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Backlog from yesterday morning, after the Steepster Day of Server Doom:

I’m planning on ordering some genmaicha from Yunomi.us in September, so I really need to sip this down. The thing is, a little bit of this goes a long way. I don’t have much new to say about this tea, but it’s decent.

Cameron B.

Do you know of a really good one from Yunomi.us? :D I love genmaicha.

TeaBrat

Cameron – I thought Obubu’s was nice :)

Christina

I’ve only tried 2 genmaichas from Yunomi.us, and I liked both of them. Notes here:

http://steepster.com/teas/yunomi/41466-monoucha-genmaicha-from-ishinomaki-miyagi#tasting-notes

http://steepster.com/teas/yunomius/46122-naturalitea-number-06-organic-genmaicha#tasting-notes

BTW: the second one is currently on sale on Yunomi.us – IIRC, it’s about $8 for 200g.

If there’s still any of that brand still in stock come Sept 1st, I may buy it. If not, I’m going to go with the first genmaicha to restock.

Cameron B.

TeaBrat, yeah I’m still planning on ordering a bunch of sencha samples from Obubu via Yunomi, so I’ll definitely try their genmaicha as well. :D

Christina, thanks for the recommendations! I’ll keep those two in mind. :D

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Backlog from last night.

I drank this while watching “The Ladykillers” with the hubs, and it was good, clean, bank-robbing, attempting-to-murder-little-old-ladies fun. It was a bit astringent, though, and since I’ve tried other genmaichas that I realize I prefer, I’m probably not going to restock this once I finish off the very generous sample that Ubacat sent my way.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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It is with some chagrin that I realize I don’t have a lot of unflavoured greens in my cupboard, even though those are the teas I crave the most often. I really need to get some Bi Luo Chun from Teavivre, stat.

Anyways, this is a good substitute for now, and Ubacat gave me a very generous sample of this to try. It really does work well if you use boiling water and steep for only a minute, which seems like an absolutely heretical idea when it comes to green tea, but there it is.

Also, Ubacat: Curse you for introducing me to Tealux! I was VERY tempted by their Canada Day sale yesterday (and by all of the other Canada day sales, TBH), but I stood strong and did NOT buy anything, despite my realization that I"m down to the last 2 tsp of Cherry Fantasy. Yikes!

But seriously, I’ve got the GCTTB3 coming in, I’ve got my Just Organic Kickstarter stuff coming in soon, I’ve got my July Simple Loose Leaf box, and at least 2 dozen teas in my cupboard I haven’t tried yet. I do NOT need to buy more tea.

Seriously people, how do you stick to your hiatus plans?

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML
Frolic

I try really really hard to focus on appreciating what I do have. It’s so hard not to want to buy every tea that looks good but if I did that the rest of my teas would be neglected and there are many gems that bring me great joy already in my cupboard

It is really really hard though. I think holding each other accountable also helps.

Christina

I agree. I just posted in the hiatus thread so I could make sure I was held publicly accountable.

One thing that should help is that I have a lot of blends that can be iced, which will use up a lot of leaf.

Frolic

Definitely, and I also like to cold brew some of the older teas in my stash that have lost some of their oomph. I just can’t bear to throw away tea and I feel bad passing along older stuff.

Ubacat

Well, I did go with the Canada Day sale but I’ve been wanting to reorder some Tealux teas since way back in May. Then Mandala had their 50% off sale, I ordered some extra samples from Green Terrace Teas along with their free samples. And yes, like you, my cupboard is already bursting. I do not need to order for a long long time!!!!

Pssst Christina, Tealux will have another sale. They always seem to have them on the holidays so you can re-order then.

Christina

Don’t tell me that! :-p

I’ve decided that I’m not going to purchase any more tea until September, when my birthday happens. Teas that I receive from pre-orders and swaps are fair game, though.

I’m also going to see if I can get down to 50 teas in my cupboard by September. That way I can definitely splurge with only moderate guilt.

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Backlog from yesterday:

Yup, this is a decent, undemanding genmaicha. Ubacat’s instructions to use boiling water for 30 seconds to 1 minute are pretty much spot on (though I would recommend lowering the temperature a bit).

Got two steeps out of it yesterday.

Ubacat

It is strange to use such a high temperature for a green tea but it seems to work for this one.

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I went much lighter on the leaf this time than I did the first time I tried it – about 4 tsp of tea for a 24 oz pot. I didn’t measure the water temperature, but I steeped it for about 1.5 minutes. The result was a pretty decent genmaicha. I don’t want anything too complex right now, since my throat is still crying out bloody murder. Might as well get through a whole ton of this and make some room for the new stuff coming my way.

