So, this is enjoyable. I have had better but for the most part this passes as something I would get again from Teavana if I had no other choice.
“Decupboarding - the hard way! I took this to work to finish it off, unfortunately when I was on the bus the can spilled out all over the bottom of my bag and created a huge mess. There's no use...” Read full tasting note
“Second Tasting Note. After my exciting Gyokuro tasting at Happy Luckys Tea House a few days ago, using the *Shinoba Cha* method of extracting flavor from the leaves by letting ice melt over them...” Read full tasting note
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“Thank you, *KallieBoo!* This is one I've always been curious about because it seems like an odd mixture. A typically expensive green as a genmaicha. I guess maybe it makes sense, but I'd rather...” Read full tasting note
The exceptional top tier Gyokuro Imperial is intuitively paired with toasted brown “genmaicha” rice resulting in a highly aromatic medium bodied green tea blend. This remarkably fragrant medley is sweetly soft and carries a light nutty fragrant taste.
Lightly nutty infused with a sweet soft fragrance and taste.
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Thanks to Ian for the sample of this!
It’s interesting. I’ve had Gyokuro green tea before, but never a genmaicha. It’s different. I didn’t think I would taste the puffed rice as much as I do. The aroma is toasty and a little bit nutty. It’s bright, bright yellow-green – the exact same color as the grass outside! The flavor starts off with the toasty notes and then ends a lot more vegetal from the tea itself. I don’t dislike this, but I’m not sure I’d buy it… not really my thing. I can definitly see why other people like it though, and I’m glad I got to try it!
This is more or less one of my fallback teas. I think it’s delicious and I plan on buying more once my tin runs out, because genmaicha is one of my favorite things and gyokuro is another. I was wondering if Teavana had any genmai, so I checked and MY GOD, NOT ONLY DO THEY HAVE GENMAI, IT IS ALSO GYOKURO. AT THE SAME TIME. I was not disappointed.
I was kind of worried that the nice toasty genmai part might get lost in the vegetal (look at me, learning tea words!) taste of the gyokuro, but it didn’t! The gyokuro just brought it out more. I really hope Teavana doesn’t discontinue this, it’s like giving your mouth a hug.
One of my favorite teas, if not the favorite tea. Definitely my favorite genmaicha. I love the vegetal and toasty notes I get from it. One of the most mellow and best tasting genmaichas I’ve ever had. I always have to make a full pot of this and it still never seems to last long. Just make sure you follow the directions and use good water. I’ve tried making it in a Mr. Coffee Iced Tea Maker :( It was a waste of wonderful tea. It turned out very bitter and almost undrinkable. I also used hard tap water right after moving from one home where I had wonderful tap water for making tea to a new house. When people ask me if water makes a difference I say, “Absolutely!” This tea definitely did not taste as good with the new hard water as it does with good, soft tap water or filtered water.
In January I ate at a Korean restaurant in Manhattan and was given tea that tasted unfamiliar, strange, and crazy good. The friend I was with thought it was toasted rice tea, which I had never had before. I bought this in search of something like the delicious tea from the Korean restaurant, and the flavor is definitely similar. I enjoy this tea quite a bit and it’s good for at least one re-steep.
The toasted rice flavor in the tea at the restaurant was much stronger than this. Is it common to find toasted rice tea without green tea, or are they always mixed? (The color of the restaurant tea was also clear-to-beige, not yellow like green tea.) If toasted rice without green tea is common, that might be what the restaurant served (at the very least, there was more toasted rice in their tea).
At the time of tasting and writing this note, the tea in question has been sitting in a paper bag in my pantry for over a year so I imagine the flavor is off. It’s definitely not as strong as I remember it being when I first got it. (I didn’t know anything about tea other than it was yummy, and I wasn’t spending $7 on a tin to hold 2 oz of tea.)
Despite that, I really like this tea. It’s a nice green tea. On the first sip, the toasted rice flavor hits after the tea taste and it’s delightful. After, the two flavors mingle together.
Very nice. I have some new Genmaicha (from Harney & Sons) in my cupboard that I’ll have to try and compare.
I absolutely loved the Gyokuro Green Tea, but I was looking for a way to save money and the salesperson at Teavana recommended I try the same thing but with Genmaicha in it. Basically, genmaicha are bits of toasted rice.
This tea is GREAT. If you you are mindful of the temperature and time, you get a smooth and toasted flavor green tea. Plus, you can re-infuse the leaves at least 3x (and I found the 2nd and 3rd brew as even more wonderfully complex tasting). If you like green tea and the idea of it also tasting toasted appeals to you, you must try this tea. Just be sure you follow the directions carefully!! I use organic honey in this to add a tiny bit of sweetness, but I’ve tried it without and it’s still very good.
When brewing, I actually set the timer for 35 seconds so the tea won’t oversteep- that way by the time it drains out it’s been about the recommended 45 seconds. As someone who is very sensitive to bitter taste, properly brewing this tea left NO bitterness.
There are times when I just need a break from floral and fruity oolongs. Sometimes I just need something savory, and genmaicha will always be my go to. This may be the best genmaicha I have tried so far. Granted, the only other kinds I have tried were from teabags. Today I had it with a dusting of some of my matcha I got as a sample from Beautiful Taiwan Tea Company. I brewed it western style in my French press. For some reason though, after I infused the hot tea for my thermos, The gyokuro wanted me to do more. I decided to pour 12 oz of ice cold filtered water over it to let it steep while I was at work. The leaves were calling to me I guess. They sure weren’t finished with me yet. I am quite glad that I did too. The iced green tea I came home to was clear and bright, perhaps better than the hot version I drank earlier that day. But something was still nagging at me. I knew the leaves still had one last trick up its sleeve. I had some rice in my Zojirushi keeping warm that begged to be eaten. I tossed the leaves on top and ate it along with a fried egg. Delicious!
I suppose where I was going with the story is because Teavanna uses a really nice base for this tea, it made it possible for me to have a sort of a giving tree experience with it. Gyokuro is a kind, high quality force to be reckoned with. I liked spending the day with this tea, in its many forms. A fun change from all the Taiwanese oolongs I’ve been obsessed with as of late!
Flavors: Creamy, Sweet, warm grass, Toasted Rice, Umami