This is the first Japanese black tea I have ever tried, and this is the first time I have reviewed a tea from a tea bag on my blog. On both accounts, I will have to say that I’m glad to breakout and try a little something new.
While I grew up drinking iced black tea without anything added to it, I will admit that I’ve been slow to develop a palate for hot black teas taken without milk. After a trip to Poland last year and drinking loads of light black teas without milk, I become hooked. So when I first tried this Japanese black tea, I was thrilled.
Osoge packaged this tea in some sort of silk or bioplastic tea bag, which I think provides a much flavourful and clearer steeping than traditional paper bags. I used water right off the boil and steeped the tea for three minutes. The end result was a beautiful amber-coloured cup.
With regards to taste, there are two things that make this tea special compared to many of the the light black teas that I drink without milk: 1) The tannin level in the tea is low, which makes the tea very smooth and not bitter/astringent. Your tongue will not stick to the top of your mouth after taking this tea. 2) While this tea might appear and initially taste like a high-grown Ceylon, it has a wonderfully sweet aftertaste. This second point really gives the tea a wow factor.
My review: 4.5/5