Genmai Cha

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190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 15 sec 3 g 3 oz / 93 ml

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  • “Experience of going to Japantown where I got this tea can be found in my blog, here: This genmaicha has more toasted rice...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Went very well with my bagel with spinach & artichoke cream cheese breakfast. Bringing it to keep me awake in classes today. It should not legal to have classes before 10am.” Read full tasting note
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  • “I got this tea bag from the Travelling Tea Box which Angrboda so thoughtfully started. I wanted to try a new Genmai-cha, despite some skepticism about it being...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Yet another new experience from the Asian market! I had seen some reviews of this blend, the price was right and I tried it. Honestly, the aroma when it is steeping is not what I would call...” Read full tasting note
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From Yamamotoyama

Green tea with roasted brown rice.

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1613 tasting notes

I received this from Ottawa Tea during an exchange! I finally got to opening it. I’ve taken it around the world but didn’t get to try it until now. I was excited about it since it was genmai cha, which is one of my favorite teas. It smells good. This was a tea bag, so the leaves were a little crushed with small brown rice. The smell is nutty and like rice. The taste is just average. Nothing to go wild about, but it is a good standard genmai cha. It is a very mild taste.

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126 tasting notes

I always smile drinking this one, great for a cold wintery day! The aroma of the rice is so welcoming!


We’ve always called it it “rice krispies” tea at our house.

Peggie Bennett

It actually reminds me of my mom cooking rice in a pot when we were little, and the crusty parts that stuck to the pan, she would cook until toasty brown and then sprinkle with salt. It was our “treat” after dinner! A little sad, I know. :-)

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124 tasting notes

I picked up a looseleaf version of this from the local Japanese market. I might have brewed it too weak because I’m not getting a lot of the rice flavor that I love. Still a good green tea.

5 min, 45 sec

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58 tasting notes

I’m not always in the mood for this tea, but when I am, nothing else will do. It’s incredibly nutty and soothing, kind of like a really good bowl of oatmeal.

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81 tasting notes

I picked up a big ole bag of this tea at my local asian grocery. It might be cheap as chips, but sometimes that’s not a bad thing. It’s toasty and warm, not bitter, and very much hitting the spot right now. Not much to say other than that. Well, actually it does make me wonder how much better a “high quality” genmaicha might be. Perhaps I’ll keep that in mind the next time I order from Yunomi.

Liquid Proust

The high quality stuff is MUCH better. You can pick up 100g loose bags of Yamamotoyama tea in Japan for 106’ish yen which is less than a dollar…
YUNOMI is great choice, I haven’t looked in awhile but if they have gyokuro genmiacha it might a buttery texture that is subtle but very enjoyable.


Ok, I didn’t even know that gyokuro genmaicha was even a thing. I am all over that!

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5 tasting notes

One of my favorite frugal morning cups – a regular purchase for me at Mitsuwa (though I’m really there for the ramen at Santouka of course).

Brewed in an Indian made Korean style infuser cup.

Dry, I find Yamamotoyama to produce one of the more aromatic Genmaichas I’ve had – though by no means complex, the toasted rice and grassy tea (Bancha?) synergize with all the sweet potency you could desire.

Spring Bud-green liquor holds a few dozen microscopic leaves that dance along the eddies of heat before descending to rest uneasily on the bottom of the cup.

Dusty, grainy, and faintly grassy in the nose. Simple, earthy, easy-drinking, lightly toasted, with no real vegetal notes or bitterness as long as you don’t stew it. Hints of peanut husks. Delicate yet faintly creamy mouth-feel.

Second and third steep with boiling water for 30 seconds and 1 minute respectively.

Satisfying and sufficiently energizing to be a “daily drinker” if you were so inclined.

185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 30 sec 3 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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853 tasting notes

This is a very strong-tasting genmaicha, and I’m not sure how I feel about it. Very umami, somewhat astringent, really brothy.

I may have oversteeped this, though – the directions I was given said 1 tbsp for 30 seconds to 1 minute at 176-194F. I did it for 1 minute at 177F. I’m really having trouble finding a genmaicha I like, it seems.

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497 tasting notes

I purchased this at the PAT Asian market yesterday while at the vet (they are right near each other). I wanted to try a different Genmai cha . I looked for a package that didn’t have clear cellophane to let the light in thinking that if the company did that, it’s going to be better quality. This one was about $5 for 200g. When I checked out the brew times I could see there were decent brew temperatures too.
I checked the reviews first before having it and was disappointed it had some bad reviews. That was because there are two Genmai cha’s on Steepster. One with a hyphen and then this one. This is the one I’ve got. Matches the package.
Opened up I could see it was a nice sencha not a green tea. Some of the rice was popped too. I haven’t had a lot of genmaicha so far but I think that’s a good sign it’s a decent quality.
Brewed at 190F for 30 sec. This one has a deep grassy vegetal taste from the sencha along with the toasty rice. A nice balance. Some genmaicha’s are more toasty rice but I didn’t get that from this one. There seems to be a lot less caffeine than the other genmaicha I have too.

190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 0 OZ / 8 ML

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3 tasting notes – Morning tea with @thetower (or @thestranger on steepster)! We’re having genmaicha this morning.

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807 tasting notes

drank the decaf version. it’s pretty good, particularly for a decaf tea.

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