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This is plain rooibos tea in a bag. Yep. That’s it. I don’t think I’d ever buy this one in the U.S., but I find myself craving rooibos while in Japan, as a departure from green tea (which is amazing, but I can’t drink it after 5pm or I don’t sleep). Muji has a 10 tea bag for 294yen pack, which isn’t bad for Japan rooibos pricing.

You know, considering most flavored rooibos just tastes like rooibos to me anyway, this is just fine. Rooibos even tastes healthy to me. I can actually use these tea bags to make an entire cold pitcher too. Numnumnum.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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67

So I’m living in Japan for a year for research, and this is the first tea I review in a while? Well, truth be told I’ve been awfully stressed, and as my U.S. stockpile of herbal teas is on its way across the ocean to me veryyy slowly, I’ve had to make do with things like chamomile. U.S. Liz is not a big chamomile fan.

However, Japan Liz is a big Muji (Full name = Mujirushi Ryouhin) fan. I love that store, and as I live almost across the street from one, I visit fairly often.

This tea brews into a gorgeous golden cup. No matter how I manipulate the brewing times, I just don’t taste the orange though. It’s much better if I treat this as a straight chamomile. I can see the orange pieces in the tea bags, but they just don’t stand out. At least chamomile actually works to relax me. If I can get myself to a better tea shop soon I probably won’t bother to re-purchase this bad-boy.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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68
drank Mate and Lemongrass by Muji
10 tasting notes

I don’t know what everyone else does with their tea leaves/bag after they’re done preparing tea, but I generally leave mine in all the way. I can’t be bothered to use a strainer.

Strangely this cup doesn’t taste different no matter how long the bag steeps, which is nice. I wanted to call it “mellow” initially (how ironic, given the lemongrass), but it’s not. It’s…rounded, let’s say, and while the lemongrass is distinct, it’s not sharp at all. Once the temperature’s almost lukewarm, there is an added smell/taste of honey.

This tea is the opposite of those which force your attention upon them with every sip, no matter what you’re doing.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more
Cofftea

You leave loose leafs floating in the cup? I’d think it’d not only get way over steeped, it’d be chunky to drink. How do additional infusions work w/ this method?

Squit

Yeah I do. I grew up with two ways of drinking tea, one with company (time to break out the good stuff, earthenware teapot and tiny tiny cups), and one when you’re alone and don’t care. With most teas, the leaves fall to the base once they’re fully steeped, and whatever’s still floating I chew on if I happen to drink them. Additional infusions = adding more hot water to the damp leaves in the porcelain mug.

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drank Apple Rosehip by Muji
29 tasting notes

Very, very awful taste. Let’s just say the aftertaste reminds me of bile acid. These two teas that I bought from Muji is enough for me to stop exploring the rest of their tea products.

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