drank Genmaicha by DAVIDsTEA
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Here’s the thing. I’m conflicted about this tea as well, so it’s probably a good thing that I don’t actually do any numerical rating (that, and it’s inaccessible with my software anyway, so that’s that haha). When I inhaled the scent of this tea at the store, I was instantly drawn to it: it smelled warm and inviting, and not at all unlike comfort food in a canister. My sister was the one who actually asked for it, and purchased a tin of it write on the spot (she is also now obsessed with tea!).
This tea definitely has presence in your cup—that much is for sure. It isn’t a subtle flavour (unless you steep it for like five seconds), so it’s a tea you’ll likely be able to have an opinion on either way.
Here’s the conversation that took place in my head as I drank my first cup…and yes, I may be unstable!
“Oh wow! It almost has a popcorn taste to it.”
“Popcorn? well yes, if popcorn were a drink.”
“Well, it can be a drink now. It’s like comfort food.”
“Except it isn’t food. It’s a drink. And tea isn’t supposed to taste…salty, or soupy, or…savoury. or something.”
“You obviously don’t understand the intricacies of tea, then, because real tea drinkers know that not all tea need be laden with sugary sweetness in order to taste good. Do you know how amazing this would be paired with some food?”
..and so there you have it. I like it, but some part of me instinctively feels as though the concept of tea somehow precludes warm saltiness/popcornness/butteriness, but the more I drink it, the more I’m resisting that type of shoehorning. It tastes very comforting, not overly earthy, and has a perfectly soothing quality to it when not over-steeped. I will most certainly at least be getting myself a sample pack of this, and will likely be adding more tasting notes as I tinker around with it.

ashmanra

Nina’s Japon is an excellent flavored genmaicha. II am sure they would send you a sample if you email them! Through Facebook is best!

keychange

Oh, thanks for the suggestion. I hadn’t actually heard of them, but genmaicha is definitely worth exploring further.

Dexter

This tasting note is funny. Love it. You said you like bold flavors, if you get a chance I would try Verdant’s Laoshan Black Chocolate Genmaicha. It’s everything that I love in a great black tea, with just a little chocolate added, and some wild rice to get that roasted toasted popcorn genmaicha taste.

keychange

Oooh, thanks for the suggestion! I’m going to read reviews on it this evening. :). And I’m glad you liked my tasting note—it really does tend to be accurate in terms of reflecting the actual dialogue in my head haha.

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ashmanra

Nina’s Japon is an excellent flavored genmaicha. II am sure they would send you a sample if you email them! Through Facebook is best!

keychange

Oh, thanks for the suggestion. I hadn’t actually heard of them, but genmaicha is definitely worth exploring further.

Dexter

This tasting note is funny. Love it. You said you like bold flavors, if you get a chance I would try Verdant’s Laoshan Black Chocolate Genmaicha. It’s everything that I love in a great black tea, with just a little chocolate added, and some wild rice to get that roasted toasted popcorn genmaicha taste.

keychange

Oooh, thanks for the suggestion! I’m going to read reviews on it this evening. :). And I’m glad you liked my tasting note—it really does tend to be accurate in terms of reflecting the actual dialogue in my head haha.

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Well, it’s been slightly over six months since I’ve joined steepster, and I can’t say enough wonderful things about this community. Like many of you, I began my foray into the world of loose-leaf tea by discovering David’s Tea, and although I’ve ventured out and have discovered many other companies that I’m extremely fond of, there are still many of David’s teas that I hold close to my heart and I will always appreciate it as a starting point for my journey.

As for my preferences, I tend to prefer bold black tea, flavoured and unflavoured alike, and I almost always take my blacks with cream and sugar. This isn’t to say that I don’t enjoy a good, flavoured white though, and I’m slowly making my way through the incredibly confusing world of oolongs and greens. I am also not a fan of rooibos, although I am starting to suspect green rooibos may be ok, but you know how it is: when you’ve decided you detest a certain ingredient, you’ll notice it everywhere—perhaps even where it doesn’t exist!

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