drank Genmaicha by TeaSource
98 tasting notes

Got this with my Green Sampler from TeaSource when I decided to try a bunch of greens on a whim. Since green tea has never been my favorite, I thought I should work on acquiring the taste! I really enjoy TeaSource’s Popped Rooibos, which has toasted rice in it (as well as almond brittle, which makes it all taste caramely), and the girl working there, one of my favorite people, recommended I try Genmaicha. She gave me a sample of it too—now, in addition to my sample from the pack, I have another one. Yay! Anyway, the actual tea…

Smells like popcorn dry. (As a college student, I’ve smelled a lot of popcorn…) Roasty, a tad burnt in a nice way, blended together with a fresh green-smelling note from the tea. I like how one smell doesn’t overpower the other dry. When it starts steeping, the roasty smell takes over, and upon sipping, I feel the roastiness all over my mouth, followed by a fresh, slightly sweet green tea taste. It’s delicious and savory, and it’s just what I was looking for this morning. Can’t wait to steep it a second time!

165 °F / 73 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I’m a college tea drinker.
I cook feverishly.
I draw.
I make movies.
I knit.
Someday I wish to own chickens.

I love tea because of the complete sensory experience it offers me. Clock time fades away as I lean into my cup, watching the delicate cascades of steam waft up from the brew. Peace. Stillness. Feeling centered. It’s my meditation…

To give you a little background on my tea preferences (which will put my ratings into perspective)…

I love teas that are strong without bitterness and have earthy flavors to them, like rooibos or a really good black tea. (A few favorites in this category: Toffee Almond Supreme, Popped Rooibos, Oh Canada, Nutcracker Sweet.) Vanilla, cinnamon, and nutty are some of my favorite flavor notes. After about a year of warming up to greens, I absolutely love them—from the sweet, nutty, green-tea-ice-cream-like to the bold, grassy earthiness of Gunpowder Temple of Heaven. I also enjoy a nice white every once in a while. Fruity teas aren’t my favorite. I do have a few fruity teas that I love though, like TeaSource’s Green Tea with Pomegranate, Lemon Solstice, and Blueberry Fields.

I drink all of my teas unsweetened; if a tea needs sweetening, I usually don’t like it. A couple of notable exceptions: I sometimes sweeten straight green teas and matcha, and I drink my chai with soymilk (but no other sweetener). I sometimes like my black tea with a little dollop of soymilk.


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