Honey Mead Genmaicha

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Food Fruit Green Blend
Apple, Calendula, Honeysuckle, Natural Flavours, Popped Rice, Sencha
Candy, Floral, Honey, Perfume, Sweet, Toasted Rice, Alcohol, Apple, Honeysuckle, Spices, Grain, Nectar, Popcorn, Rice, Toasted, Toasty, Rum
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185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec 11 oz / 332 ml

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  • “Swap Sample Sipdown! (67) From VariaTEA! I thought I was going crazy because of how floral this tastes – but it turns out there is honeysuckle in it. I’ve never actually had mead, so I can’t really...” Read full tasting note
  • “For reasons, unbeknownst even to me, this is the only item from AQ2T where I picked up more than a sample size. I tend to dislike apples and mead, and found the tea flavour/base pairing to be…...” Read full tasting note
  • “Sipdown (232)! - Dry leaf is SUPER aromatic and intense - V. Sweet with honey and apple notes - I’ve never had Honey Mead though so I can’t actually directly compare - The “Genmaicha” aspect of the...” Read full tasting note
  • “Sample from crowkettle ok distraction set in while i went to go write the tasting note here. I wreked my foot this past weekend, so this morning, the husband drove me to physio so that i could...” Read full tasting note

From A Quarter to Tea

Sencha and toasted rice make a toasty and sweet base for apple, buttered rum and honey flavors (which are accented further with honeysuckle). Comforting and revitalizing.

sencha green tea, toasted and popped rice, honeysuckle, calendula, freeze-dried apple, natural flavors

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3691 tasting notes

Swap Sample Sipdown! (67)

From VariaTEA!

I thought I was going crazy because of how floral this tastes – but it turns out there is honeysuckle in it.

I’ve never actually had mead, so I can’t really comment on how faithful this is to that flavor… Obviously I would expect it to taste like honey.

For me, it’s too floral. It sort of tastes like floral candy, probably because of the honey. And that’s an odd combination with the toasted rice…

Flavors: Candy, Floral, Honey, Perfume, Sweet, Toasted Rice

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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1356 tasting notes

For reasons, unbeknownst even to me, this is the only item from AQ2T where I picked up more than a sample size. I tend to dislike apples and mead, and found the tea flavour/base pairing to be… bizarre, which may have held a lot of appeal to my subconscious chaotic self? It’s a mystery.

The loose-leaf is heavy on the apple and honey aromas, with something boozy, while the steeped liquid is deceptively like genmaicha with a touch of honeyed apple. The flavour is pure mead, with a dash of apples and toasty rice kernels which manages to accentuate the mead a lot.

At first I was repulsed, because it tastes so much like mead, but then I got further into my cup and started to love it because it tastes exactly like mead (this sums up my relationship with actual mead too).

Sometimes I lie to myself and say it tastes more like that infused honey apple cider I like to pick up, and it does taste a lot like that! I also get baked apple pie as well. Cider and pie or the only times I like apples, so this tea hit the lottery.

Good job, boozy genmaicha! You muddled my brain and made me your fan, whether I like it or not.

Steep Count: 2

The “headiness” of the flavouring loosens up a tad when the tea allows to cool for a few minutes and on second steep. It’s still pretty citric and sweet though.

Flavors: Alcohol, Apple, Honey, Honeysuckle, Spices, Toasted Rice

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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14804 tasting notes

Sipdown (232)!

- Dry leaf is SUPER aromatic and intense
- V. Sweet with honey and apple notes
- I’ve never had Honey Mead though so I can’t actually directly compare
- The “Genmaicha” aspect of the tea actually felt v. light
- Like a sweet apple flavour with roasty undertones
- Also quite floral
- Had that sort of “trademark” AQ2T flavour that’s kind of hard to describe?

Definitely not my favourite AQT2 Genmaicha creation, but not bad either.

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14571 tasting notes

Sample from crowkettle ok distraction set in while i went to go write the tasting note here. I wreked my foot this past weekend, so this morning, the husband drove me to physio so that i could get an assessment and now i’ve got to go to my dr to see if she can get me some x-rays so that we can figure out what exactly i’ve done. Ultrasound indicates i “probably” haven’t broken any bones…but a few more tests to be sure. All this..2 wks before i’m supposed to be hiking in the grand canyon hahahaha

so i don’t love mead. but i was hoping that this concoction would be up my alley since i do really enjoy genmaicha. However, this is pretty close to mead and therefore not quite what i want. Glad to try it though as it was calling to me in my last order :)


Oh no! Hopefully all is well in two weeks.

Evol Ving Ness

Ouf! Sil, I hope you are back in business in no time. Glad to hear that you are being taken care of. Send husband for epsom salts for soaking in the bath. That goes a long way in helping the things that can be easily helped.

(Good thing we did our chocolate tour last week.)

Roswell Strange

Curl up with a good cuppa, and take it easy!


