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Preparation
7 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90
drank Gokujo Hojicha by Ippodo
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Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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90
drank Horai-no-mukashi by Ippodo
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Flavors: Cut grass, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 g 2 OZ / 59 ML

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88
drank Sencha Hosen by Ippodo
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Flavors: Asparagus, Freshly Cut Grass, Vegetal

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 0 min, 30 sec 6 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

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Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Grass, Spinach, Sweet, Umami, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 g 2 OZ / 59 ML

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90

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Flavors: Floral, Grass, Sweet, Sweet, warm grass, Umami, Vegetal

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 g 3 OZ / 88 ML

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82
drank Gokujo Genmaicha by Ippodo
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Flavors: Grass, Popcorn, Toasted Rice

Preparation
1 min, 0 sec 10 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75
drank Uji-Shimizu by Ippodo
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90
drank Gokujo Hojicha by Ippodo
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Flavors: Caramel, Honey

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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88

First three steeps are truly amazing. Lingering umami taste. Thick and brothy. Buttery sweet corn, with a hint of creamy milk. Fourth and fifth steeps remind me of the sweetness that comes with that of Long Jing. A delectable tea!

Flavors: Butter, Creamy, Milk, Popcorn, Sweet, Umami

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80

First and second steeping are sweet, with a somewhat prominent umami taste. Delightful. Third to fifth steeping begin to lack the umami and reveal a subtle bitterness. Great while it lasts.

Flavors: Popcorn, Sweet, Umami

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51
drank Tsukikage by Ippodo
3 tasting notes

This seasonal matcha isn’t as great as the Nodoka Spring seasonal match.

Preparation
4 g 2 OZ / 70 ML

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100

A delicious Usucha Tea

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 70 OZ / 2070 ML

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83
drank Sencha Hosen by Ippodo
4 tasting notes

dry leafs smells very powerful of marine notes like seaweed, mussels, seafoam, also salty olives and wet freshly cut grass. when brewed the salty olives and seaweed persist on the nose, the taste is very full bodied with a heavy dose of umami bringing it almost in Gyukuro territory. Very grassy , and there is asparagus and raw cabbage as well. It is very sensitive to temperature and steeping time, and dosage, every time i brew it comes out a bit differently. Now it has been open for four weeks and i definately note that flavor is more muted than the first times i brewed it which is a shame. Very nice allround Sencha on the full-bodied side but use if up within the first 3 weeks if possible

Flavors: Asparagus, Cut grass, Kale, Marine, Olives, Salty, Seaweed

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 15 sec 7 g 200 OZ / 5914 ML

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100
drank Gokujo Hojicha by Ippodo
7 tasting notes

the warm wet leaves give me a vague hint of roasted seaweed. i love this tea

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 10 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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86
drank Kuki Hojicha by Ippodo
48 tasting notes

Very solid daily drinker. Has a very pleasant roasted taste without getting overpowering. Lasts for many steeps. Can go all day and it won’t lose taste much even after a dozen steeps.

Flavors: Green, Roasted, Tobacco, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 7 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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drank Ummon-no-mukashi by Ippodo
673 tasting notes

I’ve tried Ippodo’s Top tier matcha. (not in the traditional way though) it was lovely! nice amount of sweetness/bitterness. nice amount of Umami and grassy taste.
i should buy more to try the traditional way and koicha way.
until then i will not rate this tea :)
goes nice in a water flask

give it a go: http://shop.ippodo-tea.co.jp/kyoto/shopf/goods/index.html?ggcd=101024&cid=matcha

Flavors: Freshly Cut Grass, Grass, Green, Straw, Sweet, Umami, Vegetal

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99
drank Kimmo-no-mukashi by Ippodo
673 tasting notes

My matcha kit has arrived!

This is my first time so I hope you forgive me if I did not do well. I might have done well as it was very creamy. Tasty too!