Veronica

Sorry you are feeling bad. Hope you feel better soon!

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Bad Christina does not own a digital scale, so Bad Christina overleafed this tea a TON. The instructions from Ubacat said 4g per cup, and since I have no idea of how much that is, I used about 8 teaspoons for a single 24 oz teapot of this.

I also followed the instructions to use boiling water on a very short steep (under a minute).

As a result, the sencha taste in this is strong, and it’s very umami, but I was hoping for more of the rice to come through.

However, I got so much of this in my swap that I’m not too put out. I’ll see how it works on a longer steep with lower temperature.

Also, over the next few days, I’m going to have a bunch of different genmaichas to figure out which one I like best. Aside from this, I have 3 others in my cupboard I haven’t even tried yet.

Thanks, Ubacat!

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 45 sec 8 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML
Ubacat

You’re welcome! Yikes! That’s a lot of teaspoons! I usually just do 1 tsp with hotter water than is usually used for green. The steep time is so short, somehow the hotter water works for this green tea. I still find the caffeine a bit strong on this tea so so have been searching out some other genmaichas. Will look forward to hearing your reviews of other genmaichas

Christina

Hm, I think what I was doing was I got this mixed up with the other genmaicha you sent along, which said to use 1 tablespoon per cup of tea. That was the Yamamotoyama one. Should I use 1 tbsp per cup with that one, or should I use 1 tsp, like with this tea here?

Ubacat

The other pkg did say to use 1 tbsp (Yamamotoyama) but I’m thinking that the spoon from David’s Tea is almost the same size as the tablespoon from measuring spoons. Who can say? I don’t always follow some of those packages exactly but use them as a guide. I just use 1 tsp (David’s Tea teaspoon) for each one with one cup but you can adjust a bit over or under based on your tastes.

Ubacat

Forgot to say: I should have just given you my steep instructions instead of what was on the packages. I find them confusing too!

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I picked this up today at a Japanese/Korean market. I think I found my new morning tea! The package said to throw boiling water and steep for 30 seconds. It’s a nice light green tea with roasted brown rice flavour. Very grassy tea. I really like it and that’s good because I got loads of it. 400g for only 3.99.

Preparation
Boiling

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I love making Mugi Cha during the summer, it’s very refreshing when the you can’t get away from the heat.

Preparation
Iced

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This is my everyday pantry must have “Genmaicha”.
Love my ochazuki with this tea too.

Its a great “appetizer” tea to start a meal with or even throughout.
Love Japanese dishes, sashimi, sushi, oden with it or that great Korean banchan or that scrumptious BBQ.
Daily steeper… Great hot or cold…makes an awesome honey iced green tea.

One of my favourite teas… Mouth watering goodness.

Preparation
7 min, 30 sec

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A review of Roasted Barley Tea by Nishimoto Trading Co, Ltd.

Company: Nishimoto Trading Co, Ltd.

Tea Name: Roasted Barley
Tea Type/Varietal: barley
Region: Japan
Steeping Vessel/Amt Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Liquor Color: dark amber
Leaf Characteristic:

  1. Steeping:

1st Steeping:
Water Temp: 200
Time: 5 minutes
I have not had this tea for a long while. I actually thought I had finished the box. I was pleasantly surprised when cleaning out my tea storage to find the box of tea with several tea pouches remaining and I have been enjoying ever since.

Anyhow, this morning I fixed a large cup of this barley tea for myself and it is very hot and smelling strongly of the barley twigs like being outdoors with the burning of twigs nearby. It is a very strong roasted cup of tea.


2nd Steeping:
Water Temp: 200
Time: 10 minutes
This next steep is left for longer and the teas aroma is that much more powerful. You know the saying: ‘smokes gets in my eye’ well it is similarly so. The tea’s aroma is as pungent and strongly in taste; they equal each other. The tea is not bitter but woodsy and grainy in texture and taste. It is a full bodied aroma to make one think of having a cup of coffee when it is tea.


Overall tasting notes: This roasted barley makes for wonderful cup of fine barley tea with a robust kick in the taste. The tea’s aroma smell strongly of burn wood, that open pit fire in the deepest forest; like the smell of smoke from afar and somehow making one feel warmth and coziness.

Classification: Year, and region of production; Product of Japan

Cup’s characteristic: barley tea is very strong and woodsy (of burnt wood)

Liquor color: golden amber at times very dark cup of tea.

