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65
drank Gyokuro Bags by Maeda-en
66 tasting notes

I bought this package of Gyokuro in mesh tea bags about 3 years ago at my local Mitsuwa (Mitsuwa is a Japanese/Asian grocery store outside of Chicago, and my local one is about a 2 1/2 hour drive away!). I had it at work for a year, didn’t drink it much, then brought it home when I left my job and still didn’t drink it much. Luckily, the individual tea bags are packaged in plastic/mylar sealed envelopes and this tea doesn’t seem to have changed since I bought it and tried it at work. Oh, except that the water at work tasted GROSS and I didn’t have a temperature-controlled kettle there so I was guessing on the temperature. I can only hope that any job I might get in the future has decent-tasting water if I am ever going to have tea at work again. For right now: I drink unemployed. At home. Where I have lovely water—and access to nice packaged spring water if that’s what I feel like using.

In the leaf, this is not really in the leaf: it’s in tiny pieces. Maybe this is the broken pieces left over from processing gyokuro in larger leaf form, that then gets sold at a more expensive price? I don’t know if they do that, but it would explain why this is relatively cheap (currently retails on the Walmart.com website at $7.20, which I guess is not grocery-store priced, but then bulk gyokuro is normally very expensive; Harney & Sons’ 4 oz. loose tin is currently $65). There isn’t much in each tea bag either; it looks like a scant teaspoon. It has the dark green look that gyokuro leaves should have, and smells grassy and rich like other gyokuro I’ve had.

Unfortunately in the brew, while it has that typical light green almost fluorescent look, it’s not as flavorful as other gyokuros I’ve had. I know from experience that the package directions of steeping for 30-60 sec. are meant to be followed (I tried it once for 3 minutes, and it was undrinkably bitter), yet everything about the taste and scent at a little more than a minute is muted: grassiness, but only a bit; butteriness, but only a bit; spinach-y, but only a bit.

What I get in terms of taste is primarily mineral-ish/bitter, and this gets stronger over the course of drinking the cup, because there is tea powder in the bottom of the cup, which keeps brewing during drinking. Hoping not to have this happen, I normally brew anything powdery or tiny (like rooibos) in a paper filter so this does NOT happen. If I wanted to drink tea powder I’d drink matcha! And I usually don’t. It adds to the caffeine content and overbrews naturally delicate tea, and in this case it’s giving me a tummy ache. If I’m going to consume tea leaf, I want to KNOW I’m consuming tea leaf. And in this case I didn’t notice it until halfway through the cup, though I should have known since the liquor itself is not transparent.

In total: if you like gyokuro, want to pay less for it and have the convenience of tea bags, and don’t mind extra tea powder that affects the flavor/consistency/caffeine content, this is your tea. If you merely like gyokuro, meh, don’t bother.

Flavors: Butter, Cut grass, Mineral, Spinach, Thick, Vegetal

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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94

Bought a bag of this at Mitsuwa to make Hojicha lattes. Back in the day, I used to buy Maeda-en sencha from the Asian market and it was one of the better grocery store loose tea brands. Their Hojicha is no exception and it not only made a tasty latte, but was delicious served straight. It’s sweet and earthy with caramel undertones.

To prepare the latte, I steeped 1 tbls of tea in 1/3 cup of 195 F water for 3 minutes. Sweetened with 1.5 tsp of sugar and added a 2/3 cup of frothed milk.

Flavors: Caramel, Earth, Sweet

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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50

Basic genmaicha – inexpensive but drinkable. Medium-light tea, though not particularly flavorful. It’s said that Maeda-en is the equivalent of Lipton’s – consistent, reasonably priced, but lacking the pungency of better genmaicha. Pretty resistant to overbrewing.

Flavors: Herbaceous, Nutty

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 1 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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88

I used my working forumula — 2 spoons, 4 oz water, 175F. Sifted, then whisked.

Nice foam on top. The matcha has a mild, vegetal smell that is also slightly salty/seaweedy.

It has a sweet pea flavor, with a slightly bitter downturn in the aftertaste — bitter in the seaweed sense and actually really pleasant.

It’s got a lot of character compared to some other matchas I’ve had recently. It’s almost smoothy like in its mouthfeel and has a nutty quality.

Very nice indeed.

Flavors: Nutty, Peas, Salty, Seaweed, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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100

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING TEA!!! I usually don’t love green tea but decided to have some at a restaurant. I was SO GOOD I bought it online WHILE I was there! Totally worth the money. Will continue to buy this one!

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82

Sipdown no. 5 of June 2019 (no. 77 of 2019 total, no. 565 grand total).

