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Enishi…. I stood there and pondered. I knew this name. The Buddist monk that brought tea to Japan? No. That was Eisai. And then it hit me. Enishi Yukishiro, the villain from the last, and best arc in the Rurouni Kenshin manga. But in a sense, this makes because Enishi, though born in Japan, went to China for 10 years. And in my head, this is perfect since Japanese greens are usually steamed and this is a unique Chinese green tea is steamed and not fried. Chinese greens are typically known for being fried. Greenish grey in appearance. Twisted and tightly rolled. Long, like longleaf pine needles. The fragrance is reminiscent of a Japanese green due to the steaming though in a way it also reminds me of Chinese restaurants. The flavor definitely leans more towards Chinese green as well. Very slight melon or some type of stone fruit and stewed greens. Grassy but higher in vegetal notes. Bits of asparagus, green beans. A bit of astringency. My fault. I pushed it a little bit too much to see what I could glean from the leaves but the astringency isn’t bad. Just enough to be peckish on the tongue. But this does give it bright quality.

In Chinese, this tea is called Enshi Yulu. In a way, you could think of this tea as the founder of Japanese teas. The great, great, great, great? grandparent.

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drank Pu'erh Tangerine by Great Tea Road Co.
1790 tasting notes

2021 Homemade Advent Calendar Swap – Day 5
From Skysamurai.

I’ve fallen a day behind in my Advent swap, so I’m starting my day with yesterday’s tea. I’ll forever be in awe of those of you who do more than one Advent calendar at a time. I drink too slowly or get distracted and take all day to finish my cup.

When I opened Day 5’s package, I thought at first it was another tuocha nugget. Much to my happy surprise, it’s a puerh-stuffed tangerine! I’ve always wanted to try one of these. I wasn’t sure how to steep it, so I watched a few videos but ended up following the instructions on Great Tea Road Co.’s website. I put the whole tangerine in a brew basket, did a quick rinse, then steeped with boiling water for 5 minutes. The aroma is floral orange blossom, so lovely! The flavor is lighter than I expected for puerh, so on the second steep I opened the tangerine to empty the tea and cut the peel into strips before steeping. I did another 5 minute steep with boiling water, and the color is much darker and flavor much deeper this time around.

This was such a fun experience and I’m so glad I finally got to try one of these. Thanks, Skysamurai!!

Flavors: Floral, Orange Blossom

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Not sure what part of this is Minnestoan. Feel like it needs wild rice or pine needles… something to make it truly different from the other MN chai blends. Good spicy flavor. But the aroma is my favorite. Smells so good. Don’t get too close though. Better hot, though it was decent cold. With milk, it is also very good. Interestingly, it becomes more nutty but that is probably because I’m using oat milk.

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drank Genmaicha by Great Tea Road Co.
3740 tasting notes

An Ode to Tea challenge #2– G

additional notes: Nothing new to say but that this fits for my alphabet challenge. A lovely genmaicha. More suited to colder months though, now that I’m drinking it in the summer and thinking about it.
2021 sipdowns: 95

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drank Genmaicha by Great Tea Road Co.
3740 tasting notes

SkySamurai’s mystery advent tea #7  backlog from 12/20
Appears to be a genmaicha without the popped rice – simply the unpopped rice (at least in my sample.)  The scent is pure Honey Smacks cereal.   The flavor is very much like Honey Smacks cereal with an underlying umami vegetal flavor.  The blend was mostly the unpopped rice, with only a few green leaves, so I’m actually surprised the green tea flavor is even in the cup. Genmaicha never gets old for me — a cup of Sunday comfort.  My guess: genmaicha! Was I correct? Yes.  Another tea shop I have never heard of before.
Steep #1 // 1 teaspoon for full mug // 32 minutes after boiling  // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 30 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep

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From the Samurai TTB.

I don’t know anything about the ruby varietals that tea-sipper refers to, so I can’t speak to that. I did a quick Google search to find out a bit more, and honestly now I feel like too much of a novice to be drinking this tea. I’m not tasting any of the notes that are described – wintergreen, chocolate, licorice, camphor, ginger, clove, sarsaparilla, etc. I’m sure the list goes on. To me, this is just a good black tea. There, I said it. I do not have a refined palate! But I did enjoy it. In fact, this is another tea I enjoyed more and more as it cooled. It was just tasty. Sorry I could not do this one justice, SkySamurai!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML
tea-sipper

But you enjoyed it! I never taste any of those notes in Rubies either… I just taste what I taste and I like what I taste. haha:D

Shae

I did! I guess that’s what’s most important. :)

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‘Samurai’ Traveling Teabox – Tea #17
It’s always a joy getting to the end of trying teabox teas.  I LOVE teaboxes and the wealth of teas I’m able to try… but equally great is knowing I’ll be back to my tea collection and revisiting my favorites, ESPECIALLY with my new sink water filter so I can be steeping with excellence.    Both my collection and the teaboxes make me appreciate each other even more.   The teaboxes reinvigorate my collection — happens every time. I love it.
This was not the best to end the teabox note on… I usually love Ruby varietals but this had little to no flavor of most of the Ruby teas I’ve ever tried.  Really just nothing to mention!  They are usually quite complex to me, so this is certainly not the Ruby to base anyone’s opinion on.
Steep #1  // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 17 minutes after boiling  // 2 minute steep
Steep #2  // 12 minutes after boiling //  2 min

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