This is my second time trying genmaicha. My first time was Dessert by Deb’s Marshmallow Crispy Square which I did not like, mostly because of its strong coconut flavour. However, I was hopeful about this tea. It seemed like a simple enough blend – just premium Japanese tea leaves, matcha, leaf stems, and popped rice. It sounded delicious.
When I opened the bag, I noticed there was a lot of matcha (which I was happy about since I love matcha!). However, it also contained a good amount of popped rice and kabuse-cha (Japanese tea leaves).
I would recommend steeping this tea less. Maybe even just a minute. I find if I leave it for too long, then the flavour becomes too bitter, and takes away from the delicacy of the popped rice.
I am not sure how I feel about this blend? I might just not like genmaicha, and that is okay too. Matcha Genmaicha is great quality, but the flavour might just not be for me.
When I made this, I expected it to smell like popcorn, but it smelled like burnt rice as opposed to toasted rice. I am not sure if this is typical for genmaicha blends?
As far as taste goes, it tastes like bold green tea with a burnt rice aftertaste.
I think I need to keep trying genmaicha to confirm it is for me! However, next time, I think I will stick with buying a more traditional matcha blend.
Flavors: Burnt, Earth, Green, Rice