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“An Ode to Tea” Alphabet Challenge – U
I’m cheating slightly here, because while I don’t have a tea whose name starts with “U”, I do have this one from the company Ujien. I think it counts!
I picked this one up in Osaka randomly. Trying to read the translated description is… interesting ha ha, and of course my packet is in Japanese. It looks like there are a lot of stems though, and the dry leaf has an interesting greenish brown color to it.
Tastes yummy! The roast is very light and has a wonderful almost buttery nuttiness to it. Quite soft for a hojicha, which makes sense given all the stems, which tend to have a lighter flavor when roasted. The gentle toasty flavor is supremely comforting, especially since I’m exhausted and haven’t felt very good today.
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Butter, Mineral, Nuts, Roasted, Roasted Nuts, Smooth, Soybean, Squash, Wood
“An Ode to Tea” Alphabet Challenge – K
Ughhhh so tired. I started making bento for lunch again this week, and I feel like I’m spending so much time in the kitchen. I guess I just haven’t gotten into the groove yet.
Anyway! This is a tea that I randomly picked up in Osaka. Karigane is essentially just kukicha, but made from gyokuro stems. It has a lovely smooth and sweet flavor, with some nice pops of vegetal intensity that remind me of kabocha. There are also some light grassy notes that are very refreshing.
Overall, very mellow and gentle, but also with elements of gyokuro. And quite lovely for when you want a lower maintenance Japanese green! :)
Flavors: Freshly Cut Grass, Kabocha, Smooth, Spinach, Squash, Sweet, Thick, Umami, Vegetal
I brought this back from Japan and omg this is like the earthiest tasting green tea I have ever had in my life. And I don’t really like it.. at all. I might have oversteeped so I will try again but… meh.
It’s weird because I drank SO MUCH of this specific “winter” hojicha when I was in Japan and it tasted much better than this. But this one has a lot of twiggy pieces in it. Idk if it’s just because this in tea bags or what, but bleh.
Uji(宇治) is a small city which is very close to Kyoto. And Uji is famous for premium green tea in Japan. There’s company called ‘Ujien(宇治園)’, which is quite fancy(!) cafe that sells not only the finest green tea in the japan also green tea or matcha ice cream and cakes! I bought this green tea in Osaka and taste and colour of this tea is truly lovely! My mother sometimes makes me some ’Onigiri(in this case, mum mix green tea and rice. sounds weird? It is delicious) ’ .