Two Japanese Classic ingredients - Tea and Rice.
Toasted, summery, but green through and through, it's no surprise that Genmaicha is a current word-of-mouth favorite among Japanese professionals. But it wasn't always ...As the tale goes, the plain, hearty “Bancha” leaves that form this tea's base have long been a regular countryside tradition. Its use was widespread among rural Japanese families who saw tea as a way to celebrate the contemplative nature of change. Thus Bancha represented summer and the thoughts that came with the warm, wet season.
In times of scarcity, even Bancha became hard to obtain. Thus, to make the tea last longer, it was mixed with popped rice. The resulting flavor was so unique that Genmaicha continues to be blended today.
And so Genmaicha was born, a meeting of the two great sustaining sources of the Japanese table; representing the balance of luxury and survival in a toasted, vegetal, gardener's tea. Suitable for most occasions and adaptable to further blending, this tea is a true country-side-to-high-society transformation story. One who's appeal has no doubt not seen the end of its expansion.
Base leaf: Green tea
Health properties: Antioxidant qualities known.
Flavor strength: Moderate, toasted, vegetal. Primary collection is grass, summer. Fine notes of countryside citrus, unique “popped rice” toasted finish.
My Aunt in her 90's was born and raised in Japan. I had tea shipped to her in my home town up north. She was a bit confused because she had not ordered it. I had told her daughter that I had sent the tea and so she explained to her Mother and said her Mom was very pleased..... I will be sending her more in a little while.... A lovely surprise for a beautiful lady.....
Dee~Thank you so much for letting us know about the gift for your Aunt. Genmaicha is a very popular tea in Japan. Rob O'Brien, the founder of Good Life Tea, grew up in Japan and drank it regularly early in life and then almost daily when he opened the shop.
The genmatcha tea is light and yummy. Toasty notes with green tea.
We are thrilled to hear you are enjoying your Genmaicha, Jane! It is a lovely tea that is appreciated by many green tea drinkers! Happy sipping! :)
We are long-time drinkers of genmaicha, but only brands you can purchase from the market. This version was definitely superior - far smoother with a deep flavor of toasted rice. Really excellent. We will be buying more!
Joan, I'm sure you have found that our genmaicha is perfect on a cold winter day. Toasty notes in a toasty cup of tea. What a treat!