This is a really weird Genmaicha to me.
It has a bit hole in the back of the throat. You’ve got taste and textures around the cheeks and tongue and towards the round back of your mouth but right up in the back of the throat where there is usually a lot of taste or finish this one gives a mental impression of a hole in the flavor wall.
I doubt I’m being clear here.
Let’s just say there’s a noticeable nothing on the back of my throat with this one so far.
The rice has a dark tone than averagely found. It’s more mid or forward tongue and a mahogany-without-the-red color taste of roasted instead of the brighter colored toasted tastes you find in genmaichas. It gives you a weird pause as it hits sort of heavy.
Not bad, just unexpected and unusual.
The green is more the tip of the tongue and sides of the mouth. Sort of a pond-algae color and flavor, both… trailing to darker in the cheeks.
The tea gives a watery pool feel below the tongue but doesn’t give off an astringent tang to cause it.
I get a minor pressure touch to the center inside of my bottom lip as texture while the overall mouth feel is fairly large, round, and grainy. Not a clearer mental image than that.
Light golden sweetness around the outer gums on the sides of the mouth.
It fades slowly into a sort of sharper sweet-tarts plant greenness taste in the front of the mouth and darker more dense green color through the rest of the mouth as it’s finish.
That hole at the back after several swallows is still there but a very faint finish of toasted scent is noticed when focused on.
It’s yummy but weird.
- Added a little later:
As the tea cools further the green flavor becomes stronger and sharper, filling more of the overall.
Flavors: Green, Hay, Roasted, Round, Thick, Toasted, Toasted Rice