Tama Ryokucha

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Astringent, Drying, Spinach, Vegetal
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175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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A Green Tea included in Teavana’s Shizuoka Green Tea Gift Set.

Website’s Description: The Shizuoka region of Japan has been producing fine teas for over 800 years and grows 50% of the tea consumed in Japan. This handsome gift set includes four of the most traditional and sought after Japanese green teas: Gyokuro Matcha, Fukamushi Superior, Gyokuro Genmaicha, and Tama Ryokucha. Each comes in an ornate traditional origami paper 2oz tin (four total). 2oz of each green tea are included along with details of these teas. Comes in a beautiful gift box.

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I am revisiting this one today. I got it as a part of a Teavana gift set last year for Christmas and I really need to focus on drinking the green tea I have before buying more.

This is a really nice green tea, esp. for Teavana. :-P

It’s very vegetal with a hint of berries. Has a nice clean sweetness. In a word: yummy! See previous notes for more info.

180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec

This is a good one! I thought you rated it a 93. Did you lower your score?


My bad! I thought maybe I did, but I scored it a 91. :))

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Special thanks to Amy for this delicious tea.

My first opinion smelling the leaves was spinach, creamy (buttery?), and very sweet smelling. The aroma made my mouth water…….seriously. I guess if I’d call a green tea buttery, this would be it. I warmed my tea press so the warm water clinging to the glass intensified the aroma. The steeping info below is what I prefer when brewing most Japanese greens, but the water got too hot (about 185-190 D). So my first cup was spinacy, but way too astringent at 1.5 minutes…….my bad. ://. Wet leaf aroma was so vegetal and sweet and creamy. Second cup per info was much better. Steeped around 165 for one minute, the sweet, creamy, spinach brew was delicious—the best cup. :)) My last cup was more grassy in nature, with less of the aromas, sweetness and spinach, but still very good. (180 D @ 3 min.)

I continued on another night more closely following the steeping info, and the results were much better. Same wonderful sweet…O.K. buttery….spinach brew, with all the aromas. My first cup was very good. Like Amy, I did notice the brothy nature of this tea. I love it when I get this quality with Japanese greens. It totally adds another dimension to the tea. The brothy nature continued into the second cup (165 at 1 min.). This was my favorite cup once again (& usually is), from the wet leaf aroma to the flavors in the cup. The sweet, cre….er, buttery qualitites were awesome! The spinach notes were peaking, and the brothy nature of the cup popped in my mouth! POP POP!! My palate was happy! :)) The last cup was less vegetal and sweet with more of a grassy nature on my tongue. Still a very good cup (195 for 3 min).

I finished the sample on a third night using more leaf than the previous nights, so I was able to get a forth cup! First two cups were steeped at 160-165 for 1 min. Without being too redundant, the aromas and flavors were very consistent with my second nights brews. Spinachy, buttery, sweet, brothy, and my favorite of the four cups! The short steeps allowed for enough of Sencha’s astringency, but not too much….very well balanced. The third cup (185 at 1.5 min), was less sweet and vegetal with that grassy tone I get coming into the picture. Even my fourth cup was good. More grassy and astringent (212 at 3.5 min), it was still pretty good. I drank it with a meal so the astringency wasn’t too much for me at all!

My three favorite things about this tea was the creamy, brothy, astringency in the cup and on my palate. The creamy, butteriness surprised me the most, and the brothy nature is a bonus prize for me! I must admit I do like managed astringency in this tea, and in Senha teas.

Oh! There is one more favorite thing about this tea. It was a free sample from generous, kind Amy. Thanks agaain Amy! :))

Cupped: Thursday, Monday, & Tuesday, February 16, 20, & 28, 2012.

Reviewed: Saturday, March 3, 2012.

165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 30 sec

Ah, this is delicious… I agree! It’s too bad Teavana doesn’t sell it aside from the gift set but I will keep an eye out for it elsewhere!


See….this is one I would order from Teavana, but it seems they focus too much on blends &flavored teas.

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This one is a bit better, the first steep at 15 secs was enjoyable while the second at 30 secs is more astringent. Me thinks this could be age. I’m not getting fruit or citrus, mostly vegetal with a bit of nuttiness and slightly creamy. Can anyone with experience with high quality green tea shed some light, are the leaves usually fine and short? The few that I have had always seem choppy and get mushy real quick. I wonder if this contributed to astringency in the same way cut tear curl black teas are prone to getting bitter. I have also heard that some Japanese green tea aficionados like their greens strong and bitter. Perhaps I just prefer Chinese, though I do enjoy Gyokuro from time to time.

170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 15 sec

As a japanese tea fan, I brew mine at 140 degrees for 1 minute. No bitterness, lots of subtlety. rebrew a few times, same direction. I own this tea as well, cherish it, as we’ll not likely see this again in our lifetime.

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This tea was part of a limited edition Christmas Set which was yet another gift to my mom from her co-worker (dude, she likes CAWW-FEE!). Although green tea’s many health benefits would do her a world of wonder, my mom isn’t the type to take the time to prepare such lovely infusions for herself. Another gift bestowed to me. Yay!

Dry: Vegetal.
Wet: Cooked spinach. Literally. I’ve enjoyed this numerous times before and could never put my finger on where I’ve smelled this before. Until my dad made spinach on the stove and BOOM! It hit me.

Taste: Like I drank the spinach water – in a good way. I find that this tea “dries out” my mouth – is that what is meant by astringent? (I always use spring water when I prepare coffee or tea.) After drinking about 5 out of 8 ounces, I feel like whatever leftover “flavors” in mouth are gone. It would be nicer if this green tea was soothing – I feel the astringency is a bit too much and I have to drink plain spring water or something to coat the throat.

Overall: This made feel A LOT better after devouring a Popeyes 4 Piece meal. I don’t plan on repurchasing this. (Would I be able to?) It isn’t the kind of green tea I could enjoy day after day. I’d save it for days when I know I’ll be eating loads of food.

Flavors: Astringent, Drying, Spinach, Vegetal

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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