drank Genmaicha by Harney & Sons
136 tasting notes

I saw this at the store and wanted to buy some Japanese green tea to hold me over until I buy more gyokuro. The instructions call for a 3 minute steep, but I was a little skeptical, since I usually find that 1.5-2 minutes is sufficient for green teas. However, my first steep of 1.5 minutes was definitely on the weak side. I hit the target on the second steep…2.5 minutes, just like you guys recommend…never doubt Steepster. :P
The popcorn/roasted brown rice flavor dominates, but there’s a good grassy flavor that isn’t masked too much by the roasted brown rice. This is my fourth genmaicha, and it probably ranks as the best in the group.

160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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I’m a tea novice, and I’m loving my introduction to the World of Tea. I started getting into tea about 4 years ago when I lived in Brooklyn, NY. At first, I stayed with green teas, and took black teas completely for granted. However, in the last couple years I have enthusiastically added them to my daily routine. I love strong Assam black teas in the morning, and Japanese green teas in the afternoon, especially matcha and gyokuro. I have recently become a big fan of Keemuns. I’m looking forward to learning about new teas on this site and talking to other tea lovers!

As far as ratings go, don’t trust me. I’m a high rater, and I’m easily impressed. If I rate a tea lower than 70 (which is going to happen rarely, it seems), I probably will not drink that tea again. I will splurge for some teas at times, but I love a bargain, so you will often see me celebrating under-appreciated everyday teas.


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