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    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.…

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    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…