Recent Tasting Notes
Oooh, so close to a sipdown on this!
I had a little bit of my sobacha from Yunomi.us left, but not enough for a single cup, so I added the remainder to my pot. It makes the tea smell nice and toasty, but I didn’t notice an appreciable change in flavour. Also, the second steep of this seems very sencha-y compared to the first. Looking forward to finishing this off and freeing up some room in my stash.
Sipdown. Thanks so much for sending some of this my way, Christina! I agree that this is a very savory brew. It smells like roasted rice. The flavor is also roasted rice, though the rice flavor is balanced with the savoriness. The aftertaste is all roasted rice. I’m still learning my preferences when it comes to genmaicha, but this one’s decent. It falls somewhere below Butiki’s but miles above Say Tea’s.
And this tea rounds out my “green-tea-only” efforts for the day. Something warm and soothing with low caffeine.
This one tasted a bit more bitter and less rice-y than normal today. Still comforting, though. I probably have enough left to do 1 or 2 more pots of tea. I’ve got a few genmaicha samples coming from Yunomi.us, and once I have those I’ll see if I like this one as much.
You know, I didn’t have the vocabulary to describe this tea well until I joined Steepster. Now that I know better, I can more accurately describe this tea as being very brothy and savoury. Perhaps it’s a bit too heavy on the rice, especially since I think I overleafed it yesterday. Although the rice is roasted in this tea, none of it is popped, so there’s not much of a salty, light, popcorn flavour to this.
This is a very strong-tasting genmaicha – it’s a much bolder flavour than the kind of tea that you’ll be served at a Japanese restaurant. It seems a lot “ricier” than other varieties I’ve tried. Only a very small amount is needed for a good-tasting cup.
However, I don’t think that this tea takes well to multiple infusions. Perhaps this is because I tend to leave the damp tea leaves in the strainer overnight, but the subsequent infusions taste kind of limp in comparison.