High Noon Tea Co.’s Volcano Flower Burst

Volcano Flower Burst by High Noon Tea Co.
Green Tea / Flavoured
$6.50 for 1

High Noon Tea Co.’s Volcano Flower Burst came to me as part of The Sugared Teacup’s June themed subscription box.

First Impressions

I was really excited to receive a blooming (flowering) tea in my June subscription box from The Sugared Teacup. I enjoy flowering teas because they’re just a lot of fun – to watch it bloom, to admire the workmanship that goes into every single one of those beautiful flowering balls of tea, and the Volcano Flower Burst is no exception to that.

The aroma is quite floral, and you can see the hibiscus on the bottom and the amaranth on the top of the tightly bound ball of leaves. Volcano Flower Burst consists of green tea, hibiscus, lavender, and amaranth flower. I can definitely smell the lavender, but I don’t see any in the dry flowering tea.

Preparation

High Noon Tea Co. recommends steeping Volcano Flower Burst in 86°C (187°F) water until it fully blooms. I used 85°C (185°F) water and it took approximately 5 minutes to fully bloom.

First Taste

Volcano Flower Burst steeps to a light peachy-pink, which I do attribute a bit to the hibiscus. There was just enough to make it pink-tinged without detracting too much from the beauty of the steeping tea. I found the aroma to be very floral, but the flavour wasn’t as perfume-y as I was expecting (which is a good thing since I don’t enjoy drinking perfume). There’s a sweetness to the tea, and it’s a very light, crisp green tea flavour – no astringency, no bitterness, no saltiness that some green teas often have. I don’t see any lavender in the open bloom, but I do smell hints of lavender in the tea itself.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Volcano Flower Burst once and found that the tea was significantly less floral, less pink, and more of the green tea base was present. If you love the floral notes, you might not like the resteep (but if you love green tea, you’ll probably want to resteep it.

My Overall Impression

I loved High Noon Tea Co.’s Volcano Flower Burst. Like I said earlier, I really enjoy flowering teas and this was really no exception. I do wish that there was either more flowers present or actual lavender tied into the flowering ball itself – I could smell hints of lavender but I didn’t see any and that was a bit disappointing. I really enjoyed the green tea base though, which is what made resteeping it worth it (in my opinion). The colour is also lovely, just enough hibiscus to keep the pink colour there in the initial steep. If you haven’t tried a flowering tea yet, I’d definitely recommend giving it a go – they’re just so much fun.

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Chai Castle’s Gunpowder

Gunpowder by Chai Castle
Green Tea / Straight
$10.00 for 100g

Chai Castle has provided me with Gunpowder for the purposes of providing an honest review.

First Impressions

Chai Castle’s Gunpowder came to me in a resealable black pouch, with a nice label on the front. I love an informative label. If you’ve never had a gunpowder before, it is traditionally a Chinese green tea. Chai Castle’s Gunpowder is no exception. Chai Castle describes their Gunpowder as “brisk, tart and slightly smoky”.

Gunpowder is a Chinese green tea. The leaves are dark olive green, all bunched and rolled together. There is a mild smokey aroma. If you know lapsang souchong tea, it’s nothing like that in terms of the campfire smoke. Just a gentle, mild smokey aroma – enough for you to know it’s there, not enough for you to think there’s a wildfire happening somewhere.

Preparation

Chai Castle recommends steeping Gunpowder in 79°C (175°F) water for 2 to 3 minutes. My initial steep was for 2 minutes.

First Taste

Gunpowder steeps to a lovely golden orange. On first taste, I do notice that there’s a slight astringency in the tea – but it’s not off-putting. There’s a nice smokey flavour, without making me feel like it’s over the top. It’s a very clear tasting tea though, nice blend of smoke, vegetal notes, and just that little touch of astringency at the end of each sip. If you’re not a fan of the astringency, I’d recommend steeping Gunpowder for little bit less than 2 minutes (probably start at 60 seconds and titrate up to your liking).

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Gunpowder three times, adding an extra 30 seconds for each steep. I found that the flavour profile remained fairly consistent throughout, but the third resteep was a bit weak in flavour. Overall, I think that Gunpowder can handle being resteeped at least twice and the third can be reserved for people who don’t mind the flavour being a bit weaker.

My Overall Impression

I loved Chai Castle’s Gunpowder. I really enjoyed steeping this green tea, watching the leaves open up was a nice treat that reminded me of my oolong experiences. I was a little bit apprehensive when I read that it had a smokey flavour, but it wasn’t overbearing – it was just enough, and it goes well with the name of the tea as well. For this tea, I would definitely recommend at least two resteeps to get all that nice flavour out of the leaves.

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Yunomi’s Fukamushicha From Narama

Fukamushicha From Narama by Yunomi
Green Tea / Straight
$6.00USD for 20g

Yunomi has provided me with Fukamushicha From Narama for the purposes of providing an honest review.

First Impressions

Fukamushicha From Narama came to me in a pale green, resealable foil bag. I love how Yunomi’s product labels tell you everything you ever needed to know about their teas, and then some. From this label, I learned that this Japanese green tea was harvested in spring of 2018, from the Narama Village, located in Shizuoka, Japan. You can literally pin point the location of when and where this tea was harvested, which is just so neat.

Fukamushicha From Narama is made up of fine, dark green leaves. There’s a very pleasant salty aroma from the leaves – it has a quality about it that reminds me a lot of seaweed, being by the water, just hanging out on the beach and breathing it all in. Fukamushicha From Narama consists of green tea.

Preparation

Yunomi recommends steeping Fukamushicha From Narama for 1 minute in 70°C (158°F). As usual, I use my trusty Breville IQ Kettle to heat up my water. However, the lowest my kettle goes is 175°F (79°C) so I heated my water to the lowest temperature setting and allowed it to cool with the lid open for about 5 minutes.

First Taste

Fukamushicha From Narama steeps to a lovely light green colour. There’s a very light flavour to this tea, with some clear umami notes. There’s a mild amount of saltiness, which isn’t off-putting. It has an almost savoury quality to it, which is quite endearing. Fukamushicha From Narama is quite a smooth green tea with zero bitterness or astringency.

A Second Cup?

Yunomi suggests that this tea can be resteeped up to 3 times, so obviously I had to give that a go. I resteeped it four times, with an additional 30 seconds for each resteep. The flavour were the strongest in the initial steep and the first resteep, and I found that it started to get weaker after that. The fourth resteep was still tasty, but it just wasn’t nearly as intense as the previous steeps.

My Overall Impression

I loved Yunomi’s Fukamushicha From Narama. I felt like it was a very nice savoury green tea, it was light with some good umami notes. I think it would pair well with savoury foods, or even play nicely with something sweet to help balance each other out. Fukamushicha From Narama resteeped well, which definitely made for a nice tea steeping session.

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