• Reviews

    Zentboutique Genmaicha

    Country of Origin: Japan Leaf Appearance: dark green, lots of puffed rice pieces Ingredients: green tea, browned rice Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 185 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: gold Genmaicha is often seen as a bland or run of the mill tea but I adore its comforting flavor. This particular one from Zentboutique had a fairly large proportion of browned rice to tea leaves. I usually like to see more tea than rice but that’s really just a matter of personal preference. The taste was nutty and vegetal with a subtle sweetness. The mouth-feel was smooth with no bitterness. I really wish I had more than just a…


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    Tealet Genmaicha

    Country of Origin: Japan Leaf Appearance: dark green, somewhat flat with lots of genmai Ingredients: Yanagi Bancha, toasted sweet mocha rice Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 195 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teapot Liquor: greenish yellow, somewhat cloudy I’ve always enjoyed genmaicha. It’s my go to comfort tea on a cold day and it even helped me survive Hurricane Sandy. This particular rendition is probably the best one that I’ve ever had. The taste was nutty and sweet with a buttery mouth-feel. No wonder genmaicha is called popcorn tea! I couldn’t resist snacking on a few pieces of popped genmai before steeping and they were delicious. I found this tea to be quite a…