Matcha Infused Genmaicha

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Brand:Aiya
Style:Genmaicha
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Japan
Loose/teabag:Loose
Product page:Matcha Infused Genmaicha

This tea's info last updated: Feb. 6, 2018

Commercial Description

Sencha blended with toasted brown rice and Premium Matcha green tea.

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Reviewer pic73 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
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Straight out of the bag, this tea had a strong matcha smell, very grassy in a fresh and invigorating way.

I didn't have a lot of tea to play with - I had only a small sample, and thanks to a spill I had an even smaller sample than usual - so I brewed it as close to the recommended instructions as possible - 194 F for one minute. Once brewed, the very strong aroma of the toasted rice completely overwhelmed all other smells, though the actual liquid of the brew was greener than you'd otherwise get without the matcha. The toasty aroma is really not subtle. It made my whole room smell like toasted rice cakes.

Taste-wise, I agree with the previous reviewer's assessment as mild, easy-drinking, and accessible. It's strongly toasty, neither especially bitter nor sweet nor tart, and just a tiny bit vegetal on the aftertaste.

Also like the last reviewer, I'm inclined to think of it as a bit pricey relative to how much I like it. It's clearly a high quality base tea, but at least to me not worth the price premium given that it has a flavor profile not so different from good teas that don't have the matcha infusion.
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Reviewer pic70 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
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The presence of the matcha is boldly evident looking at the dry leaf, but upon brewing, this tea seemed pretty similar to other genmaicha--perhaps a tiny bit more cloudy, but similar flavor and aroma.

Pleasingly nutty and toasty aroma, with a hint of vegetal tones. Flavor is smooth and overall character is mellow.

This is a mild, easy-to-drink tea that I think would please a lot of people. It's definitely one of the better genmaicha's that I've tried. There's more of a deep nutty aroma and less of the popcorn-like quality that I find in some of the cheaper examples of this type of tea.

Still, this tea is pricey enough that it competes with some of the higher-priced Chinese green teas, as well as other styles of Japanese green tea that I am more partial to. It didn't wow me enough to justify the price tag--$18 for 85 grams is up there among some of the better artisan teas, and this tea, while solidly good, is not a style of tea that I would ever pay this price for unless it really stood out somehow.
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