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Seaweed, Sesame, Toasted Rice, Burnt, Burnt Food, Popcorn, Grass, Nutty, Toast, Sweet, Warm Grass
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185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec 12 g 18 oz / 547 ml

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Ingredients: Organic green tea and organic roasted sticky rice.

The original type of genmaicha was developed hundreds of years ago by Zen monks who mixed green tea with the browned rice stuck to the bottom of their cauldrons. Soon after, roasted rice was blended with sencha or bancha by tea vendors throughout Japan where it became a popular household green. Genmaicha is smooth and mild with a warming and toasty aroma.

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24 tasting notes

One of if not the best genmaicha teas on the Planet. It tasted like roasted sesame seeds.

185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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24 tasting notes

The first time i tasted it was during three days of a Japan Festival last year; I bought it because I didn’t know if I loved it or not, and now Genmaicha is one of my favourite flavours ever! It gives me energy and concentration every time I taste it.

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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10 tasting notes

I should start out by saying that the Rishi Tea Genmaicha I have is very old and probably stale. Sometime in 2004, a friend gave this to me as a gift after overhearing me rave about how much I like genmaicha. It was a wonderful, delicious gift, and I managed to use up about half of it before I had to move. Eight moves and later, I finally unpacked it and have been drinking it again.

Even when stale, this tea is amazing. It’s the only genmaicha I’ve seen where some of the rice has been popped. (You can see what look like miniature pieces of popcorn in the blend.) The scent out of the bag is grassy and nutty. The first few seconds of brewing it bring out an intensely nutty scent (yes, like sesame or peanut). After that, the toasted rice and green tea even out, and you’re left with an intensely flavorful and balanced cup of genmaicha.

I’m especially happy with this tea because it is so forgiving of brewing mistakes or bad brewing practice. If I accidentally over-steep this tea, which sometimes happens, it develops the taste similar to green tea blended with mugicha (roasted barley tea). It’s also pretty forgiving of steeping with water that’s too hot.

2 min, 0 sec

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39 tasting notes

Steeped it a little longer and a little hotter this evening without the addition of matcha. Smooth, balanced, and toasty, but the surprise is the dry finish. The fullness of the matcha masked this aspect this morning. I’m sure the longer and hotter steep has something to do with it too.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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25 tasting notes

This is a very good everyday drinking tea. Make this for people who aren’t fond of the grassy notes of green tea because the roasted rice gives the tea a very nutty flavor instead. I do agree with the previous comment about Rishi having good tea, but there are better versions of this. I think has a better tasting genmaicha.

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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1 tasting notes

This is my first genmaicha, so I don’t have a frame of reference, but I love drinking this. It has a nice creamy texture and the aroma between the rice and green tea reminds me a bit of furikake. A second steep with half as much water yields a tasty second cup.

Flavors: Seaweed, Sesame, Toasted Rice

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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3 tasting notes

Extremely disappointed. I expected to enjoy this but the sample I received had an overvearing burnt popcorn scent and flavor. I wanted to enjoy this but ended up throwing out the cup after 5 sips. I couldn’t stomach it. I have no experience with gemmaichas so I might not understand the flavor but this is God awful in my opinion. I usually enjoy most green teas. Very disappointed.

Flavors: Burnt, Burnt Food, Popcorn

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 45 sec 8 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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48 tasting notes

Terrific, flavorful and well balanced. The tea has the grassy flavor common in sencha, and the roasted brown rice is nice and toasty. Neither dominates the other.

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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8 tasting notes

I always love genmaicha, but this one had a bit more rice flavor than I wanted. I also felt like it took an unusually long time to steep. Still, a nice tea at a reasonable price.

Flavors: Grass, Nutty, Toast

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 12 g 24 OZ / 709 ML

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53 tasting notes

Tasting #1 – Steep Time 1 Minute
Very mild flavor, no hint of toasted rice at this point. The color of the tea is just a shade or two different from the original water.

Tasting #2 – Steep Time 4 Minutes
Good flavor from the tea, not too strong. The toasted rice is starting to permeate but the two flavors aren’t quite balanced yet.

Tasting #3 – Steep Time 6 Minutes
Finally, the tea and toasted rice is balanced in flavor. Very smooth and easy to drink.

Tasting #4 – Steep Time 8 Minutes
The tea hasn’t overwhelmed the toasted rice yet, maintaining its smooth flavor. No hint of astringency yet.

Flavors: Sweet, Warm Grass, Toasted Rice

190 °F / 87 °C 8 min or more 3 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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