289 Tasting Notes
This tea has been keeping me company throughout the day today. The first steep was creamy but far too floral for my liking. The second steep is better – less floral, still creamy – with more smoothness coming out as it cools. Probably not one I’ll restock once my sample is gone, but it’s pretty tasty!
Bagged houji-cha. Made at work with microwave boiled water (not having a hot water dispenser kind of sucks…)
This was good. First time having a roasted green tea and I was struck by how oaty it was. Reminded me a lot of oatmeal without actually tasting like cereal. This was interesting enough to warrant revisiting … perhaps with a loose leaf version.
My friend pawned this one off on me with the warning that it tastes like grass clippings. I’ve passed enough “take it or I’ll chuck it” tea his way that I felt obligated to hold onto this one. Though, in my defense, he liked my burner teas.
Dry, this smells like grass. Brew it too long and it tastes like someone’s lawn. Brew it with cool water, lemon, and some honey and it’s a tasty treat. Leave the lemon in and it’s like lemonade with body. Though, be warned, the wet leaf smells like wet grass lit on fire. Yeah…
This is a catch-all note for Stash’s green tea and some Lipton green tea I had on hand. I woke up with a sore throat and feeling generally crappy so I’ve been using green tea + lemon + honey to get me through the day. I have to say, it’s doing a great job. The green tea cuts the sharpness of the lemon and the whole cup feels cozy. Plus, the five cups I’ve had thus far are keeping me alert enough to work.
Still can’t wait to go home and sleep though. Uck.
First sip: sweet, stonefruits, grassy green tea. Fantastic! The fruit flavor is really well done!
Next sips: Hmm… this is cloyingly sweet and bitter at the same time.
Half the mug later: Yuck! I feel sick. I’m not sure I can actually finish this. Maybe my friend that wants to try matcha would have better luck?
After the addition of sweet creamer: Yay! Bitterness gone … though I lost a LOT of fruit flavor.
On the bright side, I know how I’ll finish this off. I’m annoyed that something that already contains sugar needs more to cut the bitterness for me. And I used cool water on this, too!