Tamayokucha - Organic
There's a reason this is our best selling green tea - it has a sweet, light flavor you want in a cuppa' green tea, without being bitter. How do we do it? These whole tea leaves are gently steamed as they dry. Tamayokucha has a beautiful green hue you'll enjoy seeing in your cup as much as savoring on your tongue.
Ratings & Reviews
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Brytta Sóþword (287 reviews) on Sep. 30th, 2014
It's still overpriced (I bought a single pack for $2), but it's got me wondering about this style of tea. I'll have to be on the lookout for one that's similar but less price heavy.
smells like asparagus...unique!! taste is very similar...medium-mild strength...unique and flavorful but not the best of tastes for my palate...might be quite good with sugar though!
The aroma is very green and vegetal with a slight hint of citrus. More like orange blossoms than orange fruit though, so I can see it also being considered floral.
The flavor is also very green, and not in a bad way. Very light and also very bright! The taste is more like grass than vegetables, which is something I have run into a lot with Japanese greens. It feels like a tea I would want to drink after a heavy meal or anytime I would want to feel cleansed or refreshed.
I am only rating this tea as good because it is that, good and not excellent when comparing it to other Japanese green teas.
I only had one teabag to play with, and I think I brewed it badly. I followed the instruction on the packet to brew it for five minutes. It didn't say what temperature to use, so I guessed 175F or so, which I think was a mistake.
Aroma-wise, the leaves were pleasantly citrusy, but once I brewed it, the aroma turned intensely vegetal. As for the taste, it had that 'umami' quality I've come to associate with Japenese-style tea, but entirely too much of it. The strongest taste was of seaweed, and not in a good way. It overpowered everything else.
I suspect if I had tried a shorter steeping time, or a lower temperature, it might have come out better. Moral of the story: don't always listen to the package instructions.
I just had this tea with my lunch and was surprised to see all of the negative ratings about it. Like the description I found that it has a light taste and to me it was crisp and refreshing. It had a different flavor than most green teas I've tried and I feel like tangy was a good way to describe it, but I didn't encounter a soapy aftertaste. I only brewed this tea for 3-4 minutes.
I am a big fan of green teas and tried this one today. It is a bit bland tasting, but that's kind of how green tea is in general. I thought it tasted better than it smelled. I would say this tea is about average. I would drink again, but not necessarily choose it if there were other teas to drink.
I am not a big green tea drinker to begin with, so I can't say for sure if my review is based on my general opinion of green teas or this tea in particular. It is certainly a drinkable tea, and when you first taste it it has a nice, full flavor. But there's a weird, almost soap-like aftertaste that I didn't like. Definitely do not let this sit for too long, because once it's cooled that soapy taste gets stronger. Not a bad tea, but not a particularly good one either.
Alex Zorach (1286 reviews) on Oct. 4th, 2009
I find this tea painstakingly difficult to brew in a way I like. Brewing with a very low temperature is essential...otherwise this tea acquires a strange aroma that is hard to describe but which I find to be quite unpleasant...it's a bit like spoiled or overcooked vegetables. Even when brewed with low-temperature water, however, this tea has some strange tones in the aroma that I am not a big fan of.
I find the commercial description to be way off...it is tangy with an odd edge to it, almost salty tasting. It's a bit thin, and has a mostly vegetal aroma, and with none of the grassy tones characteristic of many green teas. I wouldn't describe it as full or complex. It is enjoyable, but it also has a number of objectionable qualities, and I tend to prefer Two Leaves and a Bud's other offerings.
I recommend steeping with water that is about 140-160F, and letting it steep for a very long time (10+ min).
Even then, I don't like this tea all that much. In terms of Two Leaves and a Bud's other offerings, I prefer their white teas and black teas. I think their green teas are more of a weak point.
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