A pleasant tea to take to work. The original note pretty much captures my current thinking.

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82

Since I had a not very successful steep of a different gyokuro earlier, I thought I’d give another one a try with, I hope, a more successful steep.

This time I’m steeping at the high end of the range recommended on the tin. 160F, the lowest temperature available on the Breville.

This has both a fresh cut grass smell and an edamame-like undercurrent in the dry leaf. The steeped tea is pale yellow-green with leaf particles floating in it and a fine green residue at the bottom of the cup.

The tea’s aroma does smell like a sea breeze, fresh and a bit salty, with a hint of seaweed. Not heavily marine (no fishiness).

At this temperature, there is no “wateriness” as with the Lupicia I had earlier. I think I might try the Lupicia Pine Breeze at 160F.

This tea, too, is a bit drying to the mouth, but otherwise has a soft mouthfeel. It has a savory aftertaste that hints of saltiness without actually being salty.

I may never be sure I’m making gyokuro correctly, but I think the slightly higher temperature may be the way to go for me, anyway, as it seems to pull a richer flavor from the leaves without bitterness or a scalded aspect.

I have not had that many gyokuros, but this one, for me, seems to stand up to the textbook definition.

Flavors: Cut grass, Ocean Breeze, Salty, Seaweed, Soybean

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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87

This is my main go to when it come sencha at a moderate price. It is refreshing and incredibly enjoyable both hot and cold. I love how you can brew to what ever bitterness you like. I presonally like it bitter. This is my default any time I need to get a boost.

Flavors: Bitter, Brown Toast, Freshly Cut Grass, Grass

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90

This matcha has a bright color and a nice grassy smell. I used a bamboo scoop to measure it, two scoops. I whisked it with 3 ounces of water at 175 degrees until frothy on top. This tea had a smooth, bitter flavor that wasn’t overwhelming. I also tasted the same grassy notes I smelled before making it. It was pleasant and bright, so far my favorite. I enjoyed my matcha with mochi. The grassy bitterness helped to cut through the sweetness of the mochi, while at the same time, the sweetness of the mochi made the matcha even smoother somehow. Afterwards, I felt calm, alert, and cheerful.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 OZ / 88 ML

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79

Since I’m a matcha newbie, I wanted to buy something of decent quality but without spending a fortune. I thought this was a solid purchase, not cheap but not exorbitant, and so far I’m really happy with it. I used this to make an iced matcha latte using almond milk with no sweetener, whizzed up in a blender and poured over ice, no muss, no fuss. Delicious! If I’d known how easy and tasty this is, I would’ve dipped into this ages ago, but for some reason I thought I should first try it as a straight up bowl of matcha. Now that I know how good it is as a latte, I will be trying it more traditionally very soon. Well, when the weather stops being so summery – and I turn toward more hot teas than iced.

Preparation
1 tsp

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92

Morning Traffic reporting…break out the good stuff. Hey all sorry to be inactive for so long. It’s been kinda hectic in my world. Job…or should I say jobs..family and heading back to school. They carry this at CAM Asian market which is just a phenomenal place. I love their street crepes that they only serve on the weekends. First of all I am a fan of Genmaicha and matcha. This is inexpensive but really good. It’s good as a mixer but I think it’s good straight up hot as well.

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75

This tea is a great value for what you get. I paid about $8 for a 150g bag at my local asian grocer. This isn’t the highest quality tea by far, but it is very tasty and a great contender in the daily sencha category.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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85

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65

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Flavors: Nutty, Wheat

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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89

Sipdown no. 56 of the year 2016 (no. 267 total).

Really enjoyable while it lasted. A great tea to sip during the work day. Optimally, I would have made this one go longer as it is a little on the sweet and vegetal side, which makes it more enjoyable for me if drunk occasionally rather than daily, but once I opened the packet I didn’t want to waste any time with this one given that it was already long in the tooth.

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89

So yeah, this was a 2010 green tea and I’m just getting to it now. [Hangs head in shame.]

It was vacuum sealed and stored in my magical California climate, though, so when opened, an amazingly fresh, sweet fragrance wafted out of the packet. Like sweet, buttery spinach, where the sharpness of the spinach has been filed down and replaced with sweet pea.

The leaves are amazingly fine and hair-like. They remind me a bit of gyokuro leaves but not as dark in color. These are a light, grass green, and may even be a bit finer in texture than gyokuro, though I’m not comparing side by side.

The liquor is almost a chartreuse color, and the steeped tea smells very much like the dry leaves.

The flavor is sweet and mellow. Very drinkable, very flavorful. Makes me wonder what this would have been like when fresh. I’ve been taking this with me to work the past couple of days. It’s a nice morning tea but I’m also having some now, and it’s just as enjoyable in the evening.

