56 Tasting Notes

84

Autumn means chestnut, and time to start drinking this wonderful tea again!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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67

Being medium-steamed, it has a bit more robust of a green flavor than the lightly steamed senchas I normally have. A deeper green color as well, with bits of tea at the bottom of the cup to add a bit of punch to the last sip. This is currently my morning cup, a bit more robust to help with the cooler mornings.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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71
drank Cerisier by Lupicia
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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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79

Following Iorek Byrnison’s recommendation, I am steeped this tea for two minutes with boiling water, and it definitely is a lot better. The flavors are the same, just increased. No bitterness, which I worry about with green tea at higher temperatures. Wonderful all around. :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Iorek Byrnison

No no, one minute. Really, it works. It sounds crazy short, but it works. Promise. Same goes for their much less roasted Tenryo Bocha, which is AMAZING btw and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Past 60 seconds, you begin losing nuance and warmth, in my experience. One minute is the sweet spot for a tea so calming it rivals chamomile’s chemically induced calm.

shinseikatsu

Yep, I got that wrong lol next time! :)

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Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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79

Often times I am not in the mood for the warm, roasted flavor of a houjicha, but with Autumn approaching, those flavors sounded just right for today.

The aroma of the brewed tea is in that neighborhood of nuttiness that is found when butter is left in a pan just a little too long (but not long enough to burn). Also present is a bit of roasted grain, similar to a mugicha (barley tea). Beneath these aromas is a foundation of dried branch, noticeable if you are looking for it.

The flavor is definitely round and warm, with elements of toasted grains and fallen oak leaves. The roasted twigs from the tea plant comes through on top, with the roasted grain flavor following. Not bitter or astringent, just warm and mellow.

I think this will become one of my favorites for the season, along with Lupicia’s chestnut-flavored teas.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Iorek Byrnison

You should definitely give this one a shot prepared per Lupicia’s instructions (60sec steep, fresh off a rolling boil) – it sounds like it shouldn’t work but it really, really does.

shinseikatsu

I will definitely try that, thanks!

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65
drank Caramel & Rum by Lupicia
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A pretty good rooibos tea. I think it would be pretty nice on a crisp, autumn day.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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82

Deliciously light and grassy. Very wonderful aroma and color.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Fantasy by Lupicia
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A nice, sweet flavor. I put a bit of milk in it, and the flavor turned very creamy.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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79

Amazingly fragrant leaf. The resulting tea is light, delicate and grassy. A tea for savoring, not gulping down.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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