Toasted Rice

Tea type
Green Tea
Popped Rice, Sencha
Sake, Toasted Rice
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185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 g 8 oz / 251 ml

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  • “I have been trying to do a sipdown of the way-too-many teas I have on my shelf and this one came to work with me today. I brewed it strong — 2 bags in my usual cup — and maybe a bit longer than...” Read full tasting note
  • “I feel sorry for this tea. Le pauvre. If I’d tasted it before I tasted the Den’s and the Samovar, it would have gotten a better rating. It’s pleasant enough. Smells of toasty rice, as it should,...” Read full tasting note
  • “I am working on drinking the tea bags that I took from my fiancee’s house. This smells like toasted rice. It has a thick body and is nice and toasty. It is starting to make me wish I had toast for...” Read full tasting note
  • “I think I need to get a good system going for preparing tea in a mug BEFORE I go to school. It’d be much cheaper than buying a teabag + hot water at the caf. At least this time, I found a bigger...” Read full tasting note

From Numi Organic Tea

ingredients: organic sencha green tea, organic toasted rice

Japanese legend tells of a servant named Gen Mai who created this tea after rice fell from his pocket into a samurai’s pot. The result was a nutty flavor that enriched the lively clean taste of Sencha, a traditional Japanese green tea. Picked in the spring, its needle-like leaves are rolled, flattened and steamed then blended with toasted rice to create a savory brew. With a bright yellow hue and robust aroma, Gen Mai Cha is a hearty and popular tea commonly served at meals, as it cleanses the palate.

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1737 tasting notes

In my experience, genmaichas vary a lot in quality, apparently because some producers avail themselves of the opportunity to use very low-grade green tea as the base, knowing as they do that the popped rice will dominate anyway. Adding to the unpredictable quality of genmaicha purchased without first testing (or even after, since batches may vary greatly as well), is the age of the popped rice.

Many kinds of tea have an excellent shelf life—as evidenced by the fact that the “use by” date is generally three years out from production. I’ve consumed plenty of tea way beyond its expiration date, much of which has been perfectly potable. Perhaps the age would matter more with the highest tier teas, but for mass-market produced teas, even the freshest batch may not be that great to begin with, so what’s a few years? The same thing happens with spices at the grocery store, by the way. Those bottles have been sitting there for ages and may literally be years old when you first open one! The best place to buy spices is from somewhere like Penzey’s, in my opinion, but that’s another story.

Genmaicha is more finicky because the popped rice can go stale, and once it does, the tea is ruined. This Numi Toasted Rice tea (in effect, genmaicha, though they recently appear to have removed that part of the name from the label—perhaps gringos found it too scary?—is very fresh and tasty, and the underlying base tea is not murky and brown but beautiful greenish yellow, the surest sign that they did not lie when they claimed “organic sencha” as the number one ingredient.

The popped rice flavor is also fresh, so together the fresh and high-quality sencha and the fresh and toasty rice add up to a fine genmaicha—surprisingly so, given that it’s found in a filter bag! I received bags of this tea in some boxes of the Numi sampler (which by the way I highly recommend since it features 18 different teas—that’s why I bought four boxes…). I’ll probably purchase a full box of this genmaicha in the future.

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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1695 tasting notes

Day one done. During the coffee break, I snagged the one and only bag of this. From memory, it was pretty decent. But I left it steeping until I finished my mug because the string broke off and there were no spoons to fish it out.

So that said, yeah, it got a little bitter near the end, as any green tea would, really. But it’s a pretty good genmaicha. Toastier than I expected, so I’d say it lives up to its name in that respect.

Too bad this world revolves around morning people. When you’re a night owl and you have to get up at 5am, it’s teh sadness.


I feel your pain in reverse. When you’re an early bird and have to stay up past 9 p.m….. (yawn)


Aww, I bet!


Morning people are terrifying.

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138 tasting notes

roasty toasty yummy nutty puffed rice cereal! yum yum yum.

i keep inhaling this, it is so my thing. hojicha & genmaicha, you are my green tea loves!!

the flavor of the tea & the aroma of the liquor both match up pretty impressively.
i don’t think i’ve ever had a tea do that before!

anyway it’s delicious….and the liquor is a beautiful light peridot. it steeped up very clear & crystalline at first, with the green shyly infusing into the water. i’ve noticed with organic greens it takes a while for their color to reach its full intensity, or so it seems.
after 3+ mintues of steeping this finally became a fuller celery green that was slightly cloudy.

i can’t say i’m an expert on genmaicha, but i had Teavana’s and that was far weaker than this, seeming to lack body and a truly toasty quality. the rice in this really comes through, which i heartily appreciate.

so glad i decided to a get a box. i expect i’ll run through this one quickly!

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6770 tasting notes

I can’t get passed the smell on this one…smells skunky. ek! The coloring is that of a pale Green taste, maybe, closer to a white. It does have a slight rice taste. I’m not saying it’s awful but I am not going to give it a thumbs up either. The smell is really what throws it off for me.

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13 tasting notes

I got this on sale at Sprouts, so I figured I would try it. At first sip, I thought I was drinking seaweed. Surprisingly good seaweed. This is the only toasted rice tea I have had, but I like it. It has a simple nutty (and seaweed-y?) flavor that is enjoyable. Though I wouldn’t buy more of it if I was given the opportunity.

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1 tasting notes

Deliciously nutty.

3 min, 0 sec

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4 tasting notes

Light toasted flavor, slightly buttery. Doesn’t bitter quickly which makes it a bit more durable in an office setting when I can easily get distracted and leave the bag in too long. Lighter on the caffeine than a regular green tea.

205 °F / 96 °C

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4 tasting notes

Solid. Reminds of free Japanese restaurant tea.

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8 tasting notes

My husband Will just tried this one…here’s his take on it….
a little bitter but still pleasing to the pallet, has a semi-sweet aftertaste, leaves your mouth a bit dry, and has almost a soy taste to it as it settles in the cup….brews up a pale greenish-yellow. Pretty normal as far as green tea goes. Good.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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38 tasting notes

I found this tea a little light on the rice flavor.

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