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Green Tea
Green Tea, Popped Rice
Rice, Burnt, Popcorn, Salty, Smooth, Metallic, Burnt Food, Toasted Rice, Butter, Earth, Green, Nutty, Roasted, Salt, Toasty, Vegetal, Sweet, Grass
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175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 30 oz / 886 ml

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138 Tasting Notes View all

  • “I always forget how enjoyable this one is. So much yum! Of course, I rarely indulge. I tend to bypass the DT options in my cupboard, not for any apparent reason, it just happens :/” Read full tasting note
  • “Bland on the sip, reminiscent of metallic taste. Light roasted green taste at the end of the sip with something hinting at a floral flavour. After taste is very roasty with green tea taste. As the...” Read full tasting note
  • “In july I cracked a tooth and it was incredibly painful. Due to the health professional shortage in my wonderful province, it still hasn’t come out of my mouth and I have 3 weeks to wait to see a...” Read full tasting note
  • “Sipdown!! (130) Thank you Roswell Stange! I am always happy to try a genmaicha and this one is not bad. I am not running to stock up on it but it is easily accessible and if I am dying for a...” Read full tasting note


Watch out, it’s addictive

Some people call Genmaicha popcorn tea because it contains whole roasted grains of brown rice, some of which have popped. Others call it the Rice Krispie of green teas. Either way, genmaicha was originally drunk by poor Japanese who used the rice as a filler because they couldn’t afford enough tea leaves. It soon became all the rage. Today, everyone is addicted to its sweet, toasted rice flavour.

Ingredients: Japanese-style green tea, roasted rice.

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138 Tasting Notes

109 tasting notes

This is my first Genmaicha. I’ve never been much into green tea except some common classics-Moroccan Mint and Jasmine. Credit to Steepsterites for bringing this tea to my attention.

I HAVE had sencha before-a green coconut sencha that I got used to, but didn’t really enjoy that much and TG’s Sencha Claus, which is good, but really disguises the flavor of the Sencha.

Toasted brown rice sounded like a nice compromise between overwhelming the sencha with spices and flavorings or not tasting the botanicals at all (like the green coconut sencha).

So, this tea looks really interesting with the brown rice kernels and the occasional cute little popped kernel. The rice will help make this a lower caffeine option-which I sadly need these days. The liquor is a very light sea green in color. The toasted rice flavor is nice and unusual to me in a tea. It is kinda dominating the sencha, though. It’s good, reminds me of a puffed rice breakfast cereal. It’s got a touch of a tinny note in it though. I am trying to remember if that’s something I noticed in the breakfast cereal as well. I don’t care for that little part of it. Overall, it’s decent. I don’t love it, but I’d like to try some more genmaichas in the future.

160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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514 tasting notes

I’m a little biased… this is probably my most favorite tea in the whole world and I never knew what it was until 2 weeks ago.

Basically, I always wondered why tea at the Japanese restaurants I frequent was so delicious and rice-y (is that a word? It is now.), but my green tea at home was, well.. bitter and green! I wanted the rice! But where, why, how?! D:

Thank you Steepster, because that is how I came across my favorite tea and bought it the very next day. I have it pretty much every morning at work. It’s tastes wonderful and perfect every time – needs no sweetener of course, that might ruin it in my opinion.

Anyways! For anyone who is a fan of the tea at your favorite Japanese restaurant, do yourself a favor and pick up this tea.


Daisy, how are you preparing this? I’ve been fiddling around with amount of leaf and steep times and I haven’t found the ideal yet. Sounds like you have.

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72 tasting notes

This is the greatest tea ever. The roasty flavour of the rice is so very comforting and delicious. I just pop (hehe) a few tablespoons (yes, tablespoons) into the bottom of my mug, pour steaming hot water on top, let the leaves sink to the bottom and drink away. This way, the rice stays on the top and you can have a little snack while you drink your favourite tea! :-)

Boiling 8 min or more

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1113 tasting notes

I’ve got a ton of samples I need to sip through but this was what I was in the mood for this afternoon :)

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12 tasting notes

I echo the sentiments of so many other Steepsters—the Genmaicha from DavidsTea is perfection!

I use a French Press and will add water to the leaves up to three times—this tea is soothing, sweet, nutty, delicate and absolutely wonderful with sushi, fish, rice dishes and on its own.

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2 tasting notes

Snap, Crackle and Pop! Genmaicha is my very favourite tea to start my day. The little, toasty grains of rice make it like eating my cereal and drinking my tea all at once. The warm, toasty flavours of the rice shine through the delicate green tea, making for the perfect match. Be careful not to steep for too long… I find there is a fine line between the time it takes for it to taste great and the time it takes for it to get a little bit bitter.
My other fave is Matcha Genmaicha – can’t wait to review that too when it finds its way onto Steepster!

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

Matcha Genmaicha is added now! :)

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286 tasting notes

Mmmmmm, this is delicious. Roasty, toasty, and green. I love it.

I love that it brews up a clear minty green color, it’s so pretty. And it tastes fantastic, I had three steeps of this today and I am quite confident I could have had more if I didn’t need to leave immediately to go to the store.

Courtney sent me a sample of this, as well, and I am loving it. I’m pretty sure it’s going to have to go on my shopping list.

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Just brewing this up to take with me to my dreaded 3-hr English lecture.

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115 tasting notes

This is my first time trying Genmaicha tea. I like it, it tastes less grassy than plain green tea. The toasted rice gives it a nice flavour.

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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162 tasting notes

I just got my order from David’s in the mail, and this was one of my three samples. Out of the three I was most excited to try this one; I’ve seen it in-store but wanted to try it before buying. The thought of putting toasty rice (and popped rice) in tea is fun…how could it not taste fun?!

The taste I wouldn’t exactly describe as “fun.” It wasn’t like a party in my mouth…but it was darn good. Toasty, green tea-y, rice-y. The colour of the steeped tea is very light, so at first I thought maybe I hadn’t steeped long enough. But any longer and it would have been really bitter. It was just right!

I would definitely buy this one. I might not ever have much of it stocked in the drawer at once, but it’s a nice go-to tea when I want something light and toasty while working at my desk.

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24 tasting notes

I love Genmaicha, and it’s a tea that I’ll choose often when we visit the tea garden. I rarely brew it at home though, because it’s hard to replicate that delicate nutty flavor.

As for the DavidsTea variety, I enjoyed it, but it seemed like it had too much roasted rice in it compared to other Genmaichas I’ve had. The roasted rice flavor overpowered the green tea, when normally it complements it quite well. Still, I’m a fan of Genmaicha and this is highly drinkable.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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