Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Tea Review: Blended Herbal Tea, Grandma (Yunomi/Nakazen)

Blended Herbal Tea, Grandma/おばあ茶ん
Type: Herbal
Origin: Japan, Okinawa
Product Description: 
Grandma is a tea blended with 8 different types of herbs. With no astringency, the sunny flavor profile has a hint of mulberry leaves, and conjures up images of a tropical rainforest.
Temperature: 208-212° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 5-10 minutes

The dry leaf blend includes sicklepod, Job’s Tears, dokudami (Houttuynia cordata/Chinese lizard tail), kumis kucing (Orthosiphon aristatus/cat's whiskers), safflower, guava leaves, biwa (loquat) leaves, and reishi mushroom.

The golden infusion has a spicy herbal aroma reminiscent of wild rice seasoning and autumn leaves.  The taste is sweet and herbaceous with notes of seasonings, cooked rice, and nuts.

This was a fascinating and surprisingly pleasant blend with a comforting aroma and taste.  The appearance and aroma of the dry blend reminded me distinctly of autumn.  For the purposes of this review, I initially prepared three infusions using 208° F water, 5 grams of leaf, and steeping for 5 minutes with very pleasing results.  I also prepared an infusion following the directions on the packaging, boiling 6 grams of leaf for 10 minutes in 250ml water with similar results, though there seemed to be just a little more flavor in the 5-minute infusions.  

At the time of this review, this herbal blend is not currently available.

This tea was purchased by me.

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