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Organic Japanese Green Tea Sampler
Couldn't wait to get out of bed and try a new one
I had so much fun with this sampler! I've always loved Japanese green teas, but never had a chance to compare them as closely as I could with this pack. The only bit I disliked is the struggle of not ordering them all immediately. I'm trying to pace myself. I ordered a sample of the genmaicha "extra green" at the same time, just for comparison, and those two really do smell like popcorn or toast (I've just bought the regular size). The hojicha reminded me of barley tea, but it's been a long time. The sencha and kukicha are pretty different but, to me, share a kelpy quality. I'm still learning, but I loved everything in this sampler. I highly recommend it!
All but the Sencha in this tea sampler are teas that I used to drink on occasion well over ten years ago, so I got this to help refresh my memory and narrow down the teas I wanted to order more of. When I first discovered Arbor Teas, I had thought I was going to make a transition from coffee to green tea because, among other things, green tea has less caffeine and, being alkaline, is friendly to the stomach than coffee. When I tried the teas in this sampler, I ultimately concluded that I no longer cared for them, primarily due to their vegetal flavors and that I needed more caffeine than what is provided by a green tea. Nonetheless, the quality of these teas is evident as is the quality of all the teas this friendly, family-owned business offers. If Japanese teas appeal to your or you are simply curious about green tea in general, this is a good way to start, although I would suggest you also order a sample of the Bancha as well. I like that better than any of the teas in this sampler. The Houjicha and Kukicha that are included are excellent if you like those teas. The Sencha is quite vegetal, so vegetal in fact that, at least to my unsophisticated palate, I was surprised that a tea could even be that vegetal (bluck!). I ultimately discovered that I like black, white and oolong teas far more than greens, and this sampler helped me to discover that without spending too much money to do so. I’m giving this sampler 4 leaves due to the quality, but if I were to rate it simply on my liking of it, I would have to give it only 3 at best.
Warning: you might want them all
Don't say I did not warn you. I haven't met a Japanese tea that I don't like. You just have to add Gyokuro to this and you have a great sampling. I am still deciding on my favorites here but all of these teas are quite different from each other and all are delicious in their own way.
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