532 Tasting Notes
Backlog from a few days ago.
I could have sworn that I wrote a note about this tea before, but I guess not. In any event, this is a sipdown!
I used more western steeping measurements and even slightly underleafed and oversteeped the brew. Despite this, the cup was surprisingly pleasant! I generally steel myself for the bitterness of gyokuros, but this was gentle and nutty. Not sure if I’ll get more, but this was a nice sendoff.
I’ve had this tea a few times now. I love the idea of it in theory – all those nice warm spices combining with the coldness of autumn and the falling leaves. However, this isn’t very orangey, and the spices are quite strong. The orange only makes itself known at the end of the sip on the back of the tongue. The flavour is subtle, but round.
Yesterday I made this using a 4-minute steep. Perhaps it would be better at 3 minutes?
Backlog from a few nights ago.
I’m really happy I have this blend because it’s caffeine-free and because I like having a savoury tea or two in my cupboard. Watched this after doing yoga on Friday night, and my stomach was not so happy. I hoped this would calm it down, but I don’t know if it did… Ah well. It was Friday. Today is Monday. Time passes.
I’m still not completely sold on houjichas, but I was surprised by how dark the brew was when I finished steeping. It was a deep, dark umber. A cool brown, not a warm welcoming one.
The taste was fairly similar to the other Obubu houjichas I sampled, but that’s ok. Woody, roasty, smoky, somewhat “curly”. Just need to make a few more pots of this to finish it off.
This was one of the teas I asked for a small sample of with my Kickstarter passage, and it’s surprisingly nice. Just a nice, solid, medium black tea, without too much going on. However, the flavour becomes a bit harsher when it’s cold – it’s best to drink this one up quick.
The nice thing is that I only have another cup left – perfect for a sipdown.
Oh man. I took this tea with me to my in-laws’ because it’s foolproof, and drinking it there reminded me of just HOW MUCH I love this tea. It’s smoky, sweet-potato-ish, and damn near impossible to fuck up – a critical feature when you’re at the house of people who HAVE NO KETTLE.
Also, I’ve realized just how much of the leaf I’ve consumed of this tea! I’ve still got about an ounce left, so I’m fine for now, but it is surprising to see how often this has ended up in my rotation. If RiverTea doesn’t have a sale soon, I’ll have to find another place that offers something similar, so I can restock when the time comes.