Tonight I have a bit of a review of one of Aaah’s green teas – the basic Genmaicha. This one is a mix of simple bancha (Japanese green) tea leaves, with some added roasted rice grains. Sounds strange to some people (MaSucree was a bit like “O_o wut?” when I told her about it!) but is surprisingly yummy!
The thing I really liked about this tea was those roasted rice grains. I drink quite a lot of green tea (comes from being an Asian Studies/Japanese major… it’s sort of expected 😉 ) and I’ve gotten used to it and its naturally more… bitter? taste as compared to black teas.
The rice grains lend this blend a smokey-roasty-nutty flavour that leaves you feeling all nice and warm and toasty! They also give it a slightly quirky sweetness that will leave you pleasantly surprised. The thing with using bancha leaves as the green base is that bancha is apparently very difficult to turn bitter – which is a huge plus in my books!
I brewed this cup for 3 minutes at about 80° which I think was just perfect. This green is very very easy to drink and is an excellent alternative to my current plain green leaves, which I have a tendency to overbrew until they’re bitter (oops!).
Give this one a go if you’re into green tea! It won’t disappoint you 🙂
Verdict: 4.5 stars