Hey there Teacups! It’s time again for another Tea Together Tuesday Post and this weeks prompt to kick start the month of February is ”Since it’s been a while since we have asked, what are your current top 3 teas in your collection?” The last time Jann and I asked a prompt like this it was back when Tea Together Tuesday first started so we figured it was about time to ask a similar question to see how everyone’s tastes in tea my have changed since 2020, and if any of you have found any fantastic tea companies in the last year.
I’ll be honest with you all, I have that many teas in my collection / stash right now that aside from maybe one staple tea that’s been a favourite since I first tried it, everything else swaps and changes very frequently. So for this post I of course included my one tried and true favourite, two teas I have noticed I have been gravitating to a lot lately and a honourable mention of my current favourite matcha… so let’s get into it shall we!?
First up is my tried and true favourite tea that is probably never going to change which is Chasandai’s: Sakura Sencha with Sugared Sakura Leaves which I get from Yunomi. This is a blend of Sencha, Sugared Sakura (Japanese cherry blossom) Leaves and Dried Sakura Blossom Petals from tea factory Chasandai in Shimane Prefecture, Japan. Since the very first tasting session I did with this blend I have loved it and have prepared it multiple different ways, enjoying each to no end. The complex vegetal base from the Sencha paired with the sweet, floral, fragrant Sakura is a match made in heaven. It sounds simple but like I always say simple is almost always best, and why it comes to this tea it’s definitely the case.
Up next is Adagio’s Thai Chai which is a blend of Black Tea, Cinnamon, Ginger, Coconut, Cardamom, Lemon Grass and Natural Coconut Flavour. This is one of a long list of favourites I have from Adagio but the reason I love this one is because it takes a Chai and adds a unique twist to it that I haven’t really seen any other companies do as of yet. I love that it can be prepared so many different ways because I can drink it consistently throughout the whole year no matter the weather and always have my fix of creamy, coconutty, lemony Chai goodness. It’s very well blended and brilliantly balanced, I just can’t wait for it finally to be warm enough here again so that I can start having this as an iced latte again, as it definitely works best prepared that way.
Lastly in terms of Loose Leaf is Genmaicha, in particular the one I am drinking the most right now which is Obubu Tea Farms – Genmaicha. I am trying to make my way through the bag I have and sip it down so I can move on to other Genmaicha’s I have as I have quite a few others in my collection that I am very eager to crack open and try. This Genmaicha from Obubu is delicious but when it comes to Genmaicha I’m not terribly picky and as long as I have some in my collection and the tea is not low quality I am happy. I tend to reach for Genmaicha daily unless my pain levels are too high to make tea so it has definitely become somewhat of a tea cupboard staple for me and I don’t think anything will ever chance that no matter the teas that I try. I tend to love everything Genmaicha to be honest, I’ve had Genmaicha powder, Genmaicha dusted with Matcha and even Hoji-Genmaicha, its a classic and you really can’t go wrong with it.
Now for my honourable mention! – My current favourite Matcha, which is not the only Matcha that I love but it’s one I’ve found myself gravitating towards a lot a the moment. So among my top 3 loose leaf teas I thought it definitely deserved a quick mention. My current favourite matcha is Kuma Tea Gardens; Yame Heritage Grade Matcha which like the Sakura Sencha I mentioned is also from Yunomi. I love to prepare this one traditionally as usucha an because it is so fantastic I never tend to add anything else into it as it really doesn’t need it and I wouldn’t dream of using a Matcha like this to make lattes or anything flavoured. In terms of flavoured Matcha, I currently have non in my collection so I couldn’t pick one to include in my honourable mentions but I have no doubt that will change at some point this year.
So there you have it those are my current top 3 (plus one honourable mention) teas in my collection. I always love answering prompts like this one because it gives me a chance to talk about my favourite things and why I love them, as it’s not something I always have time to do here on my blog, which is yet another reason why I am so thankful for Tea Together Tuesday. If you’ve written a post answering this weeks Tea Together Tuesday prompt be sure to let me know so I can make sure I read it and as always if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll do my best to answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley