2493 Tasting Notes
I LOVE my new kettle. The “keep warm” feature is awesome. I brewed Buddha’s Blend and Eggnog & Pralines at 180F and left the kettle while I cooked dinner. As I cooked I got a chance to try Buddha’s Blend and after dumping that I still had water at a perfect temperature to brew this.
Compared to the cherry cheesecake genmaicha I had earlier, this has a bit more flavor. There is a hint of berry if I focus but mostly it is a grassy genmaicha flavor. I am really unimpressed with these especially given Marshmallow Treat is what got me interested in genmaichas in the first place given all its flavor. At least now I can definitively say these are not for me and not wonder if I would like them when I see them on the website. Thank you Scheherazade for sharing this with me and giving me the chance to try this tea.
Flavors: Berries, Grass
Thank you so much Josie Jade!! I am actually LOVING our swap. The portions are the perfect size to taste everything and for the most part the teas have been awesome. This is no exception. It definitely captures “praline” beautifully and has an amazing vanilla creaminess to it thanks to the eggnog. I would definitely buy more of this and Nutmeg Cream in a second because they are sooo good. However, I will say that this was best hot as it has lost just a touch a flavor as it cooled.
Flavors: Cream, Nuts, Vanilla
Thank you Aimee Popovacki for sharing some of this with me. Unfortunately this was too bitter and too floral for my tastes and it got dumped. That may have been due to it being broken up a fair bit so I won’t rate it but ultimately I don’t think this tea is for me.
Also TASTING NOTE 700!!
When Roswell Strange pointed out how close I was to 700, it got me thinking what tea would make for the perfect celebratory cup. This tea immediately came to mind. I mean, what is champagne for if not celebrating?
Tastewise though, this is mostly just honeybush to me. No cider, no champagne, just honeybush. I don’t mind honeybush so I am not unhappy but I am left wanting more. Oh well, at least now I know. Thank you Josie Jade for the chance to try this tea!
MMMmmmm tasty buckwheat tea. It is like a warm and tasty breakfast cereal in a cup. Thank you Dexter3657 for sharing this with me.
In other news, I am watching the final episode of Firefly and finding it all kinds of unsettling and yet in the midst of all the drama, it can still make me laugh. I think that is a sign of a good TV show. If a show can really draw emotions out, you know it is worth watching. I am also sad that this is the last episode I have to watch. I will be sad when it is over.
Thank you Roswell Strange for sending this my way. I had a touch of a genmaicha obsession and though I still like them, nothing quite compares to my beloved Nina’s Japon. Everything falls short of the caramel genmaicha deliciousness. However, if I take this for what it is, I can appreciate that it is a pretty good genmaicha. It is a touch grassy but also very buttery and has a nice toastiness from the rice. Very pleasant indeed.
Flavors: Butter, Grass
YAY!! My kettle arrived! I got so excited and started going through all my greens and whites to find something that needed a special temperature. I ended up grabbing DAVIDs Genmaicha from Roswell Strange and once I was making that I decided to simultaneously make this using the same parameters.
I prepped the kettle to boil and it was ready in about a minute. I waited another two while the tea steeped and I was ready to go. Unfortunately, this tea was not nearly as impressive as the kettle. I am tasting genmaicha and not much else. The base is more vegetal than I would hope for and there is no cherry or cheesecake to be found. I am glad I got to try it though as this is one of the reblends I considered purchasing. Thank you Scheherazade for the opportunity to try this without being stuck with 2 disappointing ounces.
Josie Jade, I am so sorry as I know you like this one but it is not for me at all. I am finding it cloying and the coconut tastes off to me. I tried to get through it but it got dumped. Thank you for the chance to try it as it sounded amazing but it just seems that this tea and I are not compatible.
Josie Jade sent me just enough for a taste and after just one sip, I wish I had more. This is a tasty, tasty tea.
It seems like so many teas fall short on delivering what they promise but this smooth and tasty cup exceeds expectations. Thank you so much, Josie Jade!!
Flavors: Chocolate, Cream, Malt, Nutmeg
Sipdown!! (212 – as fast as this went in, it went out)
Canada Post has tricked me today. Early in the afternoon a truck drove by but no delivery. Then I heard the postman at my door and when I opened it, he did not have my kettle which says it is out for delivery. He did, however, have a very generous sample from Josie Jade. So much for being under 200 but the teas all sound awesome and at least she sent me manageable sample sizes.
This was one of the new teas, and it is one I have been interested in trying for a while. Unfortunately it is not the flavorful cup I was expecting. To me, any fruity flavors that are supposed to be present are drowned out by bergamot. Thank you Josie Jade but this tea fell short of my expectations. I am glad I got a chance to try it though.
And, of course, bergamot is not a flavor option.