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This is a complex tasting black tea that tastes mostly sweet and fruity. At first I steeped it in near-boiling water and didn’t like it. It had a nasty, pronounced bitter that for me spoiled the rest of the taste. It went better when steeped around 80 C. A bit strange for a black. Although the taste profile is interesting and complex, for me it lacks the balance to make it a perfect tea (but that may be highly subjective). I like it though.
I received this in a swap from Hallieod awhile ago. Haven’t seen you around lately Hallie, if you see this have been thinking about you.
I’m not a fan of green tea. I’ve only had a couple of other genmaicha teas.
This is by far the best green genmaicha that I’ve had. No bitterness from the green, no grassy, just nutty, toasty, roasty goodness. This reminds me a little of the buckwheat tea that I liked so much. I added just a touch of sweetener, and it’s a little like cereal. I like it.
Wasn’t really feeling well tonight, this was just what I needed. Soothing and comforting.
Thank you Hallieod!!!!
After being disappointed with some recent organic Japanese green tea purchases, I’m really enjoying this organic gyokuro.
From the moment I opened the pouch, I knew this tea was going to be good. The tea leaves had a exquisite aroma that was fresh, grassy, and mildly earthy all at the same time. Not surprising considering the production date was late May 2013 and I received the tea just a few months later.
However I was disappointed the first few times I brewed this tea. I followed the enclosed instructions and steeped for 60 to 75 seconds at 140 F. This resulted in a very weak brew that basically tasted like hot water. So I reverted back to my standard method for gyokuro: 1 heaping teaspoon per 6 oz of water @ 160 F. The result was a pleasantly grassy brew with notes of seaweed and spinach balanced with a light sweetness. First infusion yielded a pale yellowish green liquor. Second infusion was a stunning almost neon green and the color of the third was similar to the first. The flavor of the second infusion is similar to the first, distinctly vegetal but without the thick mouthfeel. Third infusion is similar to sencha. My temperature/times for each infusion:
1st: 160 F for about 65 seconds
2nd: 160 F for 35-40 seconds
3rd: 170 F for 90 seconds
5g / 180ml Kobiwako kyusu
1m/1:30m/2m @ 95-100C
This was perfect for three cups. All cups was full of flavour. None overly strong and none weak. Next time i will try to find the right amount and infusiontime for 1 cup.
This setting will be scribbled on the tinlabel :)
5g / 180ml Kobiwako kyusu
Three consecutive nfusions
1:10m/1:40m/2m @ 100C
This time i treied slightly longer infusions.
First two cups was powerful, the third was a bit weaker. I think ill try 1/1:30/2 next time or ill have to increase amount of leaf for 3 infusions.
Taste is the usual japanese black. Little astringancy full of cinnamon, mint and some spicy notes. Sweet.
5g / 180ml Kobiwako kyusu
1m/1m @ 100C
5g seems to be a good amount. First cup was powerful, yet little astringancy. Second cup was a bit weak. will do a bit longer on second infusion next time.
This is a very nice breakfast tea. And a good amount of caffeine before the saturday long distance run :)
4g / 180ml Kobiwako kyusu.
1m/1:20m/2m @ 100C
This tea is marvelous. Very little astringancy, complex smooth flavours. Fairly light. Usual flavours are there. Mint, cinnamon, a bit sweeter than other japanese blacks ivé tried.
Leaf are large, so i think next time 5g with slightly longer infusions.
Ill be sure to keep this one restocked. Low cost, superb quality!
It looks like somewhere along the way i forgot to log this as i’m down to my last cup of this. Hallieod sent this my way and i’ve been enjoying drinking it the 2-3 times that i’ve had it. it’s a pretty average genmaicha. nothing to write home about, but nothing that i would snub. Thanks again for sending this my way!
Appearance: Moss green with a splintered texture typical of deeper-steamed senchas.
Aroma: Sweet and salty roasted seaweed. Absolutely delicious.
Appearance: A little cloudy. Greenish-yellow reminiscent of lemongrass.
Mouthfeel: Thin with light astringency.
