Ippodo "Official" Japanese tea topic


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Re: Ippodo "Official" Japanese tea topic

Postby Kevangogh » Jun 2nd, '13, 06:15

Almost all tea companies in Japan operate during Golden Week because that also happens to fall at peak of shincha season. After it settles down, then they take their break.
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Re: Ippodo "Official" Japanese tea topic

Postby Muadeeb » Feb 4th, '14, 00:15

I just placed my first order with Ippodo for some Ippoen Gyokuro, Kumpu, and Kaboku Sencha. I'm excited to try some new teas! I've stuck with Den's for this past year since they're so close to me, saving in shipping time and costs, but I've heard so many great things that I had to try this vendor. I'll post some pics once I've had a chance to do some sessions.
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Re: Ippodo "Official" Japanese tea topic

Postby sherubtse » Feb 5th, '14, 15:58

Ippodo has started to sell their spring matcha, Nodoka, which I think is a great value:

https://shop.ippodo-tea.co.jp/kyoto/sho ... cid=matcha

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Re: Ippodo "Official" Japanese tea topic

Postby saxon75 » Feb 5th, '14, 18:30

I am a big fan of Ippodo's kuki-hojicha. Delicious and crazy cheap.
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Re: Ippodo "Official" Japanese tea topic

Postby gunbuster363 » Mar 23rd, '14, 23:19

I ordered 6 different green tea at Ippodo last monday. The order was placed at Monday and the shipment were not shipped until Thursday using EMS... I wonder what they are doing during Monday - Wednesday.

The Ems was fast as the shipment arrived at Saturday.

Here is the list of tea I ordered and I am going to try them one by one:
- Nodoka Special Matcha
- Kanro Gyokuro
- Kaboku Sencha
- Hosen Sencha
- Gokujo Hojicha
- Gokujo Genmaicha

I have no experience with Hojicha and Asamushi Sencha so they are the first tea I am going to try. So far I tried the Kaboku Sencha and Hojicha and I could say the quality is not bad (but subject to personal taste).
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Re: Ippodo "Official" Japanese tea topic

Postby gunbuster363 » Apr 8th, '14, 05:31

Now I have tasted every one of the previously mentioned tea.

- Nodoka Special Matcha

I prepare this matcha in koicha style as this is the way I determine the quality of the matcha. No bitterness, mild flavour. Reasonable price.

- Kanro Gyokuro
Exceptional gyokuro. I first try it in my office using the boiling water dispensor and it taste so good that I say it is the best gyokuro I tried. I use 12g leaves, 55 degree, 330 ml water. I tried to use 60 degree water and the taste were not as good as using 55 degree water.

- Kaboku Sencha
1st asamushi tried in my life. Did no impress me. It did remind me of one nice Ti Kuan Yin I tried. Floral note but taste was rather blank.

- Hosen Sencha
2nd asamushi tried in my life. Best green tea I've ever had except gyokuro which is in another category. 1st infusion have nice umami taste. Subsequent infusion have a clean, vegetal taste.

- Gokujo Hojicha
I found that I don't like Hojicha as it is overpowering in terms of flavour. Taste better when it is cool.

- Gokujo Genmaicha
Obvious bitterness. Strong brown rice note. Do not like this because of the bitterness. Maybe I do not like Bancha at all.
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