New Tasting Notes
I find with the rarer teas I review here, it’s fastest to just do a search for them, and Steepster is usually one of the top results!
This is a loose-leaf tea from Martin!
It’s kind of bright, with a good deal of astringency, and a mild citrus note. There’s a floral note too, and something vegetal at the end of the sip. The astringency is a bit much for me. I might enjoy it more as a latte. Thanks, Martin!
Flavors: Astringent, Citrus, Floral, Vegetal
Sampler September! Another offering from the PDX Tea Fest fundraiser bag. There was a set of three Japanese green teabags (Genmaicha, Sencha, Hojicha) by Jugetsudo, and I really felt in the mood for a cup of houjicha tonight.
When I opened the package, the single sachet teabag had a trifling amount in it, and what it did have could in no way be considered “leaf”… it was all powdery fannings. I’m a fan of hojicha, but I like big, full, leafy hojicha, so I already wasn’t impressed.
Unsurprisingly, brewed up it is the weakest cup of hojicha I’ve ever tasted… like a faintly woody water. What is there of the flavor hints at a good hojicha; a nice roast, walnuts and caramel, woody without turning barky. But it is just far too weak.
I am guessing getting the loose leaf of this same tea would be incredibly pleasant, but the teabags from this company leave much to be desired. Though I don’t care for the somewhat “barky” edge of Yamamotoyama hojicha teabags, I would definitely take them over this.
Flavors: Caramel, Roasted, Walnut, Wood
Powerful beginning astringency that overwhelms, followed by great sweetness and hui gan. Full bodied and complex. Lovely fragrance. I get the feeling that this would be great for aging. Energy is not physical nor mental, but rather emotional— feeling uplifted.
$250 for the whole cake eh? Add it to my list of sheng to consider buying and aging after my first or second year of newbie tea exploration.
This is probably the sort of tea I should prepare warm in a gaiwan, but lacking the time for that sort of thing, I’ve instead been using it as cold brew.
My last batch was 6g to a liter, my typical measurements for white tea, brewed overnight, which produced a very sweet, slightly citrusy brew, with a lot of straw and chrysanthemum notes. I wondered if with this sort of leaf that was under-leafing it a bit, so the batch I’m drinking today increased he leaf by a gram, and it is a stronger flavor. The strongest flavor is melon, with a hint of vegetal zuccini, fresh cucumber water, wet hay, and a light florality on the finish. Slightly different flavors, but both have been very quenching cold brews.
Flavors: Chrysanthemum, Citrus, Cucumber, Floral, Hay, Lemon, Melon, Spring Water, Straw, Vegetal, Zucchini
I don’t usually choose apple teas, but this one smelled so good I just had to get it! The flavor is a little thinner than I’d prefer. I definitely get spicy cinnamon and a good amount of apple. Maybe there’s some ginger in there as well. I don’t get any pastry element to it. I think it tastes better cooled to room temperature. It gains some body somehow that way. I’m enjoying this, but I do feel like it needs a little something extra to tie it all together.
This tea looks very nice on the Mahalo Tea website, so I submitted an order, which they say would normally be shipped in 5 to 7 days.
After waiting for a shipment and/or a response to numerous phone calls and emails for 150 days, I had to report this company to the Better Business Bureau as a scam, and also to PayPal to get a refund for the order that was never shipped.
The Mahalo Tea Company, while claiming to be selling teas from the website mahalotea.com, will not ship any tea to you after you pay for your order, according to my personal experience.