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I find that cold brewing this tea suits me best. A heaped teaspoon steeped with 12-13oz of cold water in the fridge for 6-10 hours seems to do well (to my tastes). I generally steep the leaves at least twice, but the flavor drops off quickly after that. Flavors from the first steep are vegetal and slightly sweet, with little to no astringency. I find the second steep is usually slightly sweeter and can be more grassy.
Flavors: Grass, Sweet, Vegetal
This one wasn’t roasty enough for me before, so I figured I’d try a longer steep this time around and see if that intensified the toasted rice flavor. Noop. I still taste too much grassiness and not enough nommy roasty toastiness. This was my last traditional genmaicha, but I’m not too upset about it, considering I still have the lovely Laoshan Black Chocolate Genmaicha! And hooray, I’m almost under a hundred teas!
Too bad I have more on the way… hangs head.
Another sample from KiwiDelight. I’ve loved the genmaichas I’ve tried so far, so I was excited to sample another one. The dry leaves are small and flat, and there are some stems included. There is also toasted rice, which is much smaller than I’ve seen before. And everything is covered in a green dust of matcha. I was surprised when I took a sniff, because the dry tea doesn’t smell much like toasted rice, it mostly just smells like grass and leaves.
Well, the toasted rice aroma definitely came out while it was steeping! It made my whole kitchen smell, which was amazing. :D At first when I tasted the brewed tea, I got quite a bit of toasted rice flavor. But it seemed as I kept sipping, it moved more and more into the background and I could mostly just taste the tea. It’s quite grassy, with notes of autumn leaves and some kind of fresh vegetable taste that reminds me of celery or cucumber or something. When I finished the cup, the rice flavor came back as a lingering aftertaste.
I liked this tea, but I really would have liked more genmai flavor.
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Celery, Grass, Toasted Rice
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Flavors: banana, Flowers, Grass, Umami
this is an awesome workhorse tea – powers you right through the afternoon on multiple cups, a different flavor personality every steep. my favorite i think is the second steeping, where there’s still some astringenty matcha-y creamy-yness, but it’s also starting to grassify. good stuff. i will keep in stock at my house, yes.
After one of the teas I drank earlier made me think of soup, I decided to make some.
Brown Japanese rice, tinned tuna (better with grilled salmon, but you work with what you have!), red perilla rice sprinkles, a tiny drizzle of soy sauce, and tea!
So good. Chazuke is a lovely way to use up rice and tea. :)
A solid Genmaicha at a fantastic price (Even in NZ this stuff is usually rather cheap). Great with & after meals. Only downside being that because it’s quite a big bag (400g!), it can spoil before you get through it all. I’d also suggest transferring it to a container to help prevent this, as well as for ease since the bag it comes in rips/splits easily.
Super toasty and nutty flavoured. You mainly get the ricey taste and not so much of the green tea. This is a great one to go with food and for the colder weather and you can easily get quite a lot of infusions out of it (the instructions on the bag recommend 20 sec steep times). On the other hand because it is SO toasty, it’s not something I can stand the taste of every day…
Appearance: small leaf, lots of sorghum seed, some popped rice
Aroma when Dry: buttery, nutty
After water is first poured: buttery, creamy, nutty, grassy, faint earthiness
At end of steep: harsh grass
At end of steep: grassy, clear
Staple? Type yes, would not use brand again
Preferred time of day: any
At first: harsh grassiness, slight rice and butter notes hinted at
As it cools ? Harshness lessens, creamy notes surface
Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? No
Lingers? Yes, harsh at first, slight buttery grass notes close
This is my almost-daily morning sencha. It’s not artisan sencha by any means, but I like how it’s easily available from the Asian aisle in my supermarket, and it’s cheap enough to buy regularly. The taste is decent, though a little strong on the seaweed, but I like the calm buzz it gives me in the morning.
This tea is very inexpensive. As it is a blend of approximately 50% tea and 50% toasted rice, it is low in caffeine and may be enjoyed anytime. The comforting and familiar taste of toasted grain mellows the grassy taste of the green tea leaves. This is tea for the common man. I have been hooked from the first sip.
