Origin: Kagoshima, Japan
Ingredients: 1st Flush Sencha leaves, Hokkaido roasted brown organic rice
Description: This classic Japanese tea is a world-renowned combination of green tea leaves with lightly toasted grains of brown rice. While adding toasted rice was initially done with Bancha teas (‘last tea,’ a lower grade of green tea) to bulk up the quantity and lower the price for poorer members of society, the distinct warm flavour of genmaicha is now enjoyed across Japan and the world. This particular genmaicha is made with the tender first flush leaves of a traditional Sencha harvest, and paired with organic toasted rice from the Hokkaido region.
Tasting Notes: The aroma of toasted sesame and an almost salty quality meets the nose. The palate starts with flavours of fresh cooked rice and toasted sesame seeds, developing a fresh green grassy brightness and a slight nutty notes. The second steeping is a bit sweeter, with less overall umami and creamy texture - the steep feels clear and more direct. A sweet mineral linger builds under the tongue. Creates a sense of fullness. Excellent paired with a savoury meal.
2g per cup. 90-95ºC water. Steep 2 minutes. Re-steep.
* a clearer, more astringent steep
* a creamier, more umami steep
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