467 Tasting Notes
Backlog. As always, the water temperature at school fluctuates like crazy and yesterday, I ended up with some cooler water than I wanted. When I first sipped this and tasted chocolate, for a moment I thought I was drinking Laoshan Black. But this tea is mellower (it is an oolong..) and as it cooled, the tart fruity notes came out as well. As I keep drinking up my Verdant stock, I am more and more tempted to place an order soon.
Edit: Resteeped and accidentally neglected it for a bit, so it cooled down quite a bit before I got to it. It has a much nuttier taste this time around. What an adventure this tea has been taking me on!
I was recently reminded that I still have a bit of this left. Since I’ve been on a cold brew kick, that’s exactly what I did with this tea. The tea had a very strong genmaicha toasty taste at first followed immediately by a mixed berry (mostly raspberry) flavor afterward. Not sure how to say this better, but the flavors seemed really sharp. Maybe some sweetener of some sort would help mellow it out and blend together? Not really sure cause I never really add anything to my teas, but maybe it is worth trying out.
I wanted to have something a little less caffeinated for the afternoon since I’ve been having some sleeping issues lately. This nice, roasty houjicha fit the bill! It has a slightly fishy taste like dried anchovies or dried seaweed, but I like that. I prefer the dark roast (which I recently ordered a ton of) because this one does not have as strong of a roasted taste, but I’m enjoying what I have left of this!
First off, thanks to bluebelle for sending me this surprise in our swap! I really love houjichas and this is no exception. It has all the toasty goodness of houjichas, but it somehow seems also sweeter and mellower than others that I’ve tried. It’s really a nice, relaxing cuppa. I will rate officially later when I’m not drinking it while eating food (though, it went well nicely). It’s gonna be a while before I reorder tea from Den’s (spending ban), but when I do, I am definitely keeping this one in mind!
I have a sample size of this from my last order from Yunomi that I’m finally getting around to. The dry leaf is very clumpy, which I didn’t realize was supposed to be the case until I read the description again about the tea leaves being “rolled”. It smelled grassy and a bit like hay. After steeping to a vibrant yellow-green, it tastes grassy and savory at the same time, if that makes any sense. It’s a nice cuppa, but not my favorite type of Japanese green.
I don’t even know if this should count as a tasting note, but I used these teabags to make tea eggs for lunar new year today. I was going to use loose leaf as per instruction, but I’d never made them before, so I thought I’d go with teabags in case something went wrong that I wouldn’t waste as much.. Anyway, the tea eggs turned out pretty good, but I definitely need practice.
Today’s biostats lecture was particularly heavy on notation and derivations, so I’m glad that I brought this tea with me to simultaneously calm me down and keep me focused. It’s definitely become one of my go-to teas for comfort, convenience, or anything else. I’m glad that I have so much of it to last me a long while!