7 Tasting Notes


Just got this tea in the mail a few minutes ago, with a couple of Den’s new Ocha Cans, which are gorgeous. Emptied the tea into the can, and all I can say is, WOW! The aroma! Sweet, toasty, roast, like warm, honey wood soaked in bliss. Lovely smell!

I have steeped it for 30 seconds, about 2 teaspoons worth, maybe a touch more (what was left in the bag after filling the 6.5oz tea can to capacity).

Aroma profile: very deep scent. Sweet smell, very warming and calming, toasty, roasted nuttiness, like honey in some way. Hard to describe, but I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t just LOVE this smell.

Flavor profile: very delicious. Sumptuous warmth and the honey-esque sweetness is gorgeous, only to be tamed to perfection by what remains of the distinctly green tea flavor this blend retains. I adore the color, too. Like hard wood floors that are lit up by the reflection of a crackling fire. To die for!

Being a Gyokuro stem, – Japan’s top grade tea FYI, – the quality is apparent with every sip. Truly elegant taste that is the most marvelous harmony of toasty, warm notes, paired with the almost umami taste that the green tea holds on to.

As always, Den’s, MAGNIFICENT tea. I already know this is one of my favorites. Hope this isn’t limited time, as I will want this to be a regular in my cupboard from now on. I know exactly why I continue to use your teas exclusively when I receive such a beautiful product. Really, every detail is thought out splendidly and I thank you for what you do.

Flavors: Honey, Nutty, Roasted, Sweet, Toasty, Wood

Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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UPDATE: I LOVE this tea. It has become almost buttery as I continue to drink it. A great, smooth, silky tea that I am just loving. Thanks goodness it came in such an enormous bag – and for such a reasonable price too I might add – so I can keep drinking away for another month or too. Thanks Den’s! You’ve done it agains! (bad joke)

I have received this tea as a sample many times, and I always enjoy a nice roasted green tea. It’s a wonderful blend: dark and robust when steeped for a long time for those who like coffee and the deep flavors of these teas; yet also very light and gentle on the palate at shorter steep times and amounts, if that’s what you prefer. Highly diverse and adjustable, always delicious for my tastes.

I recommend this tea to anyone who enjoys a nice, quality dark roasted tea, or houjicha and bancha teas in general. Excellent as usual, Den’s.

Flavors: Butter, Plant Stems, Roasted, Wood

180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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drank Earl Grey by Den's Tea
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I don’t normally like Earl Grey teas, but when this came as a 25th anniversary gift from Den’s, I gave it a try, and wow am I impressed!

It’s so delicate and it’s fragrance is just unbelievable. It’s like lavender and reminds me of my childhood when I’d had some encounter with lavender farms on a summer outing of some description. Anyway, the bergamot is light but highly enjoyable and the black tea is of such high quality that it makes this tea just wonderful. I like it both on its own or with milk and sugar.

Highly recommend this! If you make an order with Den’s of over $25 this month (which isn’t hard because they have so many great value and yummy teas!) then you get a box of this for free! This isn’t advertising but I just love Den’s so much and I want them to be in business for many years to come.

Flavors: Flowers, Licorice

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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drank Yuzu Kukicha by Den's Tea
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This just came in the mail today. I got a 2oz (56g) package because Den’s does a wonderful job with their seasonal teas, and I always like to get in early, especially with ones like their Sakura Sencha. They even included a sample of the Yuzu Kukicha and a complementary box of Earl Grey Fair Trade Organic Black Tea, which was a fun surprise as I had some of that in a sampler not too long ago.

Anyway, back to the Yuzu Kukicha. The smell when you open the bag is, in a word, interesting. Definitely a presence of citrus – that unique Japanese citric element that all Japan-enthusiasts come to recognize and love. It’s a beautiful color and the matcha is very pretty inside the bag.

First steep: Lovely color, just a gorgeous lime green. It is certainly a green tea, no mistaking it. The citrus doesn’t taste as strongly as you’d expect from the aroma, but it’s there, and it’s a delicious member of the drink. That being said, as the tea cools, the citrus becomes more noticeable, but the astringency does too, with a hint of fresh bitterness.

Overall, I like this tea. Perhaps not my absolute favorite Kukicha (I personally love their Tencha-Kuki Houjicha) but it’s certainly a wonderful seasonal drink. Den’s, of course, does such an amazing job with all of their teas and products that you end up sticking to the teas you were born with an enjoyment of; which is no insult to any of their teas, but humans are born with certain palates, and Den’s has the best of every tea, so you’ll naturally stick to what you like. But this tea is just wonderful and I recommend it to those who are in their stages of Green Tea Enthusiasm from advanced novices, all the way to fanatics.

Thanks Den! You’ve done it again!

180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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This tea is simply delicious before bed. Toasty and warming, healthy, soothing due to low caffeine, and wonderfully full bodied and calming.

The tea bag is also a plus, since it delivers an exceptional amount of flavor and is super easy for all tea drinkers, novice or fanatic. Thanks Den’s Tea! Delicious as usual :)

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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I’m trying this tea now for the first time, and I’m really enjoying a lot about it’s flavor and delicate composition.

There certainly is an aromatic quality, almost like a cedar wood or a pine wood, both in the aroma and the tasting. Perhaps I didn’t leave it to infuse for long enough, but it’s not as strong as I expected, or maybe it’s still too hot to tell. This tea is made from tencha stems, and therefore takes longer to break down fibers, bring out theanines and release catechins. I guess this caused me a little impatience, but none the less, I am really happy with this first tasting.

TWO MINUTES LATER: Once it cools down, the flavors are clear and concise. The honey and smoky qualities are just wonderful, and do come across as said on the package. So nicely balanced and delicious…yum!

I love Den’s Teas so I will keep this in mind as a new favorite certainly. The brew is also pretty to watch – it leaves a nice bamboo, wood tile effect on the surface of the pot and the aromas of the fresh leaves and of the brewing are just divine. It’s a nice contrast to the usual eruption and bloom of tea leaves that one gets used to.

I recommend this tea to those who are looking for something different, something sweet but very nicely balanced. Excellent craftsmanship as always, Den’s Tea!


Flavors: Earth, Honey, Roasted, Wood

Boiling 2 min, 15 sec

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