Tea type
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

72 tasting notes

Delicious! Tastes exactly like the green teas served in my favourite sushi restaurants. I can’t wait to drink this with some Asian food! Just the drink I’ve been wanting!

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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104 tasting notes

This is a fantastic tea for every day, and it’s a tea you miss once it’s gone (trust me!). I purchased the DavidsTea green sampler (the three teas), and this one was my favourite. Very mild tea that is both sweet and toasty. A word of caution – like other Japanese teas, it is not “hardy” enough to withstand boiling water. I brew this at a true lukewarm so the aromas and the flavours can come out and the tea is not bitter. Ended up buying a tin since this “popcorn” tea is so good as an every day tea.

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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15 tasting notes

I have always wanted to like green tea but the most I’ve managed is tolerating it. Not anymore.

Genmaicha tastes exactly as it smells, toasty, rice-y, sliiiiiiightly green but definitely delicious. I’m convinced any green tea hater would like this.

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27 tasting notes

I absolutely love this tea. I love the way it smells and I love the way it tastes. One of my favorite green teas (cheap too!). However, I’d prefer a little less toasted rice.

170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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3 tasting notes

I was at work the other day, and I was really craving a savory green tea. I was debating between Korean Sejak and Genmaicha. My co-worker said that Genmaicha was her favorite, so I gave it a try!
OH MY WORD. This is the best straight green tea that I have ever tasted. The roasted rice gives this the perfect savory note, while the tea itself compliments the rice with a sweeter note as well.
It is a definite must-try for green tea lovers out there! I bought 68 grams of this after my first sip…it is very promising!

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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440 tasting notes

Genmaicha is a tea I love to try and describe, and yet always fail at, especially when one is really good. Sadly this one from David’s is simply average, with little to make it stand out. If anything I found it slightly weak. I tried it at 1.5 minutes and it was nearly tasteless so I doubled the steep time and was still disappointed. I think I was spoiled by another and now can’t fall in love with any that are sub-par. :(

170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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16 tasting notes

There’s something about this tea that puts me into a different frame of mind. Whether it’s from David’s Tea or at a Japanese restaurant, the flavour of toasted rice with green tea is one that puts me at peace. A truly divine tea.

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20 tasting notes

I DO NOT like any non-flavoured green tea. But? This one is actually very delicious. Usually the only way I’ll drink unflavoured green tea is if my husband makes a pot without asking what kind I want. But I’ll actually pick this one! It tastes like popcorn! It’s got a nice almost nutty flavour to it.

165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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71 tasting notes

It’s toasty.

Flavors: Rice

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56 tasting notes

Wow! Had my first taste of genmaicha this morning. Even after reading most of the tasting notes here I was still quite shocked by the taste. It tastes exactly like puffed wheat! And with the sea-weedy green tea it reminds me a lot of soup broth. Very strange, but I’m really enjoying it. The steeping instructions online at DT stated 1-2 PS for 16oz in HOT water while the tea packet stated 1.25 tsp at 86 degrees C for 2-3 minutes with no water volume given. I have a 14oz cup so I did just under 1 PS at 80 degrees for 2 minutes. For the resteep I added on 30 more seconds. Both came out very good, although the second cup wasn’t as wheaty as the first.

Note: I got 4 steeps in total! The wheat came back for the 3rd and 4th. It lost the soup-like qualities and got more sweet.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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