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Whiskey

(45 reviews)
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Genmai-Cha (Loose-leaf) from Yamamotoyama

Style: Genmaicha – Region: Japan

78 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
May. 7th, 2020

I really like this genmaicha. Aside from tea in Asian restaurants, this is the only genmaicha that I've ever tasted. The kind that I have (I'm not sure if they've changed the recipe or not) has sorghum in addition to rice. It has a great, nutty, roasted flavor. There isn't much caffeine to it. I'm amazed that this tea ...

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pocketroid

(1 review)
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Organic Decaf Sencha Green Tea Bag from Yamamotoyama

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

50 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Feb. 12th, 2020

Standard decaf green tea. I would not distinguish this as a special "sencha" one might look for. I was hoping Yamamotoyama's decaf sencha would taste like sencha, but it just tastes like standard chinese decaf bulk cheap teabag tea. The taste of every decaf green tea I have tried is the same. The process of de-caffeina...

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Brytta Sóþword

(333 reviews)
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Green Tea Sushi Bar Style (Konacha) (20 ct.) from Yamamotoyama

Style: Green Tea – Region: Japan

59 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 24th, 2019

I picked up this tea at a grocery store on a whim. The tea bags appear filled with dust. There is much better tea out there, but this is drinkable if nothing else is available. I may have to bring this to work to share with folks who might like it more. :-)

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Tchuggin' Okie

(381 reviews)
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Jasmine Tea (16 ct.) from Yamamotoyama

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: China

56 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 7th, 2018

I've only tried and reviewed a few jasmine greens so far, but Yamamotoyama's is the first whose jasmine aroma (dry bag and wet cup) clearly stood as vastly stronger than the flavor. The jasmine taste was detectable, no mistaking it, but couldn't deliver on the promise made by the smell. The aroma took me back to warm...

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Difflugia

(170 reviews)
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Organic Decaf Sencha Green Tea Bag from Yamamotoyama

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

65 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 24th, 2017

This decaf certainly smells delicious. The dry teabag smells just like a sencha should. It's fresh, grassy, and a little seaweed. The tea is fine fannings, almost dust.

The tea steeps a bright green. The aroma, though a bit muted, is vegetal, like raw green beans.

The first taste is a strong, but pleasant bittern...

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Virginia Mastromarino

(6 reviews)
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Hoji-cha, Roasted Green Tea (Loose) from Yamamotoyama

Style: Hojicha – Region: Japan

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 4th, 2016

This is a very special tea. Its aroma and flavor transport you to magical places. I love this tea.

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Brytta Sóþword

(333 reviews)
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Hoji-cha, Roasted Green Tea (Loose) from Yamamotoyama

Style: Hojicha – Region: Japan

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 24th, 2016

This was surprisingly good. The flavor had a nice soothing aroma and taste in a "ah, this is the kind of food adults like" sort of way. It strikes me as a particularly good tea for certain brisk days.

The fact that I like it and that I got a decent size bag of loose leaf for about two and a half dollars makes it one...

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spaflam

(179 reviews)
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Brown Rice Tea Genmai-cha (16 ct.) from Yamamotoyama

Style: Genmaicha – Region: Japan

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 14th, 2016

Super cheap and - if you can get it (try H-Mart or other Asian grocers) it's a good bagged Genmaicha option. Refreshing in summer with a roasty-toasty aroma. Grassy notes - and also a sweetness (I do not get a "Honey Smacks" note).

Can even be OK over ice.

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levers

(13 reviews)
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Brown Rice Tea Genmai-cha (16 ct.) from Yamamotoyama

Style: Genmaicha – Region: Japan

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
May. 5th, 2015

I buy this in 16 count boxes of well sealed individual pouches from my (more or less) local Asian supermarket. It's amazingly inexpensive, dependable, and it reminds me of Honey Smacks. I get that smacks are puffed wheat instead of rice but tell that to my brain.

When I'm not looking for an adventure of some kind a...

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Brytta Sóþword

(333 reviews)
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Oolong Tea (16 ct.) from Yamamotoyama

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: ?????

47 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 8th, 2015

I remember drinking tea like this in Japan. It was never my favorite, unfortunately, but this didn't seem to be a bad sample of it. It has a sort of baked-like flavor that can be very hit or miss with me. Adding honey helped.

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MimiG

(46 reviews)
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Sencha (Sen-cha), Loose-leaf from Yamamotoyama

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 1st, 2015

I usually dislike green teas because they taste smoky, but there's no smokiness here. Weak, vegetable-like aroma, with a rich, nutty, vegetable flavor that's strong and yes, a bit bitter. I put a touch of sugar in and it was very good.

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

Style: Genmaicha – Region: Japan

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 8th, 2015

I was very intrigued by this tea. I dislike green tea, but this had toasted rice and bits of popcorn in it. It's very interesting-looking, loose. I was really interested in how it tasted.
It smells like popcorn or rice cakes and cooked greens - maybe spinach or kale. Not a bad aroma, but not one I associate with tea....

