Genmai-Cha Brown Rice Tea (Traditional Series)

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Herbaceous, Nutty, Grass, Toast, Toasted Rice
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180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec 5 g 14 oz / 414 ml

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Maeda-en’s Traditional Genmai-cha is made with late harvest sen-cha, tossed with popped rice for that malty, nutty flavor.
A great every day tea.

To brew,steep 1tbsp of leaves in 8-12 oz of hot water (180-185F) for 30-60 seconds. Hot water is key for an delicious-smelling brew!

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Maeda-En has been in business for the last 25 years as an importer, manufacturer and wholesaler of green tea & green tea desserts. Our Japanese grown, fresh quality green teas are shipped directly from our production factory in Japan to the states and then world-wide.

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726 tasting notes

(backlog) It took me forever to find this tea on Steepster! Mainly because ehh I’m too lazy to actually //look//
But yes. This tea is the genmai-cha that I bought from Japan in Epcot! Pretty much your basic roasted brown rice tea. Definitely much tastier than the genmaicha that I had from the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf from my aunt so long ago.


I had their genmaicha with match today. Quite yummy.


er, matcha


Dude. I’ve never actually… had matcha before.
I just feel like there’s a super special way of preparing it and I’m just going to mess it up! Ahh well. I’ll try my hand in preparing matcha for myself soon enough :)

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377 tasting notes

In the spirit of experimentation I threw in a few shakes of rubbed sage into mix. Let me tell you it made for quite the fabulous cup. Savory and delicious!


Rosemary and dehydrated onions work well too. But not garlic, it comes ou unblaenced. Or maybe that’s my garlic.=)

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2816 tasting notes

Sometimes I wonder if Maeda-en is like the Lipton of tea in Japan?

In any case this is a good basic tea for me which I have been drinking for years, I get it in Japantown and the price does not break the bank. I like the toasty, nutty flavor here which goes nicely sometimes as a breakfast drink when I want something mild.

205 °F / 96 °C

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24 tasting notes

Basic genmaicha, good for everyday drinking. It’s almost impossible to over-steep this; I accidentally left it steeping for eight-odd minutes and it was still good.

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You are right about that! You can oversteep and it’s still tasty!

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123 tasting notes

A nice dependable genmaicha, not my favorite that honor goes to genmaicha with some matcha thrown in, but still very dependable. It isn’t the gold genmaicha so I would like to try that as well, I’m sure it has some fancy sencha or something. I first had this tea in one of my favorite sushi places and I still want sushi with it every time I make it at home.

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26 tasting notes

Perfect everyday tea. I like to have this when I get to work after breakfast. The puffed rice gives a nice toasty depth to Maeda-en’s great sencha.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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1714 tasting notes

Hubby loves a good gen… or pretty much any gen as far as I can tell. We had been out of it for a while so I picked up a bag of this at the Korean market yesterday. This has such a nice umami undertone to it! It’s like miso without the saltiness. There is the tasty roastiness of the rice and an almost sweet sensation. It’s really nice and at $5 for 5oz it’s a pretty good deal too!

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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24 tasting notes

Basic genmaicha – inexpensive but drinkable. Medium-light tea, though not particularly flavorful. It’s said that Maeda-en is the equivalent of Lipton’s – consistent, reasonably priced, but lacking the pungency of better genmaicha. Pretty resistant to overbrewing.

Flavors: Herbaceous, Nutty

150 °F / 65 °C 1 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I love Genmai-cha, but this is not my favorite version of the tea. I find it quite watery, requiring a lot of extra tea to get any flavor in my cup at all. It also doesn’t have much of that lovely “popcorn” genmai-cha scent. On the other hand, it’s a nice price for quite a big bag of loose leaf tea, and it doesn’t taste bad or off.

Flavors: Grass, Nutty, Toast, Toasted Rice

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