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Green Tea
Green Tea, Popped Rice
Green, Nutty, Popcorn, Rice, Roasted, Salt, Salty, Toasty, Toasted Rice, Vegetal, Sweet, Grass, Butter
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175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 40 oz / 1175 ml

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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.

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127 Tasting Notes

4 tasting notes

Weirdly enough this is the tea that got me a job at DAVIDs TEA. A few years ago I did not drink tea at all, and me and the girl I was seeing used to go out for sushi back in Halifax, and every time she went she would order a pot of brown rice tea despite me protesting say how I would not drink any and that she could not finish the pot by herself. Anyhow everytime she would force a cup upon me, then it grew to me having two or three cups to us needing two pots of tea when ever we went! Anyhow it was not much long after where she bought me some Genmaicha from DAVIDs TEA as a gift. Fast froward to last year I was walking around the Avalon mall in St. John’s and was handing out resumes to various companies, and it really never occured to me to apply at DAVIDs, but it did occur to me that I was out of Genmaicha, so I went in and asked for some, and as an afterthought asked if they where hiring and am still working there over a year later!

170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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10 tasting notes

Wow, what a flavor! I am head over heels about the nutty and roasted notes that this tea provides. At first, some may overlook this simple green tea, however, with each cup it is sure to satisfy. Try this tea first thing in the morning; the savory notes pair wonderfully with breakfast! (Or any meal of choice!)

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290 tasting notes

Genmaicha is another one of those teas that you have to brew properly to get the full experience of its wonderful-ness. It needs a lot of patience and TLC.

They key here is really to read the brewing instructions. It says to steep in 87C water. So that’s not the temperature of the water that comes out of your kettle. Let the water cool for 4 or 5 minutes, then steep the tea for another 4-5 minutes only. If you don’t do this, the tea will become astringent and gross (I know this from personal experience).

The brown rice gives it a nice toasted flavor that goes great with the green tea :) It is really popular in Japan and you can find it pretty much any sushi restaurant. I’d really recommend it!

190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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24 tasting notes

Just sipping this now. I try to love green tea, but I find I only enjoy a select few…Genmaicha being one of them (along with movie night!) This is my go to plain jane green. I really enjoy the toasted flavor, it isn’t over powering. Just perfect for my green tea taste. Already have a tin and will certainly be refilling this one!

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49 tasting notes

What I expected: the sweet nutty taste that was described. What I got – a light, toasted rice-y flavour, not sweet, not bitter. I wasn’t sure about it at first, then I brewed it with cooler water (still warmer than room temp) a second time and it was great. The taste between the first and second infusion is definitely different imo, the second one being much lighter and less of a toasted rice-y after taste. I think it is something that will grow on me.

160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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I am absolutely surprised by the elegance and flavour of this tea. It wasn’t what I expected, and I don’t know if I can even describe this tea. It’s interesting to say the least, tastes wonderful and simply makes you feel ready for the day.

I recommend this as a morning tea but it certainly can be drank at any time.

Quite simply put, I highly recommend this tea to everyone.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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43 tasting notes

Not a huge fan of this one. :( I got talked into this one at Davids when I asked about green tea. Has a really weird popcorn taste. I know genmaicha is supposed to taste like rice or popcorn but this just tastes really off to me. Not burnt.. or stale. The best way I could describe it is that it tastes like the un-popped kernels at the bottom of a bag of popcorn. The taste isnt even what turned me off though, the smell hot makes me gag. I will probably mix it with something else to get rid of it. Glad I only bought 30g.

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15 tasting notes

Mmmm, Genmaicha!! This tea reminds me of my fave sushi house in Northern BC. It is very good with any meals with fish. I wish it had a little more actual tea and less rice but that is just personal preference. Also its pretty good on the 2nd and 3rd re-steep. I was skeptical because the rice kinda goes soggy like Rice Krispies left in milk too long…..But I was wrong. I can sip this tea all day. Worth a try if you are at a Davids Tea.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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12 tasting notes

i love this! the aroma of the brown rice and the flavour of the green tea work really well together in this Genmaicha blend. really very simple and very delicious.

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38 tasting notes

I bought this because I heard it tastes like the tea they serve in sushi restaurants which I like. And it did taste like it. But I also found that while I like drinking this when I’m eating sushi, I wasn’t reaching for it any other time. I gave this to a friend who quite enjoys it.

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