It’s looks like your typical Genmaicha but it has a less intense aroma, I think. Plus, I think the flavor is a bit more vegetal-juicy and a tad less popped rice and popcorn flavor than others I have tried but REGARDLESS this is darned tasty! Maybe because it seems a bit more buttery than some of the others or a combo of all the less is more type flavors – not sure – but it’s very YUMMY!
My first time having this hot!
Delightful. I’m drinking this with an ultra delicious salad and the two are working perfectly together. School has swallowed me whole and today was the first time I’ve gotten to see my sister in nearly a month! we live in the same town How sad is that. (also hence my lack of postings here sadface)
Nutty sweet comfort tea with a slightly creamy edge to it.
New drinking-with-dinner tea.. I’ve tried not to drink tea with my meals as I do not really get to appreciate the flavours of the tea. Solution? Drink a delicious, extremely cheap tea.
I have been wanting to get a tea to cold steep for the summer, but most teas would end up costing an arm and a leg to make them strong and flavourful for making large amounts of. With all you wonderful Steepsters drinking this up like crazy I had to track some down!
I put 1.5 tablespoons in warm water, then stuck it in my fridge for a while (4+ hrs). The results? Delicious! I am so very happy I found this. Sweet green tea taste with a nice toasted flavour. Staple for summer! I just hope it shows up sooner than later as it’s been raining cats and maybe dogs, but definitely cats, for way too long.
EDIT: Alright, so I’ve had at least 4 cups of this in half an hour. My stomach is so full, but I can’t stop drinking it >.
Hello everyone! I have returned from the dead! Actually I’ve been very much alive, but the past few months have been hectic to say the least (warning: this is not so much a tasting note as a life update note, so if you’re expecting tea stop now! I’ve commented a whole lot on this bad boy before so I thought it’d be a safe one to pick. Plus, it actually does tie in at the end. I promise!)
My boyfriend was diagnosed with ulcerative collitis two years ago, when he was 20. Usually when you’re young it’s an easy disease to control but he has been in a constant flare since then—if you know anything about uc, you’ll understand how totally hellish that was for both of us. None of his medications worked, the constant steroids they had to use to control the ulcers caused crazy mood changes, and he even had some very rare traits of the disease that his doctors had never seen (like ulcers on his appendix… and skin).
This summer we finally hit our limit. The disease had overwhelmed us. Surgery is a pretty extreme solution, because it involves cutting out his colon. Yup, the whole thing… at 22. And then rebuilding it 2 surgeries down the line, but it’s kind of insane to have to do something like that at this point in our lives (though we have been together for 5 years).
His family is not exactly… traditional, you could say (okay I’m being polite here they’re kind of extremely hard to deal with) and he had to have the surgery down in Philly since his doctor is there (which was worth it, since his doctor is AMAZING), but this necessitated me staying in the hospital with him. The entire time. Thankfully they do let non “family” members (at this point I consider myself family, and so does he!) stay over so I slept curled up in a chair, living off Lipton (Lipton!) for 6 days before he got the all-clear to go home. It was horrible, hellish, yet somehow a wonderful bonding experience that brought us together closer than ever, and perhaps I’ll write more about it later. But not now!
I said this tea came into play and indeed it did, because I brought it with me! His past room at UPenn had fridge, and this is his absolute favorite tea so I brought it to cold brew for him. Alas, surgery recovery rooms don’t include fridges because they want to carefully monitor the patients’ food & drink intake so neither of us had any good tea that week. So no tea for us, because Lipton brewed in coffee-tasting water is possibly the worst beverage on the entire planet.
There is no way I can ever hope to catch up on past notes since I’ve been binge drinking tea (kind of like chain smoking, except without all the bad stuff since unsweetened tea really has no negative sides!), but I’ll try to pop by more often and catch up on all the notes I’ve missed from you wonderful people! I’d also like to thank Kittenna for reminding me that I’d suddenly vanished—forgive me, but my social media obligations have been the last thing on my mind!