Saturday, July 23, 2011

Argo Tea Genmaicha

Genmaicha from Argo TeaCountry of Origin: Japan
Leaf Appearance: dark green and flat tea leaves mixed with brown grains of rice and white kernels popped rice
Ingredients: sencha green tea, rosted rice and popped rice.
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 180 degrees
Liquor: bright green and somewhat cloudy

This tea was aromatic, sweet and toasty. Whenever I made it at work my co-works would start asking who made popcorn. However, I think that is heavy on the rice for my tastes. Granted super high grade sencha would not be used by any company to make genmaicha but I would like to have more leaf. I found myself missing the vegetal element that sencha normally adds. The tea was packaged in a lovely little glass jar. My only concern about that is that there was nothing on the label indication the packaging would protect the tea from being damaged by UV light. All in all it wasn't a bad tea, I've just had better genmaichas. If you ever find yourself in the tragic situation of being stuck without tea in Chicago or New York be sure to check them out.