520 Tasting Notes
There is a great Japanese food store next to our layover hotel in YVR. I try to pick up different things while I’m there. I ran out of genmaicha so I figured I’d try this out. I like it better then their bottle version which I don’t think has enough of a brown rice flavor. The first few cups were meh. But this last one was good. Perhaps its because I had to get back a taste for it.
Had a rather odd sensation just now as I took the steeping leaves from my cup. Somewhere in my brain there was an idea that if I licked the leaves I might be able to taste more maple. Must be what happens when you have a kid. Perhaps it was the sweetness of the maple scent that compelled me to think as I did.
I’m not very good at naming bases for black tea but I know I like this one. Woodsy. Slightly twiggy. I taste the maple coming through first and the black base finishing.
Steeped for about 2 mins and that was perfect. So good in fact that I forgot to pour the rest of it in my cup. It probably steeped a good minute or two more. Wasn’t enough to ruin it but definitely added a bit more bitterness.
As I’ve let it cool down tue bitterness has somewhat lessened oddly enough. A bit more grassy and some what oaty. Is that a word?