Japanese Gen Mai Cha Sencha

Tea type
Green Tea
Ingredients
Popped Rice, Sencha
Flavors
Rice, Toasted, Toasted Rice, Nutty, Roasted, Smooth, Vegetal
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Caffeine
Medium
Certification
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Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
Average preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec 10 oz / 281 ml

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  • “This was my first time trying Gen Mai Cha due to a tea fairy earlier this year. The toastiness of the rice was an interesting flavor and delightful scent to experience. The green tea itself was...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I wanted a light and simple tea to accompany my dinner tonight, so I decided to sipdown another of the T2 samplers I got from my massive T2 sampler sale haul. This is their genmaicha. I’ve actually...” Read full tasting note
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Savoury rice adds a roasted depth to the fresh, grassy taste of sencha. Some of the best creations are made by accident; legend claims toasted rice was unintentionally added to create this Japanese classic.

Enjoy with: Perfect on its own.

Ingredients: Green tea, roasted rice, popped rice

Brewing guide: 1 tsp per cup, 1-3 min, 80 C (176 F)

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This was my first time trying Gen Mai Cha due to a tea fairy earlier this year. The toastiness of the rice was an interesting flavor and delightful scent to experience. The green tea itself was bland, but the roasted rice flavor made the tea enjoyable. The sampler was enough for 2 mugs of tea, so I tried it on different days about mid day.

Flavors: Rice, Toasted, Toasted Rice

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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I wanted a light and simple tea to accompany my dinner tonight, so I decided to sipdown another of the T2 samplers I got from my massive T2 sampler sale haul. This is their genmaicha. I’ve actually only had one other genmaicha to date, so I haven’t exactly had a lot of tasting experience with them yet. I will say that when I tasted my first genmaicha (which I picked up at American Tea House in San Diego, which I’m going to guess is an average quality genmaicha at best), I really fell in love with that tea. It is probably one of my favorite kinds of green tea, and I find myself craving it often. I’m fairly certain that the genmaicha I’m used to is a standard blend using bancha leaf, so I was curious to try this one out, which uses sencha.

I guess I was expecting something different about the flavor, but I couldn’t really discern anything different in the taste from my other blend (perhaps it is using sencha leaf as well, or the difference is just too subtle for my under-developed palate to pick up on). The tea is tasty though, with the toasty, nutty, crisped rice flavors that made me such a fan of genmaicha tea. The green tea is very smooth and vegetal. The sampler had enough for two cups, and my first cup I made with my typical lighter steep (2 min) which was more subtle on the vegetal notes, which I enjoyed better than a darker steep (3 min) which I felt brought out some slight astringent qualities in the leaf, but also emphasized the vegetal flavors more. The tea held up to resteeping very well, and I managed to have several nice relaxing cups off only a two-serving sampler.

I have no doubt there are fancier genmaicha out there, but I found this tasty and enjoyable.

Flavors: Nutty, Roasted, Smooth, Toasted Rice, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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