Gen Mai Cha Green Tea

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170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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From Celestial Seasonings

“Green tea was scarce in postwar Japan, so peasant farmers added toasted brown rice to extend their supplies. Today, Gen Mai Cha (or “brown rice tea”) is enjoyed around the world. Our version combines green tea, nutty toasted rice and a traditional powdered green tea called matcha to create a delicious blend suitable for everyone — rich or poor."

—Charlie Baden, Celestial Seasonings Blendmaster

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this flavor is really intoxicating. the green tea just goes so well with the toasted rice, it makes for a delicious combination. it tasted almost like popcorn, but not in a bad movie theater popcorn way. it wasn’t as bitter as some green tea, but by no means was it sweet. its going to take a while for me to get used to the taste, but its such an interesting taste i see a lot of potential in it.

with that being said, even though this was my first try at green tea with rice, i could tell it was not quality, and could only imagine what having a freshly steeped loose leaf would be like. so while celestial seasoning is not a great representation of this tea, i strongly recommend trying the flavor! very unique!

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Funny that this is the Gen Mai Cha that “started it all” for me. A box of this was in the break room at work instead of the regular CS green tea. Now I taste it and wonder what I was so turned on by the last time I had it. I am coming back to it after tasting some other Gen Mai Chas.

I tasted this steeped 3 min at 165F. The color is a like the smily face in the rating bar below, a nice yellow green. The aroma is nutty, and toastier than other bagged Gen Mai Chas I have tasted recently. The nuttiness carried through to the flavor. I would like the tea and toasted rice flavors to both be stronger. No astringency. Smooth (but muted, in my opinion) flavors. Very mild bitterness.

This is one I should probably just leave in the mug instead of steeping only 3 minutes. I’m mild about this tea.

165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Celestial Seasonings is usually a hit for me no matter the flavor but I do not care for this tea.

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