Genmaicha Premium

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This Genmaicha is from Uji, Japan. It is a well-balanced and flavorful blend of toasted and puffed brown rice grains and Sencha green tea.

It is made from Ichibancha Sencha ( tea made from the first plucked tea leaves of the new harvest), which means that this tea is made from quality early harvest tea leaves. This is important to note because most Genmaicha is made from a later plucking of Sencha or Bancha leaf, both of which, we feel, is a compromise on the delicious potential of this wonderful tea.

For our Genmaicha Premium the rice is toasted and puffed, but the tea does not feature popped kernals of rice as does our Genmaicha from Shizuoka Prefecture. This is not a quality difference but simply a style difference between two producers from two different tea producing regions of Japan.

The flavor of the Sencha combined with the toasty-ness of the rice is a winning combination that is delicious any time of year. This tea is warming, comforting and calming and is especially good for revitalizing oneself when the weather is damp, or cold and wintery.

Genmaicha is an excellent tea for anyone who loves drinking both coffee and tea or who is making the transition from coffee to tea. Also, the addition of the rice offsets the volume of tea leaf in each measure, so each cup or pot of Genmaicha contains a bit less caffeine than a cup or a pot of plain leaf green tea.

Because of the inclusion of the toasted rice, Genmaicha can be infused at a bit hotter temperature than other Japanese teas. If steeped a short time at first, a second infusion can often be made from the same leaves.

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