524 Tasting Notes

90

This is definitely one of the best Houjichas I have drank. It has a strong roasted flavor but it also has a nice sweet flavor behind the roast. I really don’t know exactly what the sweet flavor tastes like specifically, but it’s good.

I brewed this once in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 175 degree water for 2 min.

Flavors: Roasted, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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91

Bought a 100g sample of this with my last Streetshop88 order. This is excellent tea. It was a little weak in the first two infusions. But that was my fault for not breaking up the cake. It is a very densely packed tea. It was sweet and smooth from the beginning, with almost no bitterness. I didn’t notice much in the way of changes in the tea in the first four infusions. Oddly enough, it seemed to get a little more bitter in later steeps. There were in the end some nice changes in this tea. I am going to have to order a whole bing of this tea as I is worth it. I only gave it eight steeps as I was already past my caffeine limit. Judging by the taste of steep eight I would say this tea could easily go fifteen steeps but that is just a guess. One negative thing about this tea was I couldn’t discern the sweet notes as specific notes, maybe that was me. Couldn’t quite call them stonefruits but maybe.

I steeped this eight times in a 120ml gaiwan with 10.2g leaf and 200 degree water. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 30 sec, and 45 sec.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
DeliriumsFrogs

I’m adding this to my wish list. :)

tea123

Confident to buy a cake after one sample – that’s impressive.

AllanK

I want to buy it before they sell out.

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78
drank Ise Black Tea by Creha Tea
524 tasting notes

I think I oversteeped this tea a bit at three minutes, two would have been better. I am getting a fruity note, followed by some malt and a little astringency. Overall this is a good tea. It would be worth buying again but I probably won’t because there are some thirty five straight Japanese blacks that I want to try from Yunuomi that would take priority.

I steeped this one time in a Glass Teavana Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 200 degree water for 3 min.

Flavors: Astringent, Fruity, Malt

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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85

Just came back from a visit to the ER for my asthma where they had to put me on a nebulizer. I have to ask my doctor for a prescription for one, my insurance would have to pay for it even if it may take a call from my Lawyer first. I needed a tea tonight and I wanted something low caffeine so this hojicha fits the bill. There are two main flavors I get, roasted and apple. The roasted is a little more potent than the apple. I would have liked it the other way around, but it is still quite good.

I brewed this one time in a Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 175 degree water for 4 min.

Flavors: Apple, Roasted

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
AllanK

Note:as this cools the apple flavor gets stronger.

yyz

Not a fun evening. Feel better.

TheLastDodo

Nebulizers are a drag. I used them a lot as a child. Good luck Allan!

AllanK

The problem with Asthma is not that you don’t start feeling better but that it inevitably comes back.

boychik

So sorry Allan. Feel better

OMGsrsly

Oh that’s awful. I hope your insurance comes through for you. Breathing is important.

tea123

Feel better soon so you can keep up the reviews. Thanks for the introduction to Yunomoius.

AllanK

Thanks for all the words of support. I just hope my asthma doesn’t worsen before I can get my own nebulizer. Now that the insurance company has lost their appeal they will have to pay for one.

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To me this tea is a cross between a ripe puerh, a raw puerh, and a roasted oolong. That is the best way I can describe it. It’s not as good as a good Chinese puerh but it’s decent, very different. Not sure what notes I am getting here, definitely not stonefruits as in the writeup on Steepster. More like tobacco I think. I didn’t use the recommended infusion time of 4 min as I never infuse puerh that long.

I brewed this twice in a 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 30 sec each time.

Flavors: Tobacco

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
tea123

Japanese pu’er!If it’s as good as their copy of Scottish single malt whisky…

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84

I definitely get notes of dried fruit, baked bread and malt with this tea. However, they are all subdued, fairly well balanced. I am not liking it quite as much as the Japanese black I reviewed yesterday from a different brand. I think Yunomi says this tea is meant to be drank without sugar. It tasted good without sugar but I added it anyway. This is, like the other Japanese black from yesterday, a bit like a mild Sri Lankan breakfast tea.

I brewed this once in an 16oz Teavana Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 200 degree water for 3 min.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Dried Fruit, Malt

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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82

It has taken some trying for me to like Hojicha. The first time I tried one the roasted flavor was off putting. This one has a fairly pleasant roasted flavor. It is not too strong. I find myself drinking it at night because of the low caffeine content. This one states it is pesticide free and spring tea which I admit it tastes like, meaning the spring taste. I don’t think you can taste pesticides one way or the other. Yunomi definitely has some good teas, so far everything on my order has been good. Regardless, hojicha is an acquired taste.

I brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 175 degree water for 2 min.

Flavors: Roasted

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80

I had very high hopes for this tea. It was good, but did not live up to my expectations. It was sweet, earthy and had no bitterness so I shouldn’t complain. It just tasted a little flat to me. It’s inaccurate to say there was anything bad about this tea, I just expected more as it was “Ancient Tree” tea.

I brewed this six times in a 220ml Gaiwan with 10.2g leaf and boiling water. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, and 20 sec. It seemed a little weaker on the sixth infusion than it should have been.

Flavors: Earth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 7 OZ / 220 ML
tea123

If I may make a comment, I would say 80/100 is generous for a tea that is flat. I do appreciate negatives as well as positives so I thank you for that.

AllanK

It wasn’t tremendously flat, it just tasted a little flat to me. I did enjoy the tea, it wasn’t a bad tea, just not spectacular.

boychik

Allan I take 8g for 100ml for shou.

AllanK

I will try it again next week with more tea. This is going out to you tomorrow, I am curious what you think.

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Today I am drinking a 90’s Liu Bao in a swap from a good tea friend, an international swap. This is a powerful, in your face sort of tea. It has a strong taste of either wet wood or bamboo, not sure which is a better descriptor. I gave this tea ten steeps because I do not have to be up early tomorrow so caffeine is not an issue today.

I steeped this tea ten times in a 150ml gaiwan with 6.5g leaf and boiling water. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, and 1.5 min.

Flavors: Wet Wood

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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I am Allan. I live and work in Long Island, New York. I have been amassing a tea collection for nearly two years and have spent way too much money. I now try to buy mostly Puerh as I like it most and it lasts nearly forever. Black tea has a habit of going bad. If anyone is interested in tea swaps I am open to ideas and have quite a cupboard.

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