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Alex Zorach

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Member since Sep. 1st, 2009. Reviewed 1410 teas.

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Hojicha from Harney and Sons

Style: Hojicha – Region: Kyoto, Japan

89 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 26th, 2018

An excellent roasted twig tea, crisp flavor and complex aroma! Probably my favorite roasted twig tea (i.e. not roasted leaf tea) that I have ever had.

I tend to always like hojicha, but this was one of the more interesting batches I've tried in a while.

This one is a roasted kukicha (twig tea) and the roast look...

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Sencha of the Earth from Obubu Tea

Style: Sencha – Region: Kyoto, Japan

80 / 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.

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Heavenly Gyokuro from Harney and Sons

Style: Gyokuro – Region: Kyoto, Japan

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 2/5
Oct. 8th, 2012

I'm no expert on Gyokuro, but I will say that, at least to my tastes, this was a top-notch example of one.

I sampled this at World Tea East, but I found I liked it better when I brewed it myself. Harney recommends 155F and 3 minutes. For one teaspoon, I found I liked the results better with a little hotter water (...

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