467 Tasting Notes
I got this at Starbucks during my lunch break today and was pretty disappointed. The matcha tasted overly seaweedy and artificial to me. Now, I love roasted Japanese green teas that taste slightly seaweedy/fishy in a nice, roasted sort of way. This, however, seemed like a weirdly artificial, overly sweet, fresh seaweed. I’m not sure that this is making any sense, but bottom line, will not be ordering again.
Had this in the late afternoon and resteeped throughout the evening. The only other time I’ve had bancha was in a flavored tea, so I was surprised to find that this bancha alone was so sweet! It had a cheery, almost-neon-yellow color. It was also less grassy than I expected. The Single Origin website didn’t have a steeping time on it, so I just googled “bancha steeping time” and the internet consensus seemed to be ~30 seconds. I may have left it in a little longer, but there was only the slightest hint of bitterness. In fact, it was so slight that I’m starting to think I may have imagined it… Anyway, thank you to Single Origin Teas for the free sample! I’m definitely keeping my eye on this one for a reorder.
I wanted something a little more delicate but still comforting this evening, and this is what I came up with. It has that nice roasted houjicha flavor without being completely overwhelming. When my sample runs out, though, I think I will opt to restock on a houjicha with a stronger flavor (like the dark roast). Enjoying it while it lasts, though!
So far, I have tried the light and basic roast houjicha from Yunomi and enjoyed them. However, I felt like the flavors could have been stronger in those two in particular. When I tried this tea, I felt like I had finally found that intensity of flavor that I had wanted from the previous two. This may sound strange, but the smoky flavor almost reminds me of roasted dried seaweed. My tasting notes on houjichas always make them seem so weird and unappetizing, but I swear that I love them! I think that houjichas have officially taken over genmaichas in my book. Anyway, I have the smoky roast left to try, so I’m thinking I’ll either prefer it to this one or it will be a little too intense for my taste. I’m excited to find out!
I was craving something sweet this morning, but I’m weird and don’t like to eat a lot of food in the mornings, so I thought that this would be the perfect solution. I know a lot of people have raved about this tea, but I just don’t get it. First off, the tea is murky and actually looks greasy, which was not very appetizing. Secondly, I feel like it’s trying too hard and what I’m taking away from it is just an overwhelming sweetness. I think I’d rather have a cup of good, straight black tea and eat an actual red velvet cupcake. So sad that this one didn’t work out because I was so excited, but at least I tried!
Backlogging from Sunday evening. I’ve been disappointed a lot lately with some new flavored teas that I’ve been trying, so I made a cup of this to remind myself that there are flavored teas that can really do it right. I love the juicy fruit flavors from this one. The white tea flavor is not as strong, but rather serves as a nice canvas for the fruitiness to shine. Anyway, this is definitely a staple in my cupboard.
Thank you to Teavivre for the free sample! I somehow was one of the winners of the oolong giveaway a while ago, but didn’t get around to trying them until now. Anyway, this oolong was a bit less creamy than I expected it to be based on the name and other reviews. To me, it had a little more of a sour and bitter taste to it. It also leans toward the greener, grassier taste than anything else. That being said, I probably could have been a little more careful with the temperature and steeping time, so I won’t give it a rating for now.
Edit: In later steeps with a slightly shorter steep time (because of the bitterness from before), I’m getting a sweeter, more buttery taste.
I really need to do a side by side of a bunch of oolongs because I feel like my tasting notes are always the same. That being said, I think that this oolong was a little less sweet/creamy than others that I have. It had a sharper taste and a little more .. savory(?) instead. Not sure how to describe it, but it was really delicious! Oh and the dry leaf smelled kinda like dried anchovies to me. I’ve only ever smelled that fishy type smell in hojichas before so that was interesting. Anyway, I was steeping this throughout the day and it resteeped wonderfully. I’m gonna get a lot of tea out of this sample! :)
Backlog from yesterday. I’ve been trying a bunch of jasmine teas and I tend not to prefer them as much. However, this tea has a perfect balance of jasmine with passion fruit that is really juicy and delicious. Too bad I just missed the Persimmon Tree sale to restock on this. I have one, maybe two, cups left, eek!