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

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Thumbs up!"The taste is definitely savory and is dominated by the toastiness of the brown rice. It balances nicely against the Sencha, which is not overly vegetal and somewhat mild. "
Laura’s Teaview: 7.5/10
Other Teaviews: Vanessa gave it 9/10
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maedaengenmai1"Maeda-en's Blender's Genmai-cha is made of Sen-cha leaves and a mixture of roasted & popped brown rice, which is then tossed in Matcha. This extra savory, extra delicious tea is a treat in itself." ---Maeda-en website.

Recently, I have been finding myself somewhat obsessed with finding a good Genmai-cha. Hands down, Genmai-cha, which is more of a tea blend than a tea itself, is my favorite of Japanese green tea offerings. Perhaps it is my love of popcorn, which I don't eat much of these days as I locked into my eating plan. It also seems that the latest Genmai-cha trend is to add some Matcha into the mix, which I seem to gravitate towards when selecting Genmai-cha blends. Maeda-en likens themselves as Japanese green tea specialists and that is the only type of tea that they carry. After reading on their website about how they use their teas and other Asian flavors when making ice cream, I am suddenly wondering how a Genmai-cha ice cream would taste? Yea, I would have to cast aside my eating plan for a minute in order to try some of that!

My sample package contains a nice mix of the Sencha, brown rice (which is sweet to taste incidentally) and is coated in a fine dusting of Matcha. I prepared this according to Maeda-en's brewing instructions and used a heaping teaspoon and infused for 1 min. The cup brewed up to a murky light green color due to the addition of the Matcha. I did find that it is necessary to periodically stir this one so that the Matcha doesn't all settle in the bottom of the cup. The taste is definitely savory and is dominated by the toastiness of the brown rice. It balances nicely against the Sencha, which is not overly vegetal and somewhat mild. The Matcha seems to be a bit more subdued in this blend than that of some of its competitors. I can still pick it out and its contribution is a subtle sweetness matched by a touch of bitterness. I did not feel that it's presence was strong enough to add any creaminess to this blend.

All in all, this is a decent and relatively inexpensive Genmai-cha with Matcha offering. I think that those looking for a stronger Matcha presence might be disappointed, but I actually liked this fairly well. Further, at just $4.75 for 3 oz, it is very reasonably priced. If you are shopping for Genmai-cha on a budget, then you should definitely check this blend out.

— 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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