Gen Mai Cha

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Green Tea
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Flavors
Toasted Rice
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180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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  • “I wanted to get a different genmai cha to compare to the stuff that I've gotten in the past from Maeda-en. I know that the Silk Road Teas have a good reputation and I got a bit of this at the local...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I really enjoy a good cup of Gen Mai Cha tea. If you like the green tea they serve at Japanese restaurants you will enjoy this. I agree with thewaterbird's review that this tea is actually better...” Read full tasting note
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  • “The first loosed leaf tea I ever bought. Recommended to me by the fact that if I like the green tea they serve as complimentary drinks at Japanese restaurants then I'll probably like this. I do c:...” Read full tasting note
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    Dazaii 24 tasting notes
  • “yum yum yum Gen Mai Cha is definitely my favorite green so far... well maybe it's a tie with Jasmine green. Either way, the Silk Road gen mai cha is as good or better than some I've had in...” Read full tasting note
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    thewaterbird 53 tasting notes

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Tea of harmony

Flavour profile: a mild, toasty & nutty flavour with a sweet finish.
Ingredients: Japanese green tea, roasted rice

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I wanted to get a different genmai cha to compare to the stuff that I’ve gotten in the past from Maeda-en. I know that the Silk Road Teas have a good reputation and I got a bit of this at the local Whole Foods this afternoon in the bulk section.

I believe this blend has slightly more green tea than what I am used to. And I’m not sure I’m a huge fan of whatever green tea this is here as the base. I am getting a bit of astringency/bitterness which is one thing I am not fond of about senchas. It does have a nice nutty quality and I like the brown rice but in my opinion it’s just ok. If I was on a desert island with no other Japanese green tea I would be happy with it, I’m sure. Of course now I am spoiled after drinking gyokuro this morning!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

Some Gen Mai Cha teas use bancha tea which is a smoother green without the Sencha bitterness. You might want to try steeping at 1.5, or even 1.0 minute to cut down on astringency. This might increase your enjoyment of this tea and maybe up the rating too.

TeaBrat

thanks – I will look into it

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I really enjoy a good cup of Gen Mai Cha tea. If you like the green tea they serve at Japanese restaurants you will enjoy this. I agree with thewaterbird’s review that this tea is actually better than a lot of the teas they serve in some restaurants. The subtle sweetness and toastiness from the rice are a perfect pairing. A very comforting cup that lends itself well either with food or on it’s own. Morning or evening and any other time of day I find myself reaching for this often. Silk Road did a good job with this one.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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The first loosed leaf tea I ever bought. Recommended to me by the fact that if I like the green tea they serve as complimentary drinks at Japanese restaurants then I’ll probably like this. I do c: Sweet and nutty, I like to drink this when I’m eating something like sushi or okonomiyaki.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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yum yum yum
Gen Mai Cha is definitely my favorite green so far… well maybe it’s a tie with Jasmine green.

Either way, the Silk Road gen mai cha is as good or better than some I’ve had in Japanese restaurants.
The dry tea is almost equal parts roasted rice and green tea leaves, with a few popped pieces of rice.
The liqueur is quite dark, and the taste is distinctly nutty but still green.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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This reminds me of the classic green tea served at sushi restaurants. The toasted brown rice lends a nice flavour to the tea.

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Hmm, this has a lot more rice kernels than I previously remembered. This optimizes the roasty trait, but I wish there was more veggie butter in the mix. Although it’s not my favourite genmaicha, it’s still good after a huge dinner. It didn’t mind me flunking the steeping parameters either.. well, not too much.

Also, happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

Flavors: Toasted Rice

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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I am one of those people who in general doesn’t really like green tea. I love white tea, red tea, yellow tea, oolong tea, and pu-erh tea, but I rarely encounter a green tea that I enjoy. This particular tea, with the toasted rice and popcorn flavor, is one of only two or three green teas that I really enjoy, even though I feel as though I’m “cheating”, because in a way it’s like drinking liquid popcorn. But that’s not really fair to it, because it does have a hearty, complex flavor. I wouldn’t drink it daily, but it is a treat.

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