Review: Grand Tea Organic Genmaicha Matcha-iri

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Thumbs up!"It is pretty much free of any bitterness, but the matcha did deliver a touch of creaminess (and caffeine) to the cup that I appreciated. "
Laura’s Teaview: 7.5/10
Other Teaviews: Katie gave it 6.1/10, Troy gave it 6/10, Lynn gave it 6.5/10
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grandgenmaicha"Organic genmaicha matcha-iri is perfect combination of medium roasted brown rice, matcha (green tea powder) and high-grade green tea leaf. It has a toasty flavor and inviting aroma from the roasted rice. The matcha mixed in with the tea gives it a very distinct and smooth flavour." ---Grand Tea website.

Today I am dragging a little bit due to the fact that I stayed up much too late watching New Moon from the Twilight Saga last night. Since it is a weekend and I don't have to get up early tomorrow, it is also the perfect time to sample this blend featuring matcha, which is widely known to be fairly caffeinated. In recent months, I have found myself to be fairly obsessed with finding the perfect genmaicha blend---with or without the matcha. Since I love genmaicha so much, it only makes sense to acquaint myself with Grand Tea's offerings with this sample. Grand Tea carries more serious tea blends and doesn't offer much in terms of flavored tea blends. Further, at the time of finalizing this review, they have a number of tasty looking oolongs on clearance!

One thing that I noted about my dry sample right off the bat is that while the leaves and little pieces of toasted rice are coated with the matcha, they are not as covered in matcha as what I have seen most genmaicha + matcha blends are. This is not necessarily a bad thing because too much matcha creates bitterness. Also the green tea used in this is in rather small pieces. I am not sure if this is due to my sample coming from the bottom of the barrel (or more likely tin) or if the green tea might not be of the highest quality. I prepared my cup using water brought to just 175 degrees and a 2 minute infusion. The cup brewed up to a rather bright yet murky green color. The prepared cup is actually pretty good. It is pretty much free of any bitterness, but the matcha did deliver a touch of creaminess (and caffeine) to the cup that I appreciated. The genmaicha itself is toasty though not too much so and has a fairly strong rice presence. The biggest possible downfall to this blend is that the green tea is a bit on the mild side and is pretty dominated by the toasted rice and matcha.

Overall, I liked this offering. I liked that too much matcha wasn't used so the cup was a bit creamy, but not bitter. I liked the amount of toastiness that the cup offered in that it didn't cross the line into too toasty, which sometimes gives me a tummy ache. If I were to tweak this cup, then I would probably use a less mild green tea and maybe a smidgen more matcha. I say maybe because a bit more might bring bitterness and I don't want that. However, at just $5.00 for a 50 gram bag, this is a tasty cup at a reasonable price. Thumbs up!

— To purchase Grand Tea Organic Genmaicha Matcha-iri, 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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