Review: Aiya Matcha Infused Genmaicha

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Thumbs up!"While I love matcha on its own, I also love genmaicha and this match is made in heaven. "
Emma’s Teaview: 8/10
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aiyamatchagenmaichaAccording to Aiya's site: "Created over 800 years ago by Buddhist monks as a meditational drink, Matcha is known today as the healthiest, rarest and most premium of all tea varieties of Japan. " Who knew? The process of making matcha, using the bamboo whisk in a warm bowl to incorporate and foam the liquid is a very mediatative process.

In NYC, where I live, matcha is having a cocktail renaissance. Apparently, the tea is great mixed with sparkling wine. Because I've been getting emails about it, I started researching matcha even more. Most matcha has the antioxidant power of anywhere from 40-60 cups of regular green tea in just one cup. Some don't like the vegetal flavor, but I quite enjoy it. There are also blends that incorporate everything from bee pollen to apple pie spice into matcha. While I love matcha on its own, I also love genmaicha and this match is made in heaven.

This Aiya blend calls for one heaping teaspoon of tea per 8 oz of water and to let it steep for just one minute. I tried that, and there wasn't enough flavor for me, so I let it go for three - perfection. The sweet, wet vegetal flavor of matcha is well set with the nutty, crispy notes of toasted rice and regular Japanese green tea.

The color of the steeped tea is a mossy light green and the flavor is light and nutty, not even a hint of bitterness. I really enjoy this tea; I look forward to trying their straight matcha as well.

— To purchase Aiya Matcha Infused Genmaicha, 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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