Earlier this week I tried a genmaicha green tea from Steepster Select and it was good. You can read all about it here. I had no idea it was coming or perhaps I wouldn’t have ordered genmai cha from Adagio teas. Before you ask, yes it’s the same name, just broken up a little differently. I wish I could tell you more, but I honestly can’t.
Actually the only thing I can tell you is that genmaicha/genmai cha was/is known as the “people’s tea” because the recipe was born out of those living in poverty. Japanese peasants couldn’t afford much tea so they would mix it with the roasted/toasted rice (super cheap). This gave them more tea for their cup. Plus they could reuse the leaves for more steeps.
So this morning I took some with me in my tea tumbler (after brewing it up in the one touch). Brewing it in the one touch wasn’t the bad idea. The bad idea was carrying it in the tea tumbler. When I got to work and poured my first cup it tasted burnt. This was not the way I wanted to start my Thursday.
I naturally did not want to review those two cups of tea. So instead I heated the water to 180 and opted to break in Mr. TEA to steep the leaves and toasted rice. You can see him doing his thing above. I will say this Adagio does use a lot of toasted rice in their version of genmai cha. I’m not against this (I for one love the taste) but I’d like to see some green tea in there too!
A word on Mr. TEA. He’s a pretty cool guy who hangs on your tea cup while he steeps your tea in his “pants”. Yeah, I thought of this one after I started sipping…but let it go in favor of enjoying my tea. He does a great job at steeping tea, the trouble comes when you need to clear out the tea leaves. It’s a little bit of a pain in the pants…pun intended! Thankfully I found that you CAN flip said pants inside out (do this carefully) and everything cleans up pretty well.
Right, back to the tea! Once again I get that really great taste of the toasted rice mixed with the vegetal taste of the green tea. But unlike the Shirakawa from earlier this week, I don’t get a specific veggie jumping out at me. Which makes me a little sad because spinach is my jam. There is the hint of a grassy flavor on the finish, but only a hint. I’m not saying it isn’t a good cup of tea. Just that the flavors were more pronounced in the genmaicha from Steepster.
I would probably buy this again when I run out because I know I can get it again from Adagio. Who knows if I could get the other one again? Plus like I said it isn’t bad, far from it. Now if you’ll excuse me I need to go enjoy the rest of this cuppa before bed.
Have you ever had genmaicha? What did you think of it? Where did you get it from? Let me know in the comments.