2015-genmaicha

Genmaicha (Australia) from Blue Hour Tea. . . .

I steeped this at 190 degrees with 1stp tea and 1 cup water for about one minute. (The recommendation was 1-3 minutes, but after one minute it smelled super toasty even from across the room so I figured I’d better drink it before it got strong enough to knock me over.) This tea does interestingly include a bit of matcha in the ingredients despite being a genmaicha, which is a great addition as far as I’m concerned. Also, I’ve never had a tea from Australia before (that I know of), so I was quite excited by this opportunity! Once steeped, the tea was Read More

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Organic Oolong Tea from Buddha Teas

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Oolong Where to Buy: Buddha Teas Tea Description: Over the years, many different varieties of oolong tea have been produced, each with their own style and flavor, however traditional oolong tea remains the most popular among these. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: Oolong has historically been my nemesis, although I have to say at this point that I’ve only ever tried loose leaf oolong with one exception (Teapigs Tung Ting Oolong, which is pyramid bagged). This oolong is also bagged, and in fairly small, square paper affairs that really don’t look like they’ll provide Read More

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Strawberry Genmaicha Green from ESP Emporium

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Green Where to Buy: ESP Emporium Tea Description: Here, we have two green teas, which were combined to an exceptional premium tea blend. The characteristic of Japanese Genmaicha is supported wonderfully by our smooth green tea. This creation is perfected by the added strawberry pieces and a finely balanced flavor composition. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: Since I’ve tried a few ‘unconventional’ Genmaicha blends lately I wanted to do something different with this one, which is why I cold brewed it. I’m not even sure if I’ve ever done that before with a Genmaicha Read More

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Toasted Apple Green from Bluebird Tea Co.

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Green Where to Buy: Bluebird Tea Co. Tea Description: This blend of roasted green tea, popped rice and toasty apples is a bit of a tea Marmite. Some are addicted to its grassy, savoury taste but it’s not for those with a sweet tooth. Don’t worry though, Genmaicha fans will absolutely love Bluebird’s unique twist on the classic Japanese ‘popcorn’ tea. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: Calling this blend ‘tea marmite’ is, I think, a pretty big stretch and probably not the best selling tactic if Bluebird Tea Co. wants to get North Americans buying Read More

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Australia Houjicha Green from What-Cha

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Green Where to Buy: What-Cha Tea Description: Two Rivers Green Tea started producing tea in 2001 with the aid and encouragement of Japanese tea experts who were seeking to encourage Japanese style tea production for the domestic Japanese market. The Two Rivers farm was selected as it has the same latitude of southern Japanese tea farms, idea temperatures, rainfall and great quality topsoil. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: Recently I placed a What-Cha order for myself, and one of the things I was looking for was a Houjicha to stock up since it’s one of Read More