Review: Tavalon Genmai Matcha

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Its OK"The difference was in the taste. Where most genmaichas make me sneer, Tavalon has found something to balance out the poor man's tea. A little bit of class."
Geoff’s Teaview: 6.7/10
Other Teaviews: Lynn gave it 4.5/10, Laura gave it 8/10, Vanessa gave it 7/10, Dan gave it 6.5/10
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tavalongenmaimatchaI may be biased from the get-go because I don't particularly favor genmaicha. The idea of rice and tea works well on paper, but the end-result is often like licking a rice cooker after you washed it; not too appealing. Of course, I'm in the minority. A lot of people love genmaicha.

On the flipside of that, I absolutely "heart" matcha. My trials with that wonderful green powder has a 90% success rate. The combination of low-brow brew and ceremonial steep peaked my interest on a scholastic level. How would this dichotomy juxtapose?

Dry, it wasn't the most aesthetically pleasing batch ever. Green twigs and nuggets with lots of powder. It had the consistency of rabbit food. The aroma was very literal; smelled like dried rice and matcha. Vegetal and roasty.

I brewed 2 tsp in 8oz of 180F water for three minutes, then stirred. The infusion brewed to a deep foggy green. Seriously, I couldn't see through it. It resembled some type of mad scientist concoction. The scent was like genmaichas I've had in the past; pan-fried rice-y.

The difference was in the taste. Where most genmaichas make me sneer, Tavalon has found something to balance out the poor man's tea. A little bit of class. However, the second infusion was basically just genmai. So, if you want a good batch with the matcha, do a double-brew, don't re-steep.

NOTE: I'm not entirely sure why, but it doesn't seem to appear on the site. Perhaps someone has a better guess than I.

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