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As promised, more Iyemon tea! This time in the form of genmaicha. I’ve seen genmaicha referred to as popcorny, and this stuff is indeed quite popcorny, both in the taste and in the aftertaste. It’s also slightly sweet, at least initially, which I found interesting, although the sweetness went away as it warmed up. Eventually the sweetness fades to a bitter finish that, combined with the popcorn taste makes for a rather odd aftertaste that I can’t really say I’m overly fond of.

The taste of the underlying tea is kind of similar to the oolong I had earlier this week. Kind of woodsy, skirting along the edges of bitterness/smokiness without never quite making it over the threshold. There is, however, no traces of the matcha that was supposedly iri’d at some point in the creation of this tea. This is not one of my favorites.

__Morgana__

You’re really in tea-topia over there! Loving all these notes!

Ewa

I feel kind of bad for all the trash I’m generating, but Japan has recycling down pretty well and I have so far been able to avoid using disposable chopsticks so that’s always something.

Mel

What makes it Iyemon tea? I picked up this tea at my local Japanese store since I love trying to genmaichas. I googled and found nothing what Iyemon or iemon means, would love to be enlightened on the word.

Ewa

As far as I know, it’s just the name of a subgroup of teas within the brand. Looks like Iyemon was the name of the founder of the company.

Mel

thank you!

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__Morgana__

You’re really in tea-topia over there! Loving all these notes!

Ewa

I feel kind of bad for all the trash I’m generating, but Japan has recycling down pretty well and I have so far been able to avoid using disposable chopsticks so that’s always something.

Mel

What makes it Iyemon tea? I picked up this tea at my local Japanese store since I love trying to genmaichas. I googled and found nothing what Iyemon or iemon means, would love to be enlightened on the word.

Ewa

As far as I know, it’s just the name of a subgroup of teas within the brand. Looks like Iyemon was the name of the founder of the company.

Mel

thank you!

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I’m a Pole who grew up in Texas, is currently a graduate student in California studying Japan. How’s THAT for random?

Being Polish, my family has always drunk a lot of tea, and I am no different. I may drink more tea than water. On the other hand, I can’t say that I’m very particular about it; I’m generally pretty careless with steeping times and water temperature and I don’t even have a proper teapot (mostly because the lid broke during the move to California ;_;).

I always drink my tea unsweetened and I only add milk in the case of the most egregiously chai-ish of chais. (not really a big fan of milk in general)

Given that so many of my entries seem to be about my morning tea, I felt I should add something here about me and mornings: I fail at mornings. I fail at them a LOT. Therefore I often also fail at proper tea making in the mornings.

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