I wouldn’t say this is an excellent tea but it is definitely one I can enjoy time and time again. I would like to see more green tea in it though. It mostly consists of brown rice, which isn’t a bad thing but a little less brown rice and a tad bit more green tea would make it awesome. The smell isn’t my favorite since I’m not fond of the smell of popcorn but I can get over that part. A great tea.
This is a specialty Japanese green tea that is blended with fire-toasted rice. A good grade Japan sencha is blended with the toasted rice. The fresh vegetative character of the green tea is imparted on the cup but it is tempered with the bakey-like character of the rice. There is a natural sweetness and almost chewy character to the finish of this tea. During the firing of the rice, it is not uncommon for rice to ‘pop’ not unlike popcorn, hence the pet name ‘popcorn-tea’