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drank Hojicha by Kusmi Tea
1928 tasting notes

I didn’t recall that I had a couple of Kusmi green teas. I found them when I did the “inventory.” This is the first time I’ve tasted this one.

The brown roasty leaves smelled like fried rice in the tin. The tea has a ricey, roasty aroma that runs right up to nutty.

The liquor is clear and a light yellow with a coppery tinge.

It’s been a while since I had a hojicha that didn’t seem to taste like dust because it was past its prime, but this one, fortunately, kept well in its multiple layers of sealant (interior cellophane, tin, exterior cellophane). It’s tasty; less ricey than its aroma and nuttier, with a caramel note that is subtle but pleasant.

I’ll be sad when I’ve sipped down my Japanese teas. I’m still hesitant to eat sushi or buy any food products from Japan. No one is talking about the nuclear reactor anymore but the last I heard, it was still giving radiation off into the ocean. I haven’t googled it recently, though.

Flavors: Caramel, Nutty, Rice, Roasted

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 500 OZ / 14786 ML
Tamarindel

Much as I hate to give up Japanese sencha, I worry about this too, especially since there’s been no word of an actual solution to the problem, and it appears that there’s little news coverage simply because no one knows what to do about it. Also, some of the actions of the Japanese government seem pretty shady, I know they raised the limit of what they considered “acceptable” radiation levels.

kristinalee

Yunomi is safe. They don’t sell products grown in affected areas. Or, well… At least, I trust them if they say that. They’re a reputable company.

I mean, if you drink tea from China, you might be consuming lead. It’s sort of a…pick your poison if you’re a regular tea drinker — and then don’t worry too much about it. Just enjoy the tea.

kristinalee

(And I say this as someone with a compromised immune system, stage III chronic kidney failure and a neuromuscular degenerative disaese affecting my mobility. I’m not a doctor, so I can’t give medical advice… But I’ve sort of taken an attitude that I don’t worry about something unless solid scientific research tells me I must.)

__Morgana__

Yeah, I’ve had this discussion before about pesticides, etc. Of course, there are all kinds of things that could be in tea. I just have a phobia about radiation but not about those other things. :-)

kristinalee

Ah, understandable. I think my main phobia with tea is things I can see. So after hearing about someone finding a tooth pick in their shou, I’m sort of terrified of…rodent remains or something. Which wouldn’t hurt me. I just wouldn’t drink the tea. It’s just… Some things kind of ruin a thing forever for me, you know?

I don’t worry as much about pesticides, I think…probably because I’d rather drink chemicals than animal manure when it’s used on organic tea.

Are there this many possible concerns with coffee, I wonder?

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Tamarindel

Much as I hate to give up Japanese sencha, I worry about this too, especially since there’s been no word of an actual solution to the problem, and it appears that there’s little news coverage simply because no one knows what to do about it. Also, some of the actions of the Japanese government seem pretty shady, I know they raised the limit of what they considered “acceptable” radiation levels.

kristinalee

Yunomi is safe. They don’t sell products grown in affected areas. Or, well… At least, I trust them if they say that. They’re a reputable company.

I mean, if you drink tea from China, you might be consuming lead. It’s sort of a…pick your poison if you’re a regular tea drinker — and then don’t worry too much about it. Just enjoy the tea.

kristinalee

(And I say this as someone with a compromised immune system, stage III chronic kidney failure and a neuromuscular degenerative disaese affecting my mobility. I’m not a doctor, so I can’t give medical advice… But I’ve sort of taken an attitude that I don’t worry about something unless solid scientific research tells me I must.)

__Morgana__

Yeah, I’ve had this discussion before about pesticides, etc. Of course, there are all kinds of things that could be in tea. I just have a phobia about radiation but not about those other things. :-)

kristinalee

Ah, understandable. I think my main phobia with tea is things I can see. So after hearing about someone finding a tooth pick in their shou, I’m sort of terrified of…rodent remains or something. Which wouldn’t hurt me. I just wouldn’t drink the tea. It’s just… Some things kind of ruin a thing forever for me, you know?

I don’t worry as much about pesticides, I think…probably because I’d rather drink chemicals than animal manure when it’s used on organic tea.

Are there this many possible concerns with coffee, I wonder?

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I got obsessed with tea in 2010 for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it. I seem to be continuing that in for a while, out for a while cycle. I have a short attention span, but no shortage of tea.

I’m a mom, writer, gamer, lawyer, reader, runner, traveler, and enjoyer of life, literature, art, music, thought and kindness, in no particular order. I write fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I drink tea without additives. If a tea needs milk or sugar to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’ll rate it high. The exception is chai, which I drink with milk/sugar or substitute. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs, but as my tastes developed they became less appealing — I still enjoy nicely done blends. I do not mix well with tulsi or yerba mate, and savory teas are more often a miss than a hit with me. I used to hate hibiscus, but I’ve turned that corner. Licorice, not so much.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own. But I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas in relation to others of the same type, for example, Earl Greys against other Earl Greys. But if a tea rates very high with me, it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is

90-94 Excellent; first rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Very good; will likely buy more

70-79 Good; would enjoy again, might buy again

60-69 Okay; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but likely won’t buy again

Below 60 Meh, so-so, iffy, or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

I don’t swap. It’s nothing personal, it’s just that I have way more tea than any one person needs and am not lacking for new things to try. Also, I have way too much going on already in daily life and the additional commitment to get packages to people adds to my already high stress level. (Maybe it shouldn’t, but it does.)

That said, I enjoy reading folks’ notes, talking about what I drink, and getting to “know” people virtually here on Steepster so I can get ideas of other things I might want to try if I can ever again justify buying more tea. I also like keeping track of what I drink and what I thought about it.

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