It smells lovely. A delicate fragrance that smells more of tea than it does of rice. It's been a while since I've had any Genmaicha, so it might be that my memory is playing tricks on me, but it looks to me like there are more unpuffed rice in this one. I'm rather amused by the fact that the puffed rice are actually green too in this one. Never seen that before. It looks funny. :)
The steeped tea smells more or less like the dry leaves. Delicate and mild and more tea-like than rice-like. I like that. It rather pale in colour too.
The flavour seems very mild to me. It's been a while since I've had any green, or white for that matter, so my tongue is probably temporarily ruined by black, oolong and pu-ehr. After a few sips, I stareted getting over that, though, and I started picking up a little more flavour. At first it's mostly just the flavour of the tea, and then when swallowing the rice comes into play. It can't under any circumstances be allowed to over-steep though, because it turns bitter really quickly.
I like this Genmaicha a lot, and I'm very likely to come back for more. And I'm not just saying that because it was free and came in a nice tin. Win!
Also, it feels absolutely wonderful for my mysteriously sore throat. Double win!
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