Review: Zhi Tea Japan Genmaicha

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Thumbs up!"This is a good genmaicha, but it doesn’t live up to its aroma; it’s tasty and fun, but I will probably keep looking for my ideal genmaicha."
Numi’s Teaview: 7/10
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zhi-genmaicha.jpgI'm a huge fan of Genmaicha's generally and made sure I included a sample of this in my first Zhi Tea order. I normally don't notice shipping times unless they are out of the ordinary and Zhi Tea surprised me with their fast shipping...a good reminder for those of us who have tea emergencies. The sample came with a mix of larger tea leaf pieces, toasted brown rice, and smaller bits of both. It's advertised as an organic loose leaf green tea with toasted rice.

As it was steeping, my first reaction was to fill a bathtub full of this stuff and jump in; it smells that good. It has a room-filling toasted rice scent that's warming and just right for feeling content and peaceful. The aroma is an intriguing contrast to its flavor, which is energizing with a little bite. At first it tastes quite light and nutty, and leans more toward toasted rice before it fades toward a sharper green tea flavor. There is a pronounced dryness in the aftertaste that I don't particularly enjoy but it's not enough to prevent me from buying a full size.

Genmaichas are my staple for starting projects; they provide a calming center and readiness that helps me get through afternoon work duties. I'm still on my quest to find the best Genmaicha. This one is good, but doesn't live up to its aroma; it's the tea equivalent of playing the field: tasty, fun, and will probably do quite well while I keep looking.

— To purchase Zhi Tea Japan Genmaicha, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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