Not a huge fan of the Soba Cha. It smells like Sugar Smacks which is a lot of fun but the taste is just too bitter for me.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Nuts, Roasted Barley
“Roasted toasty rice flavor. Nutty and interesting. This tea was polarizing with my guests though and people either loved it or hated it. ” Read full tasting note
“Lovely, nutty goodness. My fav from that month's shipment. Easy to oversteep though.” Read full tasting note
“Backlog: This reminds me a lot of drinking the toasted rice part of Genmaicha. It's got that yummy roasty-toasty flavor of the genmaicha toasted rice, but it has a tasty malty note to it too. ...” Read full tasting note
“I love the nutty flavor, in addition to the smoky taste accompanied with the deep roast. It was a great tasting tea and great for sipping in the afternoon. One of My favorites from last month.” Read full tasting note
Soba cha (roasted buckwheat berries) is a caffeine free tisane drank in noodle shops in Japan. With an intoxicating aroma and slightly sweet, nutty brew, this is sure to become a favorite. GLUTEN FREE!
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Forwent my gaiwan for this one in favor of a western style teapot.
The scent of the dry buckwheat berries is exactly like puffed wheat cereal (In the USA, think Golden Crisp, Honey Smacks, etc.) It also reminds me a bit of roasted soy nuts. What surprised me is how mellow this tea is. I was expecting an in-your-face experience like my last run-in with Houjicha.
The taste is pretty straightforward. Roasted, nutty, bready, grainy. The one element of the flavor that I wasn’t expecting is there is a sweet floral note above all the darker flavors. It is evident in both the taste and aroma. I’m not sure what type of flowers to compare it to. Maybe dandelions?
Either way, I really enjoyed this tea. I have to love that Steepster Select educates us by sending regional teas that are well known in their area, but many people outside have never heard of. Now I just need to go put some soba noodles and Worcestershire in the skillet! This tisane would pair wonderfully with them!
Edit: Tried it. Awesome. thumbs up
Flavors: Baked Bread, Nuts, Roasted Barley
This was a deep roast indeed – very toasty (almost smokey) buckwheat flavor, nutty. The intensity mellows by the second brew. I liked mixing it with some sencha (Japanese green) tea to create a genmaicha-like flavor (although genmaicha is with popped rice, not buckwheat).
Back in my vegetatian/vegan days, we used to eat a lot of buckwheat at my house: Soba noodles, buckwheat pancakes, & Kasha (not to be confused with Kashi). I have a ton of tasty recipes that I miss, & I might have to try eating some Kasha soon, to see how it digests, since it’s not a true grain. Most buckwheat noodles have gluten in them, although I think Eden (or some other company that’s been around awhile) makes one that is 100% buckwheat.
So this tea was a trip down memory lane for me, like having a bowl of Kasha, without having to chew it. It’s not the first Soba Cha I’ve had, but I haven’t had one in awhile. A pleasant evening tea, roasty & sweet.
I am glad I tried this tisane in the morning because the dry berries smell like dark toast. Smells like a breakfast diner.
I like buckwheat grain and eat a lot of different grains with vegetables so I was intrigued about an herbal drink made from it!!! I am thoroughly enjoying this!!!!!!
It is nutty, warm, “breakfasty”. I didn’t add anything to it but I could see a maple syrup doing quite well in this. Delicious!
From the Steepster Select box, March 2014
Second Steeping —-OK making another pot of this and looking at a package of buckwheat that I have in my pantry. Buckwheat is very high in magnesium, manganese, B vitamins, etc. I love this tisane!!! It is a very reviving and healthy drink!!
The flavor with the second steeping is still very good. Still toasty and no bitterness. I think the best was in the first steeping. I added a touch of maple syrup to see what it would do and it wasn’t as “mapley” as I thought it would be and this tisane does have a natural sweetness so it doesn’t need it.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Nuts
Upon initial opening of the package I thought “Hmm… This doesn’t smell like it’s going to be that great.” But WOW after steeping it, it smelled so good! It smelled AND tasted exactly like a Thai sticky rice ball dessert soup! I didn’t add any sugar or sweetener, yet the intense sweetness of the tea was more than enough to make it taste like the That dessert. This tea also showed hints of homemade soy milk and brown sugar. Great tea! I’d love to have it in my herbal tea collection!
Second steeping was MUCH lighter in color and flavor, however I still very much enjoyed it!