1627 Tasting Notes
Finished this up today! Farewell Houjicha! Sad but a part of me is happy I’m finished with another can of tea! It’s incredible how much tea I’ve accumulated over the past few months-years. This one was a nice roasted green. Very warm nutty and toasty in flavor, and it lent itself to blending very well. I often liked mixing this with lemongrass, like today! I steeped this 3 times in a big mug. I might venture to purchase this again one day, but not anytime soon.
I rarely reach for this since it always depends on my mood. It’s raining out, so I reached for this. It smells very earthy and dark, and I love how each mini cake is wrapped up. Very cute >_<! Generally for this tea, I like to infuse in short amounts of time. I usually don’t like the first infusion… it is too bitter and strong, though I imagine it might taste ok if I added milk and sugar. (note to self: try that next time!) The second infusion is my favorite.
On second infusion, it smells earthy and musty but a little sweet too. I love the sweet-like taste I get. The aftertaste is good as well. :)
I made this spiced over the stove today. Boiled water with cloves, cardamom, black peppercorn, allspice, cinnamon stick… added sugar and some African Pride Tea! Then added a lot of milk and let that simmer. :) SO delicious. I love making and drinking this tea. Spiced chai made over the stove tastes the best IMO.
This tastes a lot better when steeped for about 2 minutes. I added a packet of brown sugar. I ate baked sweet potato with this, and it tasted great together. The spices were more subdued compared to when I steeped it for longer. Also, I could taste the black tea better.