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i had this one as a sample, so just one. i took it on a car trip with me recently, inside a thermos filled with hot hot hot water. the thermos (first use) was FANtastic and kept my tea piping hot all day long AND the tea was just a perfectly toasty genmaicha all day long, never oversteeping or getting bitter. just perfection, the combination. so much so that i’m ordering a box of these for future road trips. good times, good times.
OH my goodness, this is an instant favorite as of right now. i’m on the third steeping, and this is just so earthily delicious! it’s very reminiscent of roasted barley tea (mugicha?) at this point, only better, which in my book is nummy. reminds me of cold early spring evenings in my little farmhouse in upstate new york, a gazillion years ago, and me being inside and cozy and warm drinking golden toasty tastiness….except now it is roasted kukicha, and i’m in texas, and i guess it is still really cold, and i’m still really warm in here and…
well, anyhow, i believe this one’s a keeper! a dab of honey in it is pretty good, too. yum!
I really really love using my new glass tea pot and I want to brew everything in it! It could be my imagination or pure coincidence, but this tea has consistently tasted better when brewed in my (glazed) kyusu than when brewed in my glass pot. I suppose it makes sense, after all, a Japanese tea in a Japanese pot :D
I have always appreciated Genmaicha, but the popped brown rice is much better in some blends than in others. It matters because the cereal flavor of these blends tends to overshadow the green tea base. Genmaicha is definitely an example of a tea which will not improve with age if left to languish in one’s tea chest, because the cereal can reach the point of smelling and tasting stale. No such problem here, of course.
In the case of Den’s Genmaicha Extra Green Tea in the pyramid bag (a part of the new customer sampler pack), the base tea is bancha, and the rice flavor is quite strong. Drinking a large cup of this blend could probably stave off hunger for a few hours. It really feels like eating food. I like it. I’ve had better, but this is pretty good.
The bancha has been dusted with matcha in this blend, so that means more caffeine, but I still find the popped rice flavor to be dominant.
I received a pyramid bag of the Den’s Tea standard sencha in the new customer sampler set. It’s good and very similar to Stash Premium Green, though this appears to be genuinely Japanese (the Stash is sourced from Brazil, but prepared à la japonaise).
The brewed tea is a bit cloudy and a golden brownish green color. This is definitely heartier than Harney & Sons Japanese Sencha, but also less beautiful because the color is less green—again, closer to Stash Premium Green. The experience is overall quite similar to me, with a substantial nutty-vegetal, almost food-like taste.
Sipdown! I’m going to have to order more. Thank you to whoever it was many moons ago who recommended Den’s to me for their awesome genmaicha. I have been passing along the good advice! If you are new to genmaicha, just start at Den’s.
I was nervous to try this the recommended way – boiling! I recommend you try it though. I think this is my only green tea that can be steeped with boiling water and turn out perfect, with no bitterness.
I feel kind of bad saying this but I am disapppointed with this one. I had it several times and I find it bitter even though I followed Den’s teas brewing instructions. The second infusion has a lot of flavour left and more sweetness to it, but still has a bitter aftertaste. Weirdly, I find that this tea isn’t as sweet as I am used to with other senchas. It is one of their most expensive senchas and they say on their website that it’s supposed to have a natural sweetness, but sadly I can’t taste it. I prefer their Sencha Fuka-midori over this.
Eek, I’m close to sipping this one down. Anyway, today I noticed that the tea has a slightly rosy tint to it. Also, I underleafed because it was either underleaf a little twice or overleaf a lot once with the rest of my sample. Not sure that I made the right decision, but at least it’s not gone yet!
After trying all the hojichas from the Yunomi sampler pack, I came back to this one to compare. I think that this hojicha definitely has a fishier taste, which sounds weird, but I think taste. The Yunomi hojichas (especially dark roast and smoky roast) definitely have that roastier taste. I like each for it’s unique tastes, so I may just have to order both this hojicha and one of the Yunomi ones.
I tend to horde stuff if I know its exclusive. When I was looking for a tea to drink tonight I realized I had this one only a couple times. I mean, this one is seasonal, so I can probably get more early spring, so why not drink it?
Love the cherry floral flavor in this tea. Now I want to bake cookies /random
Den’s tea sample of the month. I saw this tea featured on the website when I placed my order for Sencha Fuka Midori, but I didn’t order any. I don’t like naturally citrusy greens, so I didn’t expect to like one with yuzu chips. But I got a sample, so I tried it anyway.
It really is a nice refreshing tea, the kind I’d drink when I’ve had too many flavored samples in a row. My biggest complaint isn’t so much the yuzu flavor, but the bitterness, which might be due to the yuzu, I don’t know.
Anyway, it’s better than I thought it would be, but I am super picky about my green teas and I already have enough favorites to keep my cupboard full, so this won’t be joining them.
Here’s a picture of the tea in the pretty new tea cup that I got for my birthday yesterday:
I’ve wanted this mug since I first saw it in the Republic of Tea Catalogue. It’s just the right size (10oz) for me and a perfect weight. I don’t like heavy/bulky mugs and I usually have to settle for flimsy mugs that feel like toys, which are still better than getting a sore wrist from the heavier ones. But this one has a nice sturdy feel too it without being painful to hold for a long time. So lovely. :)