This is a first for me, and I’m glad I tried it. The flavor reminds me of sembei (or O-sembei if you prefer). It is, well toasty, yes, but it has what I’m calling a “clean barn” taste. It has that taste that reminds me of the combined smells of dry haw, old wood, and worn leather. It definitely has that “flavor of the sea” that Japanese green teas have (in my opinion), and it’s a good thing. This is all after the first steep. I will steep at least twice more, and report on my findings. Or, I may have a stroke from all the tea I;ve been drinking. Either way.

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My ratings
less than 10 – Undrinkable
10 – Horrible quality, surprisingly wretched!
20 – Poor quality, an experience to avoid
30 – Poor quality, can fake a smile while drinking
40 – Lesser quality, I wouldn’t pay for it
50 – Lesser quality, will do in a pinch
60 – Decent quality, nothing special
70 – Good quality, to my liking, a good staple
80 – Good quality, an enjoyable tea to savor
90 – Superior quality, a truly special tea to study
100 – Heavenly quality,


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