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Flavors: Grass, Seaweed, Umami

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 g 2 OZ / 65 ML

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Second Tasting Note

10g tea
Higher end of the 140 to 150 range
250 mL first steep 200 after

The brewed tea is a definite green colour. The flavour is very savoury, unami.

I wondered if the change in tea varierty type resulted in a less intense flavour (perhaps a good thing like a wine with a 60 / 40 split).

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Full of unami. Though the surprise this year was Kuradashi Pinnacle.

Greener. I also had more powder in my tea, I suppose.

10g tea
60C (or below) F
2 minutes

My guess is that this one would make a better matcha. It was also more consistent across multiple steeps.

I will update this. This is a first try.

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drank Kuradashi Sencha by Hibiki-an
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My first tasting note for this tea.

Opening the package, I noticed a little aroma. (I expect that this will increase as the tea has a chance to air). Just weighing out the tea, I could tell that these leaves were high quality.
I have a idea of where it is grown. Tea leaves reminded me of the quality that I saw in shincha this year.

10 g of tea
80C Water
1 minute brewing time
3 brews

The first brew had a lot of unami. Yet, it was not as spectaular as the Gyokuro Pinnacle. Still, that in no way diminishes this tea. Soup like unami.

The second brew was much less so, yet very good. The third also.

The colour of the brews was the bright yellow that you expect from sencha. I did also notice the astringency / acidity that sencha is famous for. Reminded me a little of weak granny smith.

I would rate the first cup above the best sencha that I had from Shizuoka.

Next is cold brew.

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Cold Brew Tasting Note
20 g Tea
1 L of water (approx.)
24 hours brewing time

I have been drinking high grade gyokuro konacha for a month or two prior to receiving this tea, so I have an idea of what I am looking for.

I poured off the clear portion of the tea and saved it. I then rinses the tea with abput 450 mL of water. This gave me the cloudy green tea that is so delicious. I found this tea to be more muted in flavour than other oned that I have drank.

On the other hand, the clear tea was definitely more flavourful.

This was the most expensive cold brew that I have done to date ar $17 usd.

I also think that it is a bit of a shame to use this tea for cold brew, as the first hot brew is so incredible.

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Second Tasting Note.

10G Tea
143C Water
Used A Bowl And Sieve To Brew
Preheated Cup

Simply the most umami flavour. The best.
This tea was meant for straight drinking.

MrQuackers

Five days later, I still think back to this tea. I’m drinking super premium now and it does not compare to this.

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This is the first time that I have tried a culinary grade matcha. This one uses nibancha (second pick) tea. I noticed a bit of a colour difference between it and house matcha; because I had them both on spoons next to each other. It was more of a subtle difference.

The product was fine in my latte this morning, it appeared green. I sifted the matcha beforehand. The taste had a tea flavour. Perhaps because it is second picked?

Update: I don’t think I would drink this ceremonial style. It’s great for lattes though!

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This was my favourite matcha last year.

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drank Matcha Superior by Hibiki-an
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I used this traditionally whisked, though with sugar. It was my summer matcha. I have also used it ceremonially.

It’s a good product. Green colour. Some aroma when I open the tin. Tana method is used for shading.

I really can’t describe it in depth, despite having it several times in a row during my daily ceremony. Maybe that’s a good thing.

I’ve also had it as a latte, and iced latte. In comparison to the shincha matcha, I thought the flavour was more developed, at first. Still, I think because things get more mellow as you move up the quality scale, and I prefer matcha with more taste, that it is hard for me to say sometimes.

This was a better green than an organic premium (supposedly) matcha that I tested at the same time.

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drank Shincha Matcha by Hibiki-an
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I used this for my tea ceremony each day. I also tried it with sugar and in lattes and iced lattes. The extra green colour is great for iced lattes.

Over the summer I used this and Matcha Superior. I think this had a very smooth taste being so young. If I am not mistaken, the grind waa amazingly fine.

The tea itsslf would be either super premium or pinnacle grade.

Because tea gets more mellow as you go up the scale, I have a hard time deciding on reviews. I like lots of flavour in my matcha. That makes it difficult.

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drank Shincha Matcha by Hibiki-an
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drank Shincha Matcha by Hibiki-an
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The first in a three series release. The difference between this one and the regular Gyokuro Konacha is in how the tea is grown and picked, and where it is from. Think hand picked. Tana or traditional Honshu shading.

