Monday, June 16, 2014
GreaTEAings from Sugimoto America
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.