3 Tasting Notes


This is one of my staple basic teas, particularly at work. In comparison to my other British imports PG Tips, Yorkshire Gold, and Barry’s Irish Breakfast), I gravitate toward Builders. Builder’s tends to be smoother and less astringent, and is more lenient to accidental over-steeping than the others. Today I’m drinking it with vanilla simple syrup.

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I absolutely love genmaicha. If I could pick only one tea to have around, it would probably be genmaicha. I like it with a couple of sugars, but today I got the notion to add some of the vanilla simple syrup I made the other day. It was rather great with a touch of vanilla on top of the toastiness.

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This tea tasted quite a bit like confetti cupcake Pop Tarts to me. I didn’t get much caramel if any, but that doesn’t really bother me, since I’m not a big fan of caramel beverages. Oddly enough, I’d eaten confetti cupcake Pop Tarts about an hour before I tried this tea, which is probably why the taste correlation struck me so much. I prefer my cupcake flavor to be solid and, well, cake-like. Liquid cupcake didn’t do much for me, so I don’t foresee myself buying any of this flavor. I am happy that the vanilla didn’t taste artificial or leave that weird alcoholy aftertaste.

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