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74

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this tea, but I really really enjoyed it. Definitely one I will be purchasing again in greater volume.

The dry leaf appeared in a variety of sizes. The color, however, was a uniform deep deep green as should be expected from a fukamushi. The aroma of the dry leaf is hard to describe. I want to call it deeply green, but that is more visual the related to smell. Nevertheless, that is what comes to mind. It was sweetly vegetal with hints of hay, but overall I would choose to describe it as deeply green.

The first steep of 5g in 1cup of water at 160 degrees for 30 seconds was not initially impressive. The wet leaf was average. The aroma of the leaf was slightly better. The aroma was strongly reminiscent of kale, spinach, and other bitter greens. The liquor, however, started to stand out. It has the appearance of a beautiful lime green color with lots of suspended leaf, even through my fairly fine strainer. The aroma was bitter, reminiscent of kale and bitter greens again.

The taste, however, was very much redeeming. It was simply very well balanced. It has a very light bitterness balanced with a sweetness and an astringent aftertaste. It is all things combined into one sip. Overall highly enjoyable.

Ratings (from 0-10)

6 – Dry Leaf Appearance
8 – Dry Leaf Smell
6 – Wet Leaf Appearance
7 – Wet Leaf Smell
8 – Liquor Appearance
7 – Aroma
8 – Taste
7 – Value (Is this taste, aroma, and overall experience worth the cost.)

= 73.5 = 74

Rating Multipliers

0.5 – Dry Leaf Appearance
0.5 – Dry Leaf Smell
0.5 – Wet Leaf Appearance
0.5 – Wet Leaf Smell
0.5 – Liquor Appearance
3.5 – Aroma
3.5 – Taste
0.5 – Value (Is this taste, aroma, and overall experience worth the cost.)

Flavors: Bitter, Green, Hay, Kale

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 160 ML

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65

I was very excited to get this tea from Ian to try out. I’ve been eying it for a while due to it’s low cost and the fact that it is organic (a big plus for me). It seemed like a good everyday sencha. I have to say, I was not disappointed.

The dry leaf, although not super uniform, is a beautiful deep green. The aroma is fresh, grassy, and slightly sweet. After the water hits the leafs they turn into your typical wet tea leaf. A mixture of different shades of light and dark green. The aroma of the wet leaf is slightly sweeter than the dry. The liquor is a beautiful yellow, almost green. The yellow is much more prominent. The aroma of the liquor is light. Nothing too strong.

The taste is that of an average sencha. There is nothing that stands out, besides that it tastes good. It is grassy, sweet, and slightly astringent all at the same time. There are hints of umami, but nothing overwhelming like a gyokuro. Overall just a very good average sencha. Something I will certainly be adding to my everyday drink rotation due to the excellent price.

Ratings (from 0-10)

7 – Dry Leaf Appearance
7 – Dry Leaf Smell
7 – Wet Leaf Appearance
8 – Wet Leaf Smell
7 – Liquor Appearance
5 – Aroma
7 – Taste
10 – Value (Is this taste, aroma, and overall experience worth the cost.)

= 65

Rating Multipliers

0.5 – Dry Leaf Appearance
0.5 – Dry Leaf Smell
0.5 – Wet Leaf Appearance
0.5 – Wet Leaf Smell
0.5 – Liquor Appearance
3.5 – Aroma
3.5 – Taste
0.5 – Value (Is this taste, aroma, and overall experience worth the cost.)

Flavors: Grass, Sweet, Umami

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 0 min, 45 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 160 ML

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95

I love sakura flavored anything, so when Yunomi rolled out this new blend a couple of weeks ago I rushed to order a sample. I was especially excited that this was a naturally flavored tea, scented only with real cherry flowers. Salt pickled sakura blossoms notwithstanding, nearly every cherry blossom tea I’ve come across has added flavoring which I’m not a fan of. The only other one I’ve liked is Den’s Sakura Sencha.

Upon opening the pouch, I immediately felt transported to a field of blossoming cherry trees in springtime. The aroma of the tea is almost ethereal, fruity and elegantly floral. There’s nothing artificial about it at all, neither in aroma or flavor. The taste is exquisitely subtle, more sencha than sakura. You taste the fresh sencha first followed by a delightful cherry blossom flavor that gently dances across your palate. I recommend letting the tea cool a bit to really taste the sakura. The base sencha is buttery and light, and unlike Den’s blend, is not very grassy. Its mellow body lets the soft cherry flavor shine through.

