This is a pretty strong and hearty genmaicha. The roasty notes in this are darker deeper and more roasted peanuts like than other genmaichas I’ve had. I’m assuming that’s because I’ve that addition of the puffed barley. I’ve never had puffed barley before so I can’t be sure if that’s the difference I’m tasting.
The end of the sip also has a more green punch than some others I’ve tried. There is a bit of astringency. The stronger, darker green combined with the dark roast, creates a deep complex cuppa.