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drank Genmaicha by Butiki Teas
9603 tasting notes

Sipdown (204/207)!

Very tasty cup of Genmaicha that I had with dinner last night, so thank you again Kittenna for the sample. By the time I got to the last bit at the bottom of the mug, it was tasting pretty bitter, though.

It was very neat trying Butiki’s take on Genmaicha but I’m not too sad to see it depart my cupboard since I have so much Genmaicha as it is.

VariaTEA

What is the best genmaicha you had so far?

Roswell Strange

The Japon, by far. But as far as straight/unflavoured Genmaicha goes probably the DAVIDsTEA version just because the green tea is especially drowned out. I like McQuarrie’s Tea & Coffee Merchant’s version too though, that one tastes a little more green but it never gets bitter.

VariaTEA

Haha we definitely agree on our favorite genmaicha. Also, I am on the second season of bones and it was a super intense episode including Hodgins and Bones. Not as much work has been done this weekend because of this show and I am blaming you for that :P.

Roswell Strange

How are you feeling about Cam so far? AND IT’S A GREAT SHOW. I’m watching Season 9 right now – or trying to anyway, the episodes aren’t loading very well on the laptop. But I’ve been sporadically watching old episodes when he’s on it. I watched the first four in season 2 last night. Don’t want to spoil anything, but it’s nice watching old episodes with Zack.

VariaTEA

So far I am pretty indifferent about Cam. Also, I may have accidentally found out the big reveal about Zach which makes me sad because I imagine it would have been much more fun to find out through the show.

K S

I never understood the whole Zach thing. It was too left field for me.

Butiki Teas

If you enjoy more of the toasty rice notes, I have a brewing recommendation for you. Not sure if you have tried this yet but using boiling water and steeping only for 1 minute, really brings out the toasty rice notes.

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VariaTEA

What is the best genmaicha you had so far?

Roswell Strange

The Japon, by far. But as far as straight/unflavoured Genmaicha goes probably the DAVIDsTEA version just because the green tea is especially drowned out. I like McQuarrie’s Tea & Coffee Merchant’s version too though, that one tastes a little more green but it never gets bitter.

VariaTEA

Haha we definitely agree on our favorite genmaicha. Also, I am on the second season of bones and it was a super intense episode including Hodgins and Bones. Not as much work has been done this weekend because of this show and I am blaming you for that :P.

Roswell Strange

How are you feeling about Cam so far? AND IT’S A GREAT SHOW. I’m watching Season 9 right now – or trying to anyway, the episodes aren’t loading very well on the laptop. But I’ve been sporadically watching old episodes when he’s on it. I watched the first four in season 2 last night. Don’t want to spoil anything, but it’s nice watching old episodes with Zack.

VariaTEA

So far I am pretty indifferent about Cam. Also, I may have accidentally found out the big reveal about Zach which makes me sad because I imagine it would have been much more fun to find out through the show.

K S

I never understood the whole Zach thing. It was too left field for me.

Butiki Teas

If you enjoy more of the toasty rice notes, I have a brewing recommendation for you. Not sure if you have tried this yet but using boiling water and steeping only for 1 minute, really brings out the toasty rice notes.

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Hello! My name is Kelly, though many people in the tea community call me Ros.

I am a twenty five year old tea addict, blogger, and all around tea geek. I grew up in the Prairies, but a few years ago I relocated to Quebec to pursue a career with DAVIDsTEA in the tea industry! I’m still working on getting my French language skills down…

My first introduction to tea, in any form outside of instant and bottled iced tea, was about seven years ago when I happened to stumble upon DAVIDsTEA while looking for a birthday present for a friend! I tried their Birthday Cake rooibos blend, and I’ve been hooked on tea ever since! In those seven years; I was introduced to the online tea community, expanded my interest in flavoured teas to include a deep love and appreciation for straight teas and traditional brewing methods, got a tea themed tattoo, started reviewing teas, amassed a sizable tea and teaware collection, became a TAC certified Tea Sommelier, & even came full circle by beginning a career in the tea industry with DAVIDsTEA!

I consider myself a Jack of all Teas, and strive to have a knowledge and appreciation of all tea types, formats, and styles of drinking. I don’t like to feel boxed in to just being a “flavoured tea” or “straight tea” drinker – my expectations may vary depending on the type of tea or how it’s been processed/prepare but if it’s good tea, it’s good tea no matter how it’s been made!

You name it, I probably drink it- and I’ll absolutely try anything at least once.

My default method of preperation is hot, Western style, and straight – but I’m not opposed to additions if I’m in the right mood. If I ever add something to a tea or use a different method of preparation I will ALWAYS call it out in the tasting note though.

I like to listen to music when drinking tea, especially when I’m brewing a large pot at a time or steeping Gongfu. Often I curate very intentional tea and music pairings, and sometimes I share them here in my tasting reviews. Music is something that I find can deeply affect the experience of having tea.

Favourite flavour notes/ingredients: Pear, lychee, cranberry, cream, melon, pineapple, malt, roasty, petrichor, sweet potato, heady florals like rose, hazelnut or walnut, sesame, honey (in moderation), and very woody shou.

Least favourite flavour notes/ingredients:
Lemongrass, ginger, strongly spiced profiles (and most Chai in general), mushrooms, seaweed, chamomile, stevia, saltiness or anything that reminds me too much of meat that isn’t supposed to taste like meat…

Currently exploring/obsessed with: Sheng from Yiwu, Yancha (Qilan in particular), anything with a strong sweet potato note. Also, I need to try ALL the root beer teas! Searching for a really good caramel flavoured blend, ideally with a black tea base.

Tea Pet Reference Guide:

Clay Pixiu Dragons: Zak & Wheezie
Clay Goldfish: Dot
Clay Monkey: Enzo
Jade Pixiu Dragon: Whitaker
Ruyao Carp: Splashy
Ruyao Dragon: Pablo
Ruyao Frog: Bebe
Sculpted Pig: Nelly
Sculpted Tuxedo Cat: Pekoe
Sculpted Tabby Cat: Marmalade
Ceramic Rabbit: Rupert
Ceramic Stringray: Irwin
Ceramic Horse: Bergamot
Ceramic Snail: Snicket
Ceramic Cat: Saffron
Wood Fired Man: Leopold
Brass Mouse: Stilton

Please contact me at the instagram account listed below if you would like me to review your teas.

Currently I’m employed in the tea department of the DAVIDsTEA head office. While I’m still sharing my own personal thoughts on new & existing DAVIDsTEA blends, I am no longer numerically rating them due to the obvious conflict of interest. Any comments expressed are a reflection of my own thoughts and opinions, and do not reflect the thoughts and opinions of the company. Any DAVIDsTEA blends you currently see with a numeric score were reviewed prior to my being hired there and have not been adjusted since becoming a DAVIDsTEA employee.

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