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Guricha is different from Sencha both in appearance and taste. This tea benefits from a specific process that creates a tea similar in appearance to the pan-fired teas of China. Guricha is steamed and fashioned into “comma” shaped leaves by omitting the final kneading process.

Origin: Ureshino, Saga
Harvest: First Flush 2010
Species: Yabukita

Tasting Profile:
Aromatic leaves brew a milder and less astringent cup than a typical Sencha.

Den’s Preferred Brewing:
Water: 3oz boiled
Leaves: 2 grams or 1 rounded teaspoon
Steeping: 60 sec
2nd Cup: Water boiled; Steep 15 sec

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9 Tasting Notes

2816 tasting notes

Green tea of the morning here, I actually like this one a lot but seem to be neglecting it for some reason. Today I’m feeling like it’s quite brothy and slightly vegetal, very nice compliment to the bowl of blackberries I’m eating. See previous notes for more info.

Last night I was at meditation and feel quite well balanced and relaxed to start the week off right!

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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6770 tasting notes

This is cloudy and has a texture to it but it’s a lovely green. It’s mellow and calming but quite flavorful without being grassy or bitter. I would say it’s semi-pan fried and almost popcorn tasting. This is nice!

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1884 tasting notes

I received a free sample of this tea with a Den’s Tea order – it’s always great when a company does stuff like this because it allows me to try new teas without having to spend money on a larger quantity of a tea that I might potentially not even like.

This one has a flavour I’m more used to tasting in Chinese green teas rather than Japanese greens. It has a full-bodied, savory flavour rather than the grassy notes I’m used to tasting in sencha and gyokuros. The resteep also produces a nice, flavourful cup even though I followed the directions and only steeped it for 15 seconds.

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4846 tasting notes

Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea.

Wow! This is really quite delightful… mellow tasting, no sharpness, the vegetative flavors are mild and sweet, along with a sweet, nutty flavor that makes for an extremely smooth cup. Very little astringency with this.

This would be a great green tea for those who find the stronger flavors of Sencha to be a little off for them… this is so smooth and sweet and likable. Really wonderful.

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280 tasting notes

I got a sample of this, and it is very nice.
I’d call it a pleasant, every-day kind of sencha. It’s grassy, a little sweet, and there’s very little about it that I think non-green tea drinkers would find unpleasant. The 2nd and 3rd infusions were also very dark, almost like a fukamushi, but it seems to be light-steamed.

I’m glad to have finally tried this, and I’d recommend it for anyone new to Japanese tea.

165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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39 tasting notes

One of the first ones I have had from Den’s that I don’t particularly care to buy again. Its taste is like a cross between sencha and the bancha suruga, it is not bad, but the taste was just a little too “strong”. Worth a try if you’ve never had it before because the taste is so unique it is hard for me to describe….almost a vegetable broth, but not quite. Definitely full of taste and caffeine.

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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511 tasting notes

Tasty green tea! Brothy mouthfeel, but the flavor is relatively mild and not astringent. I usually like a stronger vegetal flavor in my greens, but sometimes I want something lighter. This certainly isn’t the lightest green tea, don’t misunderstand my, but I mean only relative to what I usually drink. I love me a strong unami, but it’s one of those things I can easily get too much of and need a break from it. This tea is perfect for that.

Flavors: Broth, Vegetal

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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564 tasting notes

This is an interesting alternative to regular sencha, but I’m not sure whether I like it better. It’s intensely vegetal, like steamed green beans. It has a brothy mouthfeel and lingers a long time, and I think I prefer it with food than without. It’s assertive enough to cut through strong flavors but not overwhelm them.

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