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Houjicha Gold (roasted Bancha) from Den's Tea

Style: Hojicha – Region: Shizuoka, Japan

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 16th, 2015

The aroma of this tea is fairly mild, on the lightly toasted spectrum of Houjicha, blending a faint sweetness with autumn leaves and a touch of loam. Towards the finish there is a blend of nutty and toasted seaweed, giving it a savory, umami finish.

The taste starts a touch smoky and very umami, with strong toasted ...

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Kuromaicha from M&K's Tea Company

Style: Hojicha – Region: Japan

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 14th, 2015

So, does it smell toasty? Yes, yes it does, it is like a campfire with notes of marshmallow, toasted bread, toasted corn, loam, and a slight umami note from the toasted rice. Yes, it is rather fascinating, the black rice is not as sweet as the rice you get in the usual genmaicha, it has a savory note more similar to B...

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Sencha of the Autumn Moon from Obubu Tea

Style: Sencha – Region: Kyoto, Japan

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 12th, 2015

The aroma of the fairly massive leaves is very green, a mix of edamame, spinach, and a bit of hay and grass. It is not the most complex Sencha I have ever sniffed, but the aroma is strong and a good blend of sweet and green, I enjoy it and can certainly see this being an excellent tea to sniff while focusing on the moo...

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Heritage Gyokuro from Kurihara Tea

Style: Gyokuro – Region: Fukuoka, Japan

97 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 6th, 2015

The aroma of the vibrantly green leaves (seriously, they are as green as pine needles) is delightfully sweet, a blend of sweet chestnuts, wildflower honey, freshly mown hay, sweetgrass, and a tiny bit of distant wildflowers. Something about the aroma of Japanese green teas (especially the very verdant ones) reminds me ...

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Houjicha Amber Roast from Obubu Tea

Style: Hojicha – Region: Kyoto, Japan

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 1st, 2014

The aroma of this Houjicha is fun, it starts off as sweet roasted marshmallows and a touch of campfire, it then transitions to toasted sesame, burnt grass, and lastly a tiny wisp of distant sea air. I very much so had a vision pop into my mind of roasted marshmallows on a beach, the fire made from driftwood and sea gra...

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#12 Shira-Ore Stem Tea With Matcha from Kurihara Tea

Style: Kukicha – Region: Fukuoka, Japan

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 10th, 2014

The aroma of the dry leaves is so green! There are notes of cut grass, fresh spinach, and an underlying sweet nuttiness, the aroma reminds me of the smell of summer when everything is in full growth.

The first steep is delightfully mellow, not to be boring but the tea tastes pretty much exactly as it smells, no myst...

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Genmaicha from Good Life Tea

Style: Genmaicha – Region: Japan

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 3rd, 2014

The aroma is exactly what you expect from a Genmaicha, if you have never had the pleasure of sniffing one, the notes are a blend of roasted rice, a touch of honey sweetness, a bit of freshly mown grass and hay, and just a touch of fresh vegetation. It is a delightful blend of green tea and popped rice, the aroma is one...

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Sencha of the Summer Sun from Obubu Tea

Style: Sencha – Region: Kyoto, Japan

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 20th, 2014

The aroma of the vibrantly green leaves is sweet, a blend of sweet hay, grass, and spinach. There is a touch of seaweed at the finish giving the tea a bit of that sea-side aroma that I so love in teas. It might be the name playing havoc with my sense, but the aroma really does remind me of summer.

The first steep i...

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Standard Gyokuro Tea from Kurihara Tea

Style: Kabusecha – Region: Fukuoka, Japan

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 24th, 2014

The aroma is very green, like fresh grass and moisture, an odd description, but it reminded me of the way cut grass smells after a brief rain storm. There is also a touch of nuttiness and sweetness with an end note of sweet peas.

The taste is a bit grassy and sweet like stone fruit, there is a touch of fresh kelp an...

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Sencha Fuka-midori from Den's Tea

Style: Sencha – Region: Shizuoka, Japan

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 19th, 2014

The aroma is sweet and green, fresh grass and kelp with a touch of artichoke cover the vegetal end. Chestnut and very faint citrus notes cover the mild sweetness. This tea is very much so the 'ideal' of a Sencha, basically it smells exactly like you expect a Sencha to smell like.

