18 Tasting Notes
I’m really torn by this tea. It’s actually a very nice tea. It re-steeps well. It has a nice rich flavor. But for the life of me I can’t taste the chocolate or the genmaicha! I didn’t really notice anything nutty about it. It’s just a nice dark tea. So while I do recommend it, it’s not because of anything advertised in its name.
I actually thought they were kidding when they said to steep it for 2-5 seconds. But it’s true and it works.
I personally like my Genmaicha to have a distinct roasted rice taste. The tea does have the smell of roasted rice but the taste is a smooth vegetable with just a hint of roasted rice. I tried making it using different amounts, temperatures and steep times but I just couldn’t coax the stronger rice taste I want out of it.
Flavors: Green, Toasted Rice
I found this to be a really bitter tea. Not fun to drink at all. I followed the instructions when making it and I wonder if messing around with the amount and volume might have helped. But I only had a sample. Still, I didn’t find anything in the flavor to really love.
The tea smells like a particularly sweet (but not cloying) apple cider. The taste is also more apple cider than apple. I actually find the taste to be very cloying (unlike the smell).
When preparing the tea I found it very easy to make it over-steeped. It got bitter very fast. So I use a much shorter steep time. This creates a blander tea but that’s better than an over-steeped tea.
Over all I can’t say I can recommend this tea. Neither the smell nor taste were terribly compelling.
Flavors: Apple, Sugar
This is a very mellow yet well defined green tea. Mellow in that it isn’t very acidic. Well defined in that it has a definite green tea smell and taste. It is just so well mannered and refined I felt like I should sip it out of a porcelain cup at afternoon tea.
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