I’d best describe the flavor of this tea as roasted earthiness with a hint of intriguing sweetness that tastes better than it smells (which is even more earthy). Brown rice similar to that found in Genmaicha along with soybeans and the subtle slow sweet flavor of natural licorice root (not to be confused with licorice candy) combine to create a brew reminiscent of a dish from my favorite Asian Take-out. Comfort food with sweet sauce! Added sweetener brings out additional toffee or caramel notes. I think this tisane has the potential to add depth to other teas and I’m looking forward to trying several combinations. The health benefits are compelling as dokudami is purported to have many. This is not a tea for everybody, but can be really enjoyable and deeply satisfying.
Dokudami Umami Herbal Tea
Umami is the fifth sense of taste, best described as savory in English. This unique blend of spices, nuts and more appeals to those who love savory flavors and comes from ancient Chinese concoctions. A very unique choice. Oolong tea is also included, so this tea contains approximately 2% of the caffeine in coffee. Contains soy beans and nuts.
Preparation / Ingredients Use 1.5 teaspoons per 8oz of water. Heat water to 208 degrees (just boiling) and steep for five to six minutes. For stronger flavor use more tisane leaves. 2oz of tea equals 25-30 teaspoons.
Ingredients: Habu (cassia obtusifolia), Job’s tears seed, brown rice, soy bean, oolong tea, dokudami (houttuynia cordata), persimmon leaf, kuma zasa (sasa veitchii bamboo) licorice root, and Goji berry vine leaf.