The uncooked leaves are medium brown and have a deep and pleasant roasted aroma with a hint of sweetness; it’s actually reminding me of tobacco.
1st steeping: boiling, 30 seconds. The roastiness continues, unsurprisingly without the vegetal flavors I got from their genmaicha. There’s a natural sweetness to the flavor too, whch is pleasant. After several sips it’s tasting more like a roasted chicory drink – something I’ve never been too fond of, but in this mild form I may come to enjoy it. Very slight bitter aftertaste.
2nd steep: boiling, 15 seconds. As above, but with the volume turned down by about half.
Not a huge amount of complexity with this tasting; I’ll put on my deerstalker and see if I can detect anything new next time around.