The flavoring here is verrry light. For some it may be too weak but as someone who finds most flavored teas too overpowering, it was perfect for me. This is the first flavored tea – aside from jasmine – that I could drink straight without needing to underleaf or blend with a straight tea. I think this one will appeal most to those who drink straight green teas.

Compared to my other favorite, Den’s is a deeply grassy green tea with a stronger cherry flavoring that can taste a bit medicinal while this is a more low-key affair and is by far the most natural tasting sakura tea I’ve ever tried.

Flavors: Butter, Cherry Blossom

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 120 OZ / 3548 ML

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Very nice daily drinker of a sencha. It’s nothing too special, and it doesn’t wow me with depth of flavor or anything. Not too much of the sort of nuttiness that you sometimes get in senchas either. Just some green grassy/vegetal sweetness for the most part. Also no bitterness or astringency to contend with. Glad I picked some up as it easily satisfies a random green tea craving now and again.

Flavors: Grass, Green, Vegetal

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

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90

Yum, this is my kind of sencha. Spinachy aroma, brisk with a nice grassy fresh taste. It picks up a tiny bit of astringency over successive cups which provides a nice contrast to the sweetness. I got 4 good steeps out of this tea, pretty good for a Japanese green tea. The only knock against it may be that it lacks the complexity of better senchas but that’s a fairly minor quibble.

Pleasantly surprised by how good the flavor was considering this is a nearly 2 year old sample.

Flavors: Grass, Smooth, Spinach, Sweet

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 120 ML
Ubacat

There are so many senchas at Yunomi it’s hard to pick one. I’ve gone through a few samples from Yunomi over the years and so far Kurihara Imperial Sencha has been my favourite. I don’t think I’ve tried this one so I’ll have to add a sample on my next order.

LuckyMe

I know what you mean, there’s a dizzying array of teas on Yunomi and what makes it hard is the flavor difference between Japanese greens is smaller compared to Chinese teas. I usually just go for something I haven’t ordered before that has decent reviews and hope for the best lol

Ken

Wow so many teas on their site.

I do love a good sencha!

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I finally drank this today. (And finally caught up on my notes!!!) I wasn’t really sure how to approach it. Since it is made from roasted tencha—the leaves generally used to make matcha—does that mean one prepares it like matcha? I spent time contemplating and researching this in the past and didn’t get anywhere, which is part of why I’m only trying this now. Being lazy and short on time, I decided to just pour in the minimum amount of water recommended on the package and whisk to stir it up.

Did that. This tea looks like the ugliest matcha you can imagine. But it tastes just like houjicha. There is a bit of a sour note at the very front, and the rest is roasty with a lingering creamy finish. And unlike my usual go-to houjicha, which is a karigane type (which equals even less caffeine than usual), I definitely felt the caffeine in this. So I could see it serving as an alternative to matcha when I need a boost in the morning.

Flavors: Creamy, Roasted, Sour

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 g 4 OZ / 105 ML

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76

Seaweed flavor, a little salty. Not much bitterness, very pleasant overall.

Flavors: Seaweed

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95

Received as a sample from Yunomi

This product is so new it’s not even on the website before. I admit, I hadn’t heard of this benifuuki tea before. When I added it to the database I classified it as “matcha”, but I’m not sure if it is. Either way, it sure is tasty.

I’ve tried it both hot and cold. I LOVE cold-mixed matcha, but it can get a little intense if I use too much. I do not really like hot brewed matcha because it’s just too intense. This Benifuuki is both tasty hot AND cold because it’s a much more milder tea. It’s a very muted taste. I would say if you like the STRONG notes of matcha, you are gonna be disappointed. But, if you want something to put in your water bottle and drink for the day, this is not a bad tea at all. I’d say it almost tastes more like a white tea than a green tea. Maybe as it cools it tastes slightly more green with vegetal notes, but honestly it’s really tough to tell.

Another benefit is that it’s supposed to have some hay fever properties to help with allergy season? Hey man, with my allergies as bad as they are I’ll take what I can get. I’ve also been taking pollen too in hopes it will help. This year is gonna be rough.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C

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Drank the last of this today. Got some of the good creamy chestnut notes along with a lot of strong, grassy vegetal notes and astringency. The remainder of the leaves here were pretty dusty coming from the bottom of the bag, so not surprising, and they were a pain to strain quickly enough.

Flavors: Astringent, Chestnut, Creamy, Vegetal

Preparation
8 g 4 OZ / 117 ML

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Not sure what I did, but I got a lot of bitterness out of this tea this morning! Might be my vessel, which is not the same one I was using last week. I might need to just leaf lighter in it. Could also be that I ate some sweet peppers before this, which is affecting my tastebuds.

