75 Tasting Notes
My tin of this is super old but I really do love this tea. It’s gently grassy with really beautiful notes of sweet hay and honey. There’s a light astringency that tickles the throat, but it’s a very delicate and inoffensive cup. The perfect morning green tea.
Bought from T&T supermarket, you can get 400 g of this tea for under $10 CAD (if I’m remembering correctly!) This genmaicha is a bit more umami than the Genmaicha and Matcha Genmaicha that I’ve tried from DAVIDsTEA, but it’s really delicious when steeped for 3 minutes in 180ºF water. When following those steeping parameters, the roasted rice notes are definitely prominent, but are perfectly complemented by the rather vegetal green tea. For me, genmaichas are not typically a tea I’d bother shelling out for, as the roasted rice notes tend to mask any of the astringent or vegetal qualities that can come from cheap green tea.
Flavors: Grain, Grass, Rice, Vegetal
This is wonderful. Quite sweet, but it’s not overpowering like it is in some other DAVIDsTEA flavoured matchas. The creaminess is dominant, but the bergamot is still nice and bright making this unmistakably an earl grey tea. The matcha flavour doesn’t really come through, but when comparing this to the original Cream of Earl Grey, you can really tell that the black tea base is absent by the utter lack of astringency. Even whisked into hot water without milk, this tastes like a London fog. The perfect indulgent cup of tea for chilly days.
Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Cream, Vanilla
I found a sealed 50g bag of this living in the back of my tea cupboard, so whisked some up today and gave it another chance. The first time I tried it, I was not expecting the powdery mouthfeel from the beetroot powder and the fact that the green tea taste is just completely absent. I had brewed some up in my DT matcha maker while at university one day and ended up dumping it because I could not get over the bitter Kool-Aid flavour.
This time I armed myself with the knowledge from my last experience and whisked up a cup of this with a little bit of rock sugar to take the edge off that bitter orange flavour. I still find the orange flavouring alarmingly synthetic, almost like orange Jello, but the addition of some rock sugar made it much more tolerable. I think it’s important to note that I can taste the beet powder in this, I noticed that it has the same flavour profile as Just Beet It. If you liked that, you probably won’t mind this!
The colour of this is so weird! I hate how the froth on top of my bowl was brown, not a gorgeous green like other matcha. Davids Tea must’ve been going through an alternative phase when they developed this… I like to imagine that they wanted to make an “edgy” tea that looks like old blood.
Flavors: Orange, Orange Zest, Strawberry
Hot with a little soy milk! So delicious, sweet, and comforting. I love this tea.
It was just starting to turn to spring, but today it started snowing again. I live in Alberta, really, what was I expecting? But this is the perfect tea to study economics with and try to ignore what’s going on outside.
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Sometimes I wonder why I even consider buying more expensive “artisan” straight teas from other brands — unless I’m drinking two straight black teas side-by-side I find them really hard to differentiate (obviously I can tell the difference between a Red Rose and a mid-range breakfast blend, but I digress). I managed a DAVIDsTEA a long time ago and I made my staff do regular straight tea “tastings” to keep our tastebuds up to speed, and I suppose the many years that have gone by between my last “tea tasting” are catching up to me.
This is a nice throwback to when my assistant manager at the time would be asked to recommend a straight black — she would always enthusiastically point out Nepal Black, and for good reason! The tea isn’t too astringent, is hard to oversteep, and has some gorgeous honey notes. It’s a little chocolatey and little sweet, but is absolutely perfect first thing in the morning. And, apparently it makes me really nostalgic to my old DT days!
Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Hazelnut, Honey