New Tasting Notes
I drank this one today using the recommended parameters on Yunomi – uncharacteristically specific ones. 2m steep at 140F, followed by steeps of 5s, 5s at 195F. They then said it might be wise to stop drinking, as this tea contains a lot of caffeine. I disregarded this, considering I had already had two other sencha sessions earlier…figured I’d be fine. So I did another couple steeps, still 195F at 20s then 45s I believe.
First steep was a tad bitter, just enough to provide good balance, with toasty cucumber or zucchini vegetal notes. The second steep was quite astringent – it made me shudder on the first sip. As it cooled, the astringency got a little less aggressive and I was able to make out some grassy and bright cucumber notes. The next steep had some lighter cucumber vegetal notes, and the next two steeps were wimpy, slightly bitter echoes of this tea’s previous self.
Another good one. I’ll give it a try with different parameters tomorrow. I’m finding that if I have 3+ Japanese green tea sessions in one day, there’s about a 50% chance I’ll start to feel ill lol. I ordered way too many 2016 samples, trying to drink them before they go bad. Gonna have to have my stomach pumped by the time I get through them all.
Fuckin worth it though.
Flavors: Astringent, Cucumber, Grass, Vegetal, Zucchini
Really enjoyed this sencha. Equally good with both a long first steep and shorter first steep. With that longer first steep, it was decently bitter with heavy umami and a full-feeling thickness. Shorter steep gave it a lighter grassy/toasty flavor. Subsequent steeps either way were grassy with a smooth and drinkable character. Toward the end, the grassy flavor got more vegetal, as in less vibrantly green tasting.
My favorite aspect of this tea was the delayed aftertaste I got on the first 2-3 steeps with either method. It wasn’t an immediate aftertaste, but about 2 minutes after finishing a cup, my mouth started to fill up with a pretty distinct peachy/nectarine flavor. It was so good. Made my sessions take longer, as I didn’t want to start the next cup and wash that aftertaste out. Succulent and delicious. Not something I’ve gotten from a sencha before. I’m glad I got the Morita Tea Garden Sampler.
Flavors: Grass, Peach, Toasty, Umami, Vegetal
Been a while since I have had some time to post. Summer work schedule has been a bit brutal lately and the heat. I think most know it is that time of year.
I remember this when I first got it. I bought it untasted and then grabbed another after it got here.
I got about 10 grams of this to brew tonight. I have been doing it for 3 days but I wanted a fresh from the cake portion to start with.
The wet leaf after the rinse has a bit of smoke in there with a sweet aroma. The tea on the first brew has some sweetness in the beginning and the BuLang comes in. This one come in on the middle of the tongue. A bit of the oily coating come in on the sip. There is some tingle on the tongue. It is coming across as bitter and punchy. Smacking the taste buds around. The color of the tea is coming through as a more golden color. I remember it being a bit lighter and greener in color when young. I don’t know if it is the pumidor aging or a combination of both. This is warming , salty and with a nice bitter punch to it. There are wisps of some smoke and sweetness but the BuLang is the potent factor here. It is a nice blend and seems to be punching above its ticket for me. I have brewed this all week and I am glad I had a break to post on it.
Flavors: Bitter, Salty, Smoke, Sweet
Sad goodbye but luckily not for long as Sil is truly AMAZING and is willing to pass on her stash of this tea to me.
I had been thinking about this tea all day so I definitely needed it again and though I wanted to hoard it, I couldn’t resist. I actually even screwed up brewing this and it still came out great. It reminds me of Butiki’s Peppermint Patty…but better. I kept the leaf to see if it resteeps well because I just can’t get enough.
Thank you Sil!
The 1tsp is actually 1 teabag since this is a tea from the Teacha monthly subscription.
I’ve only had genmaicha once before and it had such a strong rice component that, as my spouse put it, tasted like hot shredded wheat. This was much more subdued and while the other was drinkable (wish I could remember the brand), this was actually pleasant and quite drinkable.
I have PC envy again!! The newest update for Ark came out on PC today and wow, I cannot wait til the Xbox has it, finally we get Allosaurus! Along with the new mod Primitive+ which I am so playing with my mom, because we are nerds, and some other awesome things like the Center getting an update. As much as I am sad about waiting a few weeks for our end of the update, I love what they posted in the update release notes! They admitted that rushing the update for the Xbox caused a LOT of problems (oh the bugs…) and they were going to do a better job of making sure this update is not a giant pile of bugs. Yay! I am glad they realized there was a serious problem and are fixing it, go Wildcard!
Continuing on the Gramercy Tea week with another green tea, Bamboo Bud, also known as Zhu Ye Qing, a Sichuan tea with very striking leaves, looking like their namesake. Seriously, it is hard to not just sit and ogle the leaves, so vibrantly green and looking like they just came from the tea plant. The aroma of the adorable needles is a combination of green and sweet, with notes of bamboo leaves, bok choy, edamame, and a sweet nutty sesame seed and honey finish, reminding me of my favorite sesame seed candies.
I decided for this tea to break out my very rarely used tall gaiwan set, bought several years ago specifically for these long needled teas. A classic way to enjoy this tea is brewing in a tall glass, but I wanted to use the neglected gaiwan. The aroma of the brewed leaves is a bit peppery with notes of lettuce, cabbage, and peas, with a finish of edamame and chervil. The aroma of the first steep is lightly sweet with notes of snap peas and sesame with a touch of chestnuts.
