Reviews Posted by Chris

Products Rating Read Date Added
[Shincha!] Sencha Pinnacle (40g/1.41oz)
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19 06/12/2018
I found this to be milder than the Super Premium. It's an excellent tea. I would suggest using these hand picked leaves in a smoothie, after you are done making tea.
[Limited] Shincha Matcha Refill (120g/4.23oz)
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20 06/10/2018
This review is for last years. I loved making Iced Matcha Latte in the summer with Shincha Matcha. The brighter green colour shows up in a nice tall glass. Serve with a few ripe peaches.
[Limited] Farmers' Shincha (160g/5.64oz)
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14 06/10/2018
The first brew was delicious. It reminded me of Shincha Aote. The liquor is greener in colour than sencha. Very happy with it.
[Limited] Shincha AOTE (80g/2.82oz)   Out of Stock
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7 06/09/2018
Sencha Aote is delicious. The tea is much greener than other senchas. The first brew has a saltiness / mineral quality to it. A favourite.
[Shincha!] Sencha Super Premium (40g/1.41oz)
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28 05/31/2018
Excellent tea. Tea colour, leaves etc. I enjoyed the iced version most. Two 3 minute brews. The first hot brew reminded a little of aged sencha. The leaves are mild and edible with a little soy sauce. Do eat the leaves!
[Limited] Shincha Traditional (80g/2.82oz)
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52 05/25/2018
This is the first year that I have tried Hibiki's shincha. I purchased each type. The quality of this one is excellent. Iced and hot versions are quite different, of course. Try brewing both.
Matcha Ice Cream (House Matcha / Matcha Culinary)
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175 01/27/2018
We made Matcha Ice cream a slightly different way: with a mixer, and liquid nitrogen at 196C. The Matcha was house Matcha. It was really good!
[Limited] 2017 Award Competition Grade Matcha (15g/0.53oz)   Out of Stock
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136 01/23/2018
This tea reminded me of the freshest spring green vegetables. Similar and yet very different from the top grade of Kuradashi Matcha. My best experience was drinking this right after opening the tin. (Usually it takes a day for tea to develop an aroma) I did not si...(more)
[Limited] Kuradashi Matcha Pinnacle (30g/1.06oz)   Out of Stock
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189 11/15/2017
A tea with a lot of umami. Yet, easy to drink. How much water you use will determine how strong the flavour is. I recommend using only enough for two sips. The Gyokuro leaf version was my favourite, as is this one.
[ANAGAMA Matcha Bowl] SOHSHUN FU (by Hozan Tanii)
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342 10/27/2017
When I saw that Hibiki-an has this type of work, I was so happy. Philosophically, it makes sense to me. This is definitely Wabi Sabi. So many people use this term. What does it mean? At one time, very fancy and ornate teaware was used to have tea. Think of a part...(more)
[Limited] Kuradashi Gyokuro Premium (80g/2.82oz)   Out of Stock
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211 10/27/2017
This is a very good tea. It should give you an idea of what Super Premium is like, as well. The difference being that this is machine harvested and in the varieties used. The first time I had this the tea was soup like in umami. The brewed colour has a green tint, wh...(more)
[Limited] Kuradashi Gyokuro Super Premium (40g/1.41oz)   Out of Stock
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700 10/07/2017
This tea was different from the Pinnacle version. I would describe it as greener. It reminded me more of matcha. There was a lot of umami in the first brew. Less than the Pinnacle version though. I did think it laster better over several steepings, though. Opening th...(more)
[Limited] Kuradashi Sencha (80g/2.82oz)   Out of Stock
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718 10/07/2017
This tea is well above any sencha that I have previously drank. The first infusion was comparable to chicken soup. You will want to enjoy this first brew by itself. What I really find interesting is the difference between this tea and the Gyokuro Pinnacle. They are b...(more)
[Limited] Kuradashi Gyokuro Pinnacle (40g/1.41oz)   Out of Stock
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674 10/05/2017
Incredible. The amount of umami in this tea... without bitterness. This tea should be drunk straight, in a prewarmed cup. 10 g tea 143 F 2 minutes I used a bowl, measuring cup and fine reuseable cup filter.
House Matcha Large Bag (240g / 8.47oz)
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536 10/01/2017
This is the second review for this product that I have written. I have journeyed a long way since then. I now drink matcha ceremonial style, everyday, in a traditional bowl. That is, without sugar or milk, accompanied by a sweet. Hibiki's house matcha is very good...(more)
Matcha Culinary (240g / 8.47oz)
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285 09/29/2017
I drink this every morning in the form of a latte with sugar. It is perfectly enjoyable. I notice a little more of a classic tea smell with this. (Think opening a new box of black tea) I probably wouldn't drink this ceremonial style. But then, that is why this is ...(more)
SUSUDAKE Chashaku (handcrafted Matcha Spoon)
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323 09/28/2017
I use susudake every day. One side has a lovely smooth texture and wonderful wood stain like appearance. The other side is unfinished bamboo. How I feel about susudake. Just having a piece of a Japanese house that is so old is very comforting. It is a pleasure to use...(more)
KURO RAKU (handcrafted Matcha Bowl)
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488 09/26/2017
This is the first hand made Japanese tea bowl that I have ever owned. I bought this because it represented the beliefs of Sen No Rikyu that a tea bowl should be simple, perhaps even austere. It is not an exageration to say that the Eastern philosophy of things being...(more)
AKA RAKU (handcrafted Matcha Bowl)
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317 09/23/2017
I'm sitting here near dusk, looking at Aka Raku, whom I have yet to name. I have only had this bowl for a few days. It is the second of Shoraku's bowls that I have been honoured to possess. The colour of this bowl is red. It is a red that has aged for many years. Thi...(more)
Sencha Superior (200g/7.05oz)
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1191 09/20/2017
I really enjoyed this sencha. The tea is full of flavour. That is the thing that I remember most. The brew colour was an anazing yellow. The colour of the dry leaf was also good. I think i could reasonably depend on Hibiki's consistent quality to make this my year r...(more)
House Matcha Large Bag (240g / 8.47oz)
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1642 07/09/2016
I'm new to matcha. The last matcha that I had was ceremonial grade. I drank it one of two ways. Either the traditional way, whisked by hand, and then with sugar added. Alternatively, I use a large teaspoon full with 400 ml of water and blend it with a hand held blender....(more)