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90
drank Matcha Miyabi by Den's Tea
4847 tasting notes

Well, as it turns out, my friend (TeaEqualsBliss) didn’t need a sampling of this because she got one from Dens! So, I will finish off the last of it (which I am doing now).

Yippee! I really do love this Matcha. I also really love my new Chawan.

Smooth, rich, delicious. Sweet. A joy to the palate.

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90
drank Matcha Miyabi by Den's Tea
4847 tasting notes

I bought a new chawan last week on etsy (purchased from this studio: http://www.etsy.com/shop/KoideStudio) and I just got the PO Box to pick it up today – and so to commemorate its new home I decided to make some Matcha… now that I think about it I probably should have christened it with some DoMatcha, but, that’s ok.

I’m using the last of this – I still have a little of this tea left, but will be sending what I have left to a friend.

Beautiful, lightly frothy (my matcha seems to fall between koicha and usucha), sweet, just barely there bitter, and just YUM!

Now that I have finished off this, I guess I should finish off my DoMatcha… Matcha is not something that should be kept forever, I suppose (which is bad news for hoarders like me).

LiberTEAS

And it’s gone already… maybe I want a second bowl of Matcha today. It was so yummy……

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90
drank Matcha Miyabi by Den's Tea
4847 tasting notes

Yum… Matcha! A little late for me to be drinking it, I suppose, but, because we were out and about and ate a late lunch, I was just “too full” for a bowl of Matcha before… and now I find myself wanting some.

Smooth, frothy deliciousness. Bright green color… it’s so beautiful.

TeaEqualsBliss

I’ve heard so many good things about this one!

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90
drank Matcha Miyabi by Den's Tea
4847 tasting notes

The more I drink Matcha Miyabi from Den’s the more I fall in love with it.

Creamy and smooth, sweet and delicious. Pleasantly vegetative with very little bitterness.

It’s worth the extra gadgetry. And… anyone who has gotten to know me at all via these little online interactions must know how difficult it is for me to say such a thing.

LiberTEAS

One problem with drinking Matcha (except for the gadgetry) is this: there seems to be a hole in my chawan, because the Matcha disappears too fast……

Cofftea

Mine has a hole too!

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90
drank Matcha Miyabi by Den's Tea
4847 tasting notes

This tastes so good this afternoon. My stomach was a little upset earlier (I guess it sorta comes with the territory when I’m taking all these antibiotics)… and this is so pleasantly coating my tongue and esophagus… and I really needed that! Beautifully sweet. A nice, vibrant vegetative quality. Very, very little bitterness. Smooth, thick and creamy.

My review of this tea recently published on the Tea Review Blog. Here’s the link if you’re interested:

http://www.teareviewblog.com/?p=12328

From the looks of it, I have just a few more servings left of this Matcha… I sure did enjoy it!

Cofftea

This and the Chiyo-no-Shiro are the only 2 from Den’s I haven’t tried yet. Well and the restaurant matcha, but I’ll probably never try that.

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90
drank Matcha Miyabi by Den's Tea
4847 tasting notes

Taking a little Matcha break in between infusions of the Amethyst Oolong.

For fun, I added a sprinking of “True Lime” which was sent to me in a swap package from a friend. It definitely adds a pleasant tartness and seems to cut through some of the Matcha sweetness (not that Matcha sweetness is a bad thing, I quite adore the sweetness of matcha). Nice!

it’s still smooth, creamy, and sweet though… just with a new dimension of flavor and I’m liking it a lot!

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C
LiberTEAS

Wow… as I continue to sip this with the True Lime, I’m thinking I REALLY like it a lot with the lime flavor! Awesome! I think I may like this better with the lime than without!

TeaEqualsBliss

I really need to get into Matcha…I have some I have been ‘thinking about’…sigh…maybe today is that day!? LOL

Cofftea

TeaEqualsBliss… DO IT! hehe=P

TeaEqualsBliss

I KNEW Cofftea would comment!!!! I was actually WAITING for your comment! LOL

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90
drank Matcha Miyabi by Den's Tea
4847 tasting notes

Yep… matcha. I thought I had had enough of gadgets for the day as I am using a teapot, mary pop-in and tea cozy as opposed to my standard smart brewing device… but apparently not, since … I found myself walking to my tea cupboard and removing my chasen and chawan. I don’t know why I did it. I didn’t even think about it, it was like… “habit.”

