Yunomi’s Hojicha Gold Roast

Hojicha Gold Roast by Yunomi
Green Tea / Straight
$13.00USD for 50g

Yunomi has provided me with Hojicha Gold Roast for the purposes of providing an honest review.

First Impressions

Hojicha Gold Roast from Yunomi is from the Obubu Tea Farms in Kyoto. I’ve mentioned it before on One More Steep, but I really do like the packaging and labeling that Yunomi uses for their packaging – it’s resealable and the label has all the information that one could ever want about the tea. Hojicha Gold Roast is a Japanese green tea that was harvested in the spring time.

Hojicha Gold Roast is a straight green tea. The leaves are dark brown with many short pieces throughout. This hojicha has some nice deep roasted/toasted notes ot it. It has a slightly smokey and nutty aroma to it.

Preparation

Yunomi recommends steeping Hojicha Gold Roast in 90C (195F) water for 60 seconds. My initial steep followed the steeping recommendations.

First Taste

Hojicha Gold Roast steeps to a light golden yellow. I noted that a lot of the fine particles of tea weren’t contained by with stainless steel infuser that I used in my tea pot, so if that bothers you, I would recommend using a filter bag instead. The tea itself has a nice toasted aroma to it. I found the tea to be very smooth when steeped for 60 seconds, with a nice strong nutty flavour. I found some sweetness to the tail end of each steep that reminded me a lot of caramel.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Hojicha Gold Roast a total of four times, because that’s what Yunomi suggested it could do. I added an extra 30 seconds for each subsequent steep. I found that the flavours deepened in the first resteep, and became a deeper golden yellow colour. After that, the flavours got a bit weaker with each steep, I found that the nutty flavour gave way to the sweet caramel flavours that I got.

My Overall Impression

I loved Yunomi’s Hojicha Gold Roast. I really enjoyed this tea, because it’s not like other green teas out there. If you’re not a fan of the salty flavours or vegetal notes in most green teas, hojicha is a nice change of pace because it’s been roasted and it just has a different type of flavour profile to it. I really enjoyed the sweet caramel notes in this tea, along with the nutty flavours – which makes this tea quite savoury. I would easily pair this with a meal as it’ll be more sweet by the time you get to dessert.

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Tea Side’s Ruan Zhi Oolong, Premium Myanmar

Ruan Zhi Oolong, Premium Myanmar by Tea Side
Oolong Tea / Straight
$15.00USD for 50g

Tea Side has provided me with Ruan Zhi Oolong, Premium Myanmar for the purposes of providing an honest review.

First Impressions

Consider my interest piqued when I read the label on this tea from Tea Side – to my knowledge I’ve never had a tea from Myanmar (Burma) before. I learned from their website that this tea was harvested at 2000m above sealevel during the spring of 2016. The dry leaf is beautiful to look at – there are various shades of dark green to brown with a lovely aroma. There’s a mix of floral and fruity notes.

Ruan Zhi Oolong, Premium Myanmar is a straight oolong tea.

Preparation

There weren’t any steeping instructions listed for Ruan Zhi Oolong. I used my usual oolong steeping times and used 90°C (195°F) water for 2 minutes.

First Taste

Ruan Zhi Oolong steeps to a beautiful light, yellow colour. The aroma is primarily that of floral notes, with a gentle touch of fruity notes that reminds me a lot of berries. There’s a nice natural sweetness to this oolong tea that I easily enjoyed. 2 minutes for an initial steep was a good idea, given that the tea has a smooth texture and goes down easy.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Ruan Zhi Oolong a total of eight times, adding an extra 30 seconds for each subsequent steep. I found the flavours of floral and berries started to get weaker with each steep, but a creamy buttery quality started to come out each each steep. By the last (eighth) resteep, Ruan Zhi Oolong primarily had a buttery flavour to it and the berries and floral flavours were all but gone.

My Overall Impression

I loved Tea Side’s Ruan Zhi Oolong, Premium Myanmar. I really enjoyed the floral and berry notes, this oolong resteeps so well and I greatly enjoyed experiencing each steep on its own because there was just some really nice shifts in flavour each each resteep from the very same leaves. If you’ve never resteeped your oolong tea before, you really should – and this tea is an excellent reason to learn to resteep your tea. It’s not an inexpensive tea, but it has a great quality to it that allows it to be resteeped so many times.

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DavidsTea’s Throat Rescue

Organic Throat Rescue by DavidsTea
Herbal Infusion / Flavoured
$8.98 for 50g

First Impressions

I first sniffed Organic Throat Rescue at one of my local DavidsTea retail locations, and I found it to be quite inviting. The aroma of Organic Throat Rescue is primarily that of ginger and mint. It does look quite beautiful, as a blend. I bought a small pouch to try it out before I opt for a larger tin (there are some cute ones this season…).

Organic Throat Rescue consists of (organic): licorice, fennel, nana mint, anise, ginger, peppermint, nettle leaves, black pepper, cardamom, cloves, marigold, and cornflower blossoms. I did have to look up nana mint because I wasn’t familiar with it, and from what I could understand, it appears to be a type of spearmint (or vice versa).

Preparation

DavidsTea recommends steeping Organic Throat Rescue in 95°C (200°F) water for 5+ minutes. I opted to do an initial steep of 7 minutes.

First Taste

Organic Throat Rescue steeps to a bit of a green-yellow colour. It still mostly has a ginger and minty aroma to it, but I think I can smell a bit of the cinnamon too. The herbal infusion has a really nice sweetness to it, the ginger and mint both provide warm and cooling notes to the tisane which is quite soothing (despite not having a sore throat). I think this would be nice when sick, and with spoonful of honey.

A Second Cup?

I attempted to resteep Organic Throat Rescue and found it didn’t have the same flavour balance. The ginger was slightly muted in comparison, and I got a lot of mint in the resteep. I didn’t really like it too much, and would recommend Throat Rescue for just one steep.

My Overall Impression

I liked DavidsTea’s Organic Throat Rescue. The flavour of ginger and mint are nice, and I’m not quite sure which ingredients lent itself to that sweetness – but it was an excellent touch. I can definitely see myself reaching for this when I’m feeling under the weather or on the verge of getting sick. That said, I would definitely add a dollop of honey because I like honey when I’m not feeling well.

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