39 Tasting Notes
My favorite weird green tea, though I think my tastes have become kind of boring with regards to tea flavors. It’s super good, not really much I can say beyond that. You’ve got Matcha. You’ve got Genmaicha. Together. Very green. Genmaicha is still my everything so that’s not putting it down, just observational. I love Den’s for really good quality tea, so it’s just a nice good quality tea. :D
Flavors: Grass, Green, Popcorn, Toasted Rice
It’s been my cheap and easy accessible choice for a bit over here. Plus I’m lazy and enjoy the re-steeps. Herbaceous and buttery, pretty savory. Not bad, my roommate and I quite enjoyed. I think the best flavor comes from 2nd and 3rd re-steep. If the water is too hot I think it takes on a more vegetal flavor, more astringent? On the hunt for others. :D
Flavors: Butter, Floral, Herbaceous, Vegetal
Very pleasant! Slightly minty, definitely get the "orchid fragrance " floral flavor from this. Not even the slightest bit bitter at first steeping. Earthy, tastes very green. Reminds me of a nice floral garden. Okay this is going to be a really weird analogy but it kind of tastes like I’m chewing on very pleasant, very fresh cuttings in a perfume shop, but in a good way. Really… good way. It’s kind of confusing, but the flavors combine well and create a generally very nice experience. I’m still getting my bearings with unflavored oolongs, so I might update this score later, but this is pretty darn good.
I really dig bagged genmai cha in general for a quick, cheap tea fix when I go out. I feel like “milks” and sweeteners kind of ruin the appeal of most green teas, genmai cha the most of them. Yamamotoyama’s is just a nice middle-of-the-road genmai cha, not strong, great aroma. Just pleasant overall. Great rice fragrance, good body, not overtly bitter. Just really nice, and sooo affordable when I hit the Asian market. On my “must stock frequently” list.
This was actually my first mate, so I didn’t have a basis of comparison for it. To date I’m still pretty fond of it. I’ve had better mates (need to review some O_o) but as an introduction and not having an opposition to chicory I found it pleasant. Earthy, mild, pretty good overall blend. A little chocolate, pretty decent kick. Doesn’t taste overly astringent, I’d say as a first mate it’s a pretty good option, especially with a bit of “milk” or sweetener. I agree that there is a bit of a mocha element to this, which works for me. (I’m an addict of most anything bearing naturally occurring caffeine…) I guess it just works overall. Not the best, not the worst. Functional. …can tea just be functional?