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From Harney & Sons

Japan’s capital is the inspiration of this tea. Green Bancha is blended with toasted sesame seeds and caramel flavors. The delightful flavor is reminiscent of some of Tokyo’s best desserts.

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Since 1983 Harney & Sons has been the source for fine teas. We travel the globe to find the best teas and accept only the exceptional. We put our years of experience to work to bring you the best Single-Estate teas, and blends beyond compare.

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299 tasting notes

I rarely drink green teas and I’m always putting them off.. but since I was tinkering in the kitchen this morning, listening to Thrilling Adventure Hour & right there to pull the kettle off just before boiling, I thought I’d give it a try. It’s pretty yum, too. Will probably see how a resteep goes in a bit. ;)

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1904 tasting notes

First of all thank you to Batrachoid for giving me some of this tea to try.

I’m not really tasting the supposed caramel flavours in this tea though that might just be a reference to the naturally slightly nutty flavour of the bancha base. The sesame seeds are more obvious although the flavour isn’t as strong as with Adagio’s sesame-flavoured black tea. It’s a nice green tea, but nothing too extreme.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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78 tasting notes


I can’t believe I haven’t logged this yet, because it’s one of my favorites that I’ve recently bought. It smells absolutely amazing. The green tea base is nothing special—which isn’t to say it’s bad, it’s just not astonishing, as green teas go—but the subtle sweet sesame flavors make it, and it’s a very nice, cozy, lightly sweet green tea.

I think I’ve had mine a little too long, as I can’t taste the flavors as well as I used to be able to, but this effectively got me through my hellish senior year of college, and for that I salute it.

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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16 tasting notes

Wow, this was an interesting tea. It had a fairly simple buttered spinach aroma, but the flavor was very complex. In my bid to find words to describe it, I came up with this:
Lightly sweetened buttered spinach, with caramel in the aftertaste and a bit of astringcy towards the end of the cup.

I enjoyed it, but I don’t think I’d order more of it. I’m starting to see that I have a preference for the unflavored when it comes to greens and oolongs.
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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293 tasting notes

I drank this today with my breakfast. It’s really sweet on its own. I think this might be one of the sweetest green teas I’ve had. I am not crazy for the flavoring, it reminds me of Bossa Nova with the caramel, nutty taste. I love the sesames in it. The green tea itself is nice, I would of liked it without the sweet flavoring. I just haven’t found a tea with caramel I liked, it is just something that doesn’t agree with me.

Thank you Shinobicha for a taste! I have been interested in knowing what this taste like.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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10 tasting notes

Normally I don’t go for green tea—I haven’t branched out much and most of what I’ve tried has been too vegetal for me. But this, oh! It smells so good. Sweet, nutty, smooth… it really is the closest thing to a dessert tea that I’ve tried. Somehow the sesame and caramel notes just add up to the most delicious smelling thing in the world. (Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a little.) I will warn you, though, the tea itself is not nearly as strong as the scent of the leaves. It’s much milder, more… nutty, almost, though without the strong grassy taste I usually associate with green teas.

More bad news: the leaves are fairly large, but they aren’t totally unbroken and I’ve found a number of stems. A quick googling shows that bancha tea is usually lower grade, so this isn’t super surprising with that in mind. It’s definitely a high enough grade for a simple flavored green.

I’m still sorting out the exact combination of time and temp and amount, but I definitely have to use more of this than my stronger black teas, and I go for two minutes and thirty seconds rather than the recommended two. Definitely don’t be stingy when measuring this out. It’s already a very mild tea. I’ve found you can get at least two full-strength steepings out of it, and it’s only six bucks for a quarter pound at the store.

Once I run out of this (and I will definitely run out), I am absolutely buying more.

2 min, 30 sec

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1 tasting notes

Delicate, sweet caramel flavor that complements rather than overwhelms the bancha base. One of my favourite flavored teas. The first steep is a dessert-style caramel green, while a second steep presents mostly the classic bancha taste. This would make a nice introduction to green tea for a skeptic.

Flavors: Caramel

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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1732 tasting notes

This is a tasty green tea. You get a nice combination of the grassy note of the green tea base, along with a sweet note from the caramel, along with a nutty sort of note from the sesame seeds. It is good. Got it at the Coffee and Tea Festival NYC for only $5 so it’s even better.

I rewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 175 degree water for 3 min.

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

Yes! Tokyo is one of my favorite greens!


It was a convention special, all their 4 oz tins were $5.


Haven’t tried it yet, but I’ve always been intrigued by the description.

S.G. Sanders

I gave this tea a low rating the first time that I tried it (I purchased a sample of it a few months back). However, I think that I’d give it a higher rating now that I appreciate Green tea a little more. It’s odd on how much my palate has changed in just a short time!

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35 tasting notes

Sigh. It is moments like these that I really, really wish that Harney and Sons were more readily available here in Canada! I ordered a big batch of their teas from the Harney and Sons website last December, but because of the cost of shipping have not ventured to do so since.

Anyway, this tea! Tokyo by Harney and Sons was the most original taste I have ever enjoyed. I have yet to see it replicated anywhere else. It might be a testament to how good it is that when I finished the canister, I actually kept it around for nigh on 6 months just to be able to smell it. It was amazing! It had a really great tea base — reminded me of a nice steamed sencha — full bodied green — but with a fantastic creamy and nutty sesame flavour. It reminded me a bit of black sesame ice cream with some of the best green tea. I’m pining for it still and it’s been a year! If anyone knows where I can get my hands on some more… Let’s just say you’ll be my new friend.

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572 tasting notes

Not quite sure of why they decided to name it Tokyo. I don’t picture any of the places we went while I’m sipping it. Ok wait no I just pictured one of the grocery stores. Those were always fun to walk around in. It’s nothing special in taste. Grassy. Can’t really taste the sesame seeds…

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