Artisan's Reserve

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Artisan’s Reserve™ is a special blend of hand-selected fukamushi (deeply steamed) leaves, both shaded (kabusecha) and sun-grown. The result is stimulatingly complex flavor profile comprising a broad spectrum of tea flavors, from citrus overtones and melon-like sweetness, with a slightly creamy texture.

This sencha is a tamaryokucha (“curly green tea”), also known as guricha. The rich volcanic soils of the Mt. Aso foothills, where this tea is grown, make for an exquisitely rich flavor and a hearty aroma, but without the bite that comes from other soil types.

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40 tasting notes

I liked this tea. It had a vaguely sweet flavor. It did not have much of the fishy seaweed flavor. I have tasted that flavor in other teas.

160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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The flavour of this tea is more subdued than other senchas from Mellow Monk. So I had to push the steeping times to get the same “punch” from this as I did from others the vendor sells.

First infusion – 5 g. per 8 oz water, 60 deg., 1:15 min.

Second infusion – 5 g. per 8 oz. water, 65 deg., 2:30 min.

Third infusion – 5 g. per 5 oz. water, 70 deg., 10+ min.

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Phew, it has been a busy busy week. Work all week, midterms, a home football game/tailgate, and still trying and failing to find time for the gym and sleep. I received this last week, and since it was out I decided to try it cold steeped, something I haven’t been doing much off lately, but I realized it’s easier and quicker for me than regular methods. I’ve been making up a cold steep the night before and then taking it with me for breakfast at 6am on the way to work.

I love this tea. Sweet, fruity, vegetal. This is one of those perfect iced green tea teas. Sweetened or not, I love it. Some mornings I’m craving sugar, so I sweeten it and am rewarded with a refreshing, citrusy, melon-y, fruity, slightly “green” green tea. Some mornings I’m I don’t crave sweet, so I drink this straight and enjoy the vegetal, sweet, mild, brew. It reminds me of a spinach salad made up of spinach, mandarins, and a squeeze of lemon juice. Leaves me feeling satisfied despite not having time to actually eat breakfast.

I will try this hot steeped the traditional way, but for know I’m really enjoying this cold steeped. I’m not sure if I like this or Top Leaf more cold brewed, so I’ll have to do a taste off and see. Either way, both are excellent choices for me.

Cameron B.

I’m getting a sample of Kuma Green 1228 next, but I would really like to try one of his shaded greens or Blissful Buds after that. :D


I really like 1228, this is a mix of shaded and unshaded, their only blend. I really love it. I think Blissful Buds is the one they’re sending next. I’m excited


This as in Artisan Reserve

Cameron B.

Gah, I want to try them all, including the black tea and genmaicha. Maybe I’ll just let Paul choose for me. :P


That’s what he did for me, I told him what I liked, and he made a “Tea Flight”. But I too want to try it all ;P


Tis the season for football and tailgates. We’re smoking pork butts for tomorrow, so we’ll be up and down all night making sure things are going well……I’m looking forward to the final product, but not so sure about the whole overnight smoking project.

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1.5 tsp for 100 ml; loose-mesh stainless steel basket in small ceramic cup

Dry leaves warmed in cup.

01 (25s; 158F): Shorter brewing seems to bring out a better side of this tea. A much more balanced degree of astringency, and a very good moderately thick body as well. Not nearly as bitter as the last time, instead with a pleasantly tangy and grassy flavor. A touch of the tamaryokucha sweetness.

02 (15s; 158F): Even thicker body, which pairs nicely with the clean vegetal flavor, balancing brothy umami and grassy sweetness.

155 °F / 68 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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