I wish I had saved this tea for last. I would have really liked more experience before drinking it. It’s definitely worth drinking. I can’t say whether it is that much better to justify the price difference.

The difference between this and the regular Gyokuro Konacha is the way the tea is picked, where it comes from and being more expensive. Higher levels tend to be hand picked.

I think I wish I had waited until the end to drink this. I don’t have much to say.

It has the usual lighter and darker speck appearance (straw and green). The rinse is full of flavour (see below). There may be more flavour in the clear liquid than regular gyokuro konacha. I just don’t know.

A little different from Sencha Konacha, also very similar. More greenness in both the liquid and the rinse. Gyokuro flavour.

This is a by product from the sifting process of all that Sencha. Tea specks from premium grades are used.

I recommend this product for cold brewing. Simply take 20 grams of the tea and add to 1L (roughly) of water. Leave for 24 hours in your fridge

There are two ways to finish this. Strain out the whole tea and put the liquid in a container. Add a 450 mL of water to rinse off the tea. Now you can either drink the liquid you rinsed off, or put back into the jar. It is like the unfiltered apple cider of tea This will be green and cloudy versus the clear filtered liquid.

One note, you can’t use this in fine tea bags.

Because the tea has sat, the sediment has settled to the bottom. Try to pour off the first liquid without disturbing the sediment.

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drank Gyokuro Konacha by Hibiki-an
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A little different from Sencha Konacha, also very similar. More greenness in both the liquid and the rinse. Gyokuro flavour.

This is a by product from the sifting process of all that Sencha. Tea specks from premium grades are used.

I recommend this product for cold brewing. Simply take 20 grams of the tea and add to 1L (roughly) of water. Leave for 24 hours in your fridge

There are two ways to finish this. Strain out the whole tea and put the liquid in a container. Add a 450 mL of water to rinse off the tea. Now you can either drink the liquid you rinsed off, or put back into the jar. It is like the unfiltered apple cider of tea This will be green and cloudy versus the clear filtered liquid.

One note, you can’t use this in fine tea bags.

Because the tea has sat, the sediment has settled to the bottom. Try to pour off the first liquid without disturbing the sediment.

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drank Sencha Konacha by Hibiki-an
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This is a by product from the sifting process of all that Sencha. Tea specks from premium grades are used.

I recommend this product for cold brewing. Simply take 20 grams of the tea and add to 1L (roughly) of water. Leave for 24 hours in your fridge

There are two ways to finish this. Strain out the whole tea and put the liquid in a container. Add a 450 mL of water to rinse off the tea. Now you can either drink the liquid you rinsed off, or put back into the jar. It is like the unfiltered apple cider of tea This will be green and cloudy versus the clear filtered liquid.

One note, you can’t use this in fine tea bags.

Because the tea has sat, the sediment has settled to the bottom. Try to pour off the first liquid without disturbing the sediment.

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drank Sencha Superior by Hibiki-an
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This is an excellent tea at a good price. There is plenty of flavour. The leaves are green. There is maybe $3 USD difference between this and the next grade down. So why not?

Use 10 g and steep three times with 200 mL of 80 C water for 1 minute each time.

Flavors: Umami

Preparation
10 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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drank Sencha Superior by Hibiki-an
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drank House Matcha by Hibiki-an
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It’s fall again. Why do I mention it? Because this is traditionally when matcha is released. Ichiban (first picked) matcha is stored away from spring to fall to give it more depth of flavour. Every year there is a ceremony for the release of new matcha which has been stored in a Jar underground. After opening the jar, the tea is stone ground.

Anyways, this house matcha (Ceremonial grade) is fine for the tea ceremony. The colour is green. The taste today was mild. There should be more aroma and flavour tommorow, as I just opened this after it travelled.

By the way this is Jigase method tea. Plastic sheets are placed directly over the tea plants. Also, the tea leaves are picked by shaving the leaves. This is why you see round tea bushes, because it makes it easy for the tool / machine. Expect a bit of a stronger flavour because of it. Most of you should prefer it, because of this. The economical price is a plus.

Delivery waa superfast, four days!

I will update this review as time goes on.

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