genmai cha


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genmai cha

Postby Samovar » Oct 31st, '06, 09:25

I have always drank black/black flavor tea but I must say the description of the genmai cha got me interested (popcorn and rice).

Can you add sugar to this tea? Water water temperature should this tea be steeped and for how long?

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Postby Amanda » Oct 31st, '06, 10:49

I love this Japanese green :)

I don't adding sugar to this one, since it has a great veggie/nutty flavor. 180 for 3 min. should do the trick. Any other opinions?

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Postby Samovar » Oct 31st, '06, 10:58

Thanks, Amanda!

Do you taste/smell the popcorn in this tea also?

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Postby Amanda » Oct 31st, '06, 11:08

I wouldn't say that I do - its more like mixing a sweet japanese green tea with rice krispies - may sound strange but its delish :P
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Postby Samovar » Oct 31st, '06, 11:16

I think that I'll give it a try. (Working on next order)! :D

This will be a big step for me as I've not had green tea in years and years!

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Postby Chip » Oct 31st, '06, 12:01

TeaTime,

Hey, who put the rice krispies in my tea?

This was one of my first green teas and for me was a nice transition tea from black tea since it has more substance than plain green tea. I still do enjoy it.

It is interesting. There are not too many middle ground people on this tea. You either like it or you really do not.

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Postby Samovar » Oct 31st, '06, 12:13

Thanks, Chip.

My first impression of green tea is that it must be like drinking grass. But I'm willing to take the plunge in order to learn more about green tea.

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Postby teamuse » Oct 31st, '06, 12:48

I really enjoyed this one. To me it had a toasty flavor from the popcorn and rice with the sweetness of the green tea.

I highly recommend a bit of the sweetner of your choice (I prefer honey/agave nectar or turbinado)

Hope you enjoy it!

edit: Darn it Amanda! Now I want rice krispie treats! :? :lol:
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Postby Chip » Oct 31st, '06, 13:11

...Oh, you asked about sweetening this tea...
Well, most people here know I do not sweeten...so, I do not sweeten this tea. I would at least try it without first...
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Postby Amanda » Oct 31st, '06, 13:12

oooohhh! Rice Krispy Treats and GenMaiCha...

Insert Homer Simpson-esk "aahhhggggghh" here.
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Postby Madam Potts » Oct 31st, '06, 13:57

Yuuuuummmmm - GenMaicha is my favorite green tea.

I found a genmaicha with matcha which is even tastier and sweeter - my new winter favorite.

I wish I had Rice Krispie Treats....it IS Halloween after all...
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Postby klemptor » Oct 31st, '06, 14:56

Republic of Tea's "Tea of Inquiry" is very similar - and Rice Krispies were the first thing I thought when I first tried it! ;)
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love it

Postby tenuki » Nov 1st, '06, 19:58

Love it. One of my favorite autum/winter teas. Toasty and fresh. Try drinking it without sweetener first.

my tea snob friends turn up their noses when I drink it though. lol. they say things like - I can smell your tea from over here and such, so be prepared... ;D

It's the only way my wife will drink green tea. Hey, whatever works.
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Postby Chip » Nov 2nd, '06, 14:32

Teatime wrote:Thanks, Chip.

My first impression of green tea is that it must be like drinking grass. But I'm willing to take the plunge in order to learn more about green tea.

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Teatime,

I would say Japanese sencha is of the grassy nature you speak of. But I like that. Genmaicha is definately not grassy, the toasted rice flavor dominates the flavor profile in my opinion.

Most Chinese green is not grassy at all either. Some can be nutty such as Long Jing...others can have a vegetal profile...and still others can be a little earthy.

Fresh Darjeeling green can have a floral/fruity profile but can also be quite astringent.

They are quite variable so you should try several.

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Postby Samovar » Nov 2nd, '06, 15:19

Thank you, Chip. Your descriptions will serve as a guideline when I make my selection.

I hope to order some tea tomorrow. :D

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