The taste is a fantastic blend of fr...

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Houjicha - Dark Roast from Obubu Tea

Style: Hojicha – Region: Kyoto, Japan

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 19th, 2014

The aroma is a blend of cedar, smoke, roasted tea, and autumn leaves. Brewing the leaves brings out rich earthy notes along with the smoke and cedar. The liquid sans leaves is sweet like fresh hay and roasted nuts.

The taste richly roasted and faintly smoked that fades to a sweet aftertaste. This tea tastes like au...

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Organic Sencha Whole Leaf Teabag from Den's Tea

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 29th, 2014

The aroma is exactly what you expect a good Sencha to smell like: fresh grass, springtime, and a touch of citrus. The aroma of the brewed tea is like a spring field with sweet notes of cane sugar and hay.

The taste is initially sweet and grassy, evoking spring. There is also a hint of citrus in the aftertaste. Quit...

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Kyobancha from Obubu Tea

Style: Kyobancha – Region: Kyoto, Japan

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 27th, 2013

The aroma is delightfully loamy and mildly roasted, it reminds me of the forest at the end of autumn. Brewing the tea makes the roasted aroma and loamy aroma more intense and it brings in notes of umami as well.

The taste is earthy, loamy, and a hint of woody with very mild roasted flavor. I have to be careful to n...

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TJ32: Japanese Ku-Ki Ho-Ji Cha (Roasted Ku-Ki Cha) from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Hojicha – Region: Japan

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 23rd, 2013

The aroma of this tea is very strong, almost too strong! I made the mistake of sticking my face into the package and got overwhelmed! Once I sniffed the tea at a farther distance the aroma is still mostly strongly roasted hojicha, no other nuanced notes float through. Once it is brewed however it takes on notes of swee...

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Caramel MATCHAccino from Matcha Outlet (Formerly Red Leaf Tea)

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Japan

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 21st, 2013

The aroma on this tea is very much what it says on the bag, caramel and matcha. Super sweet and a little decadent.

Drinking it cold is delicious, very smooth and creamy. The matcha flavors are prominent and the caramel tastes more like caramelized sugar than candy.

When it is warm the flavors become creamier an...

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Sakura Tea from Obubu Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Kanagawa, Japan

83 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 11th, 2013

The aroma of these beautiful flowers is very mild, sweet and tangy like pickled peaches with a hint of flower and salt.

The flavor is incredible, I can see some people not liking it, but for me it is perfection. The taste is smooth and creamy mixing with floral notes and nuttiness. It mixes really well with other t...

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Karigane (Gyokuro Sencha) from Den's Tea

Style: Kukicha – Region: Shizuoka, Japan

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 9th, 2013

The aroma is delicious! Vegetal with notes of artichoke and a hint of chestnut with an underlying hint of kelp. There is also a sweetness that just mixes perfectly with the other aromas. Once brewed it takes on a woodsy aroma with oddly, a hint of lime. It certainly smells like stems and I like that.

The taste very...

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Ureshino Tama Ryokucha from Wegmans

Style: Guricha / Tamaryokucha – Region: Saga, Japan

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 28th, 2013

The aroma of this tea is a wonderfully mild mix of chestnuts, scupernongs, and a touch of citrus. Once brewed the leaves take on a more hay aroma which blends really nicely with the chestnut.

The taste is very mild and delicious! Sweetness with mild vegetal aftertastes. I will have to get my hands on more of this o...

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Houjicha - Smokey from Obubu Tea

Style: Hojicha – Region: Kyoto, Japan

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 23rd, 2013

This tea manages to embody everything wonderful about autumn, meaning it smells very smoky and richly roasted. Very clean and very earthy!

The flavor is intensely complex! Very rich and resinous with smoky notes and a sweet aftertaste. Delicious!

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Lavender Sencha Green Tea from Wegmans

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Japan

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 8th, 2013

The aroma of lavender overpowers the aroma of the sencha with the fresh leaves, it is sad but I love the smell of lavender and am a sucker for anything lavender flavored.

The brewed tea has more of the bright green aroma of the sencha which blends well with the lavender. The color is also a really lovely light gree...

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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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