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drank Gen Mai Cha by Silk Road
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I wanted to get a different genmai cha to compare to the stuff that I’ve gotten in the past from Maeda-en. I know that the Silk Road Teas have a good reputation and I got a bit of this at the local Whole Foods this afternoon in the bulk section.

I believe this blend has slightly more green tea than what I am used to. And I’m not sure I’m a huge fan of whatever green tea this is here as the base. I am getting a bit of astringency/bitterness which is one thing I am not fond of about senchas. It does have a nice nutty quality and I like the brown rice but in my opinion it’s just ok. If I was on a desert island with no other Japanese green tea I would be happy with it, I’m sure. Of course now I am spoiled after drinking gyokuro this morning!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

Some Gen Mai Cha teas use bancha tea which is a smoother green without the Sencha bitterness. You might want to try steeping at 1.5, or even 1.0 minute to cut down on astringency. This might increase your enjoyment of this tea and maybe up the rating too.

TeaBrat

thanks – I will look into it

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ScottTeaMan

Some Gen Mai Cha teas use bancha tea which is a smoother green without the Sencha bitterness. You might want to try steeping at 1.5, or even 1.0 minute to cut down on astringency. This might increase your enjoyment of this tea and maybe up the rating too.

TeaBrat

thanks – I will look into it

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