575 Tasting Notes
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!
I have been drinking this tea pretty often, but this was the first time I brought it with me in a travel tumbler to school. Not sure if that is the reason why, but today it smelled like sweet potatoes on the first steep. The taste was pretty much the same chocolately goodness as usual, but had a bit of a warmer, sweeter note to it than usual. Anyway, I’ve been resteeping throughout my classes and will continue to do so to help me get through the day!
Sipdown! (108) Last night, I was hit with insomnia, so I took a nice, hot shower and tried to relax with this tea. Chamomile isn’t really my thing, but I know that it calms a lot of people and is included in a lot of bedtime teas, so I thought I’d give it a shot. I’m not sure if the insomnia gave up or if it was the tea or both, but I fell asleep pretty soon after, so yay!