Tsurujirushi: A Gyokuro Tea Review

Tsurujirushi: A Gyokuro Tea Review

Every once in a while I come across something that can only be described as special. Today, that something comes in the form of Tsurujirushi: a gyokuro from Uji, Japan. Packaged in 50 gram quantities, Tsurujirushi is sold by O-Cha.com. Background…
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Da Hong Pao: A Chinese Tea Review

Da Hong Pao: A Chinese Tea Review

  Background Da Hong Pao is a high quality oolong from the Wuyi mountains. The name literally means Big Red Robe. According to tradition, this is because a Ming dynasty emperor's mother was cured of an illness after drinking this…
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Increasing Amounts of Tea Leaf

Increasing Amounts of Tea Leaf

When Things Started Going Wrong This all happened over a time span of a few years, so there wasn't a particular turning point. However, I noticed my taste in tea changing. Initially, I had no bias towards asamushi or fukamushi…
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Yutaka Midori: Sencha Tea Review

Yutaka Midori: Sencha Tea Review

Yutaka Midori is a fukamushi sencha offered by O-Cha.com. Often referred to as YM, this deep steamed delight comes from Kagoshima, Japan. Background on Yutaka Midori Along with Miyabi, YM is a perennial favourite of mine. The grassy, aromatic flavour…
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Kaboku Ultra-Premium Sencha Review

Kaboku Ultra-Premium Sencha Review

Kaboku is a high quality asamushi sencha sold by Ippodo. Background of Kaboku This was actually my first time ordering from Ippodo, so a lot of information about their tea and products was new to me. However, Kaboku seems to…
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Sifting Matcha: The Key to a Great Brew

Sifting Matcha: The Key to a Great Brew

Sifting matcha is a step sometimes overlooked. However, it is incredibly important to preparing a great bowl of matcha. Why Bother Sifting? Matcha has a tendency to clump together. Some of these clumps will survive through the whisking process. If…
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