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homais

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Member since Nov. 29th, 2012. Reviewed 21 teas.

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Organic Ryokucha Green Tea from Samovar Tea Lounge

Style: Genmaicha – Region: Japan

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 2/5
Mar. 13th, 2014

This tea really grew on me, and by the end I adored it. The sample I got - which was enough for one cup - suggested brewing it very quickly, just 30-45 seconds, with water just below the boiling point. In retrospect I think that following those instructions would have worked out well, but I'm paranoid about using water...

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Liquid Jade Matcha from The Tao of Tea

Style: Matcha – Region: Kyoto, Japan

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 6th, 2013

I'm not amazingly experienced with Matcha, but I usually find them to have some combination of sweet, bitter, buttery, and seaweed flavors. The best matchas I've had have kept these taste characteristics in balance, though I have a fondness for when the bitter and the butter tastes pop out a bit more strongly than 'bal...

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Matcha Infused Genmaicha from Aiya

Style: Genmaicha – Region: Japan

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Feb. 13th, 2013

Straight out of the bag, this tea had a strong matcha smell, very grassy in a fresh and invigorating way.

I didn't have a lot of tea to play with - I had only a small sample, and thanks to a spill I had an even smaller sample than usual - so I brewed it as close to the recommended instructions as possible - 194 F f...

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Premium Gyokuro from Aiya

Style: Gyokuro – Region: Japan

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 10th, 2013

As a matter of preference, I should say that my 'ideal' Gyokuro tastes strongly umami, a bit sweet, and grassy/vegetal on the finish. I was able to get Aiya's Gyukuro to display something like this flavor profile - along with a pleasantly sharp, matcha-like aroma - when I brewed a relatively heaping teaspoon of it for ...

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Matcha Infused Sencha from Aiya

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 8th, 2013

I played around with the brewing times on this one a bit, and find that I like it best a little 'overbrewed'. The website says to steep it at 176F for about a minute and a half, but that made it come out a little bland by my standards. Doubling the time to three minutes produced a bracing, umami type flavor I really li...

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