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    Den’s Tea Iced Green Tea Bags

    I’ve become a big fan of cold brewing iced tea so I was excited to give these tea bags a try. They silky pyramid bag had small, dark green whole leaves inside. It closely resembled sencha. To prepare it, you just place the tea bag in a 20oz bottle of water and let it steep for 60 minutes. The finished tea was cloudy and pale in color. This tea was light and vegetal, just the thing to add a little sweetness and flavor to an otherwise humdrum bottle of water. Although it looked like sencha, it actually tasted a lot more like matcha.There was a bit of astringency but it never became bitter,…


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    Den’s Tea Fukamushi-Sencha Yame

    Den’s Tea describes this selection as their best quality Fukamushi-Sencha. I prepared it in a kyusu using 160 degree water and 45 second steepings. The dry leaves were slender in shape and dark green in color. The liquor was yellowish green and so cloudy with leaf particles that it was almost translucent. This tea was both vegetal and nutty at the time time. There were notes of spinach and chestnut along with a pleasant grassy finish. I’ve never experienced a sencha with a such a pronounced toasted quality before. It was full bodied without being overpowering or bitter. It wasn’t as sweet as I was expecting but I think that is a good thing. I…

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    Den’s Tea Sakura Sencha (Cherry)

    Den’s Tea lists the ingredients of this seasonal blend as including green tea, cherry leaf, heather and cherry flavor. The leaves were very dark green and had a flat appearance. The tiny, pink heather blossoms added a bit of visual interest. I made this tea in a kyusu using 180 degree water and three consecutive 45 second steepings. The liquor was a pale green. I thought it was interesting that this tea uses heather instead of cherry blossoms. It was sweet and fruity but not in an artificial or overdone way. The sencha was still able to shine through with its grassy and buttery notes. I love a well balanced flavored tea and…

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    Den’s Tea Shincha Kunpu

    I received this sample as part of the Official TeaChat TeaTasting Initiative so I’ve got a ton more reviews of great teas in the works. According to Den’s this tea is an 88th Night Shincha which means that it is picked on the 88th day after the first day of spring in the traditional Japanese calendar. The leaves were dark green, almost spinach-like, in color. They had a woodsy but sweet aroma. I brewed this tea in a kyusu with 158 degree water for one and half minutes. The liquor was a pale opaque green and had a pleasant vegetal aroma. I’m an oolong person but every once in a while a tea…

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    Den’s Tea Sencha Fuka-midori

    For a long time I wasn’t a fan of sencha. Now I realize that my first few attempts were with relatively low quality tea. Den’s has always seemed to be THE source for green tea so I ordered their green tea sampler and this tea was included. The leaves were a dark emerald color and smelled fresh but not quite the freshly mowed lawn smell I was expecting. I brewed this tea in a cast iron tea pot called a testubin with 170 degree water for two and a half minutes. This was longer than Den’s directions but my testubin is fairly large and I was worried about ending up with a weak…