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86
drank Kuki Hojicha by Ippodo
39 tasting notes

Very solid daily drinker. Has a very pleasant roasted taste without getting overpowering. Lasts for many steeps. Can go all day and it won’t lose taste much even after a dozen steeps.

Flavors: Green, Roasted, Tobacco, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 7 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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drank Ummon-no-mukashi by Ippodo
646 tasting notes

I’ve tried Ippodo’s Top tier matcha. (not in the traditional way though) it was lovely! nice amount of sweetness/bitterness. nice amount of Umami and grassy taste.
i should buy more to try the traditional way and koicha way.
until then i will not rate this tea :)
goes nice in a water flask

give it a go: http://shop.ippodo-tea.co.jp/kyoto/shopf/goods/index.html?ggcd=101024&cid=matcha

Flavors: Freshly Cut Grass, Grass, Green, Straw, Sweet, Umami, Vegetal

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99
drank Kimmo-no-mukashi by Ippodo
646 tasting notes

My matcha kit has arrived!

This is my first time so I hope you forgive me if I did not do well. I might have done well as it was very creamy. Tasty too!

Nice grassy, umami taste, as well as a balanced bitter/sweet taste.

i can’t get the kind of green, bubbly, and creamy as the company does in their video

https://www.instagram.com/p/BguGj4SgPiP/?taken-by=kirkoneill1988

End result Yum:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BguGnoSgxuI/?taken-by=kirkoneill1988
i rate 99/100 as this tea is just short of the best (i’ve tried their “Top Tier matcha”)
all in all, i really enjoy making matcha the proper way.

i suggest you buy either the kit or the matcha :D

Kit:
https://shop.ippodo-tea.co.jp/kyoto/shopf/goods/index.html?ggcd=651607
matcha:
https://shop.ippodo-tea.co.jp/kyoto/shopf/goods/index.html?ggcd=135624

Flavors: Freshly Cut Grass, Grass, Green, Sweet, Umami, Vegetal

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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95

Guyokuro pyramid teabags by ippodo.

Grassy, grapes, vegetal, minerals, metallic (iron), bitter with a sweet aftertaste.

All in all, a yummy tea. I like the tastes in this tea. Somewhat similar yet different than sencha.

In the end after trying sencha, gyokuro, and hojicha; these teas are very yummy. There’s a taste unique to Japanese teas. I cannot put my finger on it. Unami? I do not know. Do you?
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bf1UebHAQPY/?taken-by=kirkoneill1988
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bf1UhCxAGa7/?taken-by=kirkoneill1988
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Flavors: Bitter, Grapes, Grass, Metallic, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec 150 OZ / 4436 ML
Togo

Gyokuro in a teabag? That doesn’t sound like the best idea :D

Kirkoneill1988

@togo: tbh, it was delicious! have you tried ippodo? it their sencha teabag and hojicha tea bag the tea water tastes when brewed just like their loose leaf. albeit a tad weaker

Togo

No I have never tried them. I am just concerned that one wouldn’t be able to extract the full potential of a tea such as gyokuro from a teabag, even though it still may be enjoyable.

Kirkoneill1988

@Togo: i’ve tried their loose leaf, it seems to go sour within 2 weeks. still drinkable but not as enjoyable. i was told by them to microwave some of the leaves before use if they go sour. seems silly…im trying their teabagged versions to see how long it takes to go sour. i do understand your point of view. i was told by a friend that japanese teas have to be all used up very quickly like ground coffee

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99

so i tried cold brewing this with 4 teabags in a medium sized container early afternoon and overnight in the fridge. it was ok. still it was tasty. however, i wont be doing this again.

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99

Hojicha pyramid teabag. By ippodo

Hojicha is my most favourite Japanese tea!
Nice earthy, roasted, nutty, grassy taste :D. Some mineral notes. Possibly seaweed notes too.

All in all only due to possible favouritism bias, I won’t rate a 100, but a 99.

I suggest you give this a go! I honestly do!
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bf00x-5AHwi/?taken-by=kirkoneill1988\
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bf001VbgM9o/?taken-by=kirkoneill1988
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bf004PLgXo6/?taken-by=kirkoneill1988
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bf0069kgNXn/?taken-by=kirkoneill1988

Flavors: Earth, Grass, Mineral, Nutty, Roasted

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec 5 OZ / 150 ML

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95

Sencha pyramid teabag by ippodo.

