1368 Tasting Notes
Interesting! I had never heard of Genmaicha before. Toasted rice! Popped corn! With a green tea? What a surprise! It has a toasty flavor. I’m learning to appreciate a nice green tea because the green tea knows how to bring out the other flavors included. The smell of the toasted rice reminds me of a certain cereal from my childhood, but I’m not sure which. And I doubt the cereal was even made of toasted rice. You can smell and taste the popcorn, and there was only a couple little pieces in my sample. I wonder what a tea would be like with mostly popcorn? And would you add butter to it? :D
Let me tell you… this tea tastes WAY better than it smells. I can’t even keep it around my other teas, the smell is so strong. Before I drank it the first time, I was a bit hesitant to drink it because of the smell. I do like the FLAVOR though. I’ve drank this tea before (not sure why I didn’t leave a tasting note) but the local newspaper said to try maple syrup in tea. I didn’t know why I didn’t think of this myself. I thought I’d try a spoonful of the maple in this tea, as sort of a tree theme (you know, maple syrup, pine-smoked tea…) It is GOOD. I have never sweetened any tea with anything before. I usually like to drink tea by itself (and I get enough sugar elsewhere in my diet – I don’t need sugar in the one thing I eat that doesn’t have sugar in it!) The rating for this tea, is for how I might rate it without the maple in it. By itself, the tea is a nice smoky black. But occasionally, why not add a bit of maple to a cuppa tea?
I’m no coffee drinker. I prefer tea. But this lovely tea actually tastes like a mild coffee (it has caffeine), which is PERFECT for me. The second steep is darker than the first, tastier, and blacker than a cup of coffee. I did not know a “coffee tea” like this existed, and it will now be a favorite. Yum!
I love a good rooibos. This is very good. It works as a delicious red tea with a smooth vanilly flavor but I’m not sure why I’m not getting much of a “coconut cream pie” taste here. Maybe because a rooibos tea naturally tastes like that to me, or maybe because my sample had mostly rooibos and was missing the other good stuff to give it that coconut pie flavor. (It looked like plain rooibos in the package to me.) It may be because there is more tea out of the infuser than in it, so it just keeps steeping. (Though that is no fault of the tea, just my infuser.) Theories, theories. But if you like red tea, this is one to try anyway!
I’m not familiar with oolong teas. I didn’t expect the floral scent! I want to say a mild gardenia, if that sounds good. I don’t even like gardenia! And no matter how much I love the delicious white peachy flavor, I’m trying to smell it as much as I’m tasting it. A tea like this is like drinking juice without all that sugar. This would also work really well as an iced tea. This is my favorite peachy tea! And this can definitely be steeped multiple times! The second steep was just as strong, if not stronger. I received this as a sample in a very generous package from Butiki!
I once went to a Mexican restaurant and ordered the hot chocolate. I assumed they would have a ton of spices in it. Instead, I’m pretty sure they just took a plain package of hot chocolate and mixed it with water (they could have at least used milk). But the rest of the dinner was boring too. This is kind of the spiciness I wanted the hot chocolate to taste like. I actually steeped a bag of this in some hot chocolate once, and it wasn’t bad! I originally got a free sample of this and liked it so much, I bought a box. Very sweet and spicy! I don’t usually like ginger very much, but the other things in this tea kind of mask it.