There’s something bright and happy about this tea. It’s like optimism in a cup.

Flavors: Butter, Grass, Peas, Spinach

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML
Ubacat

That’s just amazing that’s it still good. I have some green teas less than a year old that have gone stale.

__Morgana__

There’s definitely a difference with the ones that have been opened a long time. I had some hojicha that I tried recently years after it was open and it tasted like almost nothing.

Liquid Proust

send me some 6 year green tea :)

__Morgana__

Surely you jest? No really, I can’t tell whether you’re joking, but I assume you are. ;-) In any case, I didn’t see this until I’d steeped the last so on the off chance you weren’t joking, I no longer have any…

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70

I love Genmai-cha, but this is not my favorite version of the tea. I find it quite watery, requiring a lot of extra tea to get any flavor in my cup at all. It also doesn’t have much of that lovely “popcorn” genmai-cha scent. On the other hand, it’s a nice price for quite a big bag of loose leaf tea, and it doesn’t taste bad or off.

Flavors: Grass, Nutty, Toast, Toasted Rice

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drank Shiki Matcha Powder by Maeda-en
100 tasting notes

Delicious in a foamy green tea latte on a hot day. Before the chill and rain struck DC, I wanted two of these per day. Matcha + milk + honey + ice and whew! Delicious, creamy, green, healthy, refreshing.

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91

Found this at the local Asian Market. I have a different (far less expensive) brand coming in the mail, so it will be interesting to see if the quality is there. I have no complaints about this tin from maecha-en. The expected flavor and strength were there, even though I did a poor man’s brew – just a vigorous stir in the mug with a fork. Adding coconut sugar, almond milk, and ice was also tasty. I can’t wait to try this properly blended, in smoothies, in baked goods… yum.

Preparation
1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80
drank Shiki Matcha Powder by Maeda-en
121 tasting notes

I have been using this matcha for years mainly to make my mom’s favorite green tea ice cream & a delicious green tea pound cake. I have never drank it it straight b/c i don’t currently own a proper matcha brewing kit & I’m not sure how to brew it other wise w/out proper tools. It also makes for great lattes with vanilla soy milk so you don’t have to add any extra sweeter. I decided to leave this with a score of an 80 due to me not having this tea plain.

Happy Earth Day!

Preparation
1 tsp 0 OZ / 0 ML

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80

Yay, back home from an exciting day of eating dim sum and going to the Asian market! I just recently got a Japanese cookbook and needed to stock up on dried noodles, miso, sauces, etc. This was my only tea purchase from the Asian market, which let me tell you, is impressive. They basically had an entire aisle of tea in various mysterious packets and I wanted to check them all out, but I didn’t want to subject the boyfriend to that when he was already being sweet enough to go shopping with me. I just happened to see this package in passing, and since I love kukicha I decided to give it a try. It was only about $7 for the 150g packet, after all. The stems have that familiar straight and stick-like appearance with a mix of rich green and lighter cream colors. Dry scent is a touch grassy but really sweet.

I would say this tea is definitely worth the price! The beginning of the sip has more of an umami presence that I normally find in kukicha and almost tastes like sencha. However, the middle and end have that unmistakable sweet flavor that just says “kukicha” to me. It’s also very smooth with no astringency or bitterness whatsoever. Definitely worth the price at just over $1 per ounce! I’ll have to make another trip to the Asian market sometime soon just to check out all of their teas.

Flavors: Creamy, Seaweed, Smooth, Spinach, Sweet, Umami

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Ubacat

I have a Korean/Japanese market nearby I’ve stopped in for teas occasionally. I’ll have to check to see if they have this tea. The cashiers at that market are so friendly! It’s a great place to shop.
Good luck on the Asian cooking!

Cameron B.

The market I went to seemed to have everything – Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian, etc. It was huge and we were there for quite a while, ha ha.

They also had Maeda-en’s sencha and genmaicha, and they were some of the very few packages with English on them. :P

Ubacat

I’ve become a bit of a tea snob when it comes to sencha and genmaicha. lol I find most of the packages from Maeda-en are clear (letting the light in) and the quality is not the greatest. If you can find packages that do not let light in, I find the tea is better.

Cameron B.

Yeah, you’re right, it was in a package that was partially clear. However, it seems quite fresh and I’ve already transferred it to a tin. :)

Most of the other teas were in totally opaque packages, but they also were mostly in Chinese/Japanese so I would’ve needed to spend a lot of time looking through them all, and I didn’t want to make the boyfriend endure that, ha ha!

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