What it can say is this tea is yummy! Grassy, vegetal, sweet, and nutty. Some mineral notes. Maybe iron? Metallic too but all in all so yummy. I rate a 95/100. I suggest you try this.
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bfy2IlQgdVA/?taken-by=kirkoneill1988
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bfy2D7yANbG/?taken-by=kirkoneill1988

Flavors: Freshly Cut Grass, Grass, Green, Metallic, Nutty, Vegetal

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec 8 OZ / 250 ML

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100
drank Kan-no-shiro by Ippodo
11 tasting notes

Light, sweeter flavor than other matchas. Great with milk

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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88

This is a limited edition tea by Ippodo that I purchased at their store in NYC. I was looking for something cheap and tasty to drink and found this to be a great affordable tea that was a cut above grocery store genmaicha. Unlike other genmaicha, the toasty roasty “popcorn” taste of the toasted brown rice is much less apparent. Instead, there is smooth and bright, juicy, lemongrass-like note that erupts in your mouth while the savory brown rice translates into a creamy avocado flavor that is sweeter in nature than the fishy, savory, umami I normally find in Japanese green teas. The tea itself is quite pretty as well. The dry bancha consists of very shiny, smooth, uniformly cut pieces that are such a rich vibrant green. I really can’t stop looking at it! Consequently, the liquor produced is a bright “spring-y” green.

I HIGHLY suggest steeping it only briefly. In my opinion, the grassier taste and additional dryness and slight bitterness that accompanies a long steeping don’t really add anything great to this tea. Brewing instructions from ippodo also suggest a short 30 second steep time and to pour out the tea completely rather than leave it continually stewing in the pot with the leaves.

Amount you get for the price makes it great for daily sipping.

Flavors: Lemongrass

Preparation
0 min, 45 sec

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85
drank Gokujo Hojicha by Ippodo
39 tasting notes

This is a pleasant tea you could use for a daily drinker. Nothing overwhelming and fills your room with a pleasant aroma. Also low in caffeine so feel free to drink it even in the evening.

Opening the package I was greeted with the pleasant smell of toasty wood.

1st Steep: This came out a light amber color and tasted a lot like a light coffee and green tea mix.

2nd Steep: This powered up the wood and fire taste and it showed in the much darker color. Little resemblance of green tea remained. Still nothing overwhelming however. It left me with a slight pleasant smoke aftertastes.

3rd Steep: This went back into a coffee like taste with hints of smoke.

Further steeps: I lengthened the steeping times as I went on. Not a lot to speak of here. It did not turn bitter at all. The smoke and wood smell began to disappear and went back into the coffee and green tea like mix. After around eight steeps flavor pretty much disappeared even after long steeps.

Overall I do recommend this tea. Its a great one to throw in any time of day.

Flavors: Coffee, Fireplace, Smoked, Toasted, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 7 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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100
drank Uji-Shimizu by Ippodo
6 tasting notes

I recently, got my Ippodo order.

I have tried their matchas Spring, Summer, and Autum. Now finally I was able to try their cooking grade matcha.

This is a sweet matcha, when you open it, you can clearly see is not a powerful green as a ceremonial matcha is.

Ippodo recommends to place a certain amount of this matcha in a bottle, place some cold water and drink, unless you like sweet matcha with water then go ahead but I will recommend this to be drinked as a Matcha latte.

My personal recommendation is to use soy milk instead of cow milk, the soy enhances the matcha flavor, cow milk will only make the matcha flavour disappear.

If you have a pot then after heating the milk you can use a milk fluffler, always use a sieve to make the matcha finer if not you will get this clumps. If you are using a machine that warms the milk and at the same time makes this fluffy milk, make sure to not boil the milk but to heat the milk to 60 degrees Celsius, you can sieve the matcha and the machine will do everything for you.

This matcha is very creamy and the sweetness is not overpowering.

Flavors: Creamy, Grass, Sweet

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Wakayanagi by Ippodo
6 tasting notes

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drank Ippodo Shincha by Ippodo
123 tasting notes

This is my 1/2 way point review. I have been drinking this tea daily now for a week. I think I can some up my feelings with theae points about the tea:

1. Broth like umami (think chicken soup with no salt)

There’s a reason why people don’t add sugar to fine green Japanese tea. I find myself needing a sweet snack beside it, though.

