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

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 45 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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I live as a nomad now and my cupboard is no longer huge, it goes from bare to maybe 3 or 4 at a time – whatever I can easily carry in my rucksack. But am ordering samples from places so I can keep trying new stuff or more easily carry a variety for my moods that’ll fit!

Note to those who read my reviews:

I only about a year ago learned I have synesthesia and that is why I’ve always wrote my reviews primarily in colors. Clearly, if you’ve read any recently, that’s still how I write most of the time as that’s still how I best describe flavors. Today I realized that may be worth putting out there for folks who come across my reviews.
Moving on:

Unless otherwise noted, I use 2.25g of tea to 6oz of water for my tastings.

Geeky, vegan, dominant, serious, non-gendered, childfree, eclectic, alternatively-styled, friendly and open-minded are good descriptors of me, I think. Also: extremely introverted, but not at all shy.

I grew up on bag teas, mainly Lipton, at my father’s and great-grandmother’s homes. I loved getting up before everyone else and sitting with a hot cup and reading or watching some quiet tv in the morning.

I didn’t bother much with tea for the years of my teenhood because of no longer seeing either of these people and my mother’s house wasn’t one for tea… more coffee drinkers, instead.

During my adulthood I started drinking it again, but still mostly bag teas like Lipton, Tetley, and some herbal mixes. I enjoyed these but went no further…

…until I was at a restaurant one night and ordered a Darjeeling tea to give it a try.

I fell back in love with tea and have since been trying all sorts of loose leaf and some bag teas.

I’m currently delving mainly into white teas, but my tastes wander.

Not sure what else to say here… if you like my notes or are interested in chatting about something, do feel free to send a note. I love meeting new folks, especially since we share at least one interest, being on this site and all.


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