Kirkland Signature

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A very good green tea……a real steal at the price.

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I have a huge jar full of individually packaged bagged tea. I remember this one was a favorite before loose leaf.

I totally dislike when I open the package and I get sprayed with matcha. Taste? ehhh, kinda stale, though this has to be pretty old. The silk plastic tea bag I can see the tea looks like grainy mush. Oh, i’m spoiled from loose leaf. Snooty owl!

175 °F / 79 °C

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I’m not really much of a green tea person..maybe because I am not patient enough to wait for a minute after boiling? This one turns out okay for me most of the time but I’m excited to try good green tea that I’ve only recently read about.


I turn the kettle off long before it boils. Saves time and works for me.

Kasumi no Chajin

I often use just under boiling water for my greens as a bit of a “cheat”, though I do not mind waiting for water to cool either.


hm..ive thought of that. haha, was wondering if there was a special reason that the water had to boil. thanks guys!

Kasumi no Chajin

the main “special reason” I can think of is if there is any concern of water purity. Other then that, it should be fine

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We’ve been keeping a box of this in the cabinet for a long time now, and I never reviewed it as a hot tea (that I recall), but what I have been doing lately is steeping it cold, and the results are much better than the hot results.

I put 8 bags into a 3 quart vessel with tepid water, and stash it in the fridge over night.

The result is bright and green and that vegetal quality which is so great in expensive green tea and so lousy in cheap green tea is very muted here.

As I drink through the bottle, I keep adding back water (the tea bags are still in there) and I just keep drinking it down until the results seem to be getting thin, at which point I stop adding water. I probably get a gallon or two of green tea out of these 8 bags.

As refreshing as lemonade or sweet tea, but without the sugar, in Houston’s crushing Summer heat and humidity.

Iced 8 min or more

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I received this complementary teabag while in an office waiting room. It was fairly bitter and very grassy. Not something I’d ever want to have again. It’s even worse than Lipton hot tea. Blech.

Does my inability to enjoy cheap, grocery store brand, bagged teas make me a tea snob? If so, I’m totally okay with that. :P


I’m totally ok with that too. :P

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Honestly I tend to prefer loose leaf tea; however, this tea is my favorite variety of bagged green tea. I can steep this tea for ever and it never gets bitter, simply amazing. With the addition of the matcha, and in consuming the whole leaf of that green tea variety, it leads to much greater yield of the L-Theanine amino acid, that is so coveted by tea-drinkers for its profoundly calming and yet focused influence over the mind. By the time there is just a single sip left in the mug, it is mostly some slightly sweet matcha and after it is drained, the ensuing mental clarity will follow you around for hours.

185 °F / 85 °C 8 min or more

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This is simple and enjoyable green tea. I like that there is a little bit of matcha powder to give it a nice taste.

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Aroma when Dry: sweet, (eastern) creamy
After water is first poured: sweet (eastern) grassy butter cream
At end of steep:
Tea liquor:
At end of steep: faint powdery green
Staple? Type yes, would use brand again, not likely to buy
Preferred time of day: any
At first?: creamy sweet (eastern) grassy note, hints at vegital
As it cools?: get very buttery, cream finish

Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? No
Lingers? Yes, the deep, sweet (eastern) chewy note in the matcha stays across the palate.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Drinking the Kirkland Signature right now.
I like it – grassy, vegetal taste with nice bag, and able to steep it for a second cup, nice!

6/8/2013 – This is one of the “must have” teas for my collection. Tastes great, can get it easily from Costco, guests drink it, each teabag is individually sealed. This is tea is a “winner”

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175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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Love this tea!My favorite (unflavored) green tea so far.

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Not much for description, but I gather this is the Kirkland sencha? My favourite for a long while, I just buy it at Costco by the hundreds (of bags, that is) and I never get sick of it.

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I am a huge green tea fan and this is the only one that I keep going back to. Call it my staple green tea. You can find a bag or two in my purse, my work desk, and even my gym bag.

Only available at costco, this box is huge (100 packets each) but somehow within 4 months, I’m down to my last 20 bags.

During the cooler months it is perfect as a hot tea, the tea itself turns into a light green. These types of green teas are my favorite because they remind me of the ones at Japanese restaurants and those are the ones I find that taste best.

During the warmer months I steep it in cold water for about 5 minutes before drinking. Gives off less caffeine and it’s really refreshing!

Taste wise, it’s light! Sort of sweet but not really. Make sure you brew it like how the package says. I’ve brewed it for longer (by accident, in hot water for about 4 mins) and it turned out slightly bitter.

It’s the best bagged green tea I’ve encountered.

180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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The nice thing about working at your school through commencement is that you get to reclaim things abandoned by people who have already left, and that’s how I happened upon a bag of this. I do believe it’s one of the best bagged green tea I’ve had: a lovely grassy sencha with a slight sweetness. I’ve had (and am biased toward) more intensely flavored sencha, but it’s nice to have something that’s a bit lighter.

Some of the comments indicate that this can be bought cheaply in bulk from certain stores, so I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for it!

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