Leaf Type: Green
Where to buy: Culinary Teas
An exceptional blend of the Genmaicha toasted flavor and aroma, with a Matcha natural sweetness. An exotic and harmonious flavor for green tea. Also known as ‘popcorn tea’.
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This Genmaicha Extra Green with Matcha Tea from Culinary Teas is a very pleasing Genmaicha blend. I love the warm, roasty-toasty flavor, as well as the fresh note that comes with the “extra” green from the Matcha. It’s a very invigorating tea … one that would be a great alternative to the typical black breakfast tea!
Normally, I consider a Genmaicha tea to be on the “light” side as far as that caffeine kick goes… but the Matcha addition not only gives it extra green, but some EXTRA energy too! The Matcha adds a slight creamy tone to the cup, and while I did notice the green powder on the dry leaf (and some powder to spare!) the cup does not appear overly cloudy or thick from the Matcha. It does have a thicker texture than I would normally experience with a typical Genmaicha … but it isn’t as heavy as I expected it to be given the heavy powdering the dry leaf appeared to receive from the Matcha. (The dry leaf was very powdery and green!)
The Matcha also gives this Genmaicha a distinctive flavor. It is sweeter and I like the way the vegetal note coats the tongue. This has a slightly stronger vegetal tone than a typical Genmaicha without the extra Matcha. The Genmaicha offers the flavor that I’d expect from a Genmaicha: I taste that sweet, nutty/toasty rice flavor. Overall, this combination of Matcha and Genmaicha is sweet, nutty, vegetal … it’s delicious!
I prefer my Genmaicha served straight – no additions – and that’s the way I took this cup. It’s really delightful, and I like the energy boost it gives me! Great for those times when I need a “jolt” but don’t want black tea!