2657 Tasting Notes

Still working my way throguh the Obubu sampler pack…

I don’t believe I’ve ever had a hojicha made from roasted sencha before. I saw that this should have been steeped for less time than a regular hoji after I started steeping it…. so I steeped mine for 3.5 minutes. I hope that wasn’t too long. :-/

This has a definite roasty smell and seems lighter in flavor than your normal hoji. I am getting notes of caramel, coffee and a bit floral. Unfortunately I think I might have overbrewed this because I also get a bitterness in the finish that I am not really enjoying. I wish I had more of this to play around with but won’t rate it for now. FAIL!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
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This is not my favorite rooibos but it is enjoyable. I am sipping down a lot of my rooibos blends and seriously coveting a good rooibos chai. I just wish there was one I could find in loose leaf form and locally. This has some pleasant coconut, ginger and apple notes, it’s just that I don’t really love the combination of those things together somehow.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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100

This kabusecha is seriously delicious. I had another one by this same company but ran out of it a while ago, decided it was time to go for it because I remember how good it was. I think that was just called Kabusecha and this is Kabusecha Takamodo. I’m not sure what the difference is between the two.

I steeped this in my Japanese teapot (Kyusu) for 2 minutes. It yields a light green infusion that is slightly thick, sweet and tastes of spinach and nuts with a slight marine flavor. There is not a lot of astringency that you can sometimes find in regular senchas. Kabusecha is shade grown but not to the same degree as gyokuro. One thing I really love about this is the sense of relaxed alertness that it brings, earlier Indigobloom mentioned the “theanine” buzz and this definitely has it. I feel there is something sublime and almost transcendental about this lovely brew. Definitely hard to go wrong with this grower, in my opinion. It also resteeps fairly well.

It looks like Camellia Sinensis also carries this tea if you want to buy it on-line:
http://camellia-sinensis.com/en/kabusecha-takamado

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Stephanie

Sounds great!!!!

TeaBrat

If you like shade grown Japanese green tea I recommend it!

Stephanie

I do, I really do :)

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Herbal tea of the morning. I think I will try to drink a bit less caffeine than I did yesterday, but I feel like I need to drink a lot of fluids. I guess it’s herbal tea & decafs this morning, especially since it’s cold in my apartment.

This is just a basic herbal concoction that is supposed to be good for your liver with different plants like burdock, dandelion, cleavers and stinging nettle. The lemon myrtle is the only thing that gives it much flavor. this is better with a little sweetener, but does that cancel out the effects of the detox? I guess that’s a personal decision. I don’t know if this really works but it certainly can’t hurt anything (unless you have a pre-existing liver or gastro ailment) … Flavor is not wonderful but bearable. I used two teabags in a 10 oz. mug and steeped for 15 minutes per the directions.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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93

Tea of the morning for me. The Steepster dashboard seemed to be frozen all day yesterday but appears to be working again (but for how long?). Annoying but I’m glad it’s fixed.

I’m going to be more in the mood for this now that the weather is colder. This is a solid black tea with some definite smoky notes, but also essence of cherry and plums. I did one steep for 3 minutes and a second steep for 4 minutes. The smoky note has faded quite a bit in the second cup. This is recommended if you like lapsangs and wuyi oolongs as it seems like a combination of both. Compared to a lapsang this has a more mild smoke flavor and is quite good.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Tabby

Yep, it was frozen for a while for me, too. I feel like it’s been happening a lot lately. :/

TeaBrat

It has… unfortunately.

mrmopar

yay still working!

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88
drank Isuzu Matcha by Marukyu-Koyamaen
2657 tasting notes

This matcha was purchased at Asakichi in Japantown that carries these Maruku-Koyamaen teas. They carry over 10 different matchas from this same company, but at the moment they seemed to have mostly the cheaper grades.

This is described as an “entry” grade ceremonial matcha and it’s one of the least expensive they carry. Still, I was told this is a good one for everyday drinking and better than a food grade matcha. They told me it is one of their most popular. Since I don’t know what I am buying I figured I would just go for their suggestion.

When I got home I decided to whisk some of this up. It is definitely a vivid green, and has a smooth, mellow taste that isn’t bitter at all. Although it is definitely on the “seaweed” side of green tea, the taste seems very clean and fresh to me. Someday I will have to try the really expensive matchas to see if they blow my mind…. for now I am happy with this as it seems good quality and is easy enough to drink plain as an everyday sort of tea.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 0 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Backlog…
I had 3 cups of this tea last night and then was up 1/2 the night with terrible indigestion. I don’t think this was a coincidence, some of the herbs in this blend are pretty bitter so I would recommend using this sparingly if you’re going to drink it . bleah. Might need to avoid this herbal blend for a while!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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93

Happy Sunday everyone…

Thank you Teavivre for sending me a sample of this tea. I really would love to have a nice dragonwell in my tea collection, but the good ones are pretty expensive! I was glad to try this for review.

I decided to gong fu this so I put the entire sample in my gaiwan and have been doing short steeps of around 1 minute. I am using the “Summer” gaiwan by Red Blossomm Tea:

http://www.redblossomtea.com/teaware/gaiwan/gaiwan-summer.html

This yields a very light colored tea liquor that is packed with flavor. I am definitely picking up chestnuts with vegetal notes of peas and artichoke. There was a tiny bit of bitterness with steeping for 60 seconds, but that disappeared when I tried steeping for 30 seconds. I preferred the latest steeps a bit more because they were on the sweeter side.

This is definitely a fresh tea that has lots of flavor, I’ve had some really boring dragonwells that seemed stale and flavorless but this is yummy and it resteeps well. I like it a lot!

Preparation
2 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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98
drank Shincha Houryoku by Den's Tea
2657 tasting notes

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My boyfriend and I were out late last night celebrating Halloween so we’re having a lazy day. I thought some green tea would be good to revive us. This is one of 2 shinchas I got from Den’s earlier this year and I definitely will be looking at buying more next year. Sweet, vegetal, grassy taste with a thick mouthfeel. Very soothing and refreshing… see previous notes for more details.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Black Orchid by Mariage Frères
2657 tasting notes

Tea of the afternoon, it’s been a long day as I barely got any sleep last night and had to go to a job interview and then travel home to the mess that is San Francisco due to the Giants parade. I did manage to get a nap in before being woken up by helicopters and now I’m seriously considering moving to the country. But first, I have a presentation to give and tonight is my final night of the 5 week class I’ve been taking.

I decided this would be a nice afternoon tea for me. I used boiling water and it seems a tad more in the bitter and perfumey side than I remember. I should try to remember to use water below the boil because this doesn’t seem as good as the first time I tried it, though I am picking up a lot on the vanilla notes in this blend.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Tealizzy

That’s why I worked from home yesterday. Didn’t want to deal with the parade! Fairfield was nice and quiet. :)

TeaBrat

Lucky you :)

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