Very deep green liquor with a beany flavor in steep two, and the bitterness is reduced to a pleasant bite in the background. A very different experience than the previous sessions, but still good.

Flavors: Bitter, Soybean, Umami, Vegetal

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5g in a 100 ml vessel today. Definitely a good idea.

Flavors: Sweet, Umami

Preparation
5 g

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Leafed a lot lighter than I normally would, following the directions for a typical sencha with 2g in a 100ml kyusu, steeped for about 1 minute to start.

I haven’t had one of these aged senchas before, so I was interested in seeing how the flavor of this would compare. Immediately upon wetting the leaves I could tell that this has a stronger, sweeter scent than an everyday sencha, and this translates well into the flavor of the tea. The liquor is a light green from the first steep with a distinctly sweet and umami vegetal flavor. Very well-balanced. It’s quite light since I used such a low leaf to water ratio, but I find it refreshing. I could see myself enjoying this cold while outside on a warm afternoon, but for drinking in the morning I plan to leaf heavier in the future.

It’s still very good, though. Smooth, fragrant, notes of chestnut, no bitterness or astringency, even when I accidentally oversteeped the third round. Very good!

Flavors: Chestnut, Sweet, Umami, Vegetal

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Drank the rest of this one this morning, and stuck with lower amounts of water for the entire session. Definitely better flavor doing it that way in my opinion, and this was good, but it wasn’t my favorite.

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Got 10 grams of this from Yunomi a while back, and since I don’t have any other shaded greens open, figured I’d try this one! I leafed lighter than what I usually would, since I only have 10 grams and would like to get another session out of it, so I also decreased the water in the first steep. The liquor poured a mostly yellow green as the first steep often does, and it hit the tip of my tongue with sweetness while coating my mouth with umami and briny broth. A hint of bitterness develops at the back of the tongue, and a buttery aftertaste remains in my mouth until I refill my cup.

I use a bit more water in the second steep since there is usually a lot of trapped flavor ready to come out, and the flavor in this steep is more vegetal and light, with a hint of something that seems almost fruity, but I can’t quite place it. The texture is very smooth. Next time I have this one I think I’ll keep the water down in all steeps, as I prefer a more concentrated flavor. Also, that odd fruitiness leaves its aroma behind in the empty cup.

Steep three is almost identical to steep two. Liquor in the last two steeps was a bit of a light green, but stayed more sencha-like than anything else. I will need to give this one another try, but while this one was good at the start, I think I prefer kabusecha and mecha (which is like gyokuro made from buds) over this so far. But I know mecha is known for having more steeping longevity.

5g
1st: 62ml/50C/155s~
2nd: 102ml/80C/20s~
3rd: 50ml/80C/45~

Flavors: Fruity, Sweet, Umami, Vegetal

Preparation
5 g

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Got this as one of my “almost free” samples for Yunomi. I didn’t read the package clearly and realized it was TWO samples instead one. So I poured the whole packet in there and brewed it as instructed only to find it was WAAAAY too strong. So I diluted it with hot water and that seemed to do the trick.

Hot, this tea isn’t bad at all. But I decided to let it cool in the fridge to see how that went. And I have to say it’s a very pleasing tea chilled. It’s got a nice blend of vegetal, sweet, and umami. Maybe a little bit on the grassier side but not overwhelmingly so. I think it makes a really nice chilled tea. Even dilluted it is a bit strong, so maybe next time I might steep for 45 seconds instead of the full minute.

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 1 min, 0 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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First steep: 5g, 80ml, 50C, about a minute
Decided to drink the rest of this sample today, and it came out very different from yesterday’s session! A much sweeter, gentler, creamy flavor, with an umami body and vegetal undertones. Really, the sweetness is the star here.

Second steep: 70ml, 90C, about 20 seconds
Again, the aroma really burst forth in this steep. A mouth-watering blend of sweet and vegetal, and the flavor does not disappoint! Chestnut sweetness, asparagus and umami all in balance, with a bit of bitterness rounding it all out.

Third steep: 90C, about 30 or so seconds
This steep still had a good amount of flavor and was a good end to the session. Forgot to measure the water, just filled to about the same point as before. All in all, I definitely was more impressed with session two of this. Quite good!

Flavors: Asparagus, Bitter, Chestnut, Creamy, Sweet, Umami, Vegetal

Preparation
5 g 3 OZ / 80 ML

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First steep: 5g/104ml, 50C, 90 seconds or so
First steep of this came out a slightly cloudly yellow, with a subtle, sweet umami aroma and a matching flavor. This embodies the great umami, vegetal combination I love without that distinct brininess (which I also love). I did slightly less water and a slightly longer steep than they recommend, but I think I would have enjoyed this steep even more with even less than what I used. The texture is thick and viscous, which I love.

