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Drank an unknown genmaicha at my favourite sushi restaurant. So this review is for whatever green tea (genmaicha) they serve at Azuma sushi restaurant.

Weak green base (buttery, light, not vegetal or grassy at all), light toasted rice flavour. I mean, it isn’t an amazing genmaicha (I’d rate it a 50/100 for being too weak and not very remarkable), but it’s free and kept me hydrated while I enjoyed my lychee peach martini and amazing sushi. I absolutely love sushi, but since I became a vegetarian, my options are slightly limited since I’m also intolerant to garlic/allium plants. I had cucumber rolls, inari (sweet tofu skin dumpling with rice in the middle), agedashi tofu (deep dried tofu in miso broth), and I split a tomago roll (sweet cooked egg omelette with rice vinegar cooked into it). The fried egg + rice + seaweed with a touch of pickled ginger…that’s what I live for. Of course, I know the ginger is a palate cleanser, but I like it on my sushi sometimes. There is no wrong way to enjoy your food or tea, eat/drink what makes you happy.

Flavors: Grain, Rice, Toasted, Toasted Rice, Toasty

Preparation
Boiling

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You couldn’t possibly dislike this blend (unless you didn’t like coconut). It has all the makings of the perfect dessert tea.

The black base is so smooth and rich. I find it malty, creamy, hints of nuts and butter. It resteeps very well also.

The coconut is super creamy and nutty, no soapy gross flavours at all. I think it might be toasted, because the nutty flavour in this blend must be coming from the coconut or black tea.

Strong sweet maple flavour, not artificial at all, but the perfect strength. As a Canadian, I can certify this maple flavour is delicious and realistic. It also goes very well with all the tasty spices (cinnamon?, very light on the cardamom, I actually would have liked more cardamom, but I think my teaspoon of looseleaf had no cardamom pod in it). The nutty flavour tastes like toasted almonds and toasted walnuts. Maybe I’m imagining the nuts because I associate maple flavoured things with maple walnut icecream, but either way, this blend has it all.

Flavors: Almond, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Coconut, Cream, Creamy, Honey, Milk, Nuts, Nutty, Pastries, Spices, Sweet, Tannin, Toasty, Vanilla, Walnut

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

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Flavors: Almond, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Coconut, Cream, Creamy, Maple, Maple Syrup, Nutty, Pastries, Spices, Sweet, Tannin, Tea, Walnut

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

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drank Cha Yen Thai by Teavana
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This is my favourite non-fruity iced tea. Well, I suppose it is a bit fruity with the pineapple, but mostly it is a mixture of sweet, woody rooibos, strong black tea, and chai spices.

I can really taste all the ingredients (anise, cardamom, clove, ginger, coconut, rooibos, black tea) and the pineapple is a tiny bit fruity and sweet, which goes with this very well. I’ve only got 10 cups worth of loose leaf left, an I’m really disappointed that this was discontinued.

I like this hot, as a latte (or slightly sweetened latte), or as an iced tea. It has many applications!

Flavors: Almond, Anise, Cardamon, Chestnut, Clove, Cloves, Coconut, Fruity, Ginger, Honey, Nectar, Nutty, Pineapple, Roasted nuts, Rooibos, Spices, Spicy, Sugarcane, Sweet, Tannin, Tea, Wood

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 3 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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drank Cha Yen Thai by Teavana
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drank Golden Dragon Yellow Tea by Teavana
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drank Mulberry Tea by Silk Road
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drank Mulberry Tea by Silk Road
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drank Mulberry Tea by Silk Road
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Drinking a cheap pu’erh I bought online. I have no idea what flavour it is supposed to be, or anything about how it was made or stored.

Broke apart the mini cake (individual serving) and rinsed in water for 10 seconds to rid myself of the dust and tiny bits. I didn’t use a proper instrument to break apart the cake, so there were lots of tiny bits.

Steep 1: Boiling water, 100 mL, 20 seconds (which was too long and I had to dilute it with 50% water)
This is the smoothest pu I’ve ever had and the only one without that spicy burn-my-throat sensation I get at the end of each sip. Strong flavour of tea, minerals, very Earthy like peat moss or forest soil.

Steep 2: 100 mL almost boiling water, 10 seconds
Earthy flavour, more puerh tea flavour, no bitterness or astringency. No icky storage taste at all. When I first got these, they smelled so terrible I had to plug my nose to open the package. I let them sit out in my bedroom (in the cold basement) for six months and they are fantastic now. I wish I could remember who I bought them from on ebay, I still have 10 left, but I want to buy more.

Steep 3: 100 mL hot water, 8 seconds
It tastes like the smell of the beach (the smell of salt, although this tea is not salty, seaweed, wet sand).

Steep 4: 50 mL boiling water, 8 seconds
More of the same, but with some toasty notes.

Steep 5: 150 mL boiling water, 12 seconds
Definitely a distinct ocean/beach taste and smell, but still very Earthy. Slightly toasty like a toasted oolong or green tea. No vegetal notes, but I would describe the Earthiness as a cross between wet sand and dried moss.

100/100 I absolutely love this pu’erh, and intend to drink it frequently.

Flavors: Earth, Mineral, Ocean Air, Ocean Breeze, Peat Moss, Sand, Seaweed, Smooth, Wet Earth, Wet Rocks

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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I think I speak for everyone here when I say tea is one of the greatest luxuries in life.

I am a biochem major hoping for a career in research genetics and evolutionary biology. I love science fiction and spend too much time reading comics.

I drink mostly flavoured and low caffeine teas/tisanes, but I will try anything twice. I’m always open for trades and sample sale/exchanges. Message me any time :)

Favourite flavours/ingredients:
Rum, Raisin, chai spices, cardamom, lychee, floral/rose, jasmine, milk, malt, or creamy, toasty, dessert/food flavours, chocolate, earthy, decaf or no caffeine, very unusual flavours

Favourite tea types
Decaf teas (any variety), Yellow, Oolong, Purple, white (except vegetal ones like Bai Mu Dan), Black, Pu’erh

Least favourite flavours/ingredients:
Acidic fruity herbals, sour/tart, usually melon, sometimes tangerine, grapefruit, bitter/astringent, smoky, gunpowder, high caffeine, yerba mate, I seem to get a stomach ache from stevia

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Cease and Desist! – 52 Teas
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Everything from Whispering Pines
Golden Monkey – Teavana
Earl Pink and French Toast – Liq Proust
Mad Snikerdoodle – Mad Hat Tea Company
Archeopteryx Feathers – Tea-Historic

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