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Reviews of Teas & Herbal Teas from Japan
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Style: Bancha – Region: Japan82 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 29th, 2017
This may be the best bancha I've ever tried. It's better than a number of lower-end sencha's I've bought in the U.S.Read Full Review
The dry leaf is green for bancha and has the most delightful aroma, the best yet of any bancha I've tried. It smells a lot like coffee cake, a sort of sweet, baked good smell with hints of cinnamon,...
Style: Sencha – Region: Kagoshima, Japan80 / 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.Read Full Review
This tea was very similar overall to the Organic Sencha also sold by Harney & Sons. The main difference I noticed initially was that t...
Style: Sencha – Region: Japan83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 29th, 2016
This was one of the best senchas I've had from a tea company that is not a Japanese company.Read Full Review
It smells amazing! The dry leaf is incredibly aromatic, and the aroma is rich, sweet, and very interesting. It has sweet vegetal notes which quickly develop into a warm, mellow, nutty, and slightly toasty aroma, hinting at ...
Style: Sencha – Region: Shizuoka, Japan77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 20th, 2015
An exceptional sencha from a tea bag; without a doubt the best sencha I've ever tried from a tea bag, and better than a lot of examples of loose-leaf tea.Read Full Review
The dry tea bag has a very fresh and pleasing aroma, like loose-leaf sencha of very good quality, suggesting sweetness.
Brews a very light-colored cup with a b...
Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Japan53 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Dec. 9th, 2015
This is the first oolong tea I've ever tried from Japan, one of a few Japanese teas other than green teas that I've ever sampled. It has a classic oolong character, but I was disappointed, it just doesn't seem all that good.Read Full Review
The aroma of the dry leaf is pleasantly nutty, with light notes of roast. The dry leaf look...
Style: Sencha – Region: Kagoshima, Japan73 / 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.Read Full Review
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...
Style: Hojicha – Region: Japan60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Dec. 19th, 2014
An unusually smooth hojicha, not the strongest aroma, I thought on the weak side.Read Full Review
The dry leaf (which is a mix of stem and leaf) looks fairly roasted, but the aroma only has a light amount of roast. Instead, there are some interesting fruity notes, as well as some of the vegetal and grain-like qualities I associate...
Style: Sencha – Region: Japan73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 2nd, 2014
Thanks to Brytta Sopword for the sample!Read Full Review
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...
Style: Genmaicha – Region: Japan70 / 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.Read Full Review
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 ...
Style: Gyokuro – Region: Japan70 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 19th, 2014
Relatively inexpensive among Gyokuro, especially for being organic. Pleasant, and easy to brew, but less aromatic than other samples of this type of tea I've tried.Read Full Review
Very long, straight leaves, very dark green. Dry leaf has a pleasant aroma, similar to some sencha, and a bit nondescript.
Brews up a cup that isn'...
Style: Hojicha – Region: Japan67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 19th, 2014
Thanks E. Alex Gerster for this sample! The leaf looks dark in color, but smells greener or lighter-roasted.Read Full Review
Brews up a dark amber color, lighter than I expected, with a greener character. Flavor is crisp, with a little bitterness or bite. There's only a light roast evident in the aroma when drinking, and there a...
Style: Sencha – Region: Kumamoto, Japan92 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 16th, 2014
This is a mellow tea, and probably my favorite sencha I've ever tried, and I also think it is one that would have broad appeal. I found it very easy to brew, pleasantly aromatic, and relatively smooth in flavor, in every incarnation. I also found that it lasted through multiple infusions better than any other Japanes...Read Full Review
Style: Green Tea – Region: Japan57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 15th, 2014
This tea was surprisingly decent.Read Full Review
After being repeatedly underwhelmed with the teas I've tried from Choice Organic Teas, I wasn't expecting much, but this one turned out to be a surprise. My expectations were very low--not only because of this brand but because in general, I've had bad experiences with Japanese gre...
Style: Sencha – Region: Japan70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 2nd, 2014
Definitely among the best senchas (if not the best) that I've ever had from a tea bag!Read Full Review
Flavor is mild and a little brothy. Aroma is slightly toasty, slightly seaweedy.
