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1 tbsp for 300 ml
This tea has a vaugly coffee smell to it, but, at least for this steeping, I dont taste any of it. It tastes like a butter cookie. Nice!
So much to get done today. Bleh. Well, at least I have tea.
Finally I have fully settled into my new home, which means that there is time for some tea!! :) This is a houjicha with a strong roasted, coffee-like aroma. I kept the brewing time short because I was worried that the flavour was too overpowering, and I was happy with the result. A very stimulating bittersweet tea to wake you up in the morning.
This is my favorite Earl Grey tea I have had so far. You can really taste the citrus without it becoming overwhelming.
Very light and pleasant tea. It smells very sweet to me, but it doesn’t taste overly sweet. I could really pick up on the vanilla.
This is the other Hawaiian blend that I got in sachets from Lupicia recently. I love Lupicia’s flavored green oolongs, including their pineapple (+coconut) oolong. Pineapple + guava oolong? Yes please!
Again, under suboptimal brewing conditions, but I can tell this is awesome. That nice, buttery-floral green oolong base with tasty pineapple and guava. Very tropical, very refreshing. I also recently had a different guava flavored tea from Lupicia and was very fond of it, so it seems like I like their guava flavoring too. This is really great, so glad I bought it!
Backlog from earlier today. The best part about reaching my tea goals is finally being able to try all the teas I bought in the last month, haha. I had such a strict tea consumption schedule that was inviolate.
When I saw this one, I knew I had to have it. Lupicia’s Earl Grey is my favorite earl, so take that and add passion fruit and rose? Yes please. By the time I got around to ordering it, it was already only available in sachets. I guess if I love it I will have to go to Hawaii to get more, or hope they do a limited online sale of it like this time.
Yes, this is lovely. Even under suboptimal steeping conditions this is really good. Strong bergamot, just like their earl, but so well balanced, and the passion fruit just adds a nice sweetness to it, plus the tastiness that is passion fruit. The rose is present but not very strong, just adding some light florals. Really nice, and I’m very happy I picked this one up.
I haven’t tried this hot, actually. But it’s f***ing fantastic as an iced tea. So refreshing, like biting into a fresh citrus fruit. I thought it would be too sour for me, especially since I’m not a fan of grapefruit at all, but it was just right. Probably my favorite green for iced tea, followed closely by Lupicia’s I would recommend using a little less tea than you should use for other iced teas because the grapefruit flavor gets rather concentrated if steeped overnight.
I cold-brewed this with a little bit of sugar. It’s excellent as an iced tea. The barley tea flavor sort of dominates the tea, so there’s only a hint of the watermelon once this brews, but it’s enough to give the tea a refreshing flavor. Barley teas make the best iced teas, I think. I still like the strawberry barley tea more, though.
This was a pleasant black tea. It’s sweet-smelling and smooth, not too astringent at all, really tasty to drink straight, without milk or sugar. I think this would make a great base for milk tea, or to blend with white flavored teas. Not the best I’ve ever had, but something I wouldn’t mind drinking again =)
Sipdown for me. This isn’t a bad flavored tea but it’s not one of my favorites from Lupicia so I doubt it will be a repurchase for me. Still there is some sense of relief that it’s gone so I can move on to other things…. :)
Well this was an unexpected sipdown. I received a sample of this and it turned out to be a pyramid tea bag. It smells and tastes very strongly of toasted rice. It reminds me of the rice that is slightly burnt on the edges of a stone pot like in bibimbap. That part is always my favorite. Anyway, I’m not tasting the green tea base as strongly, but it is a very nice genmaicha. If I didn’t already have so much genmaicha, I would probably order this. Maybe I will when I run out of my current stash.
I tried to use the new timer feature on the Steepster app and it froze with a minute to go… I realized this when I thought this must have been going for longer than 3 minutes, haha. Luckily I had been planning to have this with milk and sugar anyway.
Also Sipdown, 108. A bit sad to see this one go as it is delicious with milk and sugar. Maybe someday I’ll restock it.
I am trying out the app’s attach photo feature! Interested to see how it comes through. ETA: woah, it changes the photo for the tea! That’s not really optimal. I will change it back in a bit.
My last cup of this tea and I’m actually quite enjoying it. More than last time anyway. I’m at my parents house looking after their dogs while they pick up a new Dachshund puppy. It’s a 6 hour drive there and back so quite a long way but the new puppy will be nice for them. This is their second Dachshund now, my mum loves them, not sure she would ever go back to another breed. They are calling the new puppy Jim after Jim Morrison.
That’s my quick steepster summary for now, back to playing To The Moon on Steam. :)
I bought this tea on a whim because I wanted to see the vibrant green water color. The color is very pretty—a bright clear yellowy green that makes me smile. The tea has a very light, sweet flavor, a bit buttery. Really pleasant, but not overwhelming. It’s tasty.
What really caught me was the aroma of this tea. It’s sweet and buttery without being cloying. It just smells really delicious. I’ve basically been holding my tea cup up to my face and sniffing it for the past fifteen minutes, it’s that good.
I would definitely buy this again, and am already dreading the day I run out.
Sooo happy right now. My awesome mom bought this for me at the mall and sent it along in a care package, aww. The first time I tried this tea was actually with her at a bakery in California, so I have some fond memories. Anyway, the dry leaves smell so peachy and sweet like candy. In fact, the tea itself reminds me of Asian peach gummies in a liquid form. I don’t like to add sweeteners to my teas, so I love it when they are already sweet like this one. After a week of drinking mostly straight oolongs, the sweetness was overwhelming, but in a good way. I will have to try to cold steep it sometime and drink it almost like a juice. The selfish part of me is kind of disappointed that she didn’t buy the tin, but I’m so super grateful for this lovely gift and I will savor every teaspoon of it!
Infusing at a lower temperature for a shorter amount of time seems to cause the bitterness to be subdued. The tea is much more enjoyable.
Its not often I like flavored tea, but this is actually really good! A delicious slightly bitter taste makes this tea fairly accurately named.
I actually bought the tea for the aroma, and I am happy with the result. This is better than any ordinary “orange” flavored tea.
It’s been a month without drinking tea, finding myself a little too lethargic each morning when I get to work, grabbing a Coke Zero on the way to my desk and letting my spectacular tea collection gather dust beside me, and just grabbing more Zero throughout the day – which only perpetuates the cycle, since aspartame has a complex, subtly negative relationship with sleep. It’s about time I break the cycle, and what better tea to do it with than this one.
I’ve never skipped logging a brew here on Steepster since I began, and this Houjicha has become one of my most-consumed teas of all, without ever getting rated or reviewed. I find it hard to really write much at length about it because it’s just so perfect, simple and understated. It’s a Houjicha, technically speaking, but it’s much fresher and greener than the usual, and has a subtle but much greener, richer flavor. The roasty aspect is almost entirely gone, replaced by a sort of abstract warmth, and it tastes much more clearly like a product of the tea plant, in a gentle white tea way.
I’ve never had a tea quite like this and I suspect I never will, once I run out, so it’s a good thing I bought a 100g bag. Warm, deeply calming, only lightly caffeinated, near-zero astringency… every tea has a place, a mood and a life moment it pairs well with, and this one is the taste of contentment and calm, a brief oasis of zen on a busy workday afternoon, a warming herbal Valium for a cold, rainy day spent reading in the warm glow of a Valhalla tube amplifier.
The one minute boiling steep is not an error. The green nature of this Houjicha might lead you to think you should do otherwise, but don’t be gentle with the temperature, and don’t be lax with the time. You will be rewarded with perfection.