Anyway… here I sit with a bowl of Matcha Miyabi in front of me. Pleasant, sweet, and that ever so slight touch of bitterness that I find so appealing. Lovely. So lovely, in fact, that just for fun, I have decided to give it another point or two…

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C
Cofftea

Me thinks I’ll try this one next when I make my matcha rotation back to Den’s. I’m 2:2 w/ their matchas so far… but then again I’ve never found a less than perfect matcha.

LiberTEAS

If your budget will allow you to, I highly recommend trying DoMatcha. If you happen to live near a Whole Foods, you may be able to find some of their products in their tea aisle… and save yourself the $10 shipping charge… DoMatcha is a little bit higher in cost, but, it is really worth it if you love Matcha!

Cofftea

It doesn’t and I’m not lol. I haven’t getten to the point yet where I can really tell between brands (definitely not to the point where I prefer one of the other) so I’m good w/ cheap for right now… but believe me- I will eventually try every matcha I can get my hands (and wallet) on :)

__Morgana__

Sounds like you’re becoming a gadget convert!

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90
drank Matcha Miyabi by Den's Tea
4847 tasting notes

This is my first tasting of this Matcha from Den’s although I received the order well over a week ago. So many teas to taste…

The color of the prepared Matcha is a beautiful shade of bright green. Makes me wish I could paint with it!

Ahhh… Matcha! Thick and sweet and absolutely delightful. The flavor is smooth with no astringency, but I do taste a slight bitterness to it… but a good bitterness! It tastes very rich.

As yummy as this Matcha is, I do think I prefer DoMatcha. Perhaps I’m a bit spoiled? But, this is certainly good and worthy of my beautiful chawan. (Wanna see? http://www.flickr.com/photos/eccentricpastiche/4503534853/ )

Cofftea

I could never let a matcha sit for one day after getting it w/o trying much less over a week!

LiberTEAS

LOL! I also ordered some of the ginger matcha from Art of Tea, and I haven’t opened that package yet. I think I got it two weeks ago? I love Matcha… but, I being one who doesn’t like gismos or gadgets when it comes to tea preparation only make myself Matcha maybe once a week. Sometimes more… sometimes less.

Cofftea

Ginger matcha is next on my flavored list to get after the strawberry is gone… unless that’s pushed back by another WONDERFUL 52teas blend. I love ginger. I have matcha daily- almost always in my chawan but occasionally in a yogurt- sometimes both ways on those days.

LiberTEAS

I haven’t tried it in yogurt… but something I definitely will have to try… next time I’m at whole foods I’ll make a point to pick up some yogurt. Sounds yummy!!!

Stephanie

Yogurt + Matcha = Yummy Idea. I have some vanilla Cream-Top Brown Cow yogurt in the fridge—I’m going to try it with matcha right now!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Lovely chawan! I just love pottery teaware. Brown Cow yogurt is yum too!

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87
drank Organic Sencha by Den's Tea
1192 tasting notes

Number 2 from the Den’s sampler — this was what they put in for the variable, seasonal tea. It’s leaves are lovely and delicate, almost feathery, and very green. They smell juicy and vegetal, like the unflavored Chinese greens I’ve tasted: a mix of cabbage, spinach, asparagus and butter, but there is also a fresh, field-like note to them. I hesitate to call it grassy because some people view that as a negative. Bucolic would be an apt substitute. There is something else as well, a slight marine scent. It’s interesting to me that this can coexist with the pastoral one. It’s rather like what you’d expect to smell if you were standing in coastal farmland.

60 seconds at 160F got me a gentle chartreuse colored liquor with extremely fine solute suspended in it. The aroma was very like that of the dry leaves, though milder.

The taste is fresh and pleasant, vegetal but not as much so or as buttery as in the Chinese greens I’ve tasted. Though I haven’t tasted that many green teas and certainly have not knowingly tasted a sencha before, this is what I think of when I think of what a green tea tastes like. It’s a sort of Platonic ideal of green-teaness, which is a cool association, though I have to wonder why I have this archetype in my head when I have no experience to back it up.

I was relieved that it wasn’t bitter or grassy (in a bad way), and I think it’s the sort of taste that will grow on me. Though I’m naturally drawn to the big, bold, robust flavors of black teas, there are times when you want a sauvignon blanc rather than a big cab.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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83
drank Orange Sencha by Den's Tea
1895 tasting notes

Steepsterites, I think I have been struck with a fit of madness. The taste of this sencha is eerily reminiscent of orange creamcicles – almost anyway, it’s not quite creamy enough. I keep being tempted to commit the ultimate heresy of adding milk to this green(!) tea to see if I could get that creamy-orange flavour to come out to play.

