Review: Tavalon Genmai Matcha

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Vanessa’s Teaview Snapshot
Thumbs up!"The overall flavor was intense and slightly bitter, bearing obvious contributions from both the GenMai and the matcha. The toasted rice flavor was weaker than I have noted in other teas, but that is to be expected given that this tea is not exclusively GenMai and has to share the cup with a fairly strong counterpart. The matcha smoothed out the tea and added a little sweetness, which paired quite well with the toasted rice. "
Vanessa’s Teaview: 7/10
Other Teaviews: Lynn gave it 4.5/10, Laura gave it 8/10, Dan gave it 6.5/10, Geoff gave it 6.7/10
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tavalongenmaimatchaWith their Genmai Matcha, Tavalon seems to be trying to appeal to a wide fan base. On one hand, it has the bright green powder for the matcha lovers, and on the other hand it has the popped rice and large green tea leaves for the GenMai lovers. While this sounds interesting, I am not sure that this combination works out, aesthetically speaking, because the matcha powder tended to coat everything, giving the appearance of a dusty tea. You have to really mix the tea well to get equal representation of powder, tea leaves, and popped rice, since the ingredients tend to settle out by size. Furthermore, this one requires a little more attention in the brewing department, as you have to first infuse the leaves for the GenMai, then vigorously stir to make sure all of the matcha powder is dissolved. After brewing my sample exactly as suggested on Tavalon's website, I had a cup of tea that looked like matcha, with it distinct mossy green color and opaqueness. The tea brings together the two green teas very well. The overall flavor was intense and slightly bitter, bearing obvious contributions from both the GenMai and the matcha. The toasted rice flavor was weaker than I have noted in other teas, but that is to be expected given that this tea is not exclusively GenMai and has to share the cup with a fairly strong counterpart. The matcha smoothed out the tea and added a little sweetness, which paired quite well with the toasted rice. Although it was not as creamy as I had anticipated, this was still a satisfying brew. I found this tea to be rather soothing, and best consumed with a generous helping of high-quality chocolate (which is how I prefer to enjoy my matcha). In my opinion, I think this tea succeeds in marrying two unique green teas into one unique blend that will certainly appeal to both the GenMai and the matcha lover.

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