Thank you to Wooree for this sample. I have been wanting to begin writing tasting notes again and this seemed like a good tea to start with. I didn’t follow their suggested steeping guidelines my first time with this, although I plan on trying that next. Instead I put 7g in a 120ml gaiwan and gave it a quick rinse. I ended up steeping it for 10s, 10s, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, and 1min.
This is a very enjoyable tea. It has very strong summer grass/toasted rice flavor that is incredibly similar to a good genmaicha but with more body. Drinking it I kept picturing myself in a field of flowing grasses in the afternoon on a late summer day. It is very warm and welcoming and as I continued to drink it a noticable energizing calm came over me that I usually associate with Japanese greens. I look forward to exploring this more.
Flavors: Astringent, Butter, Grain, Grass, Hot Hay, Roasted Barley, Seaweed, Toasted Rice