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Alex Zorach

(1267 reviews)
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Kagoshima (Kagoshima Sencha) from Harney and Sons

Style: Sencha – Region: Kagoshima, Japan

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 9th, 2017

I usually think of tea as being more about the aroma than the flavor, but this tea was intensely flavorful, and I thought its flavor was what made it most interesting and enjoyable.

This tea was very similar overall to the Organic Sencha also sold by Harney & Sons. The main difference I noticed initially was that t...

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JGS1122

(49 reviews)
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TJ74: Organic Black Benifuki from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kagoshima, Japan

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 21st, 2015

Nice amber liquor, mild flavor, pleasant taste.

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Alex Zorach

(1267 reviews)
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Sencha Kagoshima from Octavia Tea

Style: Sencha – Region: Kagoshima, Japan

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 21st, 2014

This sencha has large pieces of intact leaf, and looks and smells like a very typical sencha.

Brews up a yellow-green cup, so vibrant in color that it looks almost like it is glowing.

The aroma is spinachy and seaweedy, and the flavor is strongly umami, slightly sweet, and slightly bitter. There's a hint of corn...

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Sencha from Rishi Tea

Style: Sencha – Region: Kagoshima, Japan

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 9th, 2011

Among the cloudiest / most opaque sencha's I've seen...bright green in color, even in the second infusion.

Aroma and flavor are actually very similar to kukicha...less of the seaweedy or ocean-like qualities, fairly grassy, and almost twiggy. Also somewhat matcha-like.

This was an interesting change of pace...qu...

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synth

(31 reviews)
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Nishi First Flush Sencha from Rishi Tea

Style: Sencha – Region: Kagoshima, Japan

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 14th, 2011

2010 harvest

8g, 160degF, 8oz water, 1min
nice, predominantly grassy aroma. somewhat vegetal. i find it to be lacking in 'deep umami flavor.'

[2nd] 160degF, 6oz water, 30sec
a pleasant bitterness coming out

the 4th infusion was so-so, but i got tired of drinking. perhaps i used too much leaf heh

overall l...

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Alex Zorach

(1267 reviews)
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Bancha from Rishi Tea

Style: Bancha – Region: Kagoshima, Japan

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 30th, 2010

I found this tea to be very different based on how it is brewed.

The light, flat quality of the dry leaf reminds me of dragon well, but the similarity ends there. This tea brews a very clear greenish-yellow color. Regardless of how strongly you brew it, it comes out completely transparent: there's almost no opacit...

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Kathy

(5 reviews)
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Kukicha from Rishi Tea

Style: Kukicha – Region: Kagoshima, Japan

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 22nd, 2010

A friend who knows the owners of Rishi brewed a cup of this then gave me a sample to take home. I brewed some for friends who normally will only drink Oolong -- they loved it too.

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John Meyer

(1 review)
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Megami Sencha from ITO EN

Style: Sencha – Region: Kagoshima, Japan

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 18th, 2010

Excellent, concentrated, grassy but not Spinach-ey, altogether stimulating and simultaneously soothing drink. Like drinking green amber.
Not a wuss tea; highly recommended.
John Meyer, NYC

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