Thanks all! X-rays come back tomorrow so hopefully there’s no fracture or anything. Physio seemed to have helped with movement, though I still have t red, swollen extrawide ankle lol. Here’s hoping that I can walk soon, even if it means no running for a while so that we can still hike!

Evol Ving Ness

Epsom salts, Sil, epsom salts. And tea, of course.


Oh, man! I hope you a speedy recovery and diagnosis! These things have the tendency for bad timing.


Soak and wrap.


:( Hope the x-rays come back negative and that you are able to get back to normal soon.

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168 tasting notes

I haven’t had mead in a very long time, but I like this tea. First few times I had this the honeysuckle was the dominant taste but now I find honeyed apple is front and center. I’ll need to restock this when my stash gets low.

Side note: this tea pairs well while binge watching Vikings, Game of Thrones, The Tudors

Flavors: Apple, Honey, Honeysuckle

190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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6073 tasting notes

This was ok; better than the Frosted Carrot Cake Genmaicha, but I’m of a mixed opinion as to whether I actually like it. It was fairly honey-flavoured, but I’m not sure it meshed well with the genmaicha.

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6440 tasting notes

So my mom’s ex boyfriend has been living in our basement for months now. I believe I mentioned him before but in case I haven’t, he is this kinda super annoying guy who is really taking advantage of my mom and her kindness. They made a deal where he would get a room in our basement and in exchange he would paint a room in our house for each month he is down there. It has been 4 months now and he only just started painting and that was after my mom and him had a little tiff over who would actually pay for the paint. The thing is, their deal was a room for a room but he is using our utilities, on our internet, on MY netflix account and eating our food. My mom will include him for dinner but he comes up in the middle of the night and just eats whatever he wants. He’ll even go grocery shopping with my mom, adding what he likes to the cart and never once offering to pay for anything. He’ll go get himself food sometimes but never think to offer to bring any back for even just my mom. I find this to be incredibly frustrating.

I have also had my own issues with him. Besides the fact that he is quite ignorant and has a very gendered/misogynistic view of the world, he is also a very touchy person. I, on the other hand, am an agoraphobe who does not like being touched. I went two months of him petting me on the back to say good morning until I finally snapped and told him he couldn’t touch me anymore. Then when he told me I could never have a bf if I didn’t like being touched and thought it was funny to continue to poke me, I very nicely told him that since I clearly revoked any consent for him to put hands on me, his continuing to do so was technically assault. That got him to stop but still it is incredibly frustrating for me. Add to that, that as an introvert I sometimes don’t even like being surrounded by my own family and now here is this loud and obnoxious man who is ALWAYS around (because he also has no job)!

Anyways, the reason for today’s rant was spurred by a dirty teamug. Because I drink tea, he has decided he wants to drink tea too. So he is using my teamugs and my kettle and that should be completely fine except for some reason it feels invasive. He isn’t even really drinking tea either. He takes a tetley teabag, puts it in the mug, puts whatever temperature water I boiled the kettle to over the teabag, stirs it and removes the teabag after 1 minute. Then dumps 1/2 a cup of honey or sugar on top. He is so proud and keeps saying “I never drank tea unless I was sick but now because of you I always drink it. I even drink less pop because I am drinking more tea”. He is also a slob who will only use mugs he can put in the dishwasher and never rinses them out. And he like my mugs so he uses them even for coffee. So today when I grabbed one of my teamugs, I dumped the filter in without looking and brewed up this tea. It wasn’t until I took my first sip that I noticed the coffee scum ring on the inside. This got dumped because of it and now I am just a little more irritated than usual with his presence.


Wow, sorry for the rant.


Oh god, that is a mind-numbingly terrible situation to be in, VariaTEA, and don’t ever apologize. I wish your mom would see how he is taking advantage of your family and just get rid of him already since he clearly is of no benefit to the household. Have you recently talked to your mom and tried to reason with her? This can’t go on forever and it would be unfair to expect everyone to just tolerate it because none of you deserve it.

Roswell Strange

Don’t apologize for the rant; though sounds incredibly infuriating. A rant is more than justified, I’d say.


My mom is as annoyed by him as everyone else and constantly complains but she will not outright say anything. She is someone who wants people to do things and gets mad when they don’t but also won’t come out and say it. For instance, the guy has something wrong with his back and was using our painkillers everyday. So the next time my mom and him were at the store, they went by the medicines and she pointed out to him that the painkillers were 20% off. She bought some and said they were for my stepdad and then got mad and complained to me and my sister that the guy didn’t buy any for himself despite using them daily. I told her she should have told him to buy them and not just hint that she should. And to make things worse she left the painkillers supposedly bought for my stepdad in the kitchen so the guy helped himself which angered my mom more. I tried explaining that by making them so accessible, as opposed to storing them in our bathroom closet upstairs with the rest of the meds, she was basically offering it and if its in someone’s nature to take things, they aren’t going to willingly buy something they are getting for free elsewhere.

