589 Tasting Notes
Backlog from Wednesday. I’ve been visiting a friend in New York for Thanksgiving break and I had this tea at a bakery while eating the original cronut. The tea was very smooth but a bit weaker than I expected. It may also be because the water didn’t seem hot enough. Anyway, a lovely surprise of a tea to accompany my first cronut!
I normally don’t really go for jasmine teas if I can help it. However, if I had to pick a jasmine tea to drink, I would pick this one. The flavors are a little more complex than just jasmine, and the jasmine taste is not too perfume-y (though it gets close). It’s also not astringent like other jamsine teas that I have tasted. It’s a nice cup of tea to have after Thanksgiving Potluck #1 this evening.
After trying all the hojichas from the Yunomi sampler pack, I came back to this one to compare. I think that this hojicha definitely has a fishier taste, which sounds weird, but I think taste. The Yunomi hojichas (especially dark roast and smoky roast) definitely have that roastier taste. I like each for it’s unique tastes, so I may just have to order both this hojicha and one of the Yunomi ones.
Normally, I am a huge fan of mint in gum, chocolate, etc., but I have had a few mint teas and not enjoyed them so much. I think it might be because things like mint chocolate are so sweet and in mint teas, without the sweetness, the mint is just too strongly herbal for me. Anyway, the dry leaf smelled almost like spearmint to me. The tea is very minty and refreshing, but like I said, just not up my alley. I won’t rate the tea because it’s not the tea’s fault that I have a weird relationship with mint.
Well this was an unexpected sipdown. I received a sample of this and it turned out to be a pyramid tea bag. It smells and tastes very strongly of toasted rice. It reminds me of the rice that is slightly burnt on the edges of a stone pot like in bibimbap. That part is always my favorite. Anyway, I’m not tasting the green tea base as strongly, but it is a very nice genmaicha. If I didn’t already have so much genmaicha, I would probably order this. Maybe I will when I run out of my current stash.