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

Genmaicha Tea, Green Tea, Japanese Tea, Maeda-en, Matcha Tea, Rice Tea, Sencha Tea Add comments
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Thumbs up!"I tried to find the matcha in the taste but it doesn't jump right out at you. I believe it comes in the form of a gentle sweetness that you find underneath the very prominent toasty quality."
Jenn’s Teaview: 7/10
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maedaengenmai1Genmaicha teas are honestly one of my all time favorite teas. A genmaicha was the very first green tea I had with my dad many years ago at a Japanese restaurant and so it has a permanent and special place in my tea collection.

Maeda-en adds a special twist to their genmaicha by adding matcha. Their tea is a mix of sencha leaves, roasted and popped brown rice, and matcha. A very neat looking tea if I must say so myself. I love the green cast the matcha gives to the tea.

I originally steeped this using 180F water for 3 minutes using 1 teaspoon of tea leaves. Had I been a good girl, I would have read their website to find out that it suggests using 1 tablespoon and steeping for 1 minute. Good thing I had enough to do another tasting. However, both ways of steeping that I did came out fine for me.

After the tea had brewed I closed my eyes and took in the amazing toasty aroma that all genmaicha teas have. Oh how I love it! The color of the liquor was a clear light green that was slightly cloudy due to the matcha. Taking a sip I immediately noticed that this particular tea is more toasty than other genmaichas I've had. I tried to find the matcha in the taste but it doesn't jump right out at you. I believe it comes in the form of a gentle sweetness that you find underneath the very prominent toasty quality. I have experienced other genmaicha teas with matcha added that have a much more bold flavor of matcha to them and while I prefer that, this was still a nice tea. Just lacking a little bit in the matcha department. One really may not know there was matcha added if not for the appearance of the tea.

— To purchase Maeda-en Genmai-Cha Brown Rice Tea With Matcha, 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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