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Today I received my first-ever Amoda subscription box! The box itself was quite cute – stamped with their logo on the front and their name along the sides. (You can see it here: http://amodatea.com/) My teas were wrapped in tissue paper with was sealed with logo sticker. There was a very nice glossy info sheet just explaining their general concept, and also a companion sheet for the teas describing their flavors. Also included were a few disposable filter bags and a chai-flavored marshmallow. Very well-packaged and snazzy overall. This is a rooibos tea with apple, orange, and spices. I can see big chunks of fruit and some rose petals mixed in with the rooibos itself. Dry scent is kind of bubblegum-esque with a spicy edge.
I can definitely smell the clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg in the steeped it, with just a little bit of sweet apple aroma. Hm… It also tastes like bubblegum a little bit, which is not appetizing. I can definitely taste the clove over everything else. Next strongest are the cinnamon and apple flavors. I can’t drink this without thinking bubblegum… :/
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Clove, Orange, Sweet
Sipdown. Thanks so much for sending some of this my way, Christina! I agree that this is a very savory brew. It smells like roasted rice. The flavor is also roasted rice, though the rice flavor is balanced with the savoriness. The aftertaste is all roasted rice. I’m still learning my preferences when it comes to genmaicha, but this one’s decent. It falls somewhere below Butiki’s but miles above Say Tea’s.
Oooh, so close to a sipdown on this!
I had a little bit of my sobacha from Yunomi.us left, but not enough for a single cup, so I added the remainder to my pot. It makes the tea smell nice and toasty, but I didn’t notice an appreciable change in flavour. Also, the second steep of this seems very sencha-y compared to the first. Looking forward to finishing this off and freeing up some room in my stash.
And this tea rounds out my “green-tea-only” efforts for the day. Something warm and soothing with low caffeine.
This one tasted a bit more bitter and less rice-y than normal today. Still comforting, though. I probably have enough left to do 1 or 2 more pots of tea. I’ve got a few genmaicha samples coming from Yunomi.us, and once I have those I’ll see if I like this one as much.
You know, I didn’t have the vocabulary to describe this tea well until I joined Steepster. Now that I know better, I can more accurately describe this tea as being very brothy and savoury. Perhaps it’s a bit too heavy on the rice, especially since I think I overleafed it yesterday. Although the rice is roasted in this tea, none of it is popped, so there’s not much of a salty, light, popcorn flavour to this.
This is a very strong-tasting genmaicha – it’s a much bolder flavour than the kind of tea that you’ll be served at a Japanese restaurant. It seems a lot “ricier” than other varieties I’ve tried. Only a very small amount is needed for a good-tasting cup.
However, I don’t think that this tea takes well to multiple infusions. Perhaps this is because I tend to leave the damp tea leaves in the strainer overnight, but the subsequent infusions taste kind of limp in comparison.