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I was a bit at a loss on how to brew this one up – I’d never done genmaicha in a bag before, and Den’s steeping guidelines for loose tea of this variety call for boiling water and 30 seconds. In the end I went with boiling water and 90 seconds, and found it flavorful without being bitter at that stage. The aroma is wonderful; really nutty and toasty, with a grassy scent in there too.

The flavor follows that lead, with roasty and toasty up front; reminds me of puffed wheat cereal. Mild astringency, very subtle grassy note. I’ll be interested to see how this compares to Den’s loose leaf of the same variety!

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec
Cofftea

As for steeping time/temp I’d go w/ the same as loose. Weigh the bag to make sure their water suggestion is legit.

Adham

I’ll definitely do 30 seconds with the loose. I was surprised at how mild the flavors still were at 90 seconds in the bag!

How do you weigh a tea bag?

Cofftea

I just turn on my scale and set the bag on it.

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Cofftea

As for steeping time/temp I’d go w/ the same as loose. Weigh the bag to make sure their water suggestion is legit.

Adham

I’ll definitely do 30 seconds with the loose. I was surprised at how mild the flavors still were at 90 seconds in the bag!

How do you weigh a tea bag?

Cofftea

I just turn on my scale and set the bag on it.

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Grandma introduced me to tea as a kid (lipton with milk and sugar; a bit poured into the saucer to cool it down and then sipped from there), and I’ve never looked back. Still have a slight preference for teas that go well with milk (or even better, cream) and sugar, but since Grandma’s day I’ve branched out to appreciate green and white teas, rooibos and pu erh. Absolutely love Mariage Freres!

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