2. Bright yellow colour (in a white cup), yellow green in clear.

People walk by and see this colour and are like wow. Much the way they do with matcha.

3. Amazing dry leaf (the way they sort this tea is incredible)

If you see pictures of the fresh and rolled leaves next to each other, you wonder if they are the same. The sifting and rolling leaves a product that feels like needles. I have not
Seen this from store bought senchas.

4. Ice brings out the green character. The aroma of the dried leaves and iced tea match very closely and enhance appreciation.

Overall, I am happy with it.

Preparation
10 tsp 200 OZ / 5914 ML

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drank Ippodo Shincha by Ippodo
123 tasting notes

2017 Ippodo Shincha is Here! I pre-ordered it so that I would get it at the earliest possible moment. And I would have, had the post office not let it sit in my city for 4 days before delivering it. It was shipped on a Monday in Japan, and made it here by Friday 10:00 a.m. where it sat over a long weekend.

The packaging was excellent like it always is from Japan. It was gift wrapped and
A large tin was included. The tea was divided into two air tight satchets.

I followed the instructions for a first brew. 10 g of tea and about 200 mL of water for 40 seconds total. These instructions seemed reasonable for sencha.

The result: good yellow sencha colour, mild sencha taste bordering on grapefruit at the end.

I brewed this several more times. I didn’t note anything in particular.

Unlike the other sencha in my cupboard, I guarantee this did not taste like socks.
I’m going to try some bottled water.

Preparation
10 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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75
drank Sencha Hosen by Ippodo
646 tasting notes

Sencha Hosen: by ippodo tea.

So I had this tea laying around for a few months. So I guess I never reviewed it lol. Here you go.

Review:

Ru Yao dragon teapot gongfucha.

Dry leaf: green, grass.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BMwsakLgZ8l/

Wet leaf: sweet grass, freshly cut grass, sweet, veggies, seafood (?).
https://www.instagram.com/p/BMwsdCIgdsC/

Light steep; I taste/smell: light —> asparagus, sweet grass, veggies,
Peaches (?), Medium -→ bitterness (somewhat pleasant), freshly cut grass.
(Forgot photo: it was nothing much. Almost a lime green. )

Medium steep; I taste/smell: light peaches (?). medium —→ asparagus, sweet grass, veggies, bitterness (meh) freshly cut grass.

(•groans•… Must I do a heavy steep? This tea is stale and not too fresh. I blame myself for forgetting about it. But review I must. At least the flecks around the teapot look pretty. )
https://www.instagram.com/p/BMwsggqgqMm/

Heavy steep; I taste/smell; light —→ peaches (?), asparagus, sweet grass, freshly cut grass. Medium to strong bitterness. (This steep did not turn out nearly as bad as I thought it would)

All in all a nice tea even though it’s kind of stale and not too fresh. (I still blame myself for not reviewing it sooner) ok flavours and aromas. Weird cha qi. I rate a 75. only because it was yummy when it was fresh. Otherwise, I would rate a 50.

I’m not sure if I ordered this or if it was a gift from Paola Mannaro.

Bonus photos:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BMwsjhzARUS/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BMwsl4MgNAb/

Flavors: Asparagus, Bitter, Freshly Cut Grass, Grass, Green, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 g 6 OZ / 165 ML

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90

Kuki (stems) guyokuro. By ippodo

Dry stems: veggie like
https://www.instagram.com/p/BDGYEcjp49F/

Wet stems: intensified veggies
https://www.instagram.com/p/BDGYedFJ496/

Light steep: I taste/smell; light veggies, asparagus, freshly cut grass , sweet and slight to light bitterness.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BDGYb9xp493/

Medium steep: I taste/smell; medium veggies, fresh cut grass, asparagus and bitterness. Little to no sweetness.

Heavy steep: (skipped due to possible strong bitterness) sometimes i can stand bitter teas (can be pleasant) however, sometimes it’s unpleasant. i’m not going to risk it

All in all, this tea is nice but it’s not the best from japan that I’ve had. I rate 90 and suggest one try this tea with a bit of caution. (Possible bitterness)

Flavors: Asparagus, Bitter, Freshly Cut Grass, Sweet, Vegetables

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 tsp 6 OZ / 165 ML

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drank Shoike-no-o by Ippodo
101 tasting notes

In an attempt to use this up I prepped an ice brew of this before I went to bed. I put tea in my strainer and filled it the rest of the way with ice cubes. I woke up to a concentrated sencha flavor shot. It was strikingly different from the tea I had last night by being super vegetal like the juice leftover from defrosting spinach. It also had a crazy buttery mouthfeel that lingered for awhile.

