I really like genmaicha and I enjoy oolongs, so I thought I would give this a try. The loose tea doesn’t smell like much, but the tiny rolled beads look fresh.
The first steep (3 minutes) smells like toasted rice. It steeps a medium gold colour. The first sip brought a smile to my face. It is slightly sweet and tastes like toasted rice or grain, it also has hints of seaweed (but without the saltiness or vegetal flavour.)
The second steep (2 more minutes) tasted similar but has more flavour. The colour of the liquid was a bit darker and you can taste some tannins but no bitterness. The leaves has expanded to about five times their original volume and are dark green like kelp. There is almost a bit of sesame flavour to the tea, but not quite.
The third and fourth steeps were done in cooler water and produced pleasant and flavourful cups of tea. I suspect you could brew this tea many more times before it loses flavour.
Flavors: Grain, Seaweed, Sweet, Toasted, Toasted Rice, Toasty