The world was a cruel, cruel place this morning… and so far this afternoon is shaping up to be only marginally better. I figured green tea would be a good selection since I could use a yunomi to warm my hands (the cold makes me grumpy(ier)).
Wow. Lots of flavors going on here… Roasty, popcorn, creamy, a little sweet but sweet like wakame seaweed is sweet not sugar sweet. Okay, and now I’m tasting something like warmed milk. Absolutely zero bitterness or astringency. Leaves me with a thick, wet feeling in my mouth. Yeah, I know, I know. It’s a liquid, it is wet. But some teas leave a dry feeling. Not this. It really is like drinking roasted popcorn and warmed milk with a little dash of seaweed in it.
Rating-wise the jury is still out on this. I have to decide if I love it or just like it. Ultimately it will depend on how much I get into the warmed milk flavor of it. Depending on how that goes this tea will either end up being a ‘good but not for me’ or an ‘awesome-ness in tea form’. I will say this – the only other genmaicha + matcha that I’ve had was from Den’s and this one is much better. The Den’s one definitely fell into the the ‘good but not for me’ category as does genmaicha plain typically. I’ll drink it and enjoy it but never felt the urge to stock some in my pantry. This one…. might break out of that box.