• Reviews

    Ippodo Tea Co. Hosen Sencha

    Country of Origin: Japan Leaf Appearance: small, deep green Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 1 minute Water Temperature: 175 degrees Preparation Method: kyusu Liquor: bright green Back in October I reviewed Ippodo Tea Co.’s Unro Sencha (for the second time). I was eager to compare it to this one. It always amazes me just how different two teas of the same type can be. The taste was surprisingly mellow. There was a ton of natural sweetness and very little astringency. It still had the distinctive vegetal taste of a sencha but in a very gentle way. A wonderfully savory umami element snuck up on me in the aftertaste. I’ve just started reading Game of…


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    Ippodo Tea Co. Unro Sencha – Take Two

    Country of Origin: Japan Leaf Appearance: small, deep green Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: kyusu Liquor: bright green When I’m craving a really good Japanese green tea, Ippodo’s NY shop is always my go to place. I was super psyched when they recently sent me samples of two of their senchas. I reviewed this tea previously back in March but I thought that it would be interesting to do a second take, using different parameters, as this is most likely a different year’s harvest. Part of a set of two, the Unro stood out to me again because the brewing directions called for boiling water.…

  • Reviews

    Ippodo Tea Co. Unro Sencha

    Country of Origin: Japan Leaf Appearance: small, dark green, needle-like Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 2 minutes Water Temperature: 175 degrees Preparation Method: kyusu Liquor: jade green On a recent stay-cation in NYC, my boyfriend happened to book a hotel directly across the street from Ippodo. How lucky was that? One a previous trip I picked up some matcha but I was on a mission for sencha this time around. They had several different options to choose from. I went with the Unro because it was the least expensive choice. Japanese greens are notoriously picky about temperature so I was surprised to see that they had directions on the package for using boiling…

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    Ippodo Tea Co. Tsukikage Special Matcha

    Country of Origin: Japan Leaf Appearance: bright green, powdered Ingredients: green tea Steep Time: n/a Water Temperature: approximately 175 degrees Preparation Method: traditional, bamboo whisk and bowl Liquor: dark green I picked up this seasonal matcha when I visited Ippodo Tea Co.’s shop in New York City. It’s only available in autumn and the sample I had tried in the store was delicious. I’ll be honest, I bought it mostly because of the adorable box that is decorated with tea blossoms. As often as I make tea, I am generally pretty terrible at making matcha. That doesn’t stop me from trying though. The color was so vibrant that it was impossible to capture the…

  • Places

    Tea Places: Ippodo Tea Co.

    Ippodo Tea has been on my “to do” list for a while. I always seemed to be in their neighborhood outside of their business hours. This past weekend I got done with work early and I was determined to visit. Their space isn’t much more than a kiosk inside of the restaurant Kajitsu. It is still a Japanese tea lover’s dream. The selection was fairly small and on the high-end side of things. You won’t find teas like this in any other NYC tea shops. The staff was incredibly friendly and they were all at the ready to answer any questions that I had. I was offered a small cup of matcha which…