

Anyway, my complaining aside, I tried this tea with breakfast this morning. Thank you Courtney!

I must say, however, that it felt as though I was drinking a completely different tea from the one everyone is raving about on here, because I got a very basic savoury green, with no hint of caramel (or even sesame) whatsoever. It may be the bits of tea that made up my tsp of it, who knows. Courtney was generous enough to give me enough to have this again, and so I plan on doing just that. Not an offensive tea at all, although so far isn’t calling to me. Just as well though, since it’s not like I need an excuse to buy even more tea! haha.


I had the exact same thoughts on this tea, keychange!


Glad it’s not just me haha.

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598 tasting notes

I’m going to jump on the bandwagon and say I love it the sesame seeds present in the dry leaf too. It looks like a pile of green leaves and then! Surprise!

I enjoyed this one a lot more once my cup cooled down. While still hot, I found the bancha a little marine-esque and while I was getting nuttiness from the sesame, I wasn’t getting any of the caramel that was supposed to be there.

Once it cooled, I ended up with something sweet, with the depth of caramel and the toastiness of sesame on a less-marine and more vegatative base.

I wasn’t feeling this one until it hit room temp, but now that I know I can get behind this just fine.

Thanks TranquiliTea!

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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165 tasting notes

The loose leaf is bancha sprinkled with sesame seeds. It looks pretty lovely, even though it doesn’t smell like anything.

The resulting liquour doesn’t seem to be much more engaging when it comes to the aroma. Actually it smelled like it was going to be very bitter. And there was this other note that I find I dislike in teas – and what I am guessing is caused by the caramel flavoring – that smells to me like old and forgotten socks that you find at the bottom of your laundry basket (Can you tell I was doing spring cleaning today?).

The taste… I really wanted to like this tea. I don’t know why, but I really did. Me and the Tokyo blend, forever. That’s how I imagined it. But it ain’t gonna happen.

Because, lo and behold, it tastes just like some average sencha (or in this case – bancha) with no flavoring whatsoever. It does taste smooth, much smoother than a straight sencha would, so I am guessing that would be the result of the supposed caramel. I think I got more hint of sesame and caramel in the first two or three sips. Then the whole brew just started to turn bitter, although not overwhelmingly so.

Next time I am going to play around with the steeping time – perhaps a minute would be enough? I’ll see how that goes. It is not a bad tea, it just doesn’t deliver what it promises, in my opinion.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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