223 Tasting Notes

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drank Buckwheat Tea by Wang Korea
223 tasting notes

Out of the 3 buckwheat teas I’ve had so far , this one is at the low end of the scale. There’s a taste in it I can’t describe, that I find really offensive . I love the smell but the taste just doesn’t follow through. It’s also a weak infusion.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Christina

Thanks for taking a bullet for the team, Ubacat! I was seriously considering buying this when I saw it at the store, but that was because of the price. Glad I resisted.

Ubacat

I may have to throw this out it’s so bad but will try a few different infusions before I do. When I smell it dry, I could almost swear it’s a pesticide smell. I don’t think I got that in the first infusion but I had a really short infusion for my first one. This time I made it 5 min. Oh well, I will keep trying buckwheat teas! H&S is the best so far.

yyz

Wierd , mine definitely does not have that, though it isn’t particularly nutty like some of the others. Is it kind of a plasticised smell? Perhaps it from the packaging.

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Had this tea this morning before heading to work. Really enjoyable tea. It’s very light for a green- almost like a yellow tea. It’s also similar to a light oolong because it’s doesn’t have too much of a grassy flavour to it. It’s light, a bit buttery, and vegetal. I could really stock lots of this tea but want to try out some other dragon wells from other companies before I settle on one.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Sobacha by Ito En
223 tasting notes

This sample came to me from Christina.
The brew time was 1.5 min but I increased to 5 min (like the Harney & Sons one). This buckwheat tea is a lighter colour than the Harney & Son’s tea. Brewed , it’s a tasty buckwheat wheat tea. A lighter roast and not quite as nutty and roasty as the Harney & Sons.

Thanks Christina for sending this sample. I’m really enjoying comparing some of the buckwheat teas.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Christina

Thanks for doing a comparison taste! I agree that it’s not as deep in flavour as the other sobacha I’ve tried.

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90

Oh I love this tea! I was wondering how one buckwheat tea can taste different from the next and I guess they can. I tried the buckwheat from Wang and found it okay but weak. This tea is not. It’s rich , full , roasty. It kinda reminds me a bit of coffee in some ways. Of course it’s just a bonus that’s it so healthy and caffeine free too. I could enjoy this anytime. Already been looking at what it would cost to order from Harney & Sons.

Thank-you Dexter3657 for this great sample!

Preparation
Boiling
Christina

How does it compare to the one from Ito-en that I sent you? I was considering the Wang sobacha next (because it was so cheap) but I’m glad to know you thought it weak.

Ubacat

I had to brew up a cup to see so check out my other tasting note. So far the Harney & Son Soba Cha is the nuttiest and deepest roast out of all 3. If you want I can send you some of the Wang sobacha. I’ve got so much of it!!

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Oh this tea is delish! It kinda reminds me of a lemon flavoured green a local tea maker made and I had a few years ago ( and one I really missed having in my cabinet). I don’t think the lemon is too strong at all. It’s got a sweet lemony grassy flavour with just a tiny little bit of mint coming through. I would definitely order more of this tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Genmaicha Sencha by ZenTea
223 tasting notes

This sample was from Dexter3657. I had this yesterday and really enjoyed it. Very roasty toasty flavour and the caffeine was light compared to other genmaichas I’ve had. Probably because there’s a good amount of rice compared to sencha in the mix. I don’t know if this is the right tea I’m leaving my review under. It certainly seems to fit the description but there’s no previous reviews on it….

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Dexter

http://steepster.com/teas/zen-tea/30466-genmaicha
That’s actually the one I sent you. Happy you liked it. :))

Ubacat

Thanks Dexter3657! I looked around trying to find it and this was the only one I could find at the time. Thanks for the link. I can see it’s a popular tea.

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drank Bamboo Shoots by TeaFrog
223 tasting notes

WAs looking forward to the genmaicha in this but even in the dry leaf I didn’t see hardly any toasted rice. Brewed up it has a nice fruity flavour. A pleasant cup of tea but where’s the bamboo and genmaicha flavour? The red peppercorns gave it a little bit of a spicy note that I liked. Overall, not a bad tea but it doesn’t get a really high rating (so far) because I didn’t taste any genmaicha. Someone else commented here that depending on what’s in your sample and you put in your cup, it could change slightly each time you have it. There’s hope then that i may taste the genmaicha next time I try this tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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These little cakes are great for convenience . This time kept the steep time only 10 sec with near boiling water. It was barely enough time for the leaves to break apart in the cake (even though I had poured hot water over it previously and discarded). I’m glad I kept it short. The sticky rice flavouring was very sweet in the first infusion. It didn’t get bitter though and was smooth with a slight astringent taste. Along with the sticky rice I get the earthiness of the pu’er which comes across as a mushroom taste.
2nd infusion – 12 sec. Ahhh, this one is better. The sticky rice flavouring has toned down a lot . It is nicely balanced now.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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90

I couldn’t wait to have this pu-er but I think I butchered the poor cake getting my tea off. Wonder if there’s a better way to do that…
This is one of the most unique and unusual teas I’ve had so far. For the first infusion I used boiling (or near boiling) for 30 sec. It was still pretty strong. I would for next time use 195F instead of boiling and steep for 10 or 15 sec. I still enjoyed the cup with that sweet smokey taste. No bitterness. For other infusions I played around with the temperature (one at 185, one at 195) and using 15 min steeps. The smokey sweet flavour was still there in all the steeps. This tea was a very unusual taste for me compared to my favourite greens , whites & oolongs.
Again I felt that rush of energy without the jitters. This time I didn’t feel the clearing of the head and thoughts ( or maybe just a little bit). This would make such a good morning tea when headed to work but I couldn’t waste the leaves with only one infusion .

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec
mrmopar

You should really gongfu this one. It will give you a different experience.

mrmopar

Oh and you can brew this for days. Just hit it with near boiling water. Just make sure you set it up to drain excess water out between brewing s.

Ubacat

Days? Really? That’s good to know. When I had my 4th steep I was thinking “This is way too much tea for me. How do others infuse so many times?” It’s good to know I can leave the drained leaves and come back to them.

I’m not sure how to do gongfu. I think I need a gaiwan don’t I? I was thinking of getting either a gaiwan or yixing teapot soon.

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I’ve loved tea since I’ve been a kid. Back then it was Old King Cole black tea with milk in it. As the years went by I added in all kinds of teas and moved away from the blacks to more green, white,pu-erh rooibos,& herbal. Just recently I’ve started to enjoy a few blacks again along with oolong. Mostly I would just get my teas from the grocery store, Whole Foods, craft shows with small tea vendors, or when travelling. I did order online from a company years ago but only did the once. It was just in 2013 I joined Steepster and have started some online orders. Love love love Tealux but am hoping to try some different places.

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