Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hankook Tea Brown Rice Green Tea

Country of Origin: Korea
Leaf Appearance: deep green, lots of roasted rice
Ingredients: green tea, roasted brown rice
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 200 degrees
Preparation Method: mesh infuser and testubin
Liquor: pale green

I have been wanting to try this tea ever since I saw Bonnie write about it on Thirsty for Tea. I have a weakness for genmaicha but this isn't just any brown rice tea. It's South Korean! There is a higher ration of leaves to rice than you will usually see in a genmaicha and the rice is roasted rather than popped. I rarely make an entire pot of tea but this one called for it on an unseasonably chilly day. The taste was sweetly vegetal and mellow with a wonderfully comforting quality to it. There was an almost buttery affect that I've not experienced in this type of tea before. It had just a hint of astringency but it never bordered on bitter. At $9.99 for 40g, I'd definitely consider keeping this one in stock permanently (if I didn't have tea coming out of my ears at the moment). I shared some with my brother as he was recovering from a bout of stomach issues and he enjoyed it as well.

Brown Rice Green Tea sample provided by Hankook Tea.