Yunomi Tea Discoveries Club, January Review (Part 2)

yunomi2As promised, this is part 2 of my review of January’s Tea Discoveries Club package from Yunomi.

OnochaBanchaWe’re going to start off where we left off last night, moving on to the third tea I tried from January’s collection of teas:  Bancha Green Tea from Onocha Tea Factory & Shop.  Similarly to the other teas in this collection, this tea is not available for purchase from Yunomi.  That’s part of what makes the Discovery Club a MUST for tea lovers.  It will expose you to teas that you might never have tried!  What a unique and wonderful opportunity!

Bancha Green Tea

This is a really pleasant Bancha.  It has a crisp, uplifting flavor:  fresh, vegetative and clean.  There is a nice contrast between sweet and savory.  It has a nice, brothy sort of texture and taste.  Nutty, sweet, hints of bitter to offset the sweetness.  Nicely smooth.

It’s a soothing tea that reminds me a bit of sipping broth.  That warm, nourishing sort of feeling that I get when I sip broth, that’s what I get when I sip this Bancha.  It’s not too sweet, not too bitter – just really pleasant.

This is the kind of green tea that I like to have on hand for “every day” sort of drinking.  It is a great tea to drink with meals because it’s not an aggressive tasting tea – it’s really smooth and satisfying.SenchaSuiho

The next tea that I tried was the Sencha Suiho.  Immediately, I found myself curious as to how it would differ from the other Sencha I enjoyed from this month’s Discovery Club package:  Sencha Suiren.

Upon first sip, I got my answer!  These are really two very different Sencha teas!  This Sencha Suiho is sweet, buttery and smooth.  Very little bitterness.  Very little astringency.  I noticed more bitterness and astringency with the Suiren – and that wasn’t even a really strongly bitter or aggressively astringent tea!

Sencha Suiho

This is beautifully buttery and pleasantly mellow.  Nice!  The resteep is almost as nice as the first cup – still really beautifully creamy and sweet!

I saved the Hojicha for last as Hojicha is one of my favorite types of Japanese green teas!  Hojicha Soybean Blend to be exact.  I think of all the teas that I received this month, this was the one I was the most excited about, mostly because I found myself curious about the ‘soybean.’

Unfortunately, I’m not able to provide a picture of the tea itself because the battery in my camera thought it was the right time to die.  So, I just have a picture of the package.  HojichaSoybean

The dry leaf looks a lot like … well, it looks like dried, chopped up leaves and stems.  The first thought that went through my head when I saw it was “mulch.”  I’m hoping it tastes better than I can only imagine mulch tasting.  Since I’m not planning on brewing mulch and drinking it any time soon, I’ll have to imagine what it would taste like.

Ah … yeah!  Yum!  There’s that lovely sweet, nutty flavor that I’ve come to love when it comes to Hojicha.  That delicious roasty-toasty flavor that evokes thoughts of autumn.

It has a smooth texture to it and it’s not an astringent tea.  It’s not bitter.  It’s sweet and a very soothing, calming sort of drink.  Really lovely.  However, I don’t know that I taste any ‘soybean’ in this tea, I just taste sweet, nutty flavor, very much like I’d experience with a top-quality Hojicha.

Overall, I found this adventure with the Discoveries Club from Yunomi to be really enjoyable.  Spectacular teas – I love that these teas are exclusive to the Discovery Club.  It’s certainly well worth it to take part in this adventure and discover some amazing Japanese Teas!

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