Monday, July 9, 2012

Aiya Tea Matcha Infused Genmaicha

Country of Origin: Japan
Leaf Appearance:
Ingredients: sencha, toasted brown rice, matcha
Steep time: 1 minute
Water Temperature: 195 degrees
Preparation Method: clay teacup and mesh infuser
Liquor: cloudy, deep green

This is tea is a great example of what is sometimes referred to as "super green" genmaicha, so named because the tea is dusted with matcha. It smelled so fresh and toasty at the same time. That is also exactly what it tasted like. It was smooth and vegetal with a mild, sweet aftertaste. There was not astringency to speak of but it was still very crisp and refreshing. I really enjoyed the warm, roasted taste of the brown rice. If there was ever a tea that could be described as cozy, genmaicha fits that bill for me. I opted for a mesh infuser with this one because of the short recommended steep time. It worked out well but I was definitely left wishing for more tea! Once again, Aiya Tea impresses me with another authentic and high quality Japanese tea.

Purchase this tea here.