Sobacha

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Herbal Tea
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Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 21 oz / 630 ml

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  • “This sample came to me from Christina. The brew time was 1.5 min but I increased to 5 min (like the Harney & Sons one). This buckwheat tea is a lighter colour than the Harney & Son's tea. ...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I made this tonight for myself and a friend. I didn't realize before then how truly absorbent the buckwheat grains are - they really puffed up in the infuser! I'll probably take the grains and eat...” Read full tasting note
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  • “The first time I even had Soba tea, I had been in Japan for only a few days so far, and was sitting in a small parlor at a government center in Japan, and was served this as I waited. It tasted...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Was introduced to soba cha at a soba restaurant called Cocoron and it was a great tea to have with food. I picked this up when I saw it on sale but when I brewed this up it had a different flavor...” Read full tasting note
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This sample came to me from Christina.
The brew time was 1.5 min but I increased to 5 min (like the Harney & Sons one). This buckwheat tea is a lighter colour than the Harney & Son’s tea. Brewed , it’s a tasty buckwheat wheat tea. A lighter roast and not quite as nutty and roasty as the Harney & Sons.

Thanks Christina for sending this sample. I’m really enjoying comparing some of the buckwheat teas.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Christina

Thanks for doing a comparison taste! I agree that it’s not as deep in flavour as the other sobacha I’ve tried.

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I made this tonight for myself and a friend. I didn’t realize before then how truly absorbent the buckwheat grains are – they really puffed up in the infuser! I’ll probably take the grains and eat them once I finish drinking off the second steep, which I’m currently working on.

The smell of this is like sesame and peanuts. Pretty tasty and roasty, but I still think of the Yamane-en Hokkaido Dattan sobacha I bought a sample of from Yunomi.us – I’m really considering ordering more of that soon.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec 9 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML
Indigobloom

Oooh where did you grab these?

Christina

I bought this sobacha a week ago from a large Asian grocery store in Toronto called PAT Market. It’s on Bloor a few blocks west of Bathurst.

They had quite a lot of genmaichas and senchas available as well, but the packages were so large that I didn’t want to buy that much without trying a sample first.

Indigobloom

Heh, I don’t blame you, I do the same. Unless I know I really enjoy a particular type of tea

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The first time I even had Soba tea, I had been in Japan for only a few days so far, and was sitting in a small parlor at a government center in Japan, and was served this as I waited. It tasted like cheerios in a cup, and is so delicious. It took me a long time to find out the english translation – buckwheat tea.
I highly recommend trying it – you may find it at a Japanese or Korean grocer.
Each teabag is designed for 1 pot of tea; 200cc of water for 2 small cups of tea. Let it cool a bit after poring/removing tea bag. Served hot or chilled with no sweetner or milk.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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Was introduced to soba cha at a soba restaurant called Cocoron and it was a great tea to have with food. I picked this up when I saw it on sale but when I brewed this up it had a different flavor than I remembered.

This tea is much more fragrant and has a stronger flavor as well. It has an extremely nutty scent and taste almost like sesame and peanut. This was also sweeter than what I get in the restaurant so I will end up treating this more like a dessert tea.

This might not be for everyone but if you enjoy nutty/grain based teas then give it a try.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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