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Nio Teas Advent Calendar 2022 – Day 2

Hopefully this is the right tea, the card just said “Murasaki Sencha”. But it definitely looks like a fukamushi so this seems correct! Steeped according to the directions, 5g for 150ml of 150°F water for 45s, 20s, 20s.

I don’t honestly have a lot of experience with fukamushi sencha, mostly because I generally drink a lot of Obubu teas and it’s not one of their normal sencha (although I think they do offer one?). But this has a lovely, super smooth and mellow vegetal flavor. Honestly it’s not that far off from a kabusecha, it has the same rich umami notes and silky texture. Spinach mostly, with some nice nuttiness to it. There was a lovely tart passion fruit aroma to the dry leaves, but I only get a hint of that in the taste. It’s at the end of the sip, alongside a slight astringency and touch of bitterness.

Subsequent steeps are much more deep green and taste strongly savory and marine, with more grassy notes and hints of floral. I no longer taste the fruitiness in the finish.

Tasty tea! I’m really liking having a Japanese tea to sip each day. :D

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Floral, Freshly Cut Grass, Fruity, Green, Marine, Nuts, Passion Fruit, Savory, Seaweed, Smooth, Spinach, Sweet, Tart, Thick, Umami, Vegetal

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 0 min, 45 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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drank Gyokuro Cha Musume by Nio Teas
3052 tasting notes

Nio Teas Advent Calendar 2022 – Day 1

Will from Nio Teas was kind enough to reach out to me and offer to send me their tea advent calendar, to which of course I said yes! I was expecting it to arrive late, and yet to my surprise it was delivered this afternoon, right on time to be included in Day 1!

Starting off with a bang with a gyokuro! I honestly rarely drink gyokuro, though I do enjoy it when I do. I think it’s just an intimidating sort of tea because it’s expensive. But onward we go! I used Nio’s recommended steeping parameters that were included right on the packet (love that!) – 5g of leaf for 150ml of 145°F water, steeped for 2 minutes and then 20s.

I find this one to actually be quite light for a gyokuro. It does have that sweet vegetable-laden umami bomb sort of flavor, but it’s less intense than I would expect from my past experience with gyokuro. But I haven’t tried very many, so take that with a grain of salt. Deliciously sweet steamed spinach and creamy kabocha notes along with hints of fresh seaweed. Then in the middle of the sip, a toasty nutty note appears. I see their description mentions hazelnut and I think I agree with that, it’s definitely a toasted hazelnut though. The end of the sip is soft and refreshing, with a definite apple skin flavor mixed with freshly cut grass. There is a slight hint of bitterness throughout the sip, but it’s very gentle and adds a nice contrast to the sweetness and the richness of the umami.

The second steep is more savory and grass-forward, with less of the creaminess and sweetness of the kabocha. Still delicious, but more sencha-like compared to the first brew.

Maybe it was a bad idea to drink this at 6 PM, I’m already feeling the rush of energy… I forget that gyokuro is one of the only teas that actually affects me this way. Oops?

A great start to the advent though! ❤

Flavors: Apple Skins, Bitter, Freshly Cut Grass, Hazelnut, Kabocha, Marine, Nutty, Roasted Nuts, Savory, Seaweed, Smooth, Spinach, Squash, Sweet, Thick, Umami, Vegetables, Vegetal, Wheatgrass

Preparation
145 °F / 62 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
Leafhopper

Wow! That calendar came fast! I don’t even have a tracking number for mine. (I hope it’s not stuck in post office limbo…) Glad the gyokuro was good.

Cameron B.

They didn’t give me a tracking number either. It looks like it was shipped from within Texas (I’m in Austin) so I guess that explains why it came so quickly ha ha.

Leafhopper

Yes, that would explain it! I hope they sent it via regular mail and not via a courier. I always seem to have problems with FedEx, DHL, etc.

Cameron B.

It was UPS!

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drank Marufuku Matcha by Nio Teas
965 tasting notes

A very smooth matcha. Not silky but reminds me of drinking milk. BTW you will never get a milk mustache like they have in commercials because they use other things to create that. Anyway, Milky mouthfeel with bits of silt. A very fine, smooth powder. Umami and marine notes in the dry taste. Hey! If you haven’t stuck your finger in your matcha and tasted/felt it. DO IT. This matcha is so well prepared I didn’t really need to sift it. The color is good. Nice deep green The liquid is an even deeper green. This is a matcha that could be used for lattes but there are interesting nuances I’m picking up that would be completely covered by doing that. So don’t latte. Here and there I am picking up vegetal notes but also umami. Minimal notes of milk and slight, very slight, grass.

It says to use 1-1.5 g per matcha session but there is only 2g…. So I used the whole thing.

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drank Matcha Koiai by Nio Teas
965 tasting notes

Tea samplers are my bane. A good, good bane. But I have a hard time passing them up.

Smooth with a bit of astringency that makes it somewhat more potent. It is a briskness that is awakening but turns smoothly to umami and bits of vegetal notes. There is a bit of silt at the end with a lingering briskness.

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The first time I had this tea, I was blown away by how much flavor it had for a stem tea. With most stem teas, the stems take away from the flavor, making it less intense and less savory, but in this karigane, the stems only add to the flavor. This tea is almost like a gyokuro, but instead of a powerful savory flavor, you instead get a nice light fruitiness. When you cold brew the tea, it takes on a beautiful milky color and the flavor is incredibly sweet and fruity. It’s teas like this that I can drink all day!

Here is the link of the tea:
https://nioteas.com/products/gyokuro-karigane-sakamoto-sakamoto-green-tea#what-does-this-gyokuro-karigane-taste-like

Flavors: Cucumber, Grass, Smooth, Sweet, Warm Grass

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 1 min, 0 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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Hmm, I have received a sample quite long ago. But week or so ago I have received an e-mail from the company how I liked it. Honestly I have to say I forgot a bit about this one and I can not remember it much. So I took it once again (few last leaves) and writing this review.

If you are reading this Will – it is because of you! (No offence)

On small resealable bag (as just a sample) there is 60°, 1-1.5 min. I had to buy a thermometer as I don´t want to ruin tea like this one. So, first steep – 1.25 min, 58°C or something, 1 tea spoon, 250 ml mug, ball strainer. (I need a proper teaware)

Appearance: cloudy, light green, with lots of “dust” of tea, I guess my strainer mesh is not fine enough. So it looks bit like matcha on the bottom.

Aroma and taste: Honestly, very complex. Spinach, flowers, lots of Umami. Aromas are almost same, but add a freshly cut grass. It also smells like meadow.

Ahh, I think I love it! (Keeping 100 for something really extra)

Let´s make second brew now.

Edit:

Second brew is very similar: Color is more vivid, so does tastes and aromas.

Flavors: Floral, Freshly Cut Grass, Hay, Spinach, Sweet, Umami

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 1 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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