Nice grassy, umami taste, as well as a balanced bitter/sweet taste.

i can’t get the kind of green, bubbly, and creamy as the company does in their video

https://www.instagram.com/p/BguGj4SgPiP/?taken-by=kirkoneill1988

End result Yum:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BguGnoSgxuI/?taken-by=kirkoneill1988
i rate 99/100 as this tea is just short of the best (i’ve tried their “Top Tier matcha”)
all in all, i really enjoy making matcha the proper way.

i suggest you buy either the kit or the matcha :D

Kit:
https://shop.ippodo-tea.co.jp/kyoto/shopf/goods/index.html?ggcd=651607
matcha:
https://shop.ippodo-tea.co.jp/kyoto/shopf/goods/index.html?ggcd=135624

Flavors: Freshly Cut Grass, Grass, Green, Sweet, Umami, Vegetal

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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95

Guyokuro pyramid teabags by ippodo.

Grassy, grapes, vegetal, minerals, metallic (iron), bitter with a sweet aftertaste.

All in all, a yummy tea. I like the tastes in this tea. Somewhat similar yet different than sencha.

In the end after trying sencha, gyokuro, and hojicha; these teas are very yummy. There’s a taste unique to Japanese teas. I cannot put my finger on it. Unami? I do not know. Do you?
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bf1UebHAQPY/?taken-by=kirkoneill1988
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bf1UhCxAGa7/?taken-by=kirkoneill1988
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bf1UkyrAnm8/?taken-by=kirkoneill1988

Flavors: Bitter, Grapes, Grass, Metallic, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec 150 OZ / 4436 ML
Togo

Gyokuro in a teabag? That doesn’t sound like the best idea :D

Kirkoneill1988

@togo: tbh, it was delicious! have you tried ippodo? it their sencha teabag and hojicha tea bag the tea water tastes when brewed just like their loose leaf. albeit a tad weaker

Togo

No I have never tried them. I am just concerned that one wouldn’t be able to extract the full potential of a tea such as gyokuro from a teabag, even though it still may be enjoyable.

Kirkoneill1988

@Togo: i’ve tried their loose leaf, it seems to go sour within 2 weeks. still drinkable but not as enjoyable. i was told by them to microwave some of the leaves before use if they go sour. seems silly…im trying their teabagged versions to see how long it takes to go sour. i do understand your point of view. i was told by a friend that japanese teas have to be all used up very quickly like ground coffee

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99

so i tried cold brewing this with 4 teabags in a medium sized container early afternoon and overnight in the fridge. it was ok. still it was tasty. however, i wont be doing this again.

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99

Hojicha pyramid teabag. By ippodo

Hojicha is my most favourite Japanese tea!
Nice earthy, roasted, nutty, grassy taste :D. Some mineral notes. Possibly seaweed notes too.

All in all only due to possible favouritism bias, I won’t rate a 100, but a 99.

I suggest you give this a go! I honestly do!
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bf00x-5AHwi/?taken-by=kirkoneill1988\
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bf001VbgM9o/?taken-by=kirkoneill1988
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bf004PLgXo6/?taken-by=kirkoneill1988
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bf0069kgNXn/?taken-by=kirkoneill1988

Flavors: Earth, Grass, Mineral, Nutty, Roasted

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec 5 OZ / 150 ML

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95

Sencha pyramid teabag by ippodo.

What it can say is this tea is yummy! Grassy, vegetal, sweet, and nutty. Some mineral notes. Maybe iron? Metallic too but all in all so yummy. I rate a 95/100. I suggest you try this.
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bfy2IlQgdVA/?taken-by=kirkoneill1988
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bfy2D7yANbG/?taken-by=kirkoneill1988

Flavors: Freshly Cut Grass, Grass, Green, Metallic, Nutty, Vegetal

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec 8 OZ / 250 ML

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100
drank Kan-no-shiro by Ippodo
11 tasting notes

Light, sweeter flavor than other matchas. Great with milk

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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