Aroma: Roasted seaweed and brussel sprouts. Light grassiness.
Taste: A mild and balanced fusion of sweet and savory.
That last comment says it all, really— mild and balanced. Sometimes that’s not a bad place to be, at least for a little while.
Aroma: Dried apricots. Cocoa.
Appearance: Translucent mahogany red.
Mouthfeel: Full with a very mild, pleasant astringency.
Aroma: Stewed fruit. Oranges, cinnamon, and allspice.
Taste: Mildly sweet. A very tiny bit of savoriness.
Not a bad tea by any stretch, but not very exciting either. Tastes remarkably similar to this year’s (2012) Charleston, South Carolina First Flush (which isn’t exactly a compliment, this year’s FF was pretty unbalanced) but with a little more complexity and sweetness. If you’re an insatiably curious black tea fanatic, it’s worth a try.
Oh, man. I drank this yesterday (or the day before?) and didn’t have any time to log it or my other teas. My memory of it is a bit too vague to properly comment or rate. But, I really liked this and found it delicate but nicely rounded. It was sweet and a little fruity. I much preferred it to the Makurazaki, and this was what I was looking for in the Japanese blacks I ordered.
I’m officially not rating this. Why? Simple. One, because this sample is really old. Like 1 year plus. Plus. And I know that’s not good for matcha.
Two, because it was lumpy. The tea was kind of thin but a fair amount of the matcha didn’t really declump to mix in with the water (I’m sure due to my lack of sifting and the matcha’s age). So while I was a little disappointed with the thinness of this, it is likely that fresher (and sifted) matcha would give me thicker tea, all other things being equal.
And reason three is because I have no idea what I’m doing. Seriously. My one experience with matcha was when my friend performed the tea ceremony at our school’s bunkasai and yeah, not a good example. I pretty much just used 6oz of water (formerly known as 175° but cooled a bit) in a bowl (no chawan), dumped the sample in (no clue how much it was), pulled out the whisk attachment for the hand-mixer and went to town. Yes, I used a hand-mixer. Shut up, it worked. I even got foam.
Anyway, the matcha ended up… okay. Kind of boring – I want thicker and sweeter and more flavor in any green-tea-esque substance I drink. But again, really old sample so I’m pretty much chalking up my meh reaction to that. It wasn’t horrible though (well, except for when I ended up with a matcha lump in my mouth and tried to eat it – BITTER!) so I’m pretty sure I’m going to suck it up and try some (un-aged) matcha in the future.
This oolong was somewhat of a dissapointment to me. I missed the fact that it is lightly oxidised.
Unlike most other light oolongs the leaves is open and curled, looks wonderful. It is a wellproduced tea but im not so fond of the flowery/buttery oolongs. I want a roasted heavy oolong that gets you teadrunk! :)
There is a small sharpness to this tea. I would prefer an alishan if i had to choose.
brewed western style this time.
5g / 200ml glaspot, water from Kunzan tetsubin
Tried this most exellent light oolong westernstyle. I found that it does infuse very quickly. the 1m infusion was a bit to long as i got some slight astringency. This tea was a whole lot better gong fu style. Will try one more time with shorter infusions.
5g / 90ml celeadon gaiwan.
Wow. The first two infusions of this was just about the best light oolongs iv´e ever tried. Smoth floral and buttery. Just perfect.
The longer infusions ruined the smothness. But when i lowered the infusiontimes again. it came back :)
I would recommend keeping stepings to 10-15s until flavour thins.
On a sidenote, the dry leaf is beutiful. not rolled into balls like the usual “green” oolongs. But rather twisted and crooked. infuses quickly.
Been hectic as usual not much time for tea, at most a cup a day!
Oh well this time im taking some time to log a wonderful relaxing cuppa. :)
I am very very fond of the minty cinnamon flavour of japanese black teas and this one sure packs a punch. It is hsockful of flavour and high astringancy that perfectly balances the sweet. A hint of bitter cinnamon on the aftertaste and some fresh mint fills the whole mouth. Pure joy!