Genmaicha vert

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3 min, 15 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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From Soleil Tea

Delicious spring harvest Japanese sencha leaves and stalks (similar to kukicha) blended with just the right amount of roasted brown rice to create a toasty cup with no bitterness. Sencha stalks give an extra kick of sweetness and freshness not found in regular genmaicha. Treat yourself to a unique cup of this hearty green tea any time of the day. Serve hot or iced.

Brewing instructions: Use 1 heaping teaspoon for 8oz of water. Steep at 170-180° F for 3-4 min. For a stronger brew, use slightly more tea leaves or steep for slightly longer.

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From JakeB quite a while ago now, thank you! A lovely genmaicha. A big ol mug of it on a rainy day a couple days ago, a perfect comfort tea. Sweet, buttery and toasty. The actual green tea looks quite crushed at this point, but I’m sure it didn’t start out that way. Some of the dark green tea leaves are very long. Two great steeps… same flavor in both. Too good to be yet another neglected tea. I appreciate even these old teas.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a big mug // 37 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 30 minutes after boiling // 2-3 min

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As expected, this tea from Soleil is quite delish. I tried a flavored genmaicha a couple of months ago and suspected that genmaicha might be one of the few types of green tea that I actually quite like, and if this is what genmaichas are like then I was absolutely right.

I did my best to steep it as recommended but as usual I had to estimate the water temperature because I don’t have a variable temp kettle. It steeps up to a nice bright yellowish-green liquid that’s still fairly clear and has a silky consistency that seems a bit thicker than other green teas I’ve tried.

The flavor is wonderfully well-blended, although the toasted rice flavor does overshadow the tea flavor so if you prefer to be able to taste the tea in your tea I suppose you might not like it as much. It’s a lovely toasty flavor, though, and once you get past the association with those puffed rice cakes you had to eat when you were a kid because your mom thought that some of your brothers were gluten intolerant so nobody was allowed to eat normal food like bread anymore (or was that just me?), it’s very enjoyable. It’s smooth, not bitter and hardly astringent at all, and I find myself enjoying the savory aspect of the flavor a great deal even though normally too much savory in a green tea will make me want to gag.

All in all a great tea, and so far it’s one of my favorite greens ever (top five, maybe. Yeah, I haven’t found a lot of greens that I like yet).

3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I’ve always liked rice cakes, myself. I like tea made from toasted rice, but I don’t drink actual genmaicha since I’m not a big fan of green tea.

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