…Yeah, I know, it would likely just make the tea taste aweful.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec
gmathis

Can’t remember if you do rooibos or not, but if you do, Franklin Tea Company had an orange rooibos that was a great creamsicle clone, minus the dairy.

Cofftea

Eh… maybe not… some people add milk to green chais. You might want to bump up the leaf if you try it to say 4.5tsp per 6oz of water at about 160 degrees or a min and a half.

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83
drank Orange Sencha by Den's Tea
1895 tasting notes

It’s another tea from Den’s Green Tea Sampler and it’s probably my favorite that I’ve tried thus far. The scent when I opened the little packet was exactly like a freshly-peeled Navel orange and I could see some fairly large and numerous bits of dried orange peel mixed in with the sencha leaves. The sencha itself looked fairly broken-up although that might just be because it’s a sample and more crushable.

I didn’t think that 30 seconds would bring out much orange flavour, but it was surprising how much actually came out in the flavour of the tea. The orange has a bit of bitter tang, but at the same time the tea as a whole has a smooth, almost creamy-feeling taste which I found truly delicious.

The re-steep (@15 seconds) was still quite flavourful, though it tasted a bit thinner and more grassy/vegetale, like I’d expect from a sencha tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Ricky

It seems to work well for three steeps and then it dies =(

Jillian

Are all of Den’s flavoured senchas that way?

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87

Sipdown no. 66 of 2016 (no. 277 total).

I forgot how much I like houjicha. When I did the big stash organization project, I found a number of opened or not optimally stored samples, all of which tasted pretty much like dust. But this was a full sized, never opened, hermetically sealed package. What a difference! And I’m sure that something less elderly than my package would be even better.

I steeped this one hot and short. Boiling for 1:30 according to package directions. It’s obviously green tea, but of a completely different tone than sencha or sincha. Less like vegetables or fresh cut grass and more of a slightly sweet tree taste.

Awesome. I’ll miss it.

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87

Sipdown no. 173. A sample. I didn’t plan to drink this this late a night, but fortunately this sort of tea is supposed to be very low in caffeine. I’d put it in the basket of the Breville then had to leave the house and just got back.

This is really old and had been partially used, so it was open for a while. I remember well my first experience of it and it is truly a shadow of its former self. This is probably the first time I’ve experienced a significant degradation in flavor due to age.

There’s still a sort of green flavor, but much more rice flavor than when the tea was fresh. But in general, it’s just rather pale.

Note to self: Houjicha doesn’t keep. Drink soon after opening.

Flavors: Celery, Nutty, Rice

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87

Den’s tea sample numero uno. I’m fascinated by the suggested temperature and steep times in the pamphlet that accompanied the sample “kit.” 15 seconds. Boiling. It’s intriguing enough that I have to follow it at least for the first try and see what happens. I just hope my reaction time is quick enough to be able to get the filter out in 15 seconds. Heh.

The leaves are uniformly brown but have gradations from a light milk chocolate color to a dark chocolate color. And they smell like…. toasted rice! Really toasted rice. Like the kind of toasted that sticks to the bottom of the pot and starts to carmelize when you don’t get the water/heat ratio exactly right. Fortunately, I’ve always loved that smell. :-)

At 15 seconds I get a liquor that is a tawny golden yellow, and a toasty aroma reminiscent of some oolongs but less intense and less full. The flavor, however, is surprisingly green! There is a roasted, nutty note, but mostly I taste a celery-like, sweet green flavor, with a bit of a rice-like flavor mixed in which I think is mostly coming from the aroma.

The second steep (20 seconds), brought out a slightly deeper, less green flavor, but I preferred the first steep. Next time I’ll go 15 seconds on the second as well and see what happens.

Like this one. Like.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec
Jillian

I take it you got the novice green tea sampler too? I’m working my way through mine right now – it’s good stuff. :)

Ricky

Woah everyone’s having Dens!

__Morgana__

Yes, it’s an epidemic!

S

This sampler sounds so neat! Did you get an extra sample of sencha in your order? I want to try the Apple, Grape, and Orange senchas, but am thinking maybe I’ll just cross my fingers and hope they send a sample of orange sencha my way?

Cofftea

Shanti, you may not get a free sample of orange for a while- it was the free sample last month (or was it Feb?) so it may not come around again for a while.

Cofftea

Morgana- Japanese greens are now my favorite- partly because they all have different steeping parameters. I’ve yet to find out if other teas (Chinese greens, for example) are all prepared differently.

__Morgana__

@Shanti — looks like I got Organic Sencha as my lagniappe. Not sure whether this is what they’re giving as the “seasonal” choice with all the intro packages though.

