Genmai Cha

45
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3 ratings
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Brand:Adagio Teas
Style:Genmaicha
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Japan
Loose/teabag:Loose
Product page:Genmai Cha

This tea's info last updated: Oct. 11, 2009

Commercial Description

Green tea from Japan that is the 'snap, crackle, pop' of teas. Genmai Cha is an exotic Japanese recipe that combines popped rice and popcorn with tender and delicate green tea leaves. First used by peasants as a cost-saving measure, our 'Genmai Cha Pop' tea is now equally popular with modern urbanites. Both groups enjoy a refreshing cup that's both sweet and nutty.

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Reviewer pic80 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
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Nice roasted taste. Before looking up what that popcorn is made of, I thought that it might be some sort of bean because it tastes a bit like some hearty bean. Not bitter at all. Maybe a bit salty. The heartiness and bean flavor almost makes it taste like soup.
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Reviewer pic67 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
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This was a very good genmaicha; the base is a dark, wiry green tea, seems like a sencha. Interestingly, I tried it fairly soon after Octavia's genmaicha, which is my current favorite; the two teas are like night and day. This one brews up a very clear, golden-colored cup. Octavia's is much pricier and I think has a much higher grade base tea.

Both after reading E. Alex Gerster's advice, and having similar experiences with Adagio's other Japanese green teas, I opted for brief steepings, starting with 1 minute. However, I liked upping the steeping time on the second cup. I later tried Adagio's recommendations and I found the tea came out pretty similarly.

The aroma was very toasty; this was probably the toastiest genmaicha I've had. I suspect the toastiness comes both from the toasted rice and the base tea.

The first infusion had a bit of a sour flavor but other than that I really enjoyed it. The tea made two infusions easily.

I thought this tea was overpriced. I enjoyed it less than Adagio's kukicha, and it was significantly more expensive, and as a tea that contains a large portion of toasted rice kernels, a very cheap product, I know it tends to cost a lot less than pure green teas. $14 for 4 ounces is way too much for this type of tea, given its quality.

Thank you E. Alex Gerster for this one!
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Reviewer pic73 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
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Over the past year I have had some really mediocre genmaicha's, so I was pleasantly surprised when I recently tried Adagio Teas version of this Japanese classic. The initial sweet and nutty aroma of the dry tea transforms to a roasted rice and popcorn aroma as the tea steeps.

The translucent infusion has a nice light green color. I tend to stay at about a 1.5 minute steep at 185 degrees F. This keeps it light and balanced. The second steep (at about 1 minute) is usually my favorite, with less aroma, and more grassy green tea flavor. Adagio must use a better grade of green than Maeda-en or Yamamotoyama. It tastes like a nice Sencha in the blend rather than the Bancha that is most common.

If you dare to try a third steep, you might find that bitterness starts to creep in, which I find unpleasant, but others kind of like. A very good and reasonable genmaicha that is good on it's own, or pairs well with many foods.
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