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This one is from Kawaii433!  Thanks very much!  I hope you are well!  This is a bit of an intriguingly odd tea — the combination of matcha and buckwheat could be either really good or really bad.  It was hard to tell before tasting it.  To these tastebuds — really good!   While sipping this, I had to do further research on buckwheat – it’s not a wheat or grain, it’s actually a pyramid shaped seed harvested from a plant related to RHUBARB.  Very surprising.  It doesn’t taste like rhubarb though!  Two tasty steeps.  I would say the flavors of matcha and buckwheat were evenly balanced in the first steep, with obviously more matcha in that first cup.  The buckwheat tastes like the Honey Smacks cereal, while being a little nutty and toasty flavored.  The matcha is a nice addition for a more interesting flavor profile.  It was fantastic to try this — though to me it makes sense for my personal drinking to have the buckwheat without matcha, so it doesn’t have caffeine as I would rather have that lovely buckwheat flavor profile before sleeping!
Steep #1 // 24 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 24 minutes after boiling // 3-4 min

derk

I can see the Honey Smacks in this one!

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derk

I can see the Honey Smacks in this one!

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Hi! I love tea and trying new ones – it adds a bit of variety to my day! Books, music, TV & movies are my thing… and tea, of course.

Some of my favorite tea shops (still operating):
birdandblendtea.com
teavivre.com
52teas.com
svtea.com
whisperingpinestea.com
justea.com
harney.com
Dammann Freres
fusionteas.com
Javateaco.com
Lupicia
Octaviatea.com
Davidstea
eco-cha.com
what-cha.com
singleoriginteas.com
teasenz.com
tealyra.com
Mandala
verdanttea.com

Favorite tea shops (RIP):
butikiteas.com
steapshoppe.com
steepcityteas.com
aquartertotea.com
dellaterrateas.com
zentealife.com
angrytearoom.com
theteamerchant.net
joysteaspoon.com
tealiciousllc.com
Rivertea
Specialteas

My icon photo is Richard Mayhew from the graphic novel ‘Neverwhere’ by Neil Gaiman, Mike Carey & Glenn Fabry.

Most of the teas listed in my cupboard are actually sample sizes. I don’t really have 2,000 ounces of tea around here! Many of my teas have only one teaspoon left… maybe two. But I like keeping them in my cupboard list for reference to what I could be sipping. Usually, I write tasting notes once for each tea. I’m still drinking them, just not writing tasting notes each time!

I’m always in search of: Hattialli, Qu Hao black, Jin Jun Mei, teas using marshmallow root.

My dislikes: hibiscus, ginger (unless in chai), turmeric, bee pollen, charcoal type flavors

My ratings:
95-100 – Super awesome deliciousness favorites – cupboard essential
80-95 – Also pretty delicious
65-80 – Pretty good
50-65 – Okay
1-50 – Probably won’t want to sip it again

I’m planning on being a Steepsterer as long as there IS a Steepster, so if you’re not hearing from me, that means something happened to my health… if you know what I mean. (Or as evidenced by the great computer hiatus of 2019, something happened to my computer… I have a dumb phone so can’t access internet on that. As of 12/20/21 my wifi might start getting unreliable.)

Happy sipping!

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