39 Tasting Notes


Agreed, really great green tea. It has a very fine aftertaste. I was trying to compare this tea to Tao of Tea’s Rainforest green – I noticed a difference in the aftertaste, the Jade Bamboo takes on a stronger sense of sencha, and the rainforest green becomes less bitter. Otherwise, they are really similar and both great. I like the Rainforest slightly better.

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This tea is swell. It’s not nearly as strong or bold as an earl grey which is nice for me. What I enjoy most about this tea is taking in a good waft of vanilla just before drinking and then waiting for the aftertaste. I enjoy this tea more-so once it has cooled way down; it takes on a bit more of a sweet taste throughout.

I probably wouldn’t buy it again, but I will enjoy this Rishi sampler until the last loose leaf.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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One of my favourites. What can I say, it’s a smooth, vanilla/cream-soda flavoured Earl Grey. I think the name does it justice enough.

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This tea has a STRONG aroma. I think it smells of dried smoked meat, like a beef-jerky (I mean this in a good way). The tea itself doesn’t taste anything like its aroma, in fact, it tastes like a nice roasted sencha. One waft of this tea before actually tasting it totally changes the experience of a regular sencha. I thought it was great and I would surely drink it again.

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I was thrown off by the name because it says “scented green tea” but earl grey immediately came to mind as I drank it. I need to test it again before commenting, but it was a fine tea as far as I remember. I understand it makes a nice iced tea, so I will try that as well.

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A nice, mild tea. The Cherry Rose petals give it a great aroma. It’s nice on a cold morning.

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Fantastic tea. Quality green tea flavour from India. It’s slightly musty and down to earth. I steeped it in 80*C water for 2 minutes.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I love this tea. It has a very VERY smooth taste. I really can’t compare it to anything else. It has a slight chocolate/nutty aroma and never becomes bitter or too strong.

In fact, to really release some of the flavour from the twigs, I bring water + the twigs to a boil. I let it all boil for about 2 minutes, remove the kukicha twigs, and then let it cool off.

You can easily infuse these twigs 3-4 times.

Boiling 8 min or more

Shane 元気, I am trying to find out the difference between kukicha and green kukicha by Tao of Tea. Is there a huge difference? I would very much appreciate any information you may have. Thank you.

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Hey Lauren, I haven’t had the chance to try the green kukicha yet. I will ask my tea connoisseur for some help.


That would be lovely! Thank you very much! I was researching on wikipedia about kukicha and it really caught my eye. I saw your post and thought that you may be of help to me. Thanks!

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Hey again, no luck on my end. Looks like we may have to be the first to try it and post it on steepster!


Thanks for trying to find out! I ended up ordering both the kukicha and the green kukicha from The Tao of Tea and once I try them both, I will post my experiences.

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I enjoy this tea mainly because I can let it steep all day and it doesn’t become bitter. It’s a pretty simple tea and I didn’t notice any difference between this brand and the cheap bag brand off the super-store shelf. Not taking anything away from it, of course; it’s a nice tea throughout the day.

175 °F / 79 °C 8 min or more

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A Cup of Tea

Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era, received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.

Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor’s cup full, and then kept on pouring.

The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. “It is overfull. No more will go in!”

“Like this cup,” Nan-in said, “you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?”

“We can watch our tea, using it as a mirror to reflect the ways in which our every action, in all that we do, is affecting the tea. Any change we make in our daily life will cause ripples across the surface of our tea liquor; and if we just listen carefully, the tea itself will guide us to the balanced place where the times of being an ego and the times of stillness are in harmony. Then we don’t even need to watch or reflect on the ways our lives affect our tea, because at that time our lives will be tea, and tea our lives.”
- Henry Taiki Takahashi

“Nature Does Not Hurry, Yet, Everything Is Accomplished”
- Lao Tse

“You Must Become The Change You Want To See In The World,”
- Mahatma Gandhi

“No Written Word, No Spoken Plea
Can Teach Our Children What They Should Be,
Nor All The Books On All The Shelves, It’s What The Teachers Are Themselves”
- TEDTalk

“We Cannot Do Great Things On This Earth. We Can Only Do Small Things With Great Love.”
- Mother Teresa

“From the moment you enter the dewy path until
it is time to say your goodbye, you should esteem
your host with the utmost respect, in the true
spirit that this very encounter will occur but
once in your lives.”

“Advanced Techniques Are The Basics Mastered”
- Derek Hansen

“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”
- Thomas Jefferson

“The ultimate measure of human beings is not where they stand in moments of comfort and convenience, but where they stand at times of challenge and controversy.”
- Martin Luther King Jr.

“Everything is unfolding as it has to unfold. We can’t control what is happening but we can choose how we will respond.”
– Kurt Spellmeyer

“Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
- Margaret Mead

“Wisdom teaches me that I am nothing.
Love teachers me that I am everything.
And between the two, my life flows.
- Gil Fronsdal quoting a Tibetan Buddhist Teacher

What is Zen Anyway?

A Japanese corpse
serving tea
- Poetry by Natalie Goldberg

Like the Earth’s surface
Is willing and ready to receive all leaves that fall

“But let the mind beware that though the flesh be bugged, the circumstances of existence are pretty glorious!”
- Jack Kerouac (Dharma Bums)

“Creativity is not thought driven. Seeing something free of thought – THAT is a creative moment!”
- Rodney Smith

“Surely everyone is aware of the divine pleasures which attend a wintry fireside: candles at four o’clock, warm hearth rugs, tea, a fair tea-maker, shutters closed, curtains flowing in ample draperies to the floor, whilst the wind and rain are raging audibly without”
- Thomas De Quincey

“If we offer quiet to whatever arises, then whatever arises will not expand beyond what it is.”
- Rodney Smith

“As machines become more and more efficient and perfect, so it will become clear that imperfection is the greatness of man”
- Ernst Fischer

“Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh, and the greatness which does not bow before children.”
~ Khalil Gibran





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