Rakkasan Tea Company

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My preference is for loose tea. It will always be better. But sometimes the convenience of a teabag is nice. I ordered this curious as to how they would fair against other competitors in the tea bag business. It is a nice pyramid sachet. The aroma from the bag comes through nicely but the outer bag doesn’t allow anything to permeate it, which is perfect. A woody aroma with a hint of red berries. The flavor is quite nice. Reminiscent of a China congou with the slightly malty and milk touches but also brisk and awakening like a Ceylon. I confess I accidentally broke the tea bag. So I am steeping this loose instead of in the bag

gmathis

That sounds very nice!

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TTB 2022
Wow this tea is tasty. Its got an edge to it like a good IPA beer, but a nice tobacco and nut finish. I’m comparing it in my mind to the kenya tea I have from S&V and this one seems more flavorful and slightly harsher. I used to have a bagged tea from Kenya that I could get in a British import store in Houston, but that has long been out of my cupboard. This black loose leaf would compare well to that bagged tea, maybe they were grown nearby.
The Rakkasan website looks interesting, and I may need to purchase a sampler pack for a taste test to share with my dad.
Thanks for sharing in the TTB, I’ve enjoyed this one.

Flavors: Astringent, Nutty, Tobacco

Skysamurai

I love Rakkasan so much. Partially because my dad is a NAvy vet and partially because they have amazing tea.

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74

I had forgotten how much I love Steepster and the community here. Thank you to all who are friends here. We may not know each other personally but I appreciate you nonetheless. Okay. Now that I’ve gotten all sappy it’s time to review this sipdown that is also the finale to this tea I’ve had for too long. I love coconut. I love black tea. So it truly does make for a good mix, especially with the volcanic notes you get from the Andean soil but it’s just never been one that I’ve seemed to drink above others. It does make a good latte though.

Michelle

Not sappy at all to appreciate a community that accepts and supports all ‘weird tea’ drinkers :)

vallhallow

I am glad I joined. Its a really lovely place to talk about tea. :)

Martin Bednář

You know what I love about Steepster community? Noone bats an eye if you are drinking a tea bag or loose leaf or high-end pu-erh. All teas deserve love and they get it here. And sometimes, we find out flavours that we never thought they exist. And that causes an orders now and then :D

mrmopar

I think we are in a category by ourselves. No one understands that than by being one ourselves. We are a unique blend of people and I love the interactions between us.

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84

An interesting concept. A new take on ‘teabags’. The one downside is that they packaged it in plastic. If they could find a solution to this one thing then I think they have found themselves a dynamic and eco friendly replacement for the tea bag. As for the tea the taste is good but does not get nearly strong enough for milk / sugar and when it does reach that optimal point for milk I feel like our fast paced counterparts will have forgotten their cuppa. Based on the size of the leaves I would guess these are 3 or 4 leaves. The flavor is earthy with lighter wood notes.

gmathis

Just checked out the company website. Interesting!

Skysamurai

Hopefully they get them back in stock. I’ve actually had this in my stash for awhile but need to get back into reviewing on Steepster again now that that weird bug is gone

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65

Skysamurai’s TTB Thank you!
So, a pure black tea. It’s from Rwanda, a country I had never tea before. Or did I and just don’t recall?
Tea #7
Dry leaf is broken, but some bigger pieces are there now and then. I used one, a little more heaped teaspoon and I have used a big fillable tea bag. Steeped for suggested 3-3.5 minutes and I am pretty sure about the timing as I have been watching the biathlon in meantime. What a shame for my country.

The tea itself, when dry, have a quite uncommon bitterness. I am not sure what is the reason for that, but reminds me a cheap tobacco and partially Lipton Yellow Label (does it count as a tea?).

Brewed it tastes pretty much light, but the flavours are pretty much alright. Smooth, lightly roasty, autumn leaves. Nice amount of astringency/bitterness and level of malt is low as well, but clearly noticeable. Certainly far from finest teas I had before, but not the worst either. I think my expectations were maybe too high, but it is a great tea if you want a caffeine boost, but without much flavours to find. It is pretty much straight-forward cup.

Flavors: Astringent, Autumn Leaf Pile, Bitter, Malt, Smooth, Tea, Tobacco

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Skysamurai’s TTB Thank you!
A nepalase oolong sounds interesting. Prepared western, as I had no mood to gongfu. 1 heaped teaspoon in basket and 300 ml cup.

Tea #5

So yup. Finally I took out plain tea. And after drinking it, I need to re-visit this one.

The aroma of dry leaf is interesting. Very floral — rose, with its peppery note that it can have sometimes. I tried my best to match their steeping parameters saying 190°F, however, I haven’t measured it.

Steeped for rather short though, only about 3 minutes — they suggest 4-5.

In taste all the aroma disappeared into lightly vegetal, stonefruits aroma and taste and pretty mouthcoating feeling. It was somehow simple and maybe too much easydrinking considering oolongs. I have been hoping for more.

It was simple afternoon drink. I won’t rate so far.

Flavors: Rose, Stonefruit, Vegetal

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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80

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Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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70

2021 Homemade Advent Calendar Swap – Day 21
From Skysamurai.

Clove-heavy chai blends are my favorite, so I was happy to see that the website mentions clove in the description. I don’t taste it though, unfortunately. it’s a good chai, but it’s not anything remarkable.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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2021 Homemade Advent Calendar Swap – Day 10
From Skysamurai.

I tend to like chocolaty black teas the best, the darker and richer the better. This one’s lighter than I would have liked. To be fair, I made the cup and left it sitting on the counter for a few hours before I got around to reheating and drinking it. I’ll save my rating for now. I have plenty of servings left, so I can try again and give this tea a proper review.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

This tea is lacking something that I like in my tea, and I haven’t quite figured out what. I know I wanted brighter notes in it, so I added juniper berries and fresh orange peel and that helped with whatever I found it was lacking. It’s one of a friend’s favorite teas, and I shall be happy to drink it when I visit her, but I don’t need to keep it in my cabinet.

