673 Tasting Notes

drank Kimmo-no-mukashi by Ippodo
673 tasting notes

My matcha kit has arrived!

This is my first time so I hope you forgive me if I did not do well. I might have done well as it was very creamy. Tasty too!

Nice grassy, umami taste, as well as a balanced bitter/sweet taste.

i can’t get the kind of green, bubbly, and creamy as the company does in their video


End result Yum:
i rate 99/100 as this tea is just short of the best (i’ve tried their “Top Tier matcha”)
all in all, i really enjoy making matcha the proper way.

i suggest you buy either the kit or the matcha :D


Flavors: Freshly Cut Grass, Grass, Green, Sweet, Umami, Vegetal

180 °F / 82 °C 2 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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I’m not fond of this tea…. Actually i really don’t like the taste :(
this tea is not for me… if you want to try it, go ahead.
it has a weird mix of orange, floral, medicinal, and tartness that is not enjoyable to me..

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so i tried cold brewing this with 4 teabags in a medium sized container early afternoon and overnight in the fridge. it was ok. still it was tasty. however, i wont be doing this again.

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Guyokuro pyramid teabags by ippodo.

Grassy, grapes, vegetal, minerals, metallic (iron), bitter with a sweet aftertaste.

All in all, a yummy tea. I like the tastes in this tea. Somewhat similar yet different than sencha.

In the end after trying sencha, gyokuro, and hojicha; these teas are very yummy. There’s a taste unique to Japanese teas. I cannot put my finger on it. Unami? I do not know. Do you?

Flavors: Bitter, Grapes, Grass, Metallic, Sweet, Vegetal

195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec 150 OZ / 4436 ML

Gyokuro in a teabag? That doesn’t sound like the best idea :D


@togo: tbh, it was delicious! have you tried ippodo? it their sencha teabag and hojicha tea bag the tea water tastes when brewed just like their loose leaf. albeit a tad weaker


No I have never tried them. I am just concerned that one wouldn’t be able to extract the full potential of a tea such as gyokuro from a teabag, even though it still may be enjoyable.


@Togo: i’ve tried their loose leaf, it seems to go sour within 2 weeks. still drinkable but not as enjoyable. i was told by them to microwave some of the leaves before use if they go sour. seems silly…im trying their teabagged versions to see how long it takes to go sour. i do understand your point of view. i was told by a friend that japanese teas have to be all used up very quickly like ground coffee

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Hojicha pyramid teabag. By ippodo

Hojicha is my most favourite Japanese tea!
Nice earthy, roasted, nutty, grassy taste :D. Some mineral notes. Possibly seaweed notes too.

All in all only due to possible favouritism bias, I won’t rate a 100, but a 99.

I suggest you give this a go! I honestly do!

Flavors: Earth, Grass, Mineral, Nutty, Roasted

Boiling 1 min, 30 sec 5 OZ / 150 ML

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Sencha pyramid teabag by ippodo.

What it can say is this tea is yummy! Grassy, vegetal, sweet, and nutty. Some mineral notes. Maybe iron? Metallic too but all in all so yummy. I rate a 95/100. I suggest you try this.

Flavors: Freshly Cut Grass, Grass, Green, Metallic, Nutty, Vegetal

195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec 8 OZ / 250 ML

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An OK tea. However i don’t taste much other than the usual green tea taste. I taste little to no dragonwell characteristics even though i brewed the recommended way and even longer than that way… i would not buy this again nor would i recommend it…

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 250 ML

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Ripe puerh stuffed lime. From green tea guru.


Review. Gongfucha. Gaiwan.

1x rinse.

Dry leaf: earth, musty, oranges(?), lime(?).

Wet leaf: earth, lime, mud.

Light steep; I smell/taste :
(Smell) slight —> earth, lime.
(Taste) slight earth. Light -→ clay, lime.

Medium steep; I smell/taste :
(Smell) slight —> earth, lime.
(Taste) light -→ earth, lime. Medium clay.

Heavy steep; I smell/taste :
(Smell) light —> earth, lime.
(Taste) slight -→ earth(?), clay(?). Strong lime.

All in all I rate a 99/100 a yummy tea with nice flavours and aromas. This is a first for me trying a puerh tea in a lime shell.

give it a go

Where to buy: https://www.greenteaguru.co.uk/shop/new-in-stock/gong-ting-ripe-stuffed-mini-limes/

Flavors: Clay, Earth, Lime, Mud, Musty

200 °F / 93 °C 11 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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now that Christmas season is over ill get back to reviewing here is an unpublished review from last year

2003 red da Yi 7542 menghai.


Ru Yao dragon teapot, gongfucha

Dry leaf: slight musty.

Wet leaf: slight musty and earth

Light steep; I smell/taste:
(Smell) light —> earth, honey, cookies.
(Taste) light -→ earth, honey, tangy, metallic (iron). Medium fermentation.

Medium steep; I smell/taste:
(Smell) light —> earth, honey, cookies.
(Taste) medium -→ earth, honey, tangy, metallic (iron).

Heavy steep; I smell/taste:
(Smell) nothing
(Taste) light —→ earth, tangy, fermentation, metallic (iron). Strong bitterness.

All in all; a yummy tea. Nice flavour, aromas and all. I rate this a 99/100 only because I do not think this tea should be so expensive.

Fun note: this is a sheng but before,it confused me making me think it was a ripe!

Flavors: Bitter, Cookie, Earth, Honey, Metallic, Musty, Tangy

Boiling 5 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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How I rate my tea:

Light steep 15s

Medium steep 30s

Heavy steep 1min or greater

Within the steeps:

Smell then taste.





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