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Alex Zorach

(1448 reviews)
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Sencha (Sen-cha), Loose-leaf from Yamamotoyama

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 2nd, 2014

Thanks to Brytta Sopword for the sample!

A low-grade sencha that is remarkably enjoyable for what it is.

Flavor is bold, a pleasant bitterness (easily becoming too much if oversteeped), and slight sweet, sour, and savory qualities. Aroma toasty, with a strong warming quality, but also with vegetal notes and fain...

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Genmai-Cha (Loose-leaf) from Yamamotoyama

Style: Genmaicha – Region: Japan

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 26th, 2014

A good genmaicha for a low price, a great everyday tea. Dry leaf has a lot of popped rice kernels in the mix, and has a mild, pleasingly toasty aroma.

Brews up a full-bodied cup with a bold flavor, with a light bitterness, light savory (umami) presence, and slight sourness. The base tea comes through a bit in the ...

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Brytta Sóþword

(333 reviews)
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Sencha (Sen-cha), Loose-leaf from Yamamotoyama

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 30th, 2014

I found this at $5.75 for a 7 ounce bag, making it some of the cheapest loose leaf tea I've ever found. Excellent value!

That said, unfortunately, the tea goes bitter far too easily. The leaves are cut very small, allowing it to diffuse quickly. At the bottom of my cup are dark green fannings that couldn't be strain...

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Mariko

(58 reviews)
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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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Nick Cockcroft

(8 reviews)
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Sencha (Sen-cha), Loose-leaf from Yamamotoyama

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

77 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 16th, 2014

My coarse palette can fortunately enjoy only strong green tea, and these tend to be the cheap ones. It's a good thing I can get a 7 oz bag of this stuff online for $3.50, since I drink a big thermos of it everyday.

I boil water in a teapot, then turn off the heat and toss the leaves right in, and let them steep for...

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Alex Zorach

(1448 reviews)
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Hoji-cha, Roasted Green Tea (Loose) from Yamamotoyama

Style: Hojicha – Region: Japan

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 28th, 2013

This is a solid loose-leaf hojicha that would be my go-to brand for the dark roast stuff, if it weren't so hard to get my hands on it.

Pretty heavy roast for a hojicha. A good mix of stem and large leaves...brews a very dark color with a strongly roasty aroma...woody/twiggy but without being at all smoky. There's ...

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Kelsey

(142 reviews)
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Hoji-cha, Roasted Green Tea (Loose) from Yamamotoyama

Style: Hojicha – Region: Japan

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 10th, 2013

I was craving coffee the day that I had it and felt like it was a suitable replacement! It smelled and tasted roasted, and I felt like it was a little thicker than your average tea - especially surprising for a green. Overall I really enjoyed this tea and would have it again, especially if coffee is not in sight!

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Sylvia

(215 reviews)
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Roasted Tea Hoji-cha (16 ct.) from Yamamotoyama

Style: Hojicha – Region: Japan

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 26th, 2013

This tea is good. I'm surprised, because I usually feel indifferent about hojicha, but this tea tastes less green than usual, and it has a rich, crisp flavor. I added cream and sugar.

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Emily

(10 reviews)
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Roasted Tea Hoji-cha (16 ct.) from Yamamotoyama

Style: Hojicha – Region: Japan

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 14th, 2013

This was my first time trying roasted green tea. It is definitely a unique aroma and flavor. It is smokey and rich, crisp and savory. It reminded me a bit of coffee.

This is the kind of tea I would like to come home to on a cold winter day. I will be back for more!

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Sylvia

(215 reviews)
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Hoji-cha, Roasted Green Tea (Loose) from Yamamotoyama

Style: Hojicha – Region: Japan

73 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 8th, 2013

This tea is pretty good. It has a nice roasty flavor. I added cream and sugar.

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Roasted Tea Hoji-cha (16 ct.) from Yamamotoyama

Style: Hojicha – Region: Japan

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 23rd, 2012

The aroma of the tea vaguely reminds me of a lower grade Oolong and is very pleasant. It is not an overpowering aroma and has a tendency to fade pretty quickly.

The taste is great, Hoji-cha might be my favorite tea from Yamamotoyama Teas. The subtle smokiness with the rich taste of green is an excellent blend of fla...

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Dominika Oliver

(20 reviews)
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Decaf Genmai-Cha from Yamamotoyama

Style: Genmaicha – Region: ?????

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 12th, 2012

This review is old and since I wrote it, I have tried other Genmai cha's. For the price you pay, you're getting a pretty good quality product. The tea is a decent quality, slightly sweet sencha while the rice adds this warm nutty flavor to it. This is more of a winter tea for me, but it would go great with chicken s...

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Roasted Tea Hoji-cha (16 ct.) from Yamamotoyama

Style: Hojicha – Region: Japan

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 12th, 2012

You can taste the toastiness of this tea. it's slightly savory with more of a strong flavor than regular green tea and would probably go well with a nice stew in the winter. It's a little smokey which threw me off when i first tried it, but not bad. Plus, YMY is relatively cheap and has acceptable quality so at the ...

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