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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.

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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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~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 got obsessed with tea in 2010 for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it. 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 write fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I drink tea without additives. If a tea needs milk or sugar to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’ll rate it high. The exception is chai, which I drink with milk/sugar or substitute. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs, but as my tea skills and tastes developed they became far less appealing to me. I do not mix well with tulsi or yerba mate, and savory teas are more often a miss than a hit with 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. But I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas in relation to others of the same type, for example, Earl Greys against other Earl Greys. But if a tea rates very high with me, it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is

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

80-89 Excellent; will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again

60-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but likely won’t buy again

Below 60 Meh, so-so, iffy, or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

People have sent me tea on occasion, and I was once persuaded to send some Tazo Om to AmazonV. I’ve also done at least one group buy here on Steepster, the famous Doulton-led Dammann Freres experiment years ago. But mostly, I don’t swap. It’s nothing personal, it’s just that I have way more tea than any one person needs and am not lacking for new things to try. Also, I have way too much going on already in daily life and the additional commitment to get packages to people adds to my already high stress level. (Maybe it shouldn’t, but it does.)

That said, I enjoy reading folks’ notes, talking about what I drink, and getting to “know” people virtually here on Steepster so I can get ideas of other things I might want to try if I can ever again justify buying more tea. I also like keeping track of what I drink and what I thought about it, though I don’t put samples in my cupboard and not everything I have at any given time is showing in my cupboard. I do try to remember to remove things from my cupboard once I no longer have them.

I was an early internet adopter and have been online in various environments since around 1990. Steepster is one of the nicest online environments I’ve ever been privileged to participate in and that is saying something. :-)

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