Another seriously good tea from Verdant. Everything I try from them exceeds my expectations!!

Genmaicha has for years had its own place in our cabinet. The ubiquitous purple and yellow box is a stable on our shopping list. Genmaicha is as common in our house as Sriracha or oyster sauce. It is a comfortable, dependable friend.

Sometimes our dependable friends surprise us. This Verdant GMC is an energized version of my humble friend.

Having a beautiful appearance and a familiar GMC aroma, I really wasn’t expecting an exceedingly memorable experience. Genmaicha is genmaicha, right? Wrong!!

The look is familiar as is the color of the liquor. Even the taste is familiar, but it is a familiar taste raise by a factor or 3 or 4 in intensity and quality. It truly is like the difference between those single serving ice cream cups you hand out to the kids at a birthday party and a super premium Haagen Daz. This is Genmaicha as I’ve never known it.

This tea is warm and wholesome. It has a very nice nuttiness and has an undeniable sweet, clean throat. I thought I was mistaken at first, but the lingering sweet ending is consistent and very pleasