This is an odd tea. It tastes obviously like genmaicha, but with berries. My taste buds are very conflicted and confused. IMO, the berry flavor and the genmaicha don’t quite work together. Also, the berries taste a bit artificial to me.
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“Sipdown (201/205)! Thanks *VariaTEA* for the sample. This was barely even on my radar prior to receiving it (I was much more interested in the Cheesecake Genmaichas that Frank has done), but it...” Read full tasting note
“Well this is a delightful tea indeed. I think I have another bag around somewhere in the room of boxes but I bought another one because I wanted some of the sugar plum and some kittea for the new...” Read full tasting note
“Sipdown! Pretty tasty, but I think I'd prefer a raspberry cream genmaicha, because otherwise there's a bit of a divide between the toastiness and the sharp raspberry flavouring. Still a good cup,...” Read full tasting note
Following the success of our Razzleberry (Raspberry & Blackberry) blend and iced tea, I thought we’d give it a try with our genmaicha. And I am not sorry!
Here’s our toasty Japanese genmaicha considerably cheered-up with the sweet and tart flavors of raspberry and blackberry. This is a unique summertime blend of genmaicha, and the combination of the sea-sprayed Japanese sencha, toasty brown rice and berry goodness makes me think of a picnic on the beach.
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Given the popularity of 52teas Genmaicha blends I was surprised that there haven’t been any tasting notes yet and there was still some left in stock. I have to admit that when I first heard about this new blend I wasn’t sure about it. Now having received this as part of my subscription I can’t get enough of it! The raspberry and blackberry combination works so well with the nutty Genmaicha base. The pairing brings out the lovely sweetness from the berries while the nuttiness of the base pulls it all together. With the use of the dried fruit you get an almost cake or cookie like flavoring which is heavenly! This a keeper and I will be scooping up a bunch for sure (for those who like this one, sorry for being a greedy piggy)
This tea smells like a bowl of ripe berries and looking at the dry tea to my joy there’s tons of raspberries and blackberries mixed in with the genmaicha base. I wasn’t sure how well the flavours would work together as I’ve never really though of fruit flavours as something that would go well with the maltiness of the genmaicha but the tartness of the berries is what really makes this work. However, I think I might have over-steeped this cup slightly as the grassy flavour of the green tea is quite pronounced. I’ll reduce the steeping length next time to see.
I’d forgotten how nice this one can be between cups, but the fabulously berry-scented dry leaf immediately reminded me! It’s just so delicious — raspberry and blackberry in equal measure. I added 1 tsp of leaf to a cup of cooled water, and gave it about 2.5 minutes.
The genmaicha is very toasty, and adds a slight vegetal note to the overall cup. The berry flavour is fabulously strong and a touch candy-like, and is more than capable of standing up to the genmaicha base. The green tea actually complements the fruit flavours, I feel, helping to emphasise and bring out the fresh fruity notes, rather than the sweet candy notes.
I must try not to go so long between cups next time — this is a tasty summer treat!
It’s been a long while since I’ve had Genmaicha of any sort, hadn’t realized before I took the 1st sip of this how much I missed it. (I’ve only had Fusion’s version and a 1 serving packet from a tea giveaway, didn’t have a label on it, but it was kind of nasty…tasted like burnt rice.) But this definitely reminds me that I need to get more.
Taste-The primary taste is Genmaicha for sure. With a aftertaste of raspberry. Now, while I don’t mind having a cup of this, I am not sure these flavors really meld together. I think Genmaicha would be better along side a Chai because the toasted rice has a really warm taste, whereas berries tend to be better suited to cold teas or hot teas with a white tea base.
From looking at Frank’s other Genmaicha blends, I can see Marshmallow being a good partner, as well as chocolate, caramel. Maybe even coconut.
Though I am not much of a dessert tea fan (Especially with chocolate ones. Just tastes like waterdowned hot chocolate.) I think paired with Genmaicha it might be different enough to me that I would enjoy it.