24 Tasting Notes
Starting to think I’ve ruined my palate, even though it has been hours and I’ve had plenty of other beverages between trying the Hojicha Dark Roast and this Kyobancha. I still taste something mushroomy.
There is a light sweetness to it; not nearly as toasty as I would expect from a roasted green. Definitely vegetable notes.
The liquor is a nice burnt orange colour; the broad dry leaves were beautiful to look upon. It’s smooth to drink.
Flavors: Caramel, Mushrooms, Vegetables
This tea made me nervous when I opened the bag, because the only scent I got out of the dry leaf was mushrooms, which I despise. The moment they hit the warm kyusu, I began to smell smokiness, which deepened as it steeped to campfire, and finally into a charcoal taste in the cup. It’s almost Lapsang Souchong-esque, but instead of Pine, I taste Cedar.
It feels not unlike a french roast – almost overwhelmingly dark, but leaving a sweet finish. As it cooled, it tasted a little fishy as well? Finally leading back to that initial mushroom taste. Blergh.
Not bad overall, but this is a sample I doubt I’ll buy more of this sample, just because of my feelings about shrooms.
Flavors: Campfire, Cedar, Coffee, Fish Broth, Mushrooms
The first thing I noticed about this tea is how intensely smokey it is compared to my usual Hojichas (Harney & Sons, MEM Tea Imports). The size of the leaves impressed me too; again, I am used to teas that run on the kukicha side, or using fairly small broken leaves.
It brewed a nice cup – heavy on the wood/cedar scents, though I can definitely see where one gets tobacco from the wet leaf. A little thickness on the tongue, but not much in the way of mouthfeel. We did a second steep (~2 minutes) that felt almost espresso-esque. Roommate commented that she might want to try this longer steeping in her next bowl of chazuke – too bad we drank the whole sample!
Flavors: Cedar, Espresso, Smoke, Tobacco, Wet Rocks