Easily brews two infusions...the first two cups are outstanding for a tea bag, although they have less of that pleasant sweet grass quality that ...
Style: Hojicha – Region: Japan73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 2nd, 2013
A surprisingly good-quality, but expensive hojicha with a light roast, woody aroma, and a sweet flavor.Read Full Review
Dry leaf has a lighter color and a "greener" character to the aroma...only a light roast, and moderate woody aroma, tones of malt or grain, and even a hint of the grassiness characteristic of sencha and other unro...
Style: Genmaicha – Region: Japan73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Sep. 26th, 2013
Dry leaf has a potent, cereal-like aroma.Read Full Review
First infusion brews a hazy, pale golden cup...it almost looks like there's a tiny bit of iridescent dust on top of the tea's surface.
Flavor is mild but delightful...sweet, crisp, and with a hint of a fruitiness that I can only describe as reminiscent of cola. It sort o...
Style: Sencha – Region: Kyoto, Japan80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 16th, 2013
Very different from any other sencha I have tried. Complex, rich, and interesting. I would especially recommend this for people who don't like the fresh grassy and seaweedy tones of sencha, because it had the least of these characteristics of among any sencha I've tried. It was ever-so-slightly more oolong-like.Read Full Review
Style: Genmaicha – Region: Japan67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Aug. 30th, 2013
This was a very good genmaicha; the base is a dark, wiry green tea, seems like a sencha. Interestingly, I tried it fairly soon after Octavia's genmaicha, which is my current favorite; the two teas are like night and day. This one brews up a very clear, golden-colored cup. Octavia's is much pricier and I think has a ...Read Full Review
Style: Kukicha – Region: Japan77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 29th, 2013
I really enjoyed this one. It's a little atypical for a kukicha, slightly bolder than usual.Read Full Review
The dry leaf smelled to me almost like a mix of a very high-quality tea and a lower-quality tea, with sweet tones, suggestive of a brothy, umami-laden green tea, mixed with a low grade sencha.
Upon brewing, I kind of get...
Style: Sencha – Region: Japan57 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Aug. 27th, 2013
A very bold sencha that has a full body and pleasant aroma, but is easy to oversteep, and I find is a bit harsh no matter how I prepare it.Read Full Review
Dry leaf is very dark and smells strongly fruity, and has little of the vegetal or seaweedy tones I usually expect from sencha.
Brews a surprisingly bitter cup, but rather cl...
Style: Hojicha – Region: Japan80 / 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.Read Full Review
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 ...
Style: Genmaicha – Region: Japan80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 2/5
Jun. 26th, 2013
Most genmaicha is more or less similar and I often find it hard to judge them. This was not true of this tea--it was completely different, and quickly became my favorite example of this style of tea.Read Full Review
Without a doubt the most aromatic genmaicha that I've ever tried. The base tea has a stronger presence, and more di...
Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Japan57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 12th, 2013
This one was a bit odd.Read Full Review
The combination of lavender and sencha, oddly produces a smell similar to fruit loops. It's also a smell I associate a bit with soap or shampoo.
I brewed briefly as recommended (1 minute), and the tea was a bit weak for my tastes. I tried steeping 3 minutes, because this brings out more ...
Style: Hojicha – Region: Japan67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 6th, 2013
A twiggy hojicha with a lot of large leaves and quite a lot of stem. Looks like roasted bancha with perhaps a bit of kukicha in the mix (more twig than typical for bancha). Looks very dark in color, but the aroma is not quite as overwhelmingly roasty as some of the dark-roast hojicha I've tried.Read Full Review
Brews a very dark ...
Style: Guricha – Region: Saga, Japan80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 29th, 2013
A high-end Japanese green tea, which I found infuses fast and is tricky to steep more than once. The first cup is excellent, but I was a bit let down overall, especially with how tough this one is to brew multiple times.Read Full Review
This tea was so similar to Wegmans' Okumidori Sencha in color and smell (and was the same exact...
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