364 Tasting Notes
Additional notes: Sipdown but sad to see this go.
It was a very cherry-tasting yancha. A nice and strong presence of dried cherries with wet wood notes, lots of minerals, floral, and barley. Extremely complex, changed every infusion. As before, it was smooth, a good mouth and throat feel. Although complex, the cherry was present throughout all the infusions… Always ending on a fruity note with a hint of barley.
I’ve had to significantly cut down my tea consumption the past few months due to GERD. I’ll be going into surgery in a couple of weeks. Sucks but… I can continue when I get out. :P As always, I keep reading your reviews, working on sipdowns.
Stay safe out there. Delta variant is a nasty one.
Flavors: Cherry, Cherry Blossom, Roasted, Roasted Barley, Stonefruit
Nice berry flavor, has acai and blueberry flavor. A strong flavor of blueberries. I can taste some acai though, which comes across as blackberries. It is a very smooth matcha, no overpowering bitterness, umami, vegetal.
It tastes good ceremonial style but great as a latte, especially with oat milk and ice. Tastes like a blueberry pancake/muffin/pastry with the oat milk. Recommended if you like matcha and berries :D.
Flavors: Berries, Blackberry, Blueberry, Grass, Umami, Vegetal
This is an organic sencha genmaicha from Kyoto. The rice is brown rice from Nara Prefecture and the sencha is first harvest aka shincha versus bancha. For the most part, it is a good genmaicha and has nice toasty brown rice notes. I found it to be very temperature sensitive though.
I made it with 160Fwater in a banko kyusu. At 185F it was far too brisk for me. Astringent, extremely drying on my tongue, bitter. So I dropped the temperature down to 170F and then finally 160F. At this temperature, I got the familiar mellow aroma, umami, and a much better balance of sweet and bitter taste, less bitterness and was savory, had vegetal notes of greens, like grass, spinach. I re-steeped it 3 times. I also found making it in spring water was best. 170F was good too though.
It is a good price for organic first harvest sencha genmaicha. Recommended.
Flavors: Grass, Rice, Savory, Spinach, Toasted Rice, Umami, Vegetal
Really been on a genmaicha kick lately. This is one of my favorites. Perhaps because it has a lot more rice than the normal genmaicha, no bitterness no matter how I prepare it. I can make it with boiling water for however long I want to make it. So it is great for those ultra-busy days that I don’t need a timer, and want to sip a good tea. I haven’t made it grandpa style per se but it’s probably really good that way too. It’s a really versatile and flexible genmaicha. There is a slight umami note, lots of toasted rice/barley, and popcorn notes.
Flavors: Popcorn, Rice, Roasted, Toasted Rice, Umami
I’ve had kuromame cha several times which is roasted black soybeans steeped in boiling water but this is an interesting mix. Matcha, roasted black soybeans, roasted rice. So matcha iri genmaicha + roasted soybeans.
The dry tea is pretty with dusted green matcha and a few dark-roasted large soybeans. The pale to medium golden liquor smells faintly like beans, black soybeans, vegetal.
I used 5g in 120ml, boiling water 212°F, for 4 steeps: 30 sec, 1m, 1.5m, 5 min. On the last infusion, it was smooth, mellow, slightly sweet beginning, then chased by strong roasted rice and roasted black bean flavor. That was my favorite steep. So I’ll probably keep steeping it until there is no flavor. The earlier infusions, less bean, more umami, vegetal, roasted rice notes.
I think it’s underrated but a few of the reviews enjoyed it as I did. :D
Flavors: Nutty, Roasted, Soybean, Umami
Additional notes. I brewed it in a Banko-yaki Kyusu, and it mellowed it out and astringency is gone. I would rate it much higher using this particular teaware but I know some may not have it so I will leave the rating at 83.
Banko-yaki Kyusu 150ml, 4-5g, three steeps: 180°F for 1.5min, 203° F for 30 sec, 212° F for 1.5min.
I hope you are all well!
Flavors: Toasted Rice, Umami, Vegetal
Quick note because I know a couple of you asked the difference between their regular and the duck rice genmaicha. This is pretty similar to their regular genmaicha. I like it slightly better. It has similar vegetal notes (albeit more grassy), there is a stronger roasted flavor, more rice flavor, and slightly nutty. If I make it any hotter than 160 Fº, it becomes too astringent for me.
Busy day but writing to say heya and posting this quick note. ^^
Flavors: Grass, Popcorn, Rice, Roast Nuts, Roasted
First time trying H&S Genmaicha (rice with bancha in this one). It’s better than my first impression of it. The first time I tried it, I had sampled it with the Matcha Iri Genmaicha, Duck Rick Genmaicha, and their Golden Genmaicha.
I prepped it a few ways, I think the recommended preparation was the best, I steeped it longer, for 3 minutes as directed. Nice toasted rice flavor, slightly vegetal, light-bodied. It is slightly too astringent for my taste, dry tongue from it, which is probably why I preferred the Duck Rice Genmaicha more. The Golden Genmaicha was nice because it had a toasted nut flavor, and not as brisk as well.
Having said that, it’s a decent Genmaicha at a decent price. I’ve read some of the reviews on the net and a lot of people like it a lot and don’t like the others so much, so there’s that. Taste is subjective. ^^
Flavors: Grass, Toasted Rice, Vegetal
I already wrote a review on it. So some quick thoughts. ^^
This is so comforting today. It makes me want to start drinking pu’er again lol. I don’t know why but I just haven’t felt like it at all the past few months.
It’s such a cute and tiny little mandarin that fits perfectly in my 110ml gaiwan. Last time I wrote about it I had it grandpa style. I prefer it this way better. I didn’t poke holes in it or anything. I just put the whole thing in there and hit it with a quick rinse of boiling water. Then I continued with quick 5 to 10-second infusions. Casual-like so not really timing it.
The smell is so nice. A tart citrus aroma. I really like it. The taste is really mellow for a ripe pu’er. No strong taste but very flavorful. Mainly of mandarin, citrus, citrus zest. There is a little sweetness to it, a very soft and good throat feeling because it’s so smooth. I really think these did get much better with time. That’s one thing I love about Pu’er tea. It can sit around for years and tastes better later on.
I guess because of the skin of the mandarin, it gives almost a menthol feeling in your throat after you finish sipping it. I am not a fan of menthol at all but this one doesn’t bother me at all. It actually adds to it. Gives it a medicinal quality to it.
Flavors: Citrus Zest, Smooth, Sweet, Tangy
There’s a break in the impeachment trial. Such disturbing, horrifying, sad unseen footage shown. Thought I’d write a quick review during the break.
It’s been two years and these improve with age so thought I’d try another today. I put the dried tangerine stuffed with Pu-er in my little gaiwan and rinsed it with boiling water. It barely fit lol. The liquor is a really dark reddish/brown color, tangerine scent. Afterward, I did like 5 to 10-second infusions. So many times that I lost count. It’s fallen completely apart now lol. I can not emphasize enough just how mellow this pu-erh is compared to many. I am reluctant to even put “earth” in the taste profile because it’s that mellow. I haven’t been in the mood for any pu-erh tea for months but this was just wonderful and warm.
It’s a really nice, mellow pu-erh with no leather, fishiness, or strong overbearing notes. Tangerine, citrusy notes and aroma, filling the room.
So time did, in fact, make this even better. I have a couple more. I just ordered from TeaVivre and I am looking forward to trying Quanzi green mandarin pu’er. I added that as a sample. If it is as good as this, I’ll be a happy camper.
Flavors: Citrus Zest, Citrusy, Earth, Smooth