Matcha iri Genmaicha

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Brand:Harney and Sons
Style:Genmaicha
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Japan
Loose/teabag:Loose
Product page:Matcha iri Genmaicha

This tea's info last updated: Apr. 23, 2018

Commercial Description

Matcha is a much beloved tea in Japan, however it can be overpowering and it is quite expensive. Luckily, someone created Matcha iri Genmiacha, which is best of both worlds. The bancha leaves and brown rice that make up Genmaicha are coated with the green tea powder that is Matcha, and the result is fantastic!

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Reviewer pic78 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
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I should really stop posting first impressions. I often end up rewriting the whole review. This tea took some time to get used to. I disliked the toasted rice at first and wished it was just bancha and matcha, but then I realized that it's the combination of everything that makes this tea work: the bancha provides a nice grassy base, the matcha sweetens it and thickens the mouthfeel, and the rice adds a toasty, almost nutty flavor to all that.

While this tastes perfectly fine just brewing a full mug the normal way, my favorite way to brew this is to use a normal amount of tea but just enough water to fill one of my small cups that I normally use with my gaiwan and brew it for less than a minute. The only bad thing about this method is that the matcha starts to feel a bit coarse and grainy at this level of concentration; I don't know in this case if that's a sign of low grade matcha or an inherent symptom of treating matcha as an afterthought in brewing. Another thing I like to do is extract the matcha in cold water and add a bit of lemonade to that, and then I have plain genmaicha left to brew hot. Someone who likes matcha lattes might enjoy a variation using this tea. This is a very versatile tea with an endless amount of uses and possible brewing methods.

I don't think I'll buy this again, but only because I now want to explore Japanese tea rather than stick with one kind from one brand.
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