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Mariko

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Member since Sep. 24th, 2014. Reviewed 58 teas.

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Sen-Cha from Takaokaya

Style: Sencha – Region: Shizuoka, Japan

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 11th, 2014

Not a bad sencha. Not a great one either. This is the sort of tea you drink on a daily basis without any sort of sentimental attachment, until the brand implements changes years on and you find yourself nostalgic for the old packaging of your youth.

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Sencha Premium Grade from McNulty's Tea & Coffee

Style: Green Tea – Region: Japan

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 15th, 2014

I hope I'm reviewing the correct tea. The bag has no label, but it tastes like green tea and looks like sencha. This tea was given to me as a gift, so I'm giving the 3/5 score on the value purely as a placeholder.

This tea has a pleasant, smooth flavor, and even though I steeped it for something like 5 minutes it la...

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Gyokuro from Maeda-en

Style: Gyokuro – Region: Japan

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 27th, 2014

I should state off the bat that this was my first gyokuro, and I haven't had the chance to try any other brands since. Furthermore, gyokuro needs to be brewed at a lower temperature than most teas; the first time I made it I didn't realize this, and the tea wound up tasting rather bitter. Properly brewed, however, ther...

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Houji-Cha from Takaokaya

Style: Hojicha – Region: Shizuoka, Japan

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 27th, 2014

The same things that I said about ITO-EN's hojicha apply to this brand--except for the fact that I enjoy this one just a bit better. I find there to be a bit more strength in this version, and I'm a person that seeks out strong tea.

This product listing is slightly inaccurate, however; this is not a loose tea. I do...

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Genmai-cha Green Tea (10 ct.) from Yamamotoyama

Style: Genmaicha – Region: Japan

70 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 27th, 2014

This is not a tea of kings. Genmaicha originates from Japanese peasants using additives to make their sencha last longer--but this particular additive evidently caught on, since it's still consumed today. Though weaker than a typical green tea, this has a hearty, satisfying flavor that seems particularly palatable for ...

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