Genmaicha, Bag of 50 Sachets


An adventuring tea that's full of intrigue, Genmaicha combines brown rice kernels (the eponymous "genmai") with fresh green Bancha leaves (the eponymous "cha") as they dry. As a result, the rice kernels grow crispy and burst open, infusing the Bancha with a pleasant roasted flavor and toasty aromas. A comfortingly curious tea perfect for the traditional Bancha drinker and those who enjoy the roasted flavors of rice tea.

Mike's Tea Ratings

Briskness: 2
Body: 2
Aroma: 5
Details: Bancha is a summer tea made after the Sencha season. Because there is so much of this inexpensive tea, an innovative Kyoto tea merchant thought to combine the the two staples of the Japanese diet, bringing Genmaicha into existance. Once considered a cheap peasant beverage, Genmaicha has recently come into vogue among the Japanese urban elite.
Dry Leaves: Broad yellow-green Bancha tea leaves are mixed with toasted brown rice.
Liquor: The liquor is vibrant light green tinged slightly khaki brown from the rice.
Aroma: The predominant aroma is the roasted brown rice with light vegetal undernotes and hints of citrus from the Bancha.
Caffeine Level: caffeinated
Body: Genmiacha is a light-bodied green tea.
Flavors: Above a baseline vegetal flavor of spring grass, there is the strong roasted flavor from the toasted rice. It is evocative of popcorn.
Brewing Time: 2-Jan
Brewing Temp: 160º