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    Tea for Tyrants Houjicha Bancha

    Photo: Tea for Tyrants Country of Origin: Japan Leaf Appearance: brown, twiggy Ingredients: pan roasted sencha Steep time: 2 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: kyusu Liquor: dark amber The interesting thing about Tea for Tyrant’s teas is that each tea is paired with music. I previously reviewed their Gyokuro Superior and really enjoyed both the tunes and the tea. This selection was everything that I love about houjicha. The taste was smooth, sweet and toasty with no bitterness or astringency. Although mild in flavor, it held up to resteeping like a champ. Houjicha is an excellent choice for those who don’t normally enjoy Japanese green teas (also known as crazy people…


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    Tea for Tyrants Gyokuro Superior

    Photo: Tea for Tyrants Country of Origin: Japan Leaf Appearance: deep dark green, needle-like Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 2 minutes Water Temperature: 158 degrees Preparation Method: kyusu Liquor: pale green When I saw the Kickstarter for Tea for Tyrants I just knew that I had to jump on the bandwagon. Their innovative concept of pairing tea with music was definitely something that I wanted to explore. The tea itself was everything that I love about Gyokuro. It was vegetal and sweet without any bitterness or astringency. The low steeping temperature made it perfect for a very warm summer morning. Although mellow, it had plenty of umami and I felt a jolt of…