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55

Brewed according to the instructions, I found it unexceptional and somewhat overly mild. In a gaiwan, it had a very odd, slightly toasty taste – almost like genmaicha, but milder and possibly less complex. It reminds me vividly of the breakfast cereal puffed rice.

Flavors: Rice, Toasted Rice, Toasty

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 15 sec 3 g 2 OZ / 55 ML

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60

The leaves are slightly more broken than I think is ideal, but that seems to be typical of tea from this particular farm. Not prone to bitterness, which is surprising for broken green tea. It has a slightly roasted flavour with notes of caramel, and no particular sweetness. I actually prefer it Western-style over gongfu; it comes out milder, but a bit more complex.

Flavors: Caramel, Grass, Roasted

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec 3 g 13 OZ / 384 ML

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59

This one runs the gamut of flavours. It takes a while to open up. Early steeps are fruity, growing more tart, then slightly yammy, and at last very floral and almost reminiscent of perfume. It’s interesting, but none of the flavours stood out as great examples of their type for me. Possibly a good choice for days when you’re not sure what tea you want!

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Perfume, Pleasantly Sour, Toasted, Yams

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec 3 g 2 OZ / 55 ML

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78

The leaves smell amazing, dry or wet. The scent initially comes across like strawberry, but after a moment it’s possibly to detect the individual notes of pear, guava, and what is apparently soursop (which smells like pineapple). Brewed Western-style without sugar, it’s not great; to be fair, I don’t usually like unsweetened fruit tea blends. With sugar, it’s excellent – one of my favourite fruit teas.

Flavors: Guava, Pear, Pineapple, Strawberry

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 5 g 13 OZ / 384 ML

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78

This is a very nice tea – my favourite so far of the green tea sampler pack from this company! It was unexpectedly sweet when brewed in a gaiwan. It has some caramel flavour, and possibly mango? I brewed it according to the instructions as well, and the results were similar, with a vaguely roasty taste as well. The flavour profile is not what I’d expect from a green tea, but not in a bad way at all. A surprising tea, and definitely enjoyable.

Flavors: Caramel, Mango, Roasted, Sweet

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 15 sec 3 g 2 OZ / 55 ML

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50

Brewed according to the instructions on the package, I found this tea very mild. I tried brewing it gongfu, which produced a very astringent tea reminiscent of ‘gunpowder green.’ I got a lot of steeps out of it, but none of them were terribly good. It was best Japanese style, but still not my favourite – very bitter, a tad nutty, a tad vegetal. It tasted like a slightly more complex gunpowder green.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Nutty, Vegetal

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 30 sec 8 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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50

This tea was not great as I first tried it, brewed grandpa style – it had a kind of generic, light, flower and overripe fruit taste. It was better done gong fu, with an odd wet-leather smell and a more savoury, balanced taste. Still not fantastic in my opinion, but much more drinkable.

Flavors: Dried Fruit, Floral, Flowers, Leather

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 15 sec 3 g 2 OZ / 55 ML

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75

It’s quite a strong Earl Grey. As usual with Earl Greys, the bergamot flavour makes it difficult to adequately judge the quality of the tea leaves, but structurally they’re fine – whole and medium-sized. Earl Greys are not really my thing, admittedly (I only have this one because it came as part of a sampler pack), but as far as I can tell this is a nice one, with a stronger, fresher taste than many others.

Flavors: Bergamot, Tannin

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 3 g 13 OZ / 384 ML

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65

A very juicy tea. It has flavours of apricot and rose, leaning more floral in later steeps. Despite the fruit notes, it’s more savoury than sweet. The scent and aroma are both very floral and very strong.

Flavors: Apricot, Floral, Rose

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec 3 g 2 OZ / 55 ML

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79

SkySamurai’s mystery advent tea #5 backlog from 12/18
Looks like a green today!  Healthwise, I feel like I could use a green tea.  These winters always make me feel physically terrible.  Honestly, I’ve been trying to align some of these mystery teas with what I know of Teavivre teas… I suppose Teavivre is the shop I’d have most knowledge of plain teas from.  They have so many varieties of green tea though, it would be tough to narrow down.  But I think Teavivre has a green tea like this, just from looking at it.  Very twisted fuzzy leaves in various shades of pale green. The scent of the dry leaf isn’t great or spectacular — it’s an odd fragrance.  The scent of the steeped leaves is like corn chowder with tomato soup somehow.  The flavor is lovely – sweet, creamed corn, also a bit nutty.  The second steep wasn’t as great… not as much flavor. My guess: mao feng green!  Was I correct? NO.  I’ve never heard of this one either!   It’s a green from Vietnam. Interesting – I have probably only tried a couple of Vietnam greens.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons // 39 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 35 minutes after boiling // 3 min

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65

A pleasantly smooth tea with a wet texture and a slightly yammy, roasty taste. Brewed in a mug, it’s not hugely exceptional, but definitely stands out from bog-standard black tea. Brewed gongfu, the flavours are similar, but more expansive, and slightly fruity at the end. The leaves are whole.

Flavors: Fruity, Smooth, Toasty, Yams

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec 3 g 2 OZ / 55 ML

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62

Visually, this is a very beautiful tea. The flavour is mild, sweetish, with a light taste of overripe fruit. The scent is hard to identify. Later steeps are tarter and slightly astringent, which in the case of this tea improves the taste.

Flavors: Astringent, Dried Fruit, Fruity, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec 3 g 2 OZ / 55 ML

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