Reviews Posted by Holly Helt

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[Limited] Tencha Pinnacle (30g/1.06oz)   Out of Stock
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1730 08/29/2012
DEEP is the word with Tencha Pinnacle but so is the word LIGHT! I knew this tea was going to be very special so I made sure to set aside time and space for the moment to gracefully unfurl. Suggest you do the same! Don't rush this experience. . . When I snipped ope...(more)
Genmaicha (200g/7.05oz)
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4164 08/29/2012
Hands down, this Genmaicha is top of the pops! I have tried so many Genmaicha teas in my life (in Japan, Europe and the US) and absolutely nothing compares to the quality of this wonder-tea! For a start, the rice is sort of "hard-popped". I'm sure there is ...(more)
House Sencha (200g/7.05oz)
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2035 08/29/2012
Often when I order "House" anything like wine or salad dressing, I expect something good but nothing remarkable. So when I ordered this House Sencha to keep me going in-between my Gyokuro and Sencha Karigane fix, I was expecting something decent, but nothing t...(more)
Gyokuro Superior (200g/7.05oz)
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4736 07/06/2012
Apologies for not putting timings on my last review - thanks for the question! This helped me a lot too! Because this one is grown using jikagise shading which lets more light in than tana shading, I felt like I wanted to tone down a little of the astringency so I di...(more)
[Our Favorite!] CONPEITOH (traditional sugar confectionery)
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6434 06/26/2012
I wasn't exactly sure what this would taste like but the box was so beautiful I just had to try it. These little things look like atoms - especially the bigger purple ones. The large brown ones look like they should taste like chocolate and the teeny tiny tan ones a...(more)
Gyokuro Superior (200g/7.05oz)
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3490 06/26/2012
After tasting more than a handful of Hibiki-an teas, there is a standard I've come to expect. Gyokuro Superior totally lives up to it too. I made sure to make time for this special treat but it is a more affordable Gyokuro than a lot out there. I put 3 rounded t...(more)
Sencha Pinnacle (40g/1.41oz)
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5531 06/13/2012
I have done a few reviews after ordering like a kid in a candy store. Once again, Sencha Pinnacle scores big! It is such a special tea so I wanted to prepare it for just the right reason and that was The Queen's Diamond Jubilee here in the UK. Fitting that this is ...(more)
Sencha Karigane (200g/7.05oz)
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4897 06/07/2012
It's official - I'm in love with this tea! If a tea could be cute, this is it. The Gyokuro stems are such a bright and cheerful lime yellow/green. It's a perfect blend with a large portion of the sweet stems and just enough sencha leaves to make this the most curiously...(more)
[Limited] Shincha Traditional (80g/2.82oz)   Out of Stock
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1214 05/20/2012
Remarkable Shincha Traditional!! I'm not a tea sommelier but I sure know great tea when I taste it. This shincha took me on a real journey. I made this with 82 C water and steeped for one minute and poured every last drop out so my total time was 2 minutes. I actual...(more)
[Limited] Farmers' Shincha (160g/5.64oz)   Out of Stock
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1729 05/16/2012
WOW I just received my first shipment of 2012 shincha. The farmers' shincha is incredible. I made mine with a little cooler water (70 C) and slightly longer steeping time...I also added more leaves than the normal amount. The result was a tea so beautiful and elegant wi...(more)