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Not sure what part of this is Minnestoan. Feel like it needs wild rice or pine needles… something to make it truly different from the other MN chai blends. Good spicy flavor. But the aroma is my favorite. Smells so good. Don’t get too close though. Better hot, though it was decent cold. With milk, it is also very good. Interestingly, it becomes more nutty but that is probably because I’m using oat milk.

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drank Genmaicha by Great Tea Road Co.
3432 tasting notes

An Ode to Tea challenge #2– G

additional notes: Nothing new to say but that this fits for my alphabet challenge. A lovely genmaicha. More suited to colder months though, now that I’m drinking it in the summer and thinking about it.
2021 sipdowns: 95

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drank Genmaicha by Great Tea Road Co.
3432 tasting notes

SkySamurai’s mystery advent tea #7  backlog from 12/20
Appears to be a genmaicha without the popped rice – simply the unpopped rice (at least in my sample.)  The scent is pure Honey Smacks cereal.   The flavor is very much like Honey Smacks cereal with an underlying umami vegetal flavor.  The blend was mostly the unpopped rice, with only a few green leaves, so I’m actually surprised the green tea flavor is even in the cup. Genmaicha never gets old for me — a cup of Sunday comfort.  My guess: genmaicha! Was I correct? Yes.  Another tea shop I have never heard of before.
Steep #1 // 1 teaspoon for full mug // 32 minutes after boiling  // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 30 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep

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From the Samurai TTB.

I don’t know anything about the ruby varietals that tea-sipper refers to, so I can’t speak to that. I did a quick Google search to find out a bit more, and honestly now I feel like too much of a novice to be drinking this tea. I’m not tasting any of the notes that are described – wintergreen, chocolate, licorice, camphor, ginger, clove, sarsaparilla, etc. I’m sure the list goes on. To me, this is just a good black tea. There, I said it. I do not have a refined palate! But I did enjoy it. In fact, this is another tea I enjoyed more and more as it cooled. It was just tasty. Sorry I could not do this one justice, SkySamurai!

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

But you enjoyed it! I never taste any of those notes in Rubies either… I just taste what I taste and I like what I taste. haha:D


I did! I guess that’s what’s most important. :)

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‘Samurai’ Traveling Teabox – Tea #17
It’s always a joy getting to the end of trying teabox teas.  I LOVE teaboxes and the wealth of teas I’m able to try… but equally great is knowing I’ll be back to my tea collection and revisiting my favorites, ESPECIALLY with my new sink water filter so I can be steeping with excellence.    Both my collection and the teaboxes make me appreciate each other even more.   The teaboxes reinvigorate my collection — happens every time. I love it.
This was not the best to end the teabox note on… I usually love Ruby varietals but this had little to no flavor of most of the Ruby teas I’ve ever tried.  Really just nothing to mention!  They are usually quite complex to me, so this is certainly not the Ruby to base anyone’s opinion on.
Steep #1  // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 17 minutes after boiling  // 2 minute steep
Steep #2  // 12 minutes after boiling //  2 min

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