It is a wet and rainy Saturday morning – I just finished a late breakfast and I am in desperate need of a cup of tea. Armed with several to choose from I could not decide initially what I had a taste for. I opted for a tea that is new to my cupboards.
This morning’s choice… Genmaicha.
Composition: A Japanese green tea with brown rice added during the drying process.
Dry Visual: The tea leaves are a beautiful dark green. During the drying process some of the brown rice “pops” adding a beautiful mixture of brown and white color as well as texture to this tea.
Dry Aroma: Very unique, the brown rice dominates by adding a roasted smell to this green tea.
Flavor: A mild yet flavorful brew, the addition of the roasted brown rice adds a little pizzaz to this green tea. I have had two cups of this tea – in the first cup, the roasted brown rice had a nutty quality to it. In the second – the roasted brown rice reminded me of popcorn. Perhaps a third cup will settle the dispute. I have enjoyed this tea both with and without honey. If you decide to add honey, only a dab will do, as this tea has a natural underlying sweetness.
Liquor: The liquor is a light yellow hue.
Brewing Time: 3-5 minutes recommended. I opt for 5 minutes.
Manufacturer: Harney and Sons Fine Teas
I can no long say that I am not a green tea drinker. My taste buds were simply limited in their exposure. I look forward to my next cup of green tea. It truly has been a pleasantly surprising adventure.
Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!