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From Ujinotsuyu

Kyoto has been holding the reputation as the birthplace of high quality of tea. The plant is flourishing especially in Uji, which is located on the south in Kyoto, for the reasons: “Rich nature and environment suited to the cultivation” and " Tradition rooted on this area ". Ujinotsuyuseicha Co. Ltd. is an Uji-based manufacture, having the aim at spreading our tradition through tea to all over the world.

Genmai Cha is an exotic Japanese recipe that combines popped rice and popcorn with tender and delicate green tea leaves. First used by farmers as a cost-saving measure, GenmaiCha remains to be one of the most popular tea in morden Japan. Genmai Cha has less caffeine and tastes less astringent. GenmaiCha brings together the refreshing lightness, sweetness and the distinctive taste of roasted rice. To prepare, Boil water, warm the tea port. Add one tablespoons of leaves (about 4g) to cup. Pour hot water. Steep a while then serve. Tea can be re-infused.

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470 tasting notes

Hello everyone! I have returned from the dead! Actually I’ve been very much alive, but the past few months have been hectic to say the least (warning: this is not so much a tasting note as a life update note, so if you’re expecting tea stop now! I’ve commented a whole lot on this bad boy before so I thought it’d be a safe one to pick. Plus, it actually does tie in at the end. I promise!)

My boyfriend was diagnosed with ulcerative collitis two years ago, when he was 20. Usually when you’re young it’s an easy disease to control but he has been in a constant flare since then—if you know anything about uc, you’ll understand how totally hellish that was for both of us. None of his medications worked, the constant steroids they had to use to control the ulcers caused crazy mood changes, and he even had some very rare traits of the disease that his doctors had never seen (like ulcers on his appendix… and skin).

This summer we finally hit our limit. The disease had overwhelmed us. Surgery is a pretty extreme solution, because it involves cutting out his colon. Yup, the whole thing… at 22. And then rebuilding it 2 surgeries down the line, but it’s kind of insane to have to do something like that at this point in our lives (though we have been together for 5 years).

His family is not exactly… traditional, you could say (okay I’m being polite here they’re kind of extremely hard to deal with) and he had to have the surgery down in Philly since his doctor is there (which was worth it, since his doctor is AMAZING), but this necessitated me staying in the hospital with him. The entire time. Thankfully they do let non “family” members (at this point I consider myself family, and so does he!) stay over so I slept curled up in a chair, living off Lipton (Lipton!) for 6 days before he got the all-clear to go home. It was horrible, hellish, yet somehow a wonderful bonding experience that brought us together closer than ever, and perhaps I’ll write more about it later. But not now!

I said this tea came into play and indeed it did, because I brought it with me! His past room at UPenn had fridge, and this is his absolute favorite tea so I brought it to cold brew for him. Alas, surgery recovery rooms don’t include fridges because they want to carefully monitor the patients’ food & drink intake so neither of us had any good tea that week. So no tea for us, because Lipton brewed in coffee-tasting water is possibly the worst beverage on the entire planet.

There is no way I can ever hope to catch up on past notes since I’ve been binge drinking tea (kind of like chain smoking, except without all the bad stuff since unsweetened tea really has no negative sides!), but I’ll try to pop by more often and catch up on all the notes I’ve missed from you wonderful people! I’d also like to thank Kittenna for reminding me that I’d suddenly vanished—forgive me, but my social media obligations have been the last thing on my mind!


Welcome back and prayers for a speedy recovery!


Oh my word, that sounds awful. I’m so sorry that both of you have to go through that! The next time you’re in Philly let me know. I’ll bring you tea, and I’d be happy to sit with you while you’re boyfriend is in surgery. I’ve been there, and I remember feeling completely stircrazy a few hours in. If nothing else let me being you tea!


Lipton in coffee water. Been there. Blech! Hope there’s some deep-to-the-core rest ahead for both of you.


Oh wow! You are such a great support for him. Now you deserve some good tea!


nice to see you back Alphakitty – all the very best for you and your boyfriend


Goodness. So sorry to hear – that’s quite something to go through. I hope things improve for both of you after the surgeries.

Terri HarpLady

Wow! I hope he heals quickly, and gets through those other surgeries easily as well. What a terrible thing to have to go through, especially at such a young age. He is so lucky to have you at his side, Alpha. Best wishes to both of you.


oh man hun. Glad to have you back but i wish you both all the love and luck in the world to get through these times.

Hesper June

Wow! So glad to have you back! But, sorry you and your fella had to go through all that.
I hope he feels better quick!


I think you deserve the biggest tea hug ever. So glad you have made it back, and that the hellish times are over (for now? hopefully the next two surgeries will be loads better xxo)


Thank you so much for the comments everyone <3 What an awesome thing to wake up to!


Oh dear! Poor thing! I really am sympathetic! My allergies have the same responses as colitis…yuck!
Sounds like the best decision considering the severity and that you tried everything else. Poor dear! Must be congenital since he’s so young.
My dad married my mom knowing she would be sick all her life and he dedicated his life to her. Your boyfriend is blessed to have you by his side. When I got sick, my husband divorced me.
I’m proud of you, and pray that the future will be filled with healing and joy for both of you! Selfless love is rare.


