2816 Tasting Notes
I got this as a free sample at the SF International Tea Festival. Republic of Tea was there, and they were very nice. This blend was created for their 20th anniversary.
Often times with RoT I find I really need two teabags instead of one to get my tea as strong as I would normally drink it. This definitely tastes like a rooibos and herb blend. It’s well balanced but nothing really stands out to me, aside from the minty aftertaste which I don’t really care for and the slightly medicinal flavor. Sorry to be a negative nelly, but I really did not care for this at all and did not finish the cup. I like the concept of the twenty herbs but I think there is too much going on here for me.
This tea is very good today – I think it is green twig tea made from fukamushi sencha. It’s very green and sweet. Grassy but not very astringent at all, very pleasant. I should go on another Japanese green tea kick, I certainly have enough of it already. Den’s Tea recommends you store your Japanese green teas in the refrigerator – does anyone else do that? I moved mine last night…
I just read through the tasting notes and it’s very interesting to see the variety of responses to this one…
I got my Den’s Tea sampler in the mail today and was very excited, wow, that was fast but they are in Southern California. I was impressed by the literature they sent and all of the different brewing guides/instructions.
So it’s been ages since I’ve had a Houjicha really. I chose this because I wasn’t ready to go to sleep quite yet and thought I might try something with light caffeine. Steeped for about 90 seconds in an infuser mug, one rounded teaspoon to about 6 oz of water, 205 F.
Ah yum! I thought this was delicious. I love the roasted smell and the flavor is also woody, earthy, roasted, nutty and a bit sweet like molasses or honey. It doesn’t really taste like a green tea, it’s very meeeelllllllooowww, DUDE. :) This would be a nice one to have around for afternoon and evening and the price is sure right.
I thought this was excellent and I would definitely purchase it again. I’m looking forward to trying all the other teas in my sampler now. :)
This one came as a sample from LiberTeas – so thank you very much for letting me try it!
Ovation Teas has not even been on my radar until now so I just went to their website to check them out, they have a lot of interesting looking stuff.
I’m not really sure about this tea though. I thought the black tea base was fine for me personally (others remarked on the bitterness). I think it’s more the flavoring here that did not strike a chord with me. I do like figs, and brown sugar of course. I’m not even sure what this tastes like to me, a slightly sweet raisin-esque kind of concoction? I didn’t hate it but something was missing. I liked the flavor a bit better after adding soymilk but I don’t think I would purchase this. A little sad because I was hoping it would be fantastic…
I’ve become a little obsessed with pu-erh lately and spend way too much time looking at pictures of beengs and bricks on the internet. I need to drink more of what I have before getting more :)
In any case I discovered the best steeping time for this brick is 195 F for around 60 seconds. see my previous notes… still love it
I really just got these for everyday drinking at the office and whatnot. These are small raw green (sheng) touochas. I did a quick rinse and did my first steep at 60 seconds and the second at 2 minutes, both with around 180 F water.
These are nice and inexpensive – I got a whole bag for $6.50 which has 20 or so pieces in it (I did not count). The flavor is mellow, earthy and malty. With the shorter steep I was picking up some apple flavors but with the longer steep I got some slightly bitter flavors. They claim these are aged but I don’t know for how long, they still seem kinda young. They are of good quality as you can see the long leaves unfurl with only a bit of broken leaves. Amazing how they were able to compress all that in a little cake.
I liked this, good for every day, not as astringent and sour as some sheng tou chas I’ve had but certainly nothing as complex as their loose leaf sheng pu-erhs.
Thanks so much to Jillian for this one who answered my swap request for some more green darjeelings to try! I’m sorry abut the now defunct Simple Leaf because I never got to order anything from them but at least I get to try this one.
This reminds me a lot of a Chinese green tea and I don’t think there’s terribly much about it which would cause me to suspect it’s from darjeeling. It is nutty and slightly vegetal, very mild in flavor with some astringency in the finish. I think I am picking up a few delicate spicy notes – or is that just wishful thinking? In any case I was just sitting here reading JacquelineM ‘s note thinking I might try cold brewing some of this as well. I generally prefer my green teas to be slightly more flavorful but this wasn’t bad at all.