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drank Matcha Latte by Rakuten
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I was given two free samples from Rakuten when I went to their store. I was excited because the gyokuro buds are amazing. Sadly this matcha latte is a bit rough tasting. Not bad, just missing the pure vegetable taste and no cream. Decent, but not something I’d go out of my way to purchase.

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drank Gyokyuro Buds by Rakuten
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So I was given a private tour of downtown Tokyo today and my guide took me to a tea store. I told him that I already have 12 types of sencha so I’m set, but I looked anyways. My eyes drifted to the words Special Gyokuro Buds. I asked him to inquire what that meant. She told us that this specific tea was only the top of the tea plant from the shaded green tea. I asked if they had any because there was nothing there and she said yes and walked back to get some. Surprisingly, the tea was kept in a refrigerator. The cold package made me happy. I decided to open it up and try some when I got back so I’m drinking it right now. It is quite nice, I just don’t have a way to get my water to the right temperature so I might have had water that was too hot. Very green, very mild, and nice feels. I will review tis once again when I get back home and have a controlled way to really enjoy this tea.

Fjellrev

I’m so excited that you’re in Tokyo! I can’t imagine how much there is to do over there.

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