There’s usually enough flavor left in the tea leaves to hot brew this so that’s what I did. And it’s back to regular sencha.

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drank Shoike-no-o by Ippodo
101 tasting notes

My tin is labled sho-ikeno-o, but Ippodo seems to only use the spelling this listing is under. This was purchased a few years ago in the Ippodo shop in Kyoto so it’s a bit past its prime and a bit duller than it was when fresh. Sentimental reasons have kept me from finishing it off but I’m hoping to do so now that I’m trying more tea. Plus I could really use the tin for my next sencha.

Despite its age it’s still a good well rounded tea and still holds its own against many of the low to mid grade senchas I have had. It’s vegetal, savory, a little bitter. I may still be feeling sentimental, but to me this is what sencha is and the basis upon which I judge other sencha.

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82

Bought this while strolling through the hood on my way to my favorite lunch place for dan dan noodles. Bright green leaf in bag with no obvious aromas. Brewed to instructions in smallest gaiwan, the aroma is really intense with cooked spinach. Not that over boiled nasty spinach smell but the gentle parboiled fresh smell as you squeeze out the juices. The liquor is a bit cloudy, thick and not as vibrant as i would have expected, more of a muted yellow. The flavor is dead on spinach and asparagus at first with a hint of seaweed. As you continue to sip, a noticeable bitter approaches but not enough to scare you off. After about 2 minutes the aftertaste yields from bitter to sweet. The one thing I observed in my reaction was I didn’t feel like I had drank a tea. Knowing my way around a kitchen and being one of those who wastes nothing I have been known to drink my spinach water if I wasn’t using it it in a recipe, and that’s how I regarded this tasting. I would have given it a better rating but I am new to Japanese greens and will need to revisit after I try a few more samples. Also the bitterness was noticeable and I don’t know if it is supposed to be part of the experience or just an expression of this tea alone.

Flavors: Asparagus, Seaweed, Spinach

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 1 min, 30 sec 10 g 3 OZ / 80 ML

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drank Tsukikage by Ippodo
5 tasting notes

This is my 2nd pack of tsukikage, and I use a higher temperature this time. The powder is quite dense so must use a matcha sieve or strainer to remove any tiny clumps. Good for both koicha and usucha. Colour is a nice green and smooth texture, taste is quite sharp with some sweetness, and a long after taste.
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100
drank Sencha Hosen by Ippodo
18 tasting notes

Ippodo tea indicates that Sencha should be steeped for 60 seconds at 176 F (80 C). Suggested ration of tea to water is 2 Tbsp (yes, Tbsp!) to 7 ounces (210ml) of water. To cool water to the proper temperature, Ippodo suggests transferring the water once by first pouring into a cup and then the tea pot. A second and third pot can also be brewed at 176 F (80 C) water with no steeping time.

I had a WONDERFUL cup of cold-brewed Hosen at the Ippodo shop in Kyoto. I think that this was the first time I understood the meaning of “umami” – it was unlike anything I’ve ever tasted. Any Japanese green tea can be cold-brewed by steeping 2 Tbsp in 7 ounces of chilled water for 15 minutes. A second and third pot can be prepared by brewing the second pot for 7 minutes and the third for 3 minutes.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec 10 g 7 OZ / 207 ML

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Ippodo tea indicates that Gyokuro should be steeped for 90 seconds at 140 F (60 F). Suggested ration of tea to water is 2 Tbsp (yes, Tbsp!) to 3 ounces (80ml) of water. To cool water to the proper temperature, Ippodo suggests transferring the water three times by first pouring into a cup, transferring that to a second, then third cup, then the tea pot.

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 1 min, 30 sec 10 g 3 OZ / 88 ML

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90
drank Kimmo-no-mukashi by Ippodo
1 tasting notes

My favourite matcha so far – I’ve had 2 bought in London, 1 from Edinburgh and 5 from Tokyo. For me, this one is the smoothest and creamiest taste and doesn’t go bitter when making with water or milk. Actually use 1/2 tsp for 1 person.

Flavors: Creamy, Green, Smooth

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 tsp 2 OZ / 70 ML

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