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This tea was drinkable, much better than sencha. Its a little earthy and a little nutty tasting. It had a light mouthfeel and not as tasty as the genmaichi. I’m trying to like green teas, but its really not working for me. I like many of the chinese and Indian green teas but the Japanese variety is baffling me.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 45 sec
phreshphish

The reason you may not care as much for the Japanese greens is the process. They steam them, whereas the Chinese pan fire the leaves. I, myself, far prefer the Chinese to the Japanese for this reason. Just a thought.

Cofftea

Dan, we’re total opposites- houjicha and gen mai cha are the only greens I don’t like lol.

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78
drank Genmaicha Extra Green by Den's Tea
429 tasting notes

I know I’m not supposed to make tea this way, but it tastes so good when I don’t follow directions. I used 2 tsp with 8 oz of 208 degree water for 3 minutes. Yeah, its green but it tastes nutty and toasty and way much better than the last time I made it. It smells just like it tastes too. I can drink this green tea made this way. I’m thinking my love for Yunnans and Assams is making me jaded. Now I have to try some macha.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
LadyLondonderry

“I brewed it myyyyyyy waaaaaaaaaaay!” :) Good for you, Dan — make it however it tastes best!

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78
drank Genmaicha Extra Green by Den's Tea
429 tasting notes

As much as I hated sencha, I really like this one. It has a nice nutty toasty taste and looks like lime kool aid. You can get lost in the smell, it is so intoxicating. It has a nice sweetness to it. I could get used to drinking this tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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80
drank Sencha Fuka-midori by Den's Tea
176 tasting notes

I’m plowing my way through the Den’s Sampler. I’ve never had a Sencha before, and I’m still unsure whether or not I actually like green tea or not.

It smells like roasted and cooked vegetables. This is a medium bodied, lightly sweet tea. I’m not getting any of the bitterness that Den’s tea described. The aftertaste is very much like cooked vegetables. I think I like this best out of all the samples I’ve tried so far, but I’m still not in love with Japanese greens.

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Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I like this green tea. The smell is nutty and the taste is nutty with vegetal notes. I received this tea in my sampler which also included a sencha tea bag which I really didn’t like at all.
Hopefully the loose tea samples will taste as nice as the Genmaicha tea bag. I haven’t drank green tea before so I’m new at this type of tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Genmaicha Extra Green by Den's Tea
176 tasting notes

I was most excited to try this from my Den’s Tea sampler. This one was really pretty as it steeped.

I like this – it’s nutty and kind of sweet in addition to the obvious cooked vegetable taste. I’m really liking the sampler so far. I’d order this again! I’m also thinking that this would be good iced with some sweetener. Has anyone tried it iced? I need to start thinking about what tea would be good iced, because it’s really starting to get hot out. My days of drinking hot tea are numbered, I fear.

Dan

I’m drinking this tea now as I write and it is very good. However, I didn’t like the sencha that much.

LiberTEAS

I haven’t tried this particular genmaicha with matcha iced, but, the DoMatcha genmaicha with matcha iced is very good.

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I agree with the other people who say that there’s matcha in with this tea, it has that same sort of creamy, thick mouthfeel. It has quite a grassy taste and there’s a slight hint of bitterness at the beginning – I’m not sure if that’s the tea itself or if I oversteeped it a bit. The end of each sip is sweet, however, and leaves a pleasent aftertaste. Not rave-worthy but still a good tea, IMO and of descent quality aswell.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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92

I am finishing the last of the Genmaicha Extra Green that I received as part of the Green Tea Sampler pack from Den’s Tea. Yum! Delightful roasted rice flavor, sweet green tea, just a touch of bitter, delicious! Green tea doesn’t get much better than Genmaicha!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec
LiberTEAS

Unfortunately, the second infusion isn’t as flavorful as the first. It’s still good, but, much of the matcha is gone at this point, and I miss the sweetness it delivers to the cup. Still tasty… just… not as tasty.

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92

My order from Den’s arrived! I ordered a couple of teas as well as their Green Tea Sampler (just for fun!) so that I could get over the $30 so I could get the Gyrokuro.

This is the first tea that I’m trying from Den’s. The color of the tea is very bright green, much like a thin Matcha, but the aroma … is most prominently of Genmaicha. YUM! I love me some Genmaicha!

YUM! Did I say that already? I love the roasty-toasty flavor of Genmaicha. The matcha is not quite as prominent as the Genmaicha, but, it is still quite pleasant and mildly sweet.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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