2nd steep: 70ml, 90C, 15 or so seconds
Much less space for water in steep two since the leaves absorb so much of it in the first steep. In the second steep, the sweet, umami aroma and flavors become very prominent. There is a nice creaminess that hints at that characteristic chestnut that Japanese greens can sometimes offer. Still very thick and smooth with just a bit of a drying sensation at the end. The very last mouthful of this steep was super creamy and sweet with just enough of a light bitter bite to remind me of the matcha truffle I recently had.

3rd steep: 70ml, 90C, 30-40 seconds
The umami has toned down in this steep, bringing the sweetness and vegetal notes to the forefront. Overall, really have enjoyed this one!

Flavors: Creamy, Smooth, Sweet, Thick, Umami, Vegetal

Preparation
1 min, 45 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 104 ML

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65

This was a sample sent with my last Yunomi order. First brew on this was at 60C for 30sec. The tea was very grassy, astringent and bitter.
Second brew was at 80C for 10 seconds. Still bitter, grassy & astringent. The colour of the tea was a deep murky mossy green. I was not very happy with this sencha. It was too bitter even at low temperatures and the grassiness was too extreme.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Grass

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25

There’s a taste to this that I really don’t like, but I can’t put my finger on what, exactly, it is. I had expected that I would really enjoy the sweetness of the fukamushicha, but I found it sickly and just really unpleasant. What a shame!

Flavors: Green, Spinach, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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Just drinking the other bag of this sample so I can remove it from my inventory and justify opening some new greens soon.

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So, Yunomi threw this in as a free sample in one of my orders, but I’m not sure if it’s #1 or #12. It came in a brown tear bag with a foil interior and contains two teabags, but they don’t look like the #12 bags.

I don’t usually do teabags, but trying to sipdown greens I’ve opened or green samples that I have in the morning. Sort of chose this one at random. Steeped in probably somewhere around 140 ml of water heated to 70C, but then it took me a bit to actually pour, so probably cooled a bit, and steeped a bit longer than 2 minutes.

The resulting flavor is nice and light. Has a sweet chestnut aroma and flavor with a hint of creaminess and a bit of umami in the background. Pretty good. Second steep at 80C and probably about a minute max. Very light and smooth, creamy with a vegetal aroma. Not going to try for a third steep, but this wasn’t bad!

Flavors: Chestnut, Sweet, Umami, Vegetal

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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74

This was a very interesting and different tea that I greatly enjoyed sampling. I’ll most definitely be acquiring some to have on stock in the future.

I started off with 5g of tea. The dry leaf was not uniform at all. There were pieces that looked like small flakes, needles, and just powder. Some leaves were light, but most were a deep green. The aroma was very nice. Very typical sencha. Sweet and vegetal with a slight acidic side.

After steeping for 1 min with 250ml of 160 degree water the leaves took on a wet seaweed appearance. Fuzzy and hay like. All clinging together. A light green color. The aroma was typical sencha with a tendency towards acidic and sour notes.

The liquor of the first infusion was an even pale, dirty green. A nice puke green, but in an appealing sort of way. I know, it sounds weird. The aroma was very faint, but my sinus’s were congested as well so that could have been part of it.

The taste was very different and unique. My first impression was umami, but with a strong astringency as well. Lots of bitterness, but not overpowering. It was a strong yet enjoyable bitterness. There were also very very slight notes of earthy smokiness maybe. Not sure exactly. I’ll have to try again when I try this the second time around.

The second infusion was stronger, more bitter, with hints of smoke and sourness. Still easy to drink. Not overpowering and very enjoyable.

Ratings (from 0-10)

7 – Dry Leaf Appearance
8 – Dry Leaf Smell
5 – Wet Leaf Appearance
6 – Wet Leaf Smell
7 – Liquor Appearance
7 – Aroma
8 – Taste
9 – Value (Is this taste, aroma, and overall experience worth the cost.)

= 73.5 = 74

Rating Multipliers

0.5 – Dry Leaf Appearance
0.5 – Dry Leaf Smell
0.5 – Wet Leaf Appearance
0.5 – Wet Leaf Smell
0.5 – Liquor Appearance
3.5 – Aroma
3.5 – Taste
0.5 – Value (Is this taste, aroma, and overall experience worth the cost.)

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Smoke, Sour, Umami

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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