Shiawase Cha

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195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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  • “This is a fun tea. I had somewhat high expectations for it, hoping it would be like a 'high-end' genmaicha or equivalent. It is quite sweet from the kukicha (karigane), and the matcha gives it a...” Read full tasting note
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    Shinobi_cha 280 tasting notes
  • “What a soft, sweet and pleasing cup of tea. I was honestly quite surprised. I had assumed that it may just have too much going on for it, but really it melds together with nice softness and...” Read full tasting note
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    the_skua 207 tasting notes
  • “Thank you Shinobicha for giving me a sample of this! This is my first tea with actual seaweed slipped into it. The dry leaf smells so tasty. I decided to eat some of my favorite Japanese rice...” Read full tasting note
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    MelissaW 260 tasting notes

From Maiko

Our bold ambition in composing this new product is to provide a tea to initiate a relaxed time filled with laughter and joy. This Shiawase Cha blends kelp which is secretly contained in many Japanese food items and condenses minerals of the sea with healthy green tea.

Classy ingredients like the finest Uji Maccha, superior Karigane tea, Genmai tea and noble Hokkaido Rishiri Kelp are coordinated carefully to a tasteful composition.
The taste of this sublime mixture has a particularly calming and relaxing effect.

One day Mr. Tamiya, the owner of Maiko Tea was sitting at our irori (traditional hearth) and playfully took some of the konbu (kelp) snack dropping it in his cup. The kelp floated to the top of the tea and slowly started to emanate its flavor. ‘Quite delicious, this taste is very relaxing’ he thought testing this new concoction. Then, he mixed some of the kelp with various teas, experimenting to find the best blend. At last, when he used karigane genmaicha combined with tea ceremony maccha, the flavor put a happy smile on his face.
A new delicious blend of tea was born.
‘ This is a tea that relaxes and puts a smile on your face’ he thought as his eyes fell on a calendar created by the Japanese artist Kumiko Minami. ‘ What a coincidence. The mood of those pictures exactly match what I am feeling now,’
Mr. Tamiya pondered. This is why he decided to have this artist create the design for the tea.
Please try our new delicious product that will put a smile on your face!

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This is a fun tea. I had somewhat high expectations for it, hoping it would be like a ‘high-end’ genmaicha or equivalent.

It is quite sweet from the kukicha (karigane), and the matcha gives it a strong flavor. However, it lacks the long-tasting sweet aftertaste I’ve found a number of good genmaichas have. The kelp isn’t a strongly present flavor (to me at least), but it certainly adds something unique. The main issue besides the lack of the strong aftertaste is that the texture seems a bit thin, especially steeps 2 and on.

That being said, I like this tea, and it might be one I would get from time-to-time (as an alternative to regular genmaicha).

This is my first tea from Maiko, and I have to say, their packaging is awesome!

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200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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What a soft, sweet and pleasing cup of tea. I was honestly quite surprised. I had assumed that it may just have too much going on for it, but really it melds together with nice softness and sweetness. The rice is not overbearing, but well-balanced in the profile, adding a delightful toasty note to the green sweetness from the matcha and the extra kick of kombu, which acts to deepen the kelpier flavors of the green tea beneath, which alone, I think might come across as quite and understated in this example.

Satisfying, hearty and fun and seemingly versatile. I think this would pair very well with a lot of umami-forward foods and fish fat. Thanks Chip for throwing this in!

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Thank you Shinobicha for giving me a sample of this!

This is my first tea with actual seaweed slipped into it. The dry leaf smells so tasty. I decided to eat some of my favorite Japanese rice snacks with the tea. It was just a great clash of tastiness. This is the most mellow genmaicha I have had. I taste a little seaweed at the very end along with sweetness. I have had kukicha where it was more roasted, and I like this better. Overwell, everything is balanced well.

The second brew, I taste more seaweed! I need some white tuna roll or some seaweed salad STAT!

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185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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