This tea was my first exposure to a genmaicha, so I really have no idea how it rates compared to others of this type. When I tried it the flavor seemed VERY strange at first but by the time I finished the cup I was hooked! It is very satisfying somehow, and one of the few teas I am willing to drink unsweetened.
Watch out, it’s addictive
Some people call Genmaicha “popcorn tea” because it contains whole roasted grains of brown rice, some of which have popped. Others call it the Rice Krispie of green teas. Either way, genmaicha was originally drunk by poor Japanese who used the rice as a filler because they couldn’t afford enough tea leaves. It soon became all the rage. Today, everyone is addicted to its sweet, toasted rice flavour.
Ingredients: Japanese-style green tea, roasted rice