Taste: grainy in texture and very robust, and woodsy taste. It is an acquired tasteful cup of tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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A review of Roasted Barley Tea by Meiji

Date: 09/05/2012
Company: Meiji
Tea Name: Roasted Barley Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: Black
Region: Japan
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: Cup/ tea pouch
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: Golden amber
Leaf Characteristics: tea pouch smells very strongly of burnt wood, making one think of smoke prior to even immersing tea pouch in water for steeping. Once tea pouch is infused in the water the twigs do seem to appear more and the scent of smoke is still very potent. It is a roasted brew.

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 10:00 AM

Note: Today, I decided to fix myself a jug of this Roasted Barley Tea that I had purchased at the Miso International Market when last there.

Tea’s aroma is of a roasted flavoring; like when out in the woods with open pit fire or the burning of woods. Tea is malty in taste and is full in body. Tea’s color is dark amber and one tea pouch can be reused for up to eight steeps.

Right now, I have one tea bag in my tumbler and continue to add (boiled) water that has been let to cool and I continue to refill my tumbler. Hopefully this will be my drink of choice for the rest of day.

This tea would be well accompanied with some of those rice snacks treats, unfortunately I have none and I am too far away from an Asian market to obtain some. Oh well, here is to wistfulness a bliss!

2nd Steeping:
Water temperature: 150 Fahrenheit
Time: 11:00 AM

Note: Water is cooler since I will continue to refill my tumbler throughout the day. I like to think of this way in having this tea as flavored water smelling very strongly of roasted pines perhaps. The flavoring of tea when cool is very formidable; similarly when hot. It is strong tea, nothing weakens it seem to stand each infusions with one tea pouch.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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A review of Roasted Barley Tea by Nishimoto Trading Co., LTD

I woke up today wanting a cup of something strong, and with caffeine perhaps even though I do not like caffeine. My frame of mind, wanted something similarly to coffee and this tea seems fitting.

I took out one tea pouch and put some water to boil. Once fully boil, I place the tea pouch in my mug and pour the boiling water to it. The smell is always headily of smoke; wood burning or an ashtray with cigarettes in it. I don’t mean to be mean. But it does make me think of these things.

I wait a few minutes for tea to cool since it was very hot. The tea’s color is black, very dark with a smoky and woodsy aroma which fills my nostrils. When I finally take a sip it is always the kukicha tea that is meeting my palette, tasting like roasted chestnut but more burnt and crunchy like.

I am reminded once again to make the tea as a full pot and leave to cool for room temperature and then having it chilled with ice. This is much nicer and sedately milder for this taste bud.

I am saying this tea is good for serving as iced tea. Nicely chilled and the drying effect as one swallows the tea is very noticeable.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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A review of Roasted Barley Tea by Nishimoto Trading Co., LTD

I began my day with wanting to fix myself a hot cup of this barley tea. I opened the box to find several packs of plastic with individual tea pouch-like bags, there are four per plastic pack. I took one of the packs and opened it and removed one tea bag. The bag is bigger, it is shaped like a pillow or a sac (like those rice sacs, but much smaller) and I placed it in my mug and poured the hot boiling water into my cup living it to steep for five minutes.

I must note that I did not submit to having an 8 ounce cup of water with the tea pouch in it and letting it steep for an hour. I wanted to try this as tea shortly infused. The tea smells very roasted, like charcoal after being burnt on an open pit fire. Or that of an ashtray filled with left over cigarettes. I am surprised to this smell since I had experienced this with the Kukicha tea (twig tea) I have had in the past. I did not realize that Barley Tea would taste the same or similarly.

I take a sip and I am met with the roasted flavoring of the Barley and it is malty as well. Tea is full bodied and hot, it is good if I don’t think of the smell too much. I think this tea is a smoker’s tea and coffee drinkers who may want to switch to tea. The heady, roasted smell of the Barley with its malt taste would please their palate.

I did make this tea later on during the day, and I used 8-16 ounces of water in a pitcher and left it in the fridge for more than an hour steeping. And after a long walk I find the tea to be very welcoming, the roasted flavoring is much more subdued and tasting still of malt. It is a pleasantly nice iced tea not needing anything else for this palate.

Overall, this tea is one to be experienced over and over again in order to discover the many aromas that Barley Tea or twig-tea can bring about. Also this tea is similar to the Haiku tea I had enjoyed earlier on.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 30 sec
Azzrian

I love barley tea!

Angrboda

Is it actually barley or is it just called that? All I know of barley is that it’s used in beer production, and I don’t care for beer at all… Would you say it’s beer-y in flavour?

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