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The Green Tea choice at Dean’s in Pleasanton, CA.
Bottom of the barrel indeed. There is almost more dust in here than leaves. And it tastes like it. There is a good green tea base in there, I can tell, but not much more than leftovers, scraps picked out after the good leaves have been used and sold as what they are.
Not surprising, coming from Costco. Leftovers from good green tea do not a good green tea make.
Yeah. Kirkland brand. I know some of their stuff is decent, even comparable to good.
But not this.
This is scraps. I opened the package the tea bag came in, and dust sprayed out. Dust. Quite a bit of it. There was even more in the bottom of the cup after pouring.
It was definitely left overs, the last of the last scraps from the bottom of the barrel after all the good stuff was used.
And it tasted like it as well. Bland, boring. Yeah, it tasted like Green Tea. Basically.
People, just spend a tiny bit more for a decent green tea. This is the bottom of the bottom.
I’m a big fan of Kirkland products, and I enjoy other ito en tea, so you can imagine I was pretty excited when I say this huge box just waiting for me to throw it in the cart.
It’s not bad, but it’s far too weak. It’s odd too, because I can see the tea in there. It’s getting wet and it’s in my cup, but at 30 seconds (as they recommend for the first steep) I can barely taste it. They also recommend dumping in the remaining matcha from the outside wrapper—there really isn’t any.
I feel like the packaging was designed for some long lost age when this tea was flavorful and complex. It’s not. It’s a cheap and weak green tea that I don’t regret buying per se (cheap and not necessarily offensive), but I don’t particularly look forward to drinking.
My roommate acquired a whole box of these from Costco, and gave me a few to try. It appears to be a combination of green tea + matcha – the packet specifically instructs the user to dump any remaining matcha into the tea after brewing, and it was definitely quite dusty inside the packet. I brewed this at work, so have no idea what temperature the water actually was (but I did let it cool for a while first). The tea is quite green, and smells like kind of seaweedy (in that really pleasant way, not fishy like pu’erh) and green. The flavour is similar – a light, fresh, seaweedy flavour, with a bit of a brothy, umami flavour to it. I kind of wish it was a bit stronger (but it also might be the “spring water” I used – I swear it strips flavour out of things. Blech.) but it’s ok as is. Other than being finicky for brewing (30s/not boiling water), this would be a great tasty work tea. I’m reasonably impressed, and will happily finish off my remaining bags (and depending on how I long I keep this work schedule up – possibly some of hers too! I may run out of teabags!)
I was planning on doing some oolong tasting today, but I’ve been looking for my wallet all day, and didn’t want the tea to go cold. This stuff though, I don’t really mind if it’s cold.
I used to really enjoy this one, but now it’s not so special. A little honey makes it nicer.
Hopefully I find my wallet soon, I’m starting to get worried about it. I don’t even know when it disappeared. I carry all my cards and stuff in a small magic wallet, but that bigger one has all my insurance cards and stuff in it, so I really should have kept better track of it.
Gotta love those office Christmas parties, eh? This was my secret santa’s idea of an ideal gift for me.
It’s not bad! (which is a good thing, since I now have SO.MUCH. of it) It’s a standard green tea flavor; mild, not exactly bland, but it doesn’t really blow my skirt up, either. I’ve learned that I don’t like to drink it until the loose matcha dumped from the packet settles to the bottom. Drinking the loose matcha gives the tea an instant tea mouth feel that I find unpleasant, but the flavor itself is better with than without it.
For a bag tea to have on hand its EXCELLENT. I have been drinking loose whole leaf teas for some time and this tea is comparable and even better than some of the more expensive loose green teas. I think gyokuro is one of the finer green teas and the taste of this kirkland tea is surprisingly similar.
In my opinion, those who are claiming this tea is so so are fooling themselves simply because it comes in a bag.
give it a try.
I found a handful of these individually wrapped green tea bags from Kirkland in a purse! I drank a lot of this tea a while back, and it was my very first experience with the sachet format. I wonder whether Kirkland was the first to create the sachet? Well, anyway the biggest surprise was always that this purveyor of high quality Japanese green tea was somehow affiliated with … Costco!!!!
I loved this tea. The bag I drank this afternoon sadly tasted a bit stale, but now this tea is old, and I am thinking that maybe it was a sencha/genmaicha blend, because I’ve noticed that genmaicha sometimes becomes stale as a result of the popped rice. I believe that there is some matcha implicated as well, because some of the dark green powder sifts through the sachet pores.
Since this tea is no longer in its prime, I’ll refrain from rating it today. If I come across a fresh box at some point, then I’ll try it again. I do recall that I loved it before…
time to do a full review:
when i take the teabag out of the pack i can smell the green tea leaves and the matcha :)
i also noticed that the bag is like some kind of nylon casing and the string is attached to the middle of the bag and you have to detach the tab first.
after you put it in you do have to follow the instructions and wait 20 or 30 seconds. any longer and it can get bitter. then you should dump any left over matcha powder in the package into the tea.
the aroma is fitting for the kind of tea and the matcha/green tea leaves aroma smells great!
it tastes bitter sweet but it does taste good! for a lesser brand this is worth it
Used this as the base for ochazuke, with leftover steamed white rice, edamame beans, and furikake. Yum!
here’s the idea, if you are confused:
I have this tea whenever I go to my friends house, or whenever we have to travel for work. This is probably my favorite bagged green tea – heck it’s one of my favorite green teas period. It’s pretty light and even a bit sweet, taste wise, and doesn’t leave a grassy aftertaste that I’m used to with a lot of plain green teas. I love the mix of the tea leaves and the matcha.
I’m definitely making someone run to costco for me and pick some of this stuff up.
This is my travel tea. It carries easier and better since it is prepackaged into little green pouches and tastes better than any other packaged green tea.
I personally prefer quality loose leaf green tea but this one works in a pinch. The taste is a bit grainy and grassy but there are the hints of that sweet taste that makes green tea so darn good!
Served hot, unsweetened or cold, unsweetened.