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3g and 2 rinses.
The aroma of the dry leaf is hay, dried fruits, dusty, very pleasant, has complexity and is creamy. Leaves look chopped. There are some silver tips and some green leaves in there amongst the darker green leaves and some stems. In the wet leaf aroma the fruit is much more obvious and almost citrussy; there is warm apples, cherries and strawberries. It is also creamy hay again. This is delightful.
Brewed for 4 minutes in a cup, it has concentrated fruit, it is creamy, has some complexity and the flavour lingers for a bit. The aroma is fruity with plums and is creamy. I take a sip, it is mid-strength, it does drop off a little early and it is a bit drying, but the arrival and mid-taste are good and it has a bite to it.
Flavors: Creamy, Dried Fruit, Hay
Dry leaves are very dark brown – this may have been in humid storage. It has loose compression. It breaks apart easily, suggesting it has broken down over time.
Wet leaf aroma is warm pastry.
5s – The liquid is dark brown. My guess is this has been in humid storage. Aroma is dust and sweet uncooked pastry. Taste is dusty, earthy, sweet with no bitterness.
10s – Dusty, sweet. Soil. Flat. Not very interesting.
1 minute – It has a staggered flavour profile, that is, it has at least 3 different flavours running linearly. Sweetness, dust and a woody base.
This tea reminds me of the 90s Hong Kong storage by White2Tea, only this is a less flavoured, simpler version, and has none of the raw beetroot flavour.
Flavors: Dust, Wood
I came across a cute tea shop in York and picked up one of these because I never tried lapacho before, plus I like rhubarb and apparently Yorkshire is famous for its rhubarb.
Well, the tea is yummy. It’s currently my go-to herbal tea. I like having something like this around – it’s like a tea, but not actually the tea plant. Rooibos and I tend to not really get along most of the time, but I’ve had more luck with honeybush and I think of lapacho as a similar kind of ‘almost tea.’ The base is very pleasant but it stays mostly in the background which makes the flavour shine. The rhubarb is just very… rhubarby. Sweet and a little bit tart. Definitely very recognizably rhubarb. I am very happy with this one. I may have to go back to York to stock up in a while….
My wife was given this tea for her birthday. Naturally, she wondered if it was really for her! We have not tasted Genmaicha before and we tried it for the first time today. It is a hearty tea with a very toasty taste and aroma to it. I cannot decide how much I like it, but suspect that it is a ‘mood’ tea: great when you are in the mood for it. I did not notice much green tea in the flavour, because it seemed to be swamped by the toasted rice flavour that dominated. I think I was expecting something more delicate. Well, never mind. This is another tea that has its place in our cupboard for when we are in the mood for it. I shall try it again and report back when I have more time to spend working out the flavours and seeing if there is as much behind the rice flavour as the blurb from the website claims.