As someone who has a chronic condition, I can guarantee that your boyfriend appreciates your support and love more than he can ever say. Welcome back to the land of tea reviewing!


Many Blessings to both of you!


Best wishes for healing, I’m so sorry about your boyfriend’s illness!

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1569 tasting notes

Veronica mentioned popcorn in tea and now I want this. :) Frankly, I actually just want to chug two litres of water, but I’ll have some of this too.

I was bad and bought a copy of Rolling Stone’s special edition Paul McCartney issue. And a whole bunch of chocolate. And went out for a veggie burger at the Scottish pub. I was a bit extravagant today.

So this tea will bring me down to earth. Cheap but oh so fine.


Ha! Glad I could help. ;-)

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264 tasting notes

My first time having this hot!
Delightful. I’m drinking this with an ultra delicious salad and the two are working perfectly together. School has swallowed me whole and today was the first time I’ve gotten to see my sister in nearly a month! we live in the same town How sad is that. (also hence my lack of postings here sadface)

Nutty sweet comfort tea with a slightly creamy edge to it.
New drinking-with-dinner tea.. I’ve tried not to drink tea with my meals as I do not really get to appreciate the flavours of the tea. Solution? Drink a delicious, extremely cheap tea.
Problem solved.


This one is so so good! And the price, unbeatable.


I so agree. I can’t believe how good it is and for the price it’s just bonkers. I’m so happy you all helped me discover it =)

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100 tasting notes

A solid Genmaicha at a fantastic price (Even in NZ this stuff is usually rather cheap). Great with & after meals. Only downside being that because it’s quite a big bag (400g!), it can spoil before you get through it all. I’d also suggest transferring it to a container to help prevent this, as well as for ease since the bag it comes in rips/splits easily.


My goodness, they actually sell only 400g bags? Thank god it’s inexpensive!

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6770 tasting notes

Thanks Alphakitty

It’s looks like your typical Genmaicha but it has a less intense aroma, I think. Plus, I think the flavor is a bit more vegetal-juicy and a tad less popped rice and popcorn flavor than others I have tried but REGARDLESS this is darned tasty! Maybe because it seems a bit more buttery than some of the others or a combo of all the less is more type flavors – not sure – but it’s very YUMMY!


This is definitely a buttery tea, so good, especially given the price!

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189 tasting notes

Appearance: small leaf, lots of sorghum seed, some popped rice
Aroma when Dry: buttery, nutty
After water is first poured: buttery, creamy, nutty, grassy, faint earthiness
At end of steep: harsh grass
Tea liquor:
At end of steep: grassy, clear
Staple? Type yes, would not use brand again
Preferred time of day: any
At first: harsh grassiness, slight rice and butter notes hinted at
As it cools ? Harshness lessens, creamy notes surface
Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? No

Lingers? Yes, harsh at first, slight buttery grass notes close

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Louis from Montréal

Yes, at the 3 minute mark of steeping this tea will definitely be harsh. Recommended steeping time for this tea, which is printed on the bag, is 30 seconds with freshly boiled water. This preparation makes a world of difference. I recommend rinsing this genmaicha to improve the flavor. I rinse it with cold water.

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1887 tasting notes

Back at the same sushi place, Arigato Sushi, for supper with the boyfriend. On a cold day like this where I can feel winter closing in, it’s nice to have a hot drink with my meal. Once again I think this tea goes remarkably well with sushi (although it was tuna donburi this time), however the boyfriend took one sip, wrinkled his nose and asked if he could add sugar. Oy vey! rolls eyes


Sugar? In a genmaicha?

I’m almost tempted to try it just to see what would happen. It almost seems…sacrilegious.


Urgh, I think it would wreck the unique savory flavour – I guess some teas just aren’t meant to be drunk anything but plain. :)

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108 tasting notes

Yummy! I’ll have to test out different proportions of leaf and water, and different steep times to get it just right. Very rice-y.

185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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90 tasting notes

Super toasty and nutty flavoured. You mainly get the ricey taste and not so much of the green tea. This is a great one to go with food and for the colder weather and you can easily get quite a lot of infusions out of it (the instructions on the bag recommend 20 sec steep times). On the other hand because it is SO toasty, it’s not something I can stand the taste of every day…

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84 tasting notes

My family received a 400g bag of this tea (along with a gigantic bottle of honey and a big box of ramen) from our pastor when he decided to retire and leave the God-forsaken town of Nome, Alaska.

Anyway, I’ve had trouble keeping this tea in the bag. The bag itself is really not that sturdy, so I definitely suggest putting the contents into another tin or jar for storage.

The tea itself is really nice — when brewed accordingly to directions, it’s nice and balanced, with a light popcorn/popped rice taste over a warm green tea base. I’ve had Takaokaya’s genmaicha before, and I like this one more. It’s toasty and warm, but there’s no powdery taste. I’m having it with rasmalai and oatmeal, and it sounds weird to pair it with those, but it works.

I like to pull this tea out when it’s cold and snowing and icy and windy, which is the normal Nome weather. It’s like I associate this tea with Nome. …I wish I didn’t do this. Nome is horrible, really. If you can take one thing away from this review, it’s that you should never go to Nome.

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