Evol Ving Ness

Oy! What a pain!

Please tell him that if he uses your things, he needs to return them in the same way he found them. Specifically, he needs to carefully wash the inside of the cups or mugs of any residue before putting them in the dishwasher.

That’s the short version. Because really, it is all too much.

In summary, the house guest needs to go. He is not abiding by the terms of the deal and he is taking advantage. I could see if he were making an effort, but he doesn’t appear to be.

Time for an ultimatum. And/or an eviction notice.

Evol Ving Ness

Also, clearly, there is absolutely no need to apologize for the rant.


Yeah, he sounds like a person that will continue to take advantage as long as he continues getting away with it. Clearly, he needs to be directly told that he should buy his own painkillers (and to top that off, not be accessible to him), for instance, because people like that can easily claim ignorance to subtle hinting about getting his own. He should be damn grateful that your family is putting a roof over his head and any decent person in that situation would be more than happy to help out in any way that he can rather than take advantage as much as he can. He’ll keep pushing a little here, a little there, to see how much he can get away with. Firm boundaries need to be drawn with these kinds of people, without a doubt.


This is horrific, your mom absolutely needs to throw him out, call the cops if necessary. And even all his bullshit aside, there’s no way it’s good for your mom emotionally to have an ex hanging around.

Evol Ving Ness

As comments indicate, tea people are smart.


Ugh. I hope your mom kicks him out. If not, I hope she learns to set clear expectations and boundaries. He’s basically like a kid in need of a parent. So either she agrees to parent him, with house rules that actually get enforced (1. Buy your own stuff. 2. If you use other people’s stuff, replace it promptly. 3. Contribute $x per month toward the household’s shared costs. 4. No non-consensual physical contact (asshole). 5. If 30 days goes buy and you haven’t painted a room as agreed to, you’re out.) or she tells him to get the fuck out and find some other woman to take advantage of. W.T.F.


MY MOTHER HAS KICKED HIM OUT! He took a week to paint a tiny bathroom and did a terrible job so my mom told him that their original deal clearly wasn’t working out, especially after he admitted to stalling when it came to the painting because he didn’t want to buy the paint for the next room. Consequently, my mom asked for $700/month for room and board (since he was eating our food anyways) instead. Given how close we are to Toronto, public transit, highways, etc. that figure was on the low side and yet he still got mad at her and told her he had no money and she said she was helping him out and doing him a favor by letting him live here in exchange for painting. My mom tried explaining she was helping him out and that HE was the one not living up to that deal and that is why they she thinks rent would be better. He complained he had no money and this and that and finally my stepdad told him “well you are getting a $3500 tax return which is found money so you have more than enough to give us the $2800 you owe” and that is when he left. So I guess they didn’t technically kick him out but he’s gone nonetheless and my kettle is all mine again.

Fun side note. For some reason, at some point, he actually partially primed our bathroom in our basement. The bathroom was already finished and we had no intention of painting it AGAIN but now our basement looks unfinished because we have a partially primed room. Not a big deal in the overall scheme of things but still more money that we need to put out to now refinish our bathroom since the whole reason we were painting in the first place is because my mom plans to sell our house in the not-so-distant future.


That is the best news I have heard so far this week! I am so incredibly relieved for your family, and proud of your mom and stepdad for putting that ungrateful loser in his place.


Hooray, so happy to hear it!

Evol Ving Ness

Excellent news. Well done.

Roswell Strange

So happy for you and your family!


Thanks everyone. My mom is both pissed off and hurt that he would do this but he is gone and that’s the important part :)

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1638 tasting notes

I have a friend who makes a really good honey mead every year and is super protective of her recipe, leaving the magic as a fun mystery. I should have ordered a bottle this year!

When I scooped some of this tea, I got mostly puffed rice and very little tea leaves. Not sure if that is normal for this tea or if I got an odd serving. Once steeped it smells mostly of genmaicha, but there is a little sweetness behind that. It is mostly gen on the sip and a candied honey flavor comes in on the end and lingers into the aftertaste. It has that perfumey hint to the honey that I associate with honey flavoring, not true honey, which is more complex and has a huge sweetness factor to it. This tea is intriguing. Very subtle flavors , but a nice cup and I’d like to try it again with some cream or sugar.

Oh damn I bet that honey mead your friend makes is goooood.


It is! It is more of a cordial than a true mead that you can drink a whole cup of. I have two beehives and look forward to the day that I have a big enough harvest to try my hand at making my own. Or maybe I can trade my friend honey for mead and have her make it!

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2919 tasting notes

Another sipdown, although I might have another little sample somewhere. Anyway, I had a difficult day and really needed a sweet and fruity genmaicha to get through it. I love the honeysuckle in this, and the toasted rice is great. This genmaicha soothes the soul.

Flavors: Grain, Honeysuckle, Rice, Toasted Rice, Toasty

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