Archive for category Green

Tea of the Week – Genmai Cha

Name:  Genmai Cha

Type:  Green

Region:  Japan

Bought At:  Adagio

Price:  $3 for a 10 cup sample

First Impressions:  Popcorn!!

Review:

I was very interested to try Genmai Cha.  I was very intrigued by the popcorn/rice/tea combo and was hoping for something really different.  In that respect, I wasn’t disappointed – it definitely is different!  It has a heavy popcorn smell and taste.  It reminded me most of popcorn that is overcooked to just short of truly burnt.  The tea serves more as an undertone to the rice and popcorn, and was almost lost in their over powerful taste and smell.  Overall, I didn’t really enjoy this.  It was different, but not something I am in a hurry to have again.

My Rating:
2 / 5

-brent
(Teageek.org Founder)

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Tea of the Week – Kukicha

Name:  Kukicha

Type:   Green

Region:  Japan

Bought At:  Adagio

Price:  $2 for a 10 cup sample

First Impressions:  Staw like look and smell

Review:

Kukicha is a tea that I have had before and wasn’t overly impressed with, but I thought I would give it another try.  It does have an interesting appearance, combining stems with the typical tea leaves gives it a very unique look.  As far as taste goes it is okay.  The problem I have with this tea is there is just nothing that jumps out at you.  It’s not that it’s necessarily bad, just sort of “blah.”  It is little on the light side with a grassy aftertaste.  Overall, I’ll drink it, but I don’t think I will order it again when it’s out.

My Rating:
2.5 / 5

-brent
(Teageek.org Founder)

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Tea of the Week – Rhubarb Green

Name:  Rhubarb Green

Type:  Green

Region:  Unknown

Bought At:  Adagio

Price:  $2 for a 10 cup sample

First Impressions:  Sweet, almost sugary smell

Review:

This week I tried a green I have had for a little while but never tried: Rhubarb Green.  I was curious at the sweet smell because I was expecting it to have a hint of sourness to it (Like real rhubarb).  It has a lighter taste, and is very pleasant and sweet.  I have to say it didn’t remind me too much of rhubarb.  It isn’t earthly or smoky like some greens.  It is sweet, with just a hint of sour.  Overall a good tea, it provided a nice break from some of the more intense greens that I have had.

My Rating:
3.5 / 5

-brent
(TeaGeek.org Founder)

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Tea of the Week – Dongshan Dolce

Name:  Dongshan Dolce

Type:  Green

Region:  Zhejiang, China

Bought At:  Adagio

Price:  $3 for a 10 cup sample

First Impressions:  Sweet grassy smell

Review:

The second of my new green teas is Dongshan Dolce from Adagio.  The tea leaves themselves have a sweet grassy smell that reminds me of alfalfa.  The tea itself is a mild green with a very mellow flavor.  Slightly sweet, it is a very smooth cup of tea.  It is a little “grassy” tasting, but not to the point that it is unpleasant at all.  Not a new favorite, but still a nice cup of tea, especially for true green tea lovers.

My Rating:

3.5 / 5

-brent
(TeaGeek.org Founder)

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Tea of the Week – Casablanca Twist

Name:  Casablanca Twist

Type:  Green

Region:  Darjeeling, India

Bought At:  Adagio

Price:  $3 for a 10 cup sample

First Impressions:  Minty aroma

Review:

My second tea this month is a green from adagio: Casablanca Twist.  I didn’t really know anything about this tea before I tried it, and was surprised by its minty flavor.  It has a very smooth, light green tea feeling to it and by far the biggest taste you get is that of mint – peppermint to be exact.  I learned it is a “twist” (pun intended) on the older Moroccan Mint which uses gunpowder instead of Darjeeling as the base.  I would be interested to try Moroccan to see the difference between the two.  It isn’t overpowering like some mint herbal teas, just a cool feeling after you have taken a sip.  Overall it was pretty good, definitely refreshing.  It would probably make an interesting iced tea. While it was a good mint tea, mint really isn’t my favorite; but others who enjoy mint more might like it better.

My Rating:
2.5 / 5

Tea of the Week

Name: Casablanca Twist

Type: Green

Region: Darjeeling, India

Bought At: Adagio

Price: $3 for a 10 cup sample

First Impressions: Minty aroma

Review:

My second tea this month is a green from adagio: Casablanca Twist. I didn’t really know anything about this tea before I tried it, and was surprised by its minty flavor. It has a very smooth, light green tea feeling to it and by far the biggest taste you get is that of mint – peppermint to be exact. I learned it is a “twist” (pun intended) on the older Moroccan Mint which uses gunpowder instead of Darjeeling as the base. I would be interested to try Moroccan to see the difference between the two. It isn’t overpowering like some mint herbal teas, just a cool feeling after you have taken a sip. Overall it was pretty good, definitely refreshing. It would probably make an interesting iced tea. While it was a good mint tea, mint really isn’t my favorite; but others who enjoy mint more might like it better.

My Rating:

2.5 / 5

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Tea of the Week – Citron Green

Name: Citron Green

Type: Green

Region: Unknown

Bought At: Adagio

Price: 2$ for a 10 cup sample

First Impressions: Amazing sweet citrus smell

Review:

The second month of my tea reviews, February will be a month of green. To start out I decided on one of my all time favorites that I just got back in: Citron Green. The most amazing thing about this tea is by far its smell, probably the best smelling tea I have tried. Its taste follows up and doesn’t disappoint like last week’s Blood Orange. The delicate blend of the sweet citrus and the mellow green tea makes this taste just wonderful. It finishes off with just a hint of a smoky finish, leaving you with a very pleasant aftertaste, something a lot of teas lack. It also holds up well to multiple brewing, making it a great choice for mornings at the office. Overall, it’s my second favorite tea of all time. There’s just not too much more to say, except I think I’ll go make another cup.

My Rating:
4.5 / 5

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