Organic Genmaicha Powder with Matcha from Shi Zen

genmaichapowderTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Shi Zen

Tea Description:

Our organic genmaicha powder has a pleasant aroma of the roasted brown rice and the natural tea sweetness from the organic matcha.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

The first thing that I noticed when I prepared this Organic Genmaicha Powder with Matcha from Shi Zen in my chawan is how much froth it produced.  This is a rich, thick, fluffy froth!

I prepared this the way I’d normally prepare Matcha – in my chawan, whisking it in hot water.  But as I was preparing it, a thought crossed my mind that this would also be delicious iced (just add some to a water bottle and give it a vigorous shake!) or … as a latte!  The toasted rice notes and natural nutty flavors would meld with the creaminess of the milk in a really delicious way, I think!  I shall have to try that tomorrow morning!

Prepared with just hot water, this is also very tasty.  I get a lot of genmaicha flavor – it is sweet and warm from the roasty-toasty flavor.  I am noticing some bitter tones to this which is kind of unusual for a Matcha, so, I’m guessing that the base for the genmaicha – possibly a bancha or sencha? – might have a tad of bitterness to its leaf.  But it’s not an off-putting bitterness, rather, I’m enjoying the contrast between the sweet and bitter.

I love the creaminess of this.  The froth is super creamy on top of the liquid, and then the liquid itself is smooth and creamy and the toasted nutty flavors complement the creaminess of the drink very well.

Another WIN from Shi Zen!  I really like this.

Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of “Gramma” and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

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!

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