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!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!