Ah, the first steep is quite crisp! Nice notes of sesame seeds and sweet peas start it out, then it moves to more green notes of cabbage and broccoli with a bit of a peppery arugula note at the finish. The mouthfeel is pleasantly light while being crisp, much like biting into lettuce, but warm.
Onward to the next steep, the aroma is continuing in the sweet and nutty with gentle green quality, very reminiscent of springtime. This steep really showcases the green aspect of the green tea, starting with notes of sweet peas and bamboo leaves. It then moves to an herbaceous quality of parsley and a touch of chervil. The finish is a gentle note of fresh lettuce and cabbage with a sweet aftertaste like spring rain.
For the final steep, the aroma and taste is pretty light, gentle spring rain and bamboo leaves with a slight sesame sweetness. The taste starts very light, bamboo leaves and lettuce with sweet peas, and this carries on to the finish. Not a very long lasting tea, but still quite tasty and the crispness is very refreshing.
I bought several teas from SBT on their sale and plan to get more if some of my favorite flavors are still in stock. I was trying to one to see if I wanted more or if I should explore other flavors.
I made two steeps and combined them, adding enough water to make a full gallon of tea. Since this is the South and some of my peeps dig it, I added one and a half cups sugar. (This is half the amount my mother added to sweet tea per gallon.) I obeyed the instructions and never let it go beyond the three minute mark.
It is quite good, but it doesn’t taste like Mountain Dew to me. It is instead a nicely flavored black tea that is very refreshing, with hints of lime and lemon. The base is fantastic, as always.
My favorites are still Razzleberry and Earl Grey Iced, with Pink Lemonade Iced Tea coming in as a solid flavored tea to keep on hand that everyone likes. I wouldn’t mind having lots of this, but it doesn’t make fireworks for me. Great stuff, but not making me drool. The favorite two bring a tear to my eye…
On the one hand, this smells like chamomile (I guess).
On the other, it is so good swishing this around my mouth. There is just something really pleasing about the flavour balance. The lemon really isn’t that strong. It doesn’t overpower. I bet this would made a good iced drink. I am doing tea shots.
I finally bought a clear glass Nordic Tea Mug (16oz), wanting a mug with larger capacity than my go-to grey Perfect Tea Mug (12oz) and something that would allow me to watch hand-rolled tea leaves delicately unfold for a bit of a show. The packaging was absolutely lovely, but the second I got the mug out I was incredibly unimpressed. I am used to heavy, sturdy mugs, and this is thin, THIN glass. It feels cheap and I’m extremely worried that its heat-holding capacity is next to nil. If I had known the glass was that thin I would have never ordered the mug, but rigged something up with my thick-walled clear mugs instead. As a personal note I’m not very fond of the Davids Tea insignia at the bottom – I want to be looking at the colour of the tea when I drink, not staring at a corporate logo. The only plus is that it’s dishwasher and microwave safe. Unless you can gulp down tea quickly and don’t mind the cheap feeling of the mug, I would give the clear glass version of this a pass and stick with the ceramics.
I hate this tea. I think the coconut ruins it for me. I was all in for mango oolong and then coconut came along, and I was like, no thanks!
Trying to drink it in a shot glass to see if that makes it better. Maybe I will cool it down to kill the flavour.
One minute steepings are enough.
This is an oolong with added aroma of buttery, milky, caramel. The taste is quite strong, and lasts through several steeps. I’ve steeped this up to five times currently, and it started out strong and then the added flavor faded away to reveal the oolong behind it. At the fifth steep the taste reminded me a bit of genmaicha with its sweet, toasted, rice crispy flavor.
The leaf quality is pretty fantastic, with nearly whole leaves that puff up and expand from tightly rolled balls to big slightly mottled leaves over the course of your steeps.
I went for pretty loose qualifications for steeping as I was drinking it mostly at work, and wasn’t paying a huge amount of attention.
It was something like 25 – 30 – 45 – 1m – 2m
I’m not a huge fan of dessert teas (which this definitely is) but it doesn’t taste artificial (it probably isn’t, actually) nor is the sweet taste overpowering.
Over all I wouldn’t drink this tea with cake, or cookies, but I would drink it in place of dessert!
I would recommend this to anyone who loves caramel and butterscotch and who’s looking for a high quality flavored tea.
Bonus! A picture of the leaf :)
Flavors: Butter, Butterscotch, Milk, Roasted, Toasted Rice
I love the floral flavour of this! I drank this hot because I did not have time to make/eat breakfast. I tasted flowers (mostly lavender), honeybush, sweet honey, and various herbs. This is delicious!
Flavors: Floral, Flowers, Herbs, Honey, Lavender, Rooibos, Straw, Sweet, Wood
Tried a mix of 1/2 tsp Lemon Muffin tea from A Quarter to Tea with 1/2 tsp blueberry rooibos from Granville. It was nice and fruity, but I didn’t get as much cake and lemon flavour as I would have liked. I’m going to try the lemon muffin blend by itself with lots of leaf next time.
Flavors: Blueberry, Fruity, Herbs, Rooibos, Sweet