This just came in the mail to my office.
I entered a contest in May, all you had to do was fill out 2 survey questions, and not only did I win this tea, but 2 teacups and a 12oz teapot too!!
The leaf itself smells very strongly of seaweed and popped rice. The flavor is pretty good, but since my only other experience with this tea is with Matcha, it is hard for me to compare. Unfortunately or fortunately, the water heater at my office heats water to 170 (yes, I brought a thermometer to work once to test it!), so perfect for Sencha, but not quite hot enough for Genmaicha.
Either way, this is still very good. And the coworkers I shared it with also liked it. Maybe this isn’t the best Genmaicha out there, but I’m giving it high marks because it was free and good quality for my taste!
And even if I hadn’t gotten it free, it would have been incredibly cheap – $12 for 7.1 oz.
Go to www.1tten.jp and check it out – simple selection, but good prices, free shipping (and it’s fast for something coming from Japan).