174 Tasting Notes
This is tart and pretty hibiscusy, but it’s also nice, because there are some distinct non-hibiscus fruit flavours in here that linger nicely on the finish. The orange and pineapple notes make this juicy and pretty pleasant. I do wish it was a bit sweeter naturally.
I think this would probably be pretty lovely iced, with some sugar.
Flavors: Hibiscus, Orange, Pineapple, Tart
This was labelled brown rice, but I’m fairly certain it’s actually roasted buckwheat. It doesn’t look or taste like rice.
It’s warm and toasty tasting, quite dry, no sweetness. Quite nice, though I find myself wishing for it to be a little bit malty. It was a good cup to accompany dinner.
Flavors: Grain, Nutty, Roasted
I got this as a free sample from Sonya’s Flowers. That’s the only reason I have this and the only reason I’m drinking it. I don’t like hibiscus in blends, so I wouldn’t expect it to be different when it’s straight. And it isn’t.
The liquor is an intense red, which is gorgeous. The smell is tart and floral, and the taste is mostly tart, with a light floral hint that I don’t usually detect (or at least, identify as the hibiscus) when it’s in blends.
Best to send the rest of this sample off to someone who can appreciate it, because I definitely can’t.
Flavors: Floral, Hibiscus, Tart
I haven’t had this in a while, but I’ve been craving it for a bit now. My palate has improved a fair bit since I last made a cup, and I’m excited to drink this again.
When I was first getting into loose leaf tea I lucked into a package of gyokuro on clearance for incredibly cheap, and I fell in love with it, not knowing what I’d picked up. I was shocked to discover how expensive this tea is when I went to go restock – figures, I always tend to have expensive taste by accident.
My first steep of just over 30 seconds is definitely over steeping this. It’s so incredibly rich and thick, with an almost overpowering flavour. Not at all astringent though. The liquor is a bright yellow green . Umami, seaweed, grassy and roasted flavours coat my mouth. It’s broth-like and there’s an almost meaty quality to this. The finish is seaweed and roasty. Delicious, but almost too much.
Second steep, and I’m wondering if maybe I just overleafed this. 15 seconds and this cup is almost as intense as the first, with a hint of bitterness. The flavour and nose doesn’t really change from steep to steep – seaweed, umami, roasty. Very delicious. I can already feel myself getting over caffeinated.
For my third steep I pulled half the leaves out of my gaiwan, and did a quick pour on and pour off. This is still very flavourful but light and delicate compared to the last two steepings. Better.
I’m really enjoying this, but I think I will have to take a break and revisit it later. It’s a little bit like eating a rich meal first thing in the morning – tasty but a bit too much.
Flavors: Bitter, Broth, Grass, Roasted, Seaweed, Umami
This is a nice chai to drink straight, no sugar or milk. The dominant flavour is cinnamon, and I’m not getting much in the way of other distinctive chai spices. However, the cinnamon with the earthiness of the mate makes for a much better, more balanced cup than just black tea and lots of cinnamon. It’s surprisingly smooth and light for a 7 minute steep too – no astringency.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Earth, Spicy
Oh my god, this tea is amazing to drink while eating chocolate. I’m working on an absurdly huge bag of Lindt chocolate, a result of too little self control in an outlet mall. The rich sweetness of the chocolate that lingers after a bite just makes each sip of this incredibly creamy and loaded with vanilla notes. I have the urge to try making hot chocolate with this tea as the base. Mmmm.
Went to the farmers market this morning and drank a cup of genmaicha chai from the GreenBean coffee stand. It was a great choice for just walking around with a take out cup with the leaves in it. The chai spices complimented the light, toasted flavours of the genmaicha perfectly. I definitely need to get this tea or one like it for my cupboard.
Holy wow this is delicious. I accidentally steeped it for about an hour and it’s just smooth and tasty. The dominant flavours are cinnamon and coconut. There’s a nice heat at the back of the throat, a touch of fruitiness and lots of really delightful sweetness. And not a trace of that woody dryness that sometimes comes with rooibos – it almost has a creamy mouth feel. I may make myself a second cup of this right away, it’s that good.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Coconut, Creamy, Fruity, Spicy, Sweet