I LOVE genmaicha but I haven’t had it in ages. This tea smells so much like cheesecake when dry and the cherry aroma becomes quite strong while steeping. The first infusion has a creamy feel with a burst of tangy cherry. The toasted rice element is noticeable towards the end of the sip with the green tea base present throughout. I think this will be a really great afternoon tea.
978 Tasting Notes
This is a pretty good roasty oolong – the first infusion is mainly smoked wood, but it is still pleasant.
This makes a great tea latte during the first infusion. Later infusions are great just by themselves!
I wanted something light yet flavorful and this fit the bill nicely! This is a nice, fresh tea and goes nicely with the first day of spring break.
I’m finishing up my sample of this courtesy of TeaEqualsBliss! Sorry it took so long for me to review. This is a really different black tea and I have really enjoyed it. The tea is smooth with a really nice, juicy apricot flavor. This is great both with and without additions, but I really enjoy it as a tea latte. Thanks again for this sample!
After my success with this tea yesterday, I couldn’t wait to have this tea again tonight. My success definitely wasn’t a fluke – it is great again today! On to more tea….
I haven’t had this tea in about 3 months. It just hasn’t been anything that called my name and it seemed to have a soapy type aftertaste that just wasn’t appetizing when drank hot. However, tonight this tea WAS calling my name – so I gave in, not expecting much. I think time has mellowed this out quite a bit. All I taste now is a nice tea base with lots and lots of juicy fruit flavors. No soapy aftertaste! Maybe this tea just needed to blend a bit more together…. I think a second pot is in order! (And a slight ratings increase!)
I’ve been craving green tea ALL day and this was the perfect way to end my night!
When my husband brought this home for me a few months ago, I was completely skeptical. Sometimes I wonder if he’ll ever understand that I like tea, but not every bagged tea is worth bringing home. Luckily, he did a pretty good job getting this one. It is surprisingly light, not bitter, and tasty. The addition of stevia, which I’m usually not a fan of, really helps this tea to be just right without anything else. I didn’t think I would drink it often, but I realized tonight that I’m down to only one more bag. I may just have to restock this – I love easy options after a long day dealing with 6 year-olds.
I’m trying to get enough energy and motivation to finish up my homework sooner rather than later. On a side note, this is great with Dove chocolate!
I started my day with this and it helped me get going for my day.
This tea is seriously helping me get over a severe case of “It is Saturday, but can’t relax because I have homework” blues.
Wow, this is one intense Jasmine! I love Jasmine Pearls and I didn’t expect this to be very strong because I have not typically had good experiences with non-pearl Jasmine Greens. I think I would take this down to a 2 minute steep next time, 3 minutes is verging on a bitter edge for my tastes. Overall, pretty good and I’m looking forward to another infusion at a lower time and possibly lower temp. Thanks to threewhales for my supply of this tea!
Thanks to threewhales I have my own little tin of this beauty. I like it both plain and with milk/sugar – this is one versatile blend! It really did help me to perk up a bit and now I’ll hopefully be able to get something productive done.
I was really wanting an oolong session, but I grabbed this one and unfortunately it just isn’t doing it for me. There is a toasty, honey-like flavor, but it feels like something is missing from the flavor. Mmm.. maybe just a shower and then to bed.
This tastes really great today!
This is the perfect relaxing tea to accompany my leisurely bath while reading P.S. I Love You. I’m looking forward to several cups of this tonight!
Finishing up the last of this tonight! I really like the strength of this tea and it is just so smooth. Mmmm, this might have to go on my shopping list.
This was a tea bag that my husband brought home from who knows where. It sounded like a pretty good flavor so I thought I would give it a try. Honestly, there is nothing about this tea that says gingerbread or chai in my opinion. It really, really reminds me of the rose tulsi I had a month ago. It is okay in flavor, but disappointing since I was expecting a chai type experience. I’ll probably finish the cup, but will definitely not look for this tea in the future. My rating is based on the fact that the tea tastes nothing like it should – it is perfectly drinkable though.
Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for sharing some of her stash with me! This tea is really malty and very smooth. It is a “basic” black flavor overall, but comforting and interesting in that usually super malty teas like this have a bit of astringency – but not this one! I would definitely order some of this! It seems to have quite a caffeine kick to it also!
This tea has a very full flavor that is quite nutty for this first infusion. I’m looking forward to see what other flavors I get in coming steeps.
After having the Maple Sugar earlier, I remembered that I should still have some of this gem in my cupboard. And I did – hiding behind a couple of canisters! Mmm, this is a wonderful way to end the evening. I’m getting a flavor tonight that I want to describe as peppery, but I don’t think there is pepper in the blend. Maybe it is the walnuts which I do not eat but haven’t normally found offensive in this tea. (And, yes, I love actual carrot cake but I tend to pick out the nuts in my piece).
I’m finishing up the last of my pouch tonight and I will miss this tea! I didn’t drink it very often, but when the moment was right – this tea really hit the spot.
I’m working on a pot of this tea currently and I am really liking this tea with milk/sugar. I think it is about time to move on to something stronger soon though.