Monday, June 16, 2014

GreaTEAings from Sugimoto America

I've written about every tea product under the sun over the years. That being said, this is definitely the first line of tea greeting cards that I've ever reviewed. The packing is fun, colorful and a just the thing to send to a fellow tea lover.

greeTEAing card "Thank You"
The thank you card contained a silky tea bag of sencha. The leaves were quite small in size. The directions said cooler water less than 175 degrees. I went with a conservative 170 but wished that I had gone a bit higher. The taste was mildly grassy, vegetal and sweet. It wasn't as strong as I had been hoping for even with a longer than recommended steep time.

greeTEAing card "Thinking of You"
The thinking of you card contained a silky tea bag of genmaicha. Right out of the bag the aroma had me inhaling deeply. I went with 195 degrees and a two minute steep. The taste was very similar to the sencha with the addition of comforting toasted rice. That added a bit more body but it was still fairly mellow.

greeTEAing card "Happy Birthday"
The thinking of you card contained a silky tea bag of hojicha. Using the same parameters as the genmaicha, it brewed up quite a bit darker than I thought it would. The taste was woody and sweet without any astringency. I think this was possibly my favorite out of the three.

Samples provided by Sugimoto America.