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 small sample because I love making a big pot of genmaicha on a cold winter day.  It always seems to have a warming affect on me. Most of the teas that I’ve tried from this Canadian retailer have been excellent in quality and very well priced.

Genmaicha sample provided by Zentboutique.

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Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.