I usually add a few drops of liquid Stevia to my tea, however, after telling a friend that I didn't think this tea would be good sweetened she said she had tried it with sweetener and it reminded her of Sugar Smacks cereal that way. I then tried it like that and she was right! I love it now either way and refill my tin from a 1 lb. bag of it.
I especially love this tea at night.
I tried this tea at the Harney store in SoHo. I am not a coffee drinker, so immediately I was taken back by the assertive smell. What a surprise! I liked it so much, I bought a tin. This is my go-to drink in the evening. The smell is a pick-me-up without disturbing your sleep due to caffeine. Absolutely divine with a piece of dark chocolate!
That headline is somewhat tongue in cheek. I had tried a sample of this a week or so ago, and decided I wanted to try brewing it stronger, and perhaps mixed with other ingredients. So I ordered a tin. I'm having it for my third cup today, right after a strong cup of lapsang souchong - which is one of my favorite caffeinated teas. I am pleased to report that the soba tea holds its own even following that extremely assertive smokiness. It smells great, and tastes mild and comforting, like toast. I would not compare it to coffee, as some reviewers have done, but it is nutty and completely soothing to the overcaffeinated system. I am going to enjoy experimenting with this and expect it to become a staple for me.
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