Genmai Cha

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Green Tea
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Bitter, Grain, Grass, Sweet, Toasted Rice, Drying, Green, Rice, Roasted, Smooth, Burnt, Fish Broth, Floral, Nutty, Toasted, Nuts, Roasted Barley, Toasty, Corn Husk
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180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 10 oz / 293 ml

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  • “Never had this kind of tea before. Thanks Rachel for letting me try this! This tea smells and tastes like liquid rice cakes. I am really enjoying the savory flavors of this tea. I need to save the...” Read full tasting note
  • “Backlogging again. I am unsure if I am doing this correctly, I brewed the tea, hot no additives, 2.5 minutes. I can definitely smell the puffed/toasted rice in the tea pot, but the steeped leaves...” Read full tasting note
  • “I can’t get enough of this stuff. I love the the popped rice flavor like no other. Also recently ordered that popular Ryokucha tea from Samovar which also has the rice. I think I’ll become as...” Read full tasting note
  • “Ricecake!!!!! That is what I get from this, that or rice cereal that isn’t very sweetened in almond milk. I love it and it makes me feel full.” Read full tasting note

From Adagio Teas

Green tea from Japan that is the ‘snap, crackle, pop’ of teas. Genmai Cha is an exotic Japanese recipe that combines popped rice and popcorn with tender and delicate green tea leaves. First used by peasants as a cost-saving measure, our ‘Genmai Cha Pop’ tea is now equally popular with modern urbanites. Both groups enjoy a refreshing cup that’s both sweet and nutty.

$12/4 oz

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5 tasting notes

Opening the bag, it has a very toasty, popcorny scent. Once I brewed it (2.5 grams, since the gram amount below rounds down to 2) , it had a slightly fishy and toasty aroma. The taste was similar, but milder, and more floral in the aftertaste. I’m thinking about increasing the amount for the next time. I also tried resteeping at near boiling water, for five minutes, and got the same taste and aroma.

Flavors: Fish Broth, Floral, Nutty, Rice, Toasted

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 240 ML

You might want to try this. Take 7 or 8 grams of the tea. Use 200 mL of water at 176 roughly. Steep for just one minute. You can do multiple steepinss if you like. I do shot glasses of genmaicha, and I find it is easier to drink in small amounts.

Marina K

Thanks, I’ll try that next time. Sounds excellent!

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28 tasting notes

This is my first genmai cha, and it’s very interesting. The popped rice flavor really comes through, and the tea is slightly salty. I like it, and it’s certainly different from other greens.

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36 tasting notes

Good, but a bit too bitter to be up in my favorites. I steeped for 3 minutes at around 190, so I may need to play with the parameters a few times to get it just right. The toasted rice flavor was very nice, but I would have enjoyed it even more if the bitterness of the green tea was toned down just a tad.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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9 tasting notes

Tastes like warm rice krispies

Flavors: Nuts, Rice, Roasted Barley

1 tsp 5 OZ / 150 ML

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19 tasting notes

I’m not a huge green tea fan, but Genmai Cha is one that I really enjoy. This particular one has a lot of flavor and smell to it. The grassy-ness competes with the toasty-ness for dominant flavor. While the tea is still hot, the grassy flavor/smell wins out, but as it cools, the toasty flavor/smell starts to dominate. I can easily drink this without any sugar or milk or anything, there’s plenty of good flavor already. There’s no bitterness.

Flavors: Grass, Toasty

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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423 tasting notes

So this morning I took some with me in my tea tumbler (after brewing it up in the one touch). Brewing it in the one touch wasn’t the bad idea. The bad idea was carrying it in the tea tumbler. When I got to work and poured my first cup it tasted burnt. This was not the way I wanted to start my Thursday.

I naturally did not want to review those two cups of tea. So instead I heated the water to 180 and opted to break in Mr. TEA infuser to steep the leaves and toasted rice. I will say this Adagio does use a lot of toasted rice in their version of genmai cha. I’m not against this (I for one love the taste) but I’d like to see some green tea in there too!

A word on Mr. TEA. He’s a pretty cool guy who hangs on your tea cup while he steeps your tea in his “pants”. Yeah, I thought of this one after I started sipping…but let it go in favor of enjoying my tea. He does a great job at steeping tea, the trouble comes when you need to clear out the tea leaves. It’s a little bit of a pain in the pants…pun intended! Thankfully I found that you CAN flip said pants inside out (do this carefully) and everything cleans up pretty well.

Right, back to the tea! Once again I get that really great taste of the toasted rice mixed with the vegetal taste of the green tea. But unlike the Shirakawa from earlier this week, I don’t get a specific veggie jumping out at me. Which makes me a little sad because spinach is my jam. There is the hint of a grassy flavor on the finish, but only a hint. I’m not saying it isn’t a good cup of tea. Just that the flavors were more pronounced in the genmaicha from Steepster.

Flavors: Grass, Green, Toasted Rice

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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64 tasting notes

Perfect for movie time, no need popcorn.

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1 tasting notes

One of my favorite teas. Tastes like warm sweet liquid rice cakes. Perfect at night before bed, helps me avoid snacking & makes me feel cozy.

Flavors: Rice, Toasty

2 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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75 tasting notes

I have yet to have a bad experience with a Genmai Cha. A friend brought me some in tea bags from Japan and it was yummy, so I bought some of Adagio’s loose Genmai Cha and – it’s lovely. Then I got some Kusmi Genmai Cha from a friend cause she didn’t like it and – it was lovely. (Mind you – Kusmi recommends 1 minute at 90 degrees. Do not listen.)

So, basically, a lovely, typicall Genmai Cha as far as I can tell. Ricey! Lovely.

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173 tasting notes

tried it twice. Each time only could take 2 sips. Hate the brown rice taste.

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