REVIEW: Ogose – Wakoucha Tea Bags

Ogose – Wakoucha Tea Bags

– Tea: Japanese black tea grown without fertilizers and pesticides by Haruo Ogose.
– Sample provided by: Yunomi.us.
– Retail price: 20 bags for $9 USD.
– Link to Ogose tea on Yunomi.us website.

My comments:
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

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Steeped 3 minutes

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About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at teaxplorer@gmail.com if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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