Creha Tea

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Yay, I’m so excited! I’ve been wanting to try Creha’s flavored Japanese black teas ever since I found them on Yunomi. They have a number of unique (and classic) flavors and most of them sound amazing. Unfortunately, they don’t offer sample sizes of these teas, and most of them are around $17 for 50g. So when I built up a bunch of rewards points by writing reviews, I knew exactly what I wanted to spend them on! First of all, this canister is freaking adorable! And I love the unique artwork on the front (this art is different for each flavor). The tea itself was packaged in a cellophane bag inside the tin, which is a nice extra layer of freshness. The leaves look whole and quite pretty, they’re a bit curly and very dark in color with some reddish spots. The flavoring is definitely very powerful in the dry scent (mostly because it was just opened). It reminds me of grape soda, and there’s an alcoholic edge because it’s so strong. Hopefully the scent mellows a bit over time.

Happily, the steeped tea does not have an overpowering grape aroma, and there’s no trace of alcohol. It smells lovely and sweet, and I can detect the black tea’s aroma as well. Yum, I actually quite like this. I admit, it’s definitely an artificial grape flavor, but I don’t mind that with the black tea. There is the teensiest hint of bitterness in the beginning of the sip, so perhaps this one needs a slightly lower water temperature or shorter time. Otherwise the base tea is very smooth and mellow, and tastes mildly of bread and malt. There’s also a little bit of creamy honey and some hay notes. It’s quite good, and I bet this would be amazing iced.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Candy, Grapes, Hay, Honey, Malt, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Stephanie

Sounds good

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Ureshino Matured by Creha Tea
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Preparation
5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Kitsuki First Flush by Creha Tea
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Sipdown, 141. Thanks to Yunomi.us for this free sample of a Japanese black tea.

As with my other sample from Yunomi, this sample was composed largely of tiny tea pieces and a lot of dust. I filtered out a lot of the dust before brewing. I also was cautious with my steeping parameters out of fear of it going bitter on me.

Steeped, it smells remarkably like the Taiwanese black tea I had recently. Very fruity, sweet, with a honeyed mead-like note. It smells pretty good considering I am not usually one for fruity black teas. However, I took a sip and you should have seen the horrific face I made. This is perhaps the most bitter tea I have ever had the displeasure of putting in my mouth. The extreme of bitter. It may be the most bitter thing I have ever tried. The bitterness is still lingering in the recesses of my mouth, coating my tongue. As it’s fading it kind of reminds me of grapefruit rind, but worse. I will not be taking another sip. I do think this may be more to do with the low quality of the sample rather than the tea itself, but I will never know.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

eww, bummer

Dinosara

Yeah I think it was exacerbated by the huge difference in smell versus taste. I feel like I can often “smell” bitterness in a tea, but not in this one!

stellis

I bought a 1.41 oz tin of this same tea and found the same flavors, but no bitterness. It wasn’t that flavorful to me. I liked it well enough, but won’t order again. I think you’re right that the sample was the issue.

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Sipdown, 147. So, Yunomi.us has a thing where you can request free samples for review. You can select two teas, and they do warn you that requests are not guaranteed and they may substitute a similar tea in its place. Fair enough. I requested two black teas because I am curious about Japanese black teas, so I chose two that sounded most interesting (based on the limited descriptions) and sent off my request. I didn’t notice at first that I got neither of the teas I requested. One was a different first flush black tea; I am satisfied with that substitution. The other was this tea. I would not consider banana flavored black tea to be similar to unflavored black tea other than the fact that they both contain black tea. Also, of all the flavors they could have sent me, I happen to hate banana flavoring (I barely like bananas themselves), so this may backfire on them. I know they couldn’t have known that, but they could have played it safer and sent a different unflavored black tea. Also, whether due to international shipping in a flat envelope or initial packaging, this sample was mostly dust, which isn’t promising. (Note that I did just get samples from Teavivre in a flat envelope and the Oriental Beauty oolong in that was not crushed to bits).

The dry leaf smells like banana candy, not shockingly. The steeping instructions provided give a time (2.5 minutes) but not a leaf to water ratio or a temp, so I guessed. I was scared of the tea dust, so I gave it a cooler temp. After one minute the liquor was already very dark, so I pulled the brew basket. Now it smells like banana candy with a slightly grounding background of black tea, but I can’t make out enough beyond the banana flavoring to tell much about it.

Yup, it tastes like banana runts. You know the little fruit-shaped candies, each with a different flavor, and there were the little yellow banana guys? I never see runts around anymore. Although someone did have to use them in an episode of Cutthroat Kitchen recently. Anyway, it tastes like banana runts. And a hint of black tea, mostly coming through as a slight punch of bitterness in the back. I do think that if I liked the type of flavoring used here, I might like the tea itself. But I’ll never really know, I guess. Oh well, hopefully the other tea I got will turn out better.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

lol, Runts! How interesting that they sent you this one as your sample. I forget what they sent me as mine but it wasn’t flavored.

Stephanie

Oh right they sent me a first flush shincha! It was good too!

Sil

runts are still all over the place here… heh

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I haven’t had this tea inawhile – I forgot how yummy this one is! Its creamy, chestnutty, roasty, and a little sweet. A perfect cup while I work on my knitting. I think I’ll be keeping this in permastock!

If you didn’t catch the blog review, http://oolongowl.com/sweet-roasted-chestnuts-black-tea-from-creha-tea-via-yunomi-us-tea-review/

Cameron B.

Sounds delicious! Looking at their selection, this is one of those retailers that I wish would offer smaller packages or a sampler. A lot of these flavors sound amazing but I’m not likely to pay upward of $12 to try them. :(

lolainred

mmmm… that sounds amazing!

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I think my tea stash is out of control. I’m forgetting that I own some things, but more often I can’t find things. After my vacation, I’m going to work on doing some chalk board labels on the tins.
I wanted a black blend, though i can’t remember which one I wanted and where it was. This cute tin was in the front, so it met one of the criteria of being a black blend.

Yum, so smoooth! I love chestnut and there’s something so differently flavored about Japanese tea blends. Next Yunomi order I’m getting another flavor.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec
TeaBrat

this sounds yummy…

Stephanie

Oh cool, another chestnut tea! I am so intrigued by these!

BrewTEAlly Sweet

I agree with stephanie!:D

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Yum! This tea is super creamy tasty! Lots of chestnut flavor (moreso on the pastry filling side than actual roasted chestnut) and a hint of cocoa flavor! The japanese black tea is also the star – it’s light and woody, quite different than other black teas out there.

Deadly is this tea has other flavors that I want to try – Strawberry, Grape, Peach, Sakura and Yuzu.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2013/08/21/sweet-roasted-chestnuts-black-tea-from-creha-tea-via-yunomi-us-tea-review/?fb_source=pubv1

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec
moraiwe

Chestnut teas are something I’ve very much wanted to drink more of. This sounds so good!

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