13 Tasting Notes

drank Genmai Cha by Adagio Teas
13 tasting notes

Solid genmaicha at an excellent price. The popped and toasted rice tastes fresh, not stale like some others I have tasted. Good for 3 infusions (1.5 min, 30 s, 1.5 min @ 79 C) I like this tea in the afternoon, as it does not have a lot of caffeine. Great to have once a week or so.

Flavors: Corn Husk, Nuts

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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I really love this tea. To me, it is a nice bridge between Japanese and Chinese teas. It has a medium body with slight grassy notes. It is very mild in overall flavor, so I would suggest this for a beginner. Also evident are some woody, floral, and smoky flavors. The first 2 steeps are great, but it tends to quickly decrease in strength on the third. Great afternoon tea on a cold, snowy day!

Flavors: Earth, Flowers, Grass, Wood

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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drank Sencha Premier by Adagio Teas
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One of the better sencha teas I’ve tasted. A bit expensive compared to others of equal and better taste straight from Japan. Of all the Adagio Japanese greens, this is my favorite. The first steep (77 C, 45 s) is grassy with floral notes and full body. The second steep (79 C, 30 s) is more cloudy, of course, with a bit more of the buttery notes. The third (79 C, 1.5 min) is the last pull for me, and it still remained above many other senchas.

Flavors: Butter, Flowers, Grass

170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 45 sec 4 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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Native of Atlanta, GA. Now in PA where I am a Chemistry Professor at a small university. I love green tea, especially those of Japanese origin. My academic research group is exploring new ideas in tea chemistry with various analytical methods. We have exciting plans on the horizon, as there is a lot of chemistry happening inside of each cup! Feel free to drop me a line if you have any science-related questions and or suggestions for research ideas.

My Ph.D. is in analytical chemistry, so brewing to me is like a scientific experiment: Everything is accurate and precise. I normally brew in traditional teapots, depending on the tea’s origin – digital thermometer in hand – digital timer – and quality water. Although Japanese greens are my faves, I also enjoy many Chinese greens, along with whites and yellows. Getting into Oolongs too (the slightly oxidized and still green ones for now) and raw Pu-erhs.

My Rating Scale
• Excellent (90+)
• Great, not in my top 25 (70 – 89)
• Good, one time purchase (60 – 70)
• Able to finish, not buying again (50)
• Nope. (<50)

I am also a former professional musician/singer, amateur photographer, experienced chef, gardener, animal lover (cat person), and avid traveler. My favorite place on earth is the Big Island of Hawaii.


Pennsylvania, USA



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