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This was a sipdown from yesterday, but I thought I’d write a proper review of it now that I remembered to look on the empty bag and find which company it was from.

I’m a very big kukicha fan (and houjicha too) because I love the sweet, woody, toasted grain flavour. This wasn’t a great kukicha as a few of the cups were bitter. It was about 50/50 on the bitter vs not bitter over the 6 or so cups I made. I still enjoyed it, but do remember this needs a higher steep temperature. Steeping at lower temps (80-90 C) will get you weak flavoured tea or tea with flavour that is bitter. Go with more leaf, hot water, and a moderate steep time for the best flavour.

Flavors: Earth, Roasted Barley, Toasted Rice, Wood

Mastress Alita

I love houjicha! I have never tried kukicha, does it have a similar flavor profile to houjicha? I am going to have to try some sometime!

Lexie Aleah

I’m the opposite as I’ve only tried Kukicha and loved it.

Arby

This kukicha was the stems mixed with sencha, but most kukicha I have tried (and enjoyed the most) were stems only. Houjicha is the roasted leaves and kukicha is the roasted stems. They share a lot of the same flavours. Kukicha is lower in caffeine because the stems contain almost no caffeine (plants make caffeine in leaves to discourage insects and herbivores, but few insects eat the tougher stem tissue.)

Mastress Alita

Houjicha is definitely one of my favorite teas, I have a friend who introduced me to it who is a big fan and neither of us have tried kukicha. Seems like we are going to have to change that at some point! Sounds like a good fit! I’m very intrigued.

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68

This is a pretty basic black tea, very suitable for sugar and milk. Two infusions is all it can do.

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drank Ginger Chili Tisane by Arbor Teas
35 tasting notes

The smell of this mixture is so comforting, like a potpourri that I had as a child. The taste is more mild than I expected from the description. I certainly didn’t get a “wham” of chili. There is a small buzz of it as an aftertaste, if anything. I can imagine this may be pleasant iced.

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Flavors: Astringent, Cinnamon, Floral

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85

Buttery and refined. A very subtle green tea.

Flavors: Butter, Nutty

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85

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Flavors: Roasted, Vegetal

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77

There are two things in life I refuse to discuss with anyone, religion and politics, but since today is the presidential election I thought at the very least I’d mark the occasion with a special tea grown in the US. I’ve been fascinated by the handful of teas I’ve seen grown in America, but because they’re grown in small amounts and have a limited availability I’ve only managed to sample a few—most of which have been from Arbor Teas. This one in particular is a green tea, grown on the Mauna Kea Tea Farm in Honokaa, Hawaii. The volcanic soil of this region produces a tea that’s nothing like the more widely available green teas from China or Japan. The flavor is brisk and astringent, with hints of hay and a mild floral finish. Because the level of astringency is so high it has a tendency to leave behind a dry mouth, so it’s not a tea I would enjoy during the summer when I’m constantly parched, but it’s very well suited the cooler months of the year.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

I was pleasantly surprised by this tea. There’s nothing too complicated about this one. It’s just a plain black tea with some light tropical fruitiness going on. It’s pretty high up there on my list of favorite flavored teas.

Flavors: Tropical

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20

Extremely disappointing. I was expecting a kind of dark sweet fruitiness, somewhere between plum and currants. But all I got was hibiscus and tart. I ended up throwing the sample pack away, it was so unappealing to me.

Flavors: Hibiscus, Tart

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100

This tea is amazing. It’s got this wonderful, almost buttery mouthfeel that is incredibly smooth. The flavor is somewhere between green and black – it’s got the lightness of the green without the vegetal notes, and the boldness of a black tea. The only down side is that it is very unforgiving with variations in water temp and time, and quantity of tea leaves used.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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88

Wow! The flavors of the spices really come through on this tea. So much better than the pre-prepared powder.

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89

The robust, spicy flavor of this tea makes it one of my top picks for fall, but since it’s lightly sweet, it also makes an excellent iced tea— one that requires no added sugar. I’ve been struggling with my love of sugar my entire life, so finding teas that are naturally sweet has been a huge priority to me. It means I can still enjoy sweet tea and not feel guilty about what all the added sugar is doing to my heath.

You can read the full review on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2015/10/6/tuesday-tea-organic-vietnam-nam-lanh-estate-black-tea-arbor-teas

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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71
drank Organic Hibiscus by Arbor Teas
297 tasting notes

I don’t care for hibiscus on its own, but do use it when making my own blends. The hibiscus adds beautiful color, ranging from light pink to crimson red depending on quantity used. It also lends a nice tart flavor to tea, that pairs well with other herbal teas like chamomile.

Flavors: Citrus, Fruity, Tart

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37

Decided to finish off a few remaining tea samples and started with this one. Plainly put, I did not care too much for this tea. It is earthy and has a a swampy-vegetal taste which doesn’t feel pleasant going down. Doesn’t even come close to some of my favorite silver needle teas.

Flavors: Earth, Smooth, Vegetal, Wood

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Flavors: Hay, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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59

Made some iced tea out of a sample i received a whiiile back. It’s got some good points, the raspberry is bright and juicy without being tart and astringent, and the green tea is an excellent bed of vegetal fun. A decent iced tea, but I can’t see myself needed or wanting it ever again.

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100

I believe I have found the perfect black tea for me! I discovered what the “stone fruit” description is. I never knew what that tasted like but here it is in this incredible tea!! Both iced and hot this Ceylon just hits the spot! I brewed at 195 and 208 both for 4 min. Both temperatures worked but I do enjoy 195 degrees more seems to bring out more juiciness!

Flavors: Stonefruits

Preparation
1 tsp 195 OZ / 5766 ML

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