ShiZen: Organic Houjicha 有機ほうじ茶

Description

Houjicha is a roasted green tea that has a smooth and mellow roasted nut flavor. Our houjicha is grown on the family farms in the foothills of Mount Fuji that is organically grown for over 25 years and roasted by a tea artisan that has the top quality roasting technique in Japan. Houjicha’s refreshing taste will be suitable when served with a meal, and of course great for after meals and simply for tea time too. Read About Our Farmer.

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Tasting Notes

The dry leaf for this tea might be a bit intimidating for some. Not as strong as some lapsang or genmaicha I’ve smelled, but it is a slightly funky, earthy, and straw-like scent.

The brewed tea is much more mild and smells almost like roasted corn. I was afraid this tea would be similar to barley tea (mugicha), which for some reason I don’t like the taste of, but I was pleasantly surprised by the taste of this tea when brewed. It stood up to a nice long brewing of 3 minutes since it is less fragile than a non-roasted green tea. There is absolutely no bitterness, astringency, or even the slight acidity that regular green teas can sometimes have. It does inherit the grassiness and smooth buttery finish of a high quality green tea.

The finish is sweet and smooth, reminding me of a non-salted version of those grocery snack corn nuts. The after taste has a bit of tannin that reminds me of oolong teas served in restaurants to help with digestion, but it is more of a nostalgic reminder and does not affect the overall taste of the tea at all.

Flavors: Butter, Hay, Roasted nuts, Straw, Toasted Rice

About

Shizen’s mission is to support sustainable organic farming for the better environment and safer health foods by becoming a bridge between organic farmers and consumers around the world. In Japan, there are farmers who have strong commitments to organic farming. Most of these farmers believe that organic farming is the sustainable way to keep their land healthy so that future generations can enjoy the same beautiful nature. However, Japanese consumers do not have as much appreciation in organic products as consumers in other countries do.

Product provided for review.  All notes & opinions are my own.

Raizana Teas: HappyTea

Description

Mood-enhancing HappyTea contains natural herbs known to combat the blues and promote mental well-being. Chase away the blues with this delicious energizing blend of yerba mate, hibiscus, and orange peel that hits you like a ray of sunshine.

Ingredients: St. John’s Wort, Chamomile, Orange Peel, Hibiscus Petal, Yerba Mate, Stevia, Natural guava flavor

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Tasting Notes

The added sweetness goes well with the tart hibiscus. Smells grassy & herbaceous with a hint of straw. Then the tart astringency of the hibiscus comes through, but quickly quelled by the stevia. All in all a pretty good tea. I imagine this would be awesome iced, as hibiscus always is.

Flavor: Hibiscus, Straw, Grass

About Raizana Teas

Raizana’s selection of herbal teas taste good and are good for you. Raizana formulates their natural loose-herb teas to combine good taste and the herbal properties that help promote good health. Their herbal teas come from recipes that their families have used for generations, but Raizana herbal teas come with a plus: They are delicious! So enjoy and share Raizana Teas; make their family tradition yours.

Disclaimer: Tea was provided for review.

Eco-Cha: Dong Ding Oolong

Description

This batch of tea comes from Yong Long Village, just above Dong Ding Mountain. Yong Long is known for a rich red soil which differs from other locales in Lu Gu Township. The unique flavor of the Dong Ding Oolong produced here is attributed to this soil quality, along with the fact this region is home to the most concentrated population of the most skilled oolong tea artisans in Taiwan.

Flavor: Roasted summer squash, artichoke, cashews, dried fruit. Clean, tangy finish.

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Tasting Notes

Though roasted, this tea is still light. The aroma is of roasted corn, nuts, and leaves–perfect for the first crisp day of Autumn. Sipping on the tea after brewing, I get a strong taste of barley, but it isn’t strong enough to be off-putting. This would be great brewed as an iced tea with some honey, or brewed extra strong since the flavor was a bit watery for me.

About Eco-Cha

Eco-Cha was created to represent the artisan tea industry in Taiwan. The tea is responsibly sourced, artisan tea direct from family-run tea gardens in Taiwan.

Disclaimer: Photos are from Eco-Cha. Tea was provided for review.

The Persimmon Tree® Tea Company: Mandarin Cream

Tasting Notes

Tea, Wet Leaves, Green Tea CakeThis tea is quite decadent. Dried leaf aroma smells exactly the same as the way it tastes, which I always love. This is like drinking a nice, hot version of vanilla ice cream and orange sherbet, but less sweet. The first taste is of a strong vanilla, then it ebbs a little bit into some floral fruit flowers, a bit of oak and rum, then comes back to the creaminess. Sadly, I think the oolong is a little lost in this blend, but it still tastes very good. I don’t think I could drink this too often since it is a heavier tea, but I have brewed it up several times and gulped it down before writing any notes!

This time I ate it with a nice piece of green tea castella cake while relaxing after a long day of work. I’ve had it a few other times, including on a recent visit from my sister, Ariel.

Flavors: Butter, Cream, Rum, Vanilla

Description

Our Mandarin Cream tea awakens the senses with oolong loose tea leaves, hints of cream and a stimulating citrus finish. Blended with lemon myrtle, marigolds, and natural essence of vanilla, Mandarin Cream is a rich and smooth tea experience with an utterly heavenly aroma.

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Disclaimer: I was given these teas by The Persimmon Tree to review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

The Persimmon Tree® Tea Company: White Guava

Tasting Notes

The first smell I get when about to sip this tea reminds me of trail mix with dried, juicy fruit. The taste itself is more mild and clean. The taste opens with guava and then leads into the white peony. The aftertaste is a mix of strawberry and guava bouncing back and forth and finishing with strawberry.

Flavors: Guava, Strawberry

Description

White Guava tea brews a light infusion with a beautiful, rich scent and a delicate tropical flavor. It comprises an exotic blend of white peony loose-leaf tea leaves, strawberries, ginger, and natural flavors, and as with all of our white teas, White Guava tea prepares nicely both hot and iced.

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Disclaimer: I was given these teas by The Persimmon Tree to review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.