It’s been a long time since I last had any of this one. Even longer since I posted about it. Smelling the tin now I wonder why.
Oh, the sweet creamy aroma, accentuated by a sharp sting of acidic rhubarb! I can’t even begin to describe how awesome these leaves smell. Like a sinfully sweet dessert, but with tartness that makes you want to come back for more. And more. And more. And more. All of this in combination with the standard notes of sencha.
Once it has finished steeping and a cup has been poured, take a moment to revel in this aroma once more. It’s even better when it’s a ‘wet’ smell rather than a ‘dry’ smell. Everything seems to flow together more. (Weirdly though, the aroma of it is sort of purple-ish… Can’t really see the connection there, but the old brain is a strange place.)
Sadly though, the flavour of it doesn’t really live up to the aroma. It’s good and the flavouring is subtle, which I like. But the aroma leads me to believe that there should be so much more. It’s an aroma – flavour mismatch as far as the strength is concerned.
As far as the actual flavour however, it’s very close to the aroma. (Still somewhat purple-ish). Primarily sencha flavours, but rhubarb as a close second. Then at the bottom of the flavour there’s the creamyness along with something every so slightly floral. There are rose petals in the leaves, though, so that’s probably them making an appearance.
Very nice, but not one I feel like having often enough that I think it should have more points than this or that I think I might be restocking. It is, however, very much a flavoured green variant that I would encourage people to give a try.