Wow, 500th tasting note! Cowabunga? Genmaicha is like a comfort food to me, so between finishing off the term and battling some virus that wants to take over my body, this is an excellent choice.
When I steeped the leaves the first time, honestly, I was a little scared. It smelled more vegetal than what I prefer. No roastiness, oddly. Haha my iPad just autocorrected ‘oddly’ to ‘diddly’. And I’m sitting invigilating a make up exam, so I can’t laugh at the stupidity.
Anyway, yes, unexpected grassy, vegetal aroma. So I was hesitant to take that first sip. But it was good! The roastiness is luckily there with an added fresh, clean note that most genmaichas don’t have. It’s smooth, yet crisp, and slightly toasty.
I’m currently on the second steep and it’s pretty good too. Not as toasty but not bitter or vegetal. Still smooth.
Great Genmaicha, but honestly, for a fraction of a cost, I can have the Uji one you can pick up in grocery stores, and it’s roastier, which is how I prefer them.