The aroma is as expected: green tea with a fresh, grassy scent and the roasted essence of the popped rice. It is that toasty quality that I find so irresistible. For me, it’s the same sensation of smelling freshly popped popcorn, I’ve just got to have some!
I’m not going to lie to you and suggest that this is the best genmaicha tea I’ve ever had, because it isn’t. However, it is very good, and certainly worthy of a positive review. Not to mention that it is much more convenient than a loose leaf genmaicha, and sometimes, convenience is a very important factor.
The green tea is a mellow, vegetative flavor. It’s not an overwhelmingly strong grassy flavor, rather, it is a pleasant, delicately sweet green tea. The real star of this tea is the popped rice, which provides a very delicious roasty-toasty flavor to the green tea. It’s a very delightful combination.
Stash Tea describes this tea as
A convivial drink in Japan shared at home with friends. This unique tea is made with green tea and brown rice. Light golden color and nut-like flavor and aroma. The Rosengarten Newsletter* gives this tea 5 stars and says, ‘devastatingly delicious…wild nose that goes beyond toasted rice, almost to the buttery popcorn at the bottom of the bag. Huge and complex toasted flavors on palate. Smooth, round, non-astringent, thoroughly satisfying feel. A must’.
*The Rosengarten Newsletter, winner of the 2003 James Beard Award as the best food and wine newsletter in the country, covers the most exciting, undiscovered food products, restaurants, wines and travel destinations in the world.
I agree with the description provided by Stash, and I think that is why I find genmaicha teas so appealing, it’s that toasty, buttery flavor that is so much like popcorn from the movie theater — except that this is much better for you!
This is an extremely light-bodied tea, much lighter than other genmaicha teas that I’ve sampled. The flavor is exceptionally soft – I mean that in a good way. It is not astringent, it is just buttery soft, and delicious.
However, you do want to be aware of your tea to water ratio here. If you usually brew your tea bags in a large tea mug, you’ll want to use 2 of these tea bags – otherwise you’ll be left with a liquid that tastes more like warm water than hot tea. No sugar or other sweetener is needed with this tea, it has a natural occurring sweetness in the green tea as well as the sweetness from the rice.
If you like genmaicha tea as I do, then you certainly should give this tea a try. It is a very delicious yet convenient genmaicha tea.