Japanese Genmaicha Green Tea Review
Burnt Rice from Japan
Summary : One of the most foul tasting and smelling
drinks I've ever had.
Review : I love experimenting with teas. You never
really do know what you'll find. And so it happened that during my last
Culinary Teas I got a sample pack of their Genmaicha Tea, a green tea.
GenmaichaTea is known as "popcorn tea", and for good reason. Genmaicha
tea combines Japanese green tea leaves with fire-roasted rice (see photo
of the leves to see the rather unique character of this tea). The name "popcorn
tea" comes from the fact that during the firing of the rice that gets
added to the tea, it is common for the rice to pop, much like popcorn.
Like all teas from Culinary Teas , this tea came packaged in a airtight,
lightproof soft container. As such, the tea was nice and fresh. And the
aroma of the tea right out of the bag smelled ok, a bit different perhaps,
but certainly not bad. Unfortunately, that is the best thing I can say
about this tea.
Now, I do like Green Tea. I really do. However, this tea tasted terrible
on my own tasted buds and, quite literally, had a horrible odor to it
once the tea is brewed. The best way to describe the smell of this tea
once brewed is that it smells like burnt rice. And sadly, the taste of
the tea isn't much different either. It is as if someone added a bunch
of burnt white rice to a pot of green tea - the taste of this rice just
overpowers everything - and I do mean everything!
Overall, if you are a lover of traditional green tea, stay well away
from this one, as this Gernmaicha Tea tastes nothing like any Green Tea
you've tried before! Supposedly, this tea is suppose to be "sweet". Well....right.
Beyond the taste of burnt rice, I could taste nothing sweet in this tea
at all. About the only good thing I can say about this tea is that, thankfully,
it didn't have much of an after-taste. Then again, just a few sips was
enough to rid me of the desire to drink this tea further - no doubt contributing
to the lack of after-taste!!
Recommendation : Serve this drink for when you have
uninvited house guests and want them to leave - the smell of the brewing
tea alone should encourage any guests to voluntarily leave in short-order.
Tea Information and Brewing Instructions
- Tea Reviewed : Japanese Genmaicha Green Tea
- Manufacturer : Culinary
- Available from :
- Type of Tea : Green
- Leaf Type : Loose
- Date of Review : January 17th, 2006
- Tea Rating :
- Brewing Instructions : Use 1 tsp of tea leaves.
Pour water that has NOT been boiled and is at a temp of around
180 degrees over the leaves. Let brew for 3 minutes. And hopefully
enjoy more than me.
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