Genmai Cha

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Burnt, Rice, Fish Broth, Floral, Nutty, Toasted, Nuts, Roasted Barley, Grass, Toasty, Green, Toasted Rice, Corn Husk
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180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 10 oz / 293 ml

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From Adagio Teas

Green tea from Japan that is the ‘snap, crackle, pop’ of teas. Genmai Cha is an exotic Japanese recipe that combines popped rice and popcorn with tender and delicate green tea leaves. First used by peasants as a cost-saving measure, our ‘Genmai Cha Pop’ tea is now equally popular with modern urbanites. Both groups enjoy a refreshing cup that’s both sweet and nutty.

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29 tasting notes

I haven’t tasted other genmai cha’s and I imagine they’re all an acquired taste. The green tea used in this one is pretty strong, which I like. It helps balance the also strong taste of toasted grains. I find the toasty quality to be warming. This would be great on a cold, rainy day.

It needs no sweetener (I cant even imagine how that’d taste!) and can be re-steeped once. I’m sure the taste isn’t for everyone but personally it’s one of my favorites.

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328 tasting notes

Like liquid popcorn w/a lot less calories. Great in the afternoon for a light pick me up. It had a very light and clear flavor-it was not strongly vegetal. It is definitely a taste that takes some getting used to…

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26 tasting notes

This is a great Japanese green with popped rice. It’s not as grassy as most Japanese greens, and has a nice, mellow toasty taste. Great for multiple steeps.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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32 tasting notes

Mmmm! Genmai cha is one of my staples. So, after a 60 hour work week and 7 hours of sleep in the last 2 nights (combined) I brewed a cup of this. The toasty flavor is just perfect on a rainy, dreary day. I’m on my second steep now.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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7 tasting notes

I tried it in my new sampling kit from adagio because I was a little wary of it, but I’m definitely leaving the leaves in for a second steep! Great, fun taste, good for an afternoon movie or book.

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9 tasting notes

I love the history behind this tea.

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29 tasting notes

Hmm…so I decided to not follow the brewing recommendations for this and I’m thinking that was a mistake. I did drink this one on previous occasion, but I don’t really recall how it tasted. It didn’t really stand out much in my mind, though. I brewed it with about 5 grams in around 90-100 ml of water and it mostly tastes like burnt rice. I can’t really taste the tea at all, but there is quite a lot of rice mixed into this, more than what I’m probably generally accustomed to with genmaicha. Tried another steep since the rice was not soggy, basically the same. I will make sure I steep according to their instructions the next time I try this.

Flavors: Burnt, Rice

180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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4 tasting notes

Opening the bag, it has a very toasty, popcorny scent. Once I brewed it (2.5 grams, since the gram amount below rounds down to 2) , it had a slightly fishy and toasty aroma. The taste was similar, but milder, and more floral in the aftertaste. I’m thinking about increasing the amount for the next time. I also tried resteeping at near boiling water, for five minutes, and got the same taste and aroma.

Flavors: Fish Broth, Floral, Nutty, Rice, Toasted

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 240 ML

You might want to try this. Take 7 or 8 grams of the tea. Use 200 mL of water at 176 roughly. Steep for just one minute. You can do multiple steepinss if you like. I do shot glasses of genmaicha, and I find it is easier to drink in small amounts.

Marina K

Thanks, I’ll try that next time. Sounds excellent!

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25 tasting notes

This is my first genmai cha, and it’s very interesting. The popped rice flavor really comes through, and the tea is slightly salty. I like it, and it’s certainly different from other greens.

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36 tasting notes

Good, but a bit too bitter to be up in my favorites. I steeped for 3 minutes at around 190, so I may need to play with the parameters a few times to get it just right. The toasted rice flavor was very nice, but I would have enjoyed it even more if the bitterness of the green tea was toned down just a tad.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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