Review: Maeda-en Genmai-Cha Brown Rice Tea With Matcha

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Thumbs up!"If you're really looking for the matcha in this blend, you may find yourself disappointed, but for $4 for 3 ounces, it's a great deal for a good blend."
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maedaengenmai1I have enjoyed all of my tea encounters with Maeda-en so far. Their teas are simple and deliver exactly what they promise, so if you're in the mood for basic Japanese leaves and blends, I recommend you give Maeda-en a chance. I recently tried their Kuki-cha Twig Tea with Matcha, and I found the whole experience to my liking, so here I am - stoked to try another matcha blend.

I would argue that genmai-cha is one of the best things Japan has ever done for the tea world. I realise it's far from their most exquisite blend, but it's cheap, delicious, and distinct, which are all attributes I appreciate when looking for a staple tea to keep in my cupboard. This blend ups the classiness a touch with the addition of matcha. The website recommends steeping one tablespoon of leaf in 180 degree water for one minute, so that's exactly what I did.

As expected, the tea is a radiant green, the sort of colour that you think might just give you superpowers, but I'm almost (though not entirely) sure this tea isn't quite that awesome. The cup smells distinctly of genmai-cha but no different. While the scent doesn't give any hint of the difference matcha makes, the flavour does show this twist. The matcha is hard to pick out, which is bad in that if you're really in love with the powder tea, you may be disappointed, but it's good in that it blends seamlessly with the rest of the tea. I'm leaning towards the mild matcha being fantastic because this is a particularly excellent genmai-cha. It is wonderfully smooth and doesn't have any of the harshness so easily found in this type of tea. If you're really looking for the matcha in this blend, you may find yourself disappointed, but for $4 for 3 ounces, it's a great deal for a good blend.

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One Response to “Review: Maeda-en Genmai-Cha Brown Rice Tea With Matcha”

  1. A.C. Cargill Says:

    Great review. Sounds like a product I should try. I love learning more about teas and trying new ones. I also blog about tea and living the tea life at Stop by sometime!

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