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I’d read about certain green teas having a post-apocalyptic, glowing green color — the sort of color that makes me think of some of those post-apocalyptic games I played (can’t now remember, was it Fallout? Half-Life? Doom? All of them?) but I’d never actually seen a tea that color. Until tonight. Whoa. Amazing green!

This is the last tea in my sampler, and the fine, very green dusting of the matcha over the leaves and rice is pretty cool looking. It looks like bright, lime-green powdered sugar over long pointy/twisty leaves. It smells juicily vegetal.

I steeped according to the pamphlet instructions: 30 seconds/boiling. The liquor color is a glowing green, not as lime-like as the dry leaves. More tending toward avocado.

The aroma is classic toasty rice, a smell which to me is somewhat similar to the way the old maids in the popcorn bag taste if you chew on them as I’m prone to do. It’s the primary taste as well, with a fresh green tea underlay.

I like the flavor of genmaichas whenever I drink them. I don’t often sit around thinking that they’re just the thing that would hit the spot, though. This is a good, solid genmaicha and I can see ordering it again, but I think the others in the Den’s sample were more suited to frequent drinking as far as my tastes go so I ranked this one a bit lower than the others.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec
~lauren.

I think it was Ricky who called it ‘radioactive’ in one of his comments about my sencha tea! I called it ‘nuclear green’ and if your tea is the color that mine was, I totally get your ‘post-apocalyptic, glowing green’! : ) Reference: http://steepster.com/LaurenUSA/posts/34881#comments

__Morgana__

Yes! I knew I’d read about it. Pretty wild to actually witness it!

Ricky

I labeled this tea as poison and gave it away to my friend. All these negative connotations associated with the color of this tea. Poor Genmaicha.

__Morgana__

It was a nice tasting poison, though :-)

Ricky

I really enjoyed it the first time I had it, after that it became poison to me =( I get sick after drinking it. Might be a mental thing though =/

__Morgana__

Oh wow. Sorry to hear that! There was one tea that affected me that way. Trying now to remember what it was. I think it might have been the Tazo Earl Grey, but oddly not every time I drank it.

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~lauren.

I think it was Ricky who called it ‘radioactive’ in one of his comments about my sencha tea! I called it ‘nuclear green’ and if your tea is the color that mine was, I totally get your ‘post-apocalyptic, glowing green’! : ) Reference: http://steepster.com/LaurenUSA/posts/34881#comments

__Morgana__

Yes! I knew I’d read about it. Pretty wild to actually witness it!

Ricky

I labeled this tea as poison and gave it away to my friend. All these negative connotations associated with the color of this tea. Poor Genmaicha.

__Morgana__

It was a nice tasting poison, though :-)

Ricky

I really enjoyed it the first time I had it, after that it became poison to me =( I get sick after drinking it. Might be a mental thing though =/

__Morgana__

Oh wow. Sorry to hear that! There was one tea that affected me that way. Trying now to remember what it was. I think it might have been the Tazo Earl Grey, but oddly not every time I drank it.

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I’ve updated this bio as it’s been a couple of years since I “started getting into” tea. It’s now more accurate to say that I was obsessed with tea for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it, and I seem to be continuing that in for a while, out for a while cycle. I have a short attention span, but no shortage of tea.

I’m a mom, writer, gamer, lawyer, reader, runner, traveler, and enjoyer of life, literature, art, music, thought and kindness, in no particular order. I’ve recently started writing fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I much prefer to drink tea without additives such as milk and sugar. If a tea needs additives to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’m going to rate it high. The exception is chai, which I make on the stove top using a recipe I found here on Steepster. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs into the harder stuff, but once I learned how to make a decent cup of tea they became far less appealing to me. That said, I’m not entirely a purist, and I enjoy a good flavored tea, particularly flavored blacks.

I like all kinds of tea depending on time of day, mood, and the amount of time I have to pay attention to preparation.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own. I’m revising them slightly to make them less granular as I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas against other similar versions. So I rate Earl Greys, for example, against other Earl Greys, rather than against all teas. If something rates very high with me, though, it probably means it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is; will keep this stocked until the cows come home

90-94 First rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Excellent; likely to become a favorite, will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again if in the mood for this particular one or a better, similar version not available

60-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but probably wouldn’t buy again unless craving this particular flavor

50-59 Okay or run of the mill

Below 50 So-so, iffy, would definitely pass
or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

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