12 Tasting Notes

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drank Genmaicha by Say Tea
12 tasting notes

This is my first time trying this tea. My brain hurts a little seeing little puffy clouds of puffed rice and what appears to be hamster poo all mixed in with some very vegetal smelling green tea. There were no instructions about brewing so I used a tsp in 98 deg [probably too hot in hindsight] for 4mins. The cup smelled much nuttier than before and very vegetal, which was the predominate taste. I added agave nectar to sweeten before I had tasted it and I wish I hadn’t – next time I will drink it unsweetened. I almost feel like eating something with marmite on it with this tea – strange.

I will drink the rest of my sampler, but I’m not sure if I will buy more.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Luthien

My default for green teas I haven’t tried before with is 77C for two and a half minutes. 98 is way too hot and four minutes is a bit too long. It would be worth trying the lower temperature and shorter steeping time with this one to see if you like it better next time.

bonnievantastic

You’re right for sure – too hot for too long. Maybe I’m just too intense for green tea lol! I will try that thanks so much I will let you know how it goes :)

S

I still haven’t tried Genmaicha, but it sounds yummy!
Re:temperature, most of my green tea says 160-180 F degrees, 3 minutes, so I would try something in that range. :)

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100

I am just getting into the finicky art of second steeping – I brewed this one up with 98 deg water for ~8 minutes. It was definitely weaker, I wouldn’t advise a secind brew unless you add maybe another half tsp. loose to it for some muscle. I guess it is better than throwing it out, right?

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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96

I am a big coffee fan and so when I smelled the canister of this tea I was pretty excited! It is highly caffeinated, which is great when you are looking for a morning jolt, but the brew is so silky and rich you may give it a chance over your morning joe. Of course, being Canadian and having a Tim Horton’s gene has lead me to primarily enjoy this tea in the afternoon when you need a little decadent pick-me-up. It smells like a confectionary went into a forest and the liquor is simply devine.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
takgoti

Jumpy Monkey? Dude. Waves Auggy over.

Auggy

Another tea I have to try just because of the name! Though the confectionery going into the forest thing? That sounds pretty awesome, too.

Beckara

Haha! I totally know what you mean about the Tim Horton’s gene! Where I’m from, other coffee shops, (Coffee Time, Starbucks, even) get pushed out of business by Timmy’s…

Zurichnee

“It smells like a confectionary went into a forest and the liquor is simply devine.” – love it!

Michelle Butler Hallett

Excellent description.

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76

So yummy! The rooibos is a great balancer to the mint, which seems to over-power the chocolate flavor. The liquor is coppery and the brew is very smooth – definitely a nice alternative to straight mint.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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71

Once I figured out how to steep this one correctly it was great. The first few times I brewed it the water was too hot and the scalded leaves tasted like tingles gum – ya, the one that you are sure is made of soap. Anyway, banish your judgement of my ignorance because this is a beautiful tea. Very delicate and sophisticated, one of the few florals that is not over-powering. I really love steeping some lemon peel with this tea or squeezing some into the liquor.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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100

This is my favorite green tea, hands down! I love that you get a little show while you wait for the tea to steep as the pearls unroll and get cosy at the bottom of your mug. And as the leaves are so long you really don’t need a filter of any kind, they just sink to the bottom. This does, however lead to some very strong tea by the time you get to the bottom of the cup, but I just use fewer pearls per cup and give it more time to steep.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Jillian

I love teas that appeal visually aswell as taste-wise. Adagio’s Black Dragon Pearls are neat like that too – it’s like sea-anemone garden in your teacup. :D

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50

Holy berries Batman! I’m not really a fan of fruity teas, but we wanted to give this one a try because I’m getting hooked on bergamont. In the tin the scent of berries seems artificial and altogether too strong, and it is overpowering in the [hot] cup. Our tin sat untouched in the cupboard for ages and I was about to throw it out when I tried cold-brewing it to make some iced tea. It was amazing!! I was really impressed at the smooth flavor of the brew that didn’t have even the slightest hint of bitterness. Oh, and it had the most wonderful body! It was the first time I have ever experienced a thick cold-brew liquor. As a hot tea, I would not recommend it at all unless you really really like berries. Then you should still save your money and just buy some berries and some good tea. But if you are a cold-brewer than for sure try this one out!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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63

I got this one for my husband who was looking for a refreshing tea that was low-caffeine for those late night brews. He really enjoys it and I think its pretty good. There is a certain amount of astringency from the citrus and juniper, but I think that adds to the flavor. The flavlor is complex and if you enjoy tangy teas then you would probably really like this one.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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51

Not such a fan of this one – I find it to be a bit too buttery, I prefer the liquor to be a little less thick.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec
takgoti

That’s funny. The qualities you don’t like in it make it sound like a tea I could get along with well.

bonnievantastic

I enjoy the two qualities on their own, but I found it a little off-puuting here, like it was fermented after brewing or something. I don;t know, that makes it sound awful. Maybe a better comparison is like you would probably not enjoy a whole glass of dulce de leche but a spoonful is lovely. Ya, like that.
This one is not far off from the feeling I get from thw quanzou milk oolong.

takgoti

Haha, I see. Well put.

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86

Its funny, I tried this at my in-laws, and assumed it would be pretty mediocre. Was I ever surprised when this turned out to be the best rooibos I have ever tasted and by far one of the smoothest cinnamon blends. You can taste the little notes of anise and cloves as well, it just feels like you glow when you have a big mug of this in hand. My favorite way to enjoy the coppery liquor is to blend in some dark honey that adds sweetness but also another layer of richness – my husband also likes this one with a little dollop of dulce de leche for a dessert drink with a slug of brandy in it. Devine.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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