Review: Sugimoto USA Genmai Cha with Matcha

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Thumbs up!"A bold green tea flavor that is accented by an equally bold roasted/nutty flavor."
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sugimotagenmaiThe first thing I noticed about this tea was its color. The leaves are dark green and covered in a neon green powder, thanks to the addition of matcha to this blend. I have had genmai cha both with and without matcha. Usually if the genmai cha has matcha added, it is indicated in the tea’s name, so when my sample of this tea arrived, I was surprised to see that there was also matcha in this one. This tea has a generous helping of roasted brown rice, with an occasional piece of popped rice. The tea has a sweet and toasty aroma. When I poured water over the levaes, the water instantly took on a bright spring green hue. The liquid soon became cloudy as a result of the matcha powder. During infusion, the rice pieces floated to the top and separated from the leaves, making it even more apparent how much rice was in this blend.
This brew has a bold green tea flavor that is accented by an equally bold roasted/nutty flavor. This is an ideal brew for those that like a strong-tasting green tea rather than a subtle green tea. Although the flavor of this tea is what I could describe as intense, I need to clarify that this tea is also incredibly smooth and easy-drinking. There was no sign of bitterness, even though the water I used to steep the leaves was admittedly probably a little bit higher than ideal. The sweetness, which is a hallmark of the matcha, became increasingly evident as the tea cooled. I tried and thoroughly enjoyed this brew at various temperatures ranging from freshly brewed just below boiling to cooled to room temperature. The bottom line: this is a very enjoyable, fresh, and great-tasting Genmai cha. I would certainly drink this again and would not hesitate to recommend it to others.

— To purchase Sugimoto USA Genmai Cha 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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