1155 Tasting Notes
I decided to take another trip to Japan this afternoon by sampling this Ureshino Kamairicha. I believe this was part of a Monthly Club package tea but it is possible it was a gift for placing an order. Either way I have a sample and intend to sample it’s delights.
The tea is small and rather finely chopped and the leaves are dark green with some stem. It has a sweet yet mineral, green scent, the more I sniff the sweeter it becomes and also more floral, similar to honey suckle and sweet grass.
Following Yunomi steeping instructions:
Serves: One person
Water amount: 1 tea cup / 6 oz / 180 ml
Water temperature: 80C
Tea leaves amount: 5 grams
First Steep (Issen Me – as I am learning Japanese)
30 second infusion
The tea ‘soup’ is yellow green (resembling yellow Jade) and has a sweet yet buttery grass scent. Flavour is very buttery and grassy with some sweetness and a floral after taste. Has a little astringency but at a nice level. Very sweet grass still and with a dry after taste.
Second Steep (Nisen Me)
10 second infusion
Very flavourful for only ten seconds, in fact I think it would have been too astringent if it were any longer. Still buttery and like sweet grass but the dryness has increased though it’s still at a satisfactory level. Also has elements of hay.
Third Steep (Sansen Me)
30 second infusion
An increase in the astringency though it still remains sweet, enough to be pleasant still. Again the dryness has increased also.
It was a nice green tea but if I’m honest it was not unique and I’m afraid I would forget it easily. I am happy to have tried it but it’s not a tea that I would re-stock.
My first order from Yuuki-Cha arrived today :) Plus it’s my Cassie cats 8th birthday today, she is not officially a cat elder (bless her).
This Tencha is mild with elements of butter, flowers and grass. I used roughly 3g or 4g of leaf in my new Futanashi Tokoname teapot (which arrived today also from Yuuki-Cha). It’s so mild yet it has a lovely soothing element, and the after taste is wonderfully green and grassy. Also a little broth like and savoury. A little dry in the after taste but something I can get past.
Very nice so far, will have to keep experimenting in terms of strength. Loving it so far.
This was a Christmas present from my husband which was initially chosen for it’s name as my middle name is Jade. It finally has a beautiful flower caddy now so I can open and try this Oolong after two months of waiting.
I will be following these instructions for my tea:
Water : 3oz / 85ml – 194℉ / 90℃
Use 7 Grams Tea
8 steeps : rinse,25s,25s,30s,40s,60s,90s,120s,180s
Rinsing time is around 5 seconds
The Oolong balls are a mixture of medium and dark greens which have an average size of roughly 4mm.
Closer sniff-spection reveals a sweet (like honey), mineral, grass/straw like scent.
A picture of the balls:
First steep – 25 seconds
Subtle, honeyed, flowers and perfumed. Makes me think of rain pouring onto the leaves of a honeysuckle flower.
Second Steep – 25 seconds
Not as sweet as the previous steep but it is just as gentle. Also getting a creaminess coming through.
Third Steep – 30 seconds
Increasing in flavour but still remaining soft in thickness. The peach is really coming through nicely, sweet yet crisp. Also still very creamy.
Fourth Steep – 40 seconds
Very floral, sweet and creamy. Like honey suckle and peach but mild versions of each. Some dryness and perfume in the after taste.
Fifth Steep – 60 seconds
Much stronger now, peach is still shining through as is the honey suckle. A very nice strength now.
Sixth Steep – 90 Seconds
Remains creamy and silken. Peach is toned down but sweet flowers still very much present.
Seventh Steep – 120 seconds
Still a lot of flavour and no harshness though some mineral vegetal flavours coming through like sweetcorn mixed with fresh spinach.
Eigth Steep – 180 seconds
Lighter now and the sweetcorn has taken over the peach. Still floral and sweet with high creamy notes.
It’s a nice Oolong that is sweet and floral whilst being light yet creamy (for the most part). Nice elements of peach and sweetcorn are found throughout and a hint of perfume in the after taste.
I prefer stronger Oolongs that are more mineral and green but this was very nice, the balance was superb and I think it would be great iced. So while it may not be one of my usual favourites I’m still thankful I bought 2oz of this.
Flavors: Corn Husk, Flowers, Honeydew, Peach
Yesterday morning I awoke to find that there was no hot water, thinking it was the pilot light on the boiler (which is ancient and has instructions which may as well be in a foreign language) so I left it for my husband to do when he got home. He arrived home (late due to overtime) and had a fiddle around for half hour before enlightening me that it’s not the pilot light. On top of the hot water there is also no central heating. So I phoned up the gas company this morning and they sent someone over to have a look (he too was late). The man said his name was Wayne and after ten minutes of reading the instructions and starring intently he had to phone a Mr Gotham. My face lit up, Wayne…Mr Gotham…I knew where this was leading. When he got off the phone I as casually as I could asked what time Batman would be over (not being able to hide the smirk on my face for long). The only response I got was a blank expression and a quiet ‘What?’. I thought it was Batman comedy gold but gas engineers apparently are oblivious to it. Oh well, made myself chuckle anyway! Long story short – Boiler still doesn’t work so I have tomorrow morning off work while Mr Gotham comes over to inspect it himself.
So here I sit with my Genmaicha, a smile on my face and the start of a Civilization V game. Oh well, it could be worse.
While sorting through my teas after placing a hefty order for some more Japanese greens (my new passion) I found this teabag that was sent as part of the Yunomi club package. It’s a large see-through bag with 10g of beautiful bright green leaves that resemble the smell of grass and seaweed. Very sweet and green but also wonderful and vibrant.
The instructions say to leave the bag in one litre of water at room temperature for roughly 4 hours so I prepared everything ready this early evening time and it has been waiting in my kitchen. Well It has roughly 10 minutes left until it’s time to taste. It says it can either be warmed up after the steep or drank as an iced tea. I will be warming it through a little via microwave (going to try 30 seconds, I just want it luke warm).
Ok it’s finished and I had to double the steeping time to 1 minute to make the tea luke warm. The result is a yellow/green looking colour (very similar to Yellow Jade) and has virtually no scent. Also some froth on the top of the water.
It tastes very gentle and weak but does has some sweetness and hints of flowers. Also a little sour and dry, perfumed if you will, but not astringent. It said in the steeping instructions that 2 bags may be required to get it at the desired/personal strength. Another bag would bring out more of the flavours but this is still nice by itself, refreshing really to have such a light green tea.
My husband pulled a face when he touched the side of his cup and asked if it was cold (knowing full well that it was) but after his first sip his expressions changed completely, an enthusiastic ‘Mmmmmm’ parted from his lips.
Overall It’s nice and would be perfectly suited for a hot summers day but for me it’s too soft and I would prefer just a normal method green.
The blend that I loved so much that I purchased and produced 550g worth. Am I crazy? Perhaps, but aren’t we all? My husband says this tea tastes like shredded wheat and well it does bare that resemblance. It’s a nice full on Genmaicha because of the Hojicha so it does have that lovely toasted charm. Through the toast I can taste the sweetness of the Bancha and the blend lightens and becomes almost grassy and green.
Plus I also love that each pot is good for two steeps :D
Just as a side note – I will not be rating or recommending this tea as it seems unfair of me to do so.
I got a sample teabag of this from an order I placed last year for their Earl Grey. I hadn’t heard of the company before but browsing their website I see they have a large variety of flavoured tea bags and offer them all over the world so that gives me some hope for this tea.
This is my lunch time tea (or brunch since I didn’t have one for breakfast) and will be served with some milk. Ok it turns out I have no milk left so I will add a bit of sweetener. (Note to self – buy milk)
It’s milder than I was expecting, in fact it’s smooth for a Ceylon and of medium strength. I can taste malt and fruit, like raisins or fig, rather clean tasting too ie no dry or astringent after taste. I do remember their Earl Grey being rather mild/medium in strength, perhaps their range is the same way? I can’t really say without trying.
I would say this was average, good for those that drink black teas without milk or sugar but not great for those that love strong/bold black teas (such as myself). Not terrible just not for me.
Not usually a fan of Tazo teas but I try not to judge before sampling something new. On another note it’s my cat Ivory’s birthday today, he turns 2 and it’s gone by so fast. RIP to Ebony who would have also been 2 today, I looked out of the window half an hour ago and there was the biggest rainbow I had ever seen and I was in perfect place to admire it. I’ve always called Ivory my little rainbow baby. Ebony and Ivory did everything together so I think it’s his way of wishing his brother a happy birthday from cat heaven :)
(sip, sip, sip) Very tart and sour with in a fruity berry like way. Still rather hibiscus heavy overall though. There is some sweetness but it tastes somewhat chemical and just doesn’t cut through the tartness enough for my liking. It does in a way taste like passion fruit but much tarter.
Not a fan of this at all, may have to throw this away and make another tea as I believe I will struggle to finish this cup. Much too strong hibiscus wise for me.
Another sample to clear from my cupboard that was received in the first round of EU travelling tea box.
Wow this tea tastes strongly like vanilla and nuts, sort of like almond. The black tea is not overpowering but has a nice thickness which the vanilla and nut combination lightens and adds some sweetness.
I wasn’t expecting much from this one but it’s very nice, I could easily drink more of this blend. Not sure it would be a must buy but I would order it from a cafe. Lovely, happy I got to try this one.
Flavors: Nuts, Vanilla
I have a pyramid teabag sample of this blend to sample while I watch The Fifth Element this afternoon (I love that film).
Ok this tea is pretty bad, it has very little cinnamon in it! It just tastes like a black tea with a slight dry spicy after taste that lasts a second. The black tastes like a Yunnan so it’s very thick and malty with some smoke, not the best match for cinnamon anyway in my opinion.
Throwing this one away :/