|Nickname||Mitchell S (Canada)|
After some experimentation with temperature, steeping time, and amount of leaf, I can say I am very happy with this genmaicha.
If you use too much tea, or steep at too hot a temperature you will find a bitter brew. I tried using a gong-fu style technique where I used a lot of tea and very little water, but it was still bitter and I wouldn't recommend it.
Using a normal method of about a teaspoon of leaves to 6-8oz of water seems to work the best.
Once you've got that dialed in, the tea itself is great.
The sencha taste sits in the background, and provides a base for the toasted rice flavours to shine.
The rice makes the tea heartier and nutty. It's certainly mostly the rice flavour with a little sencha to balance it out, so I wouldn't expect strong sencha flavour.
I think this will become my new morning tea. During the day I use a tea ceremony method, and at night I drink Houjicha for it's low caffeine.
But in the early morning I am looking for a big cup of caffeine that tastes good, and the heartiness of this genmaicha fits that role perfectly, especially with its low cost.
I'll be purchasing it again for sure!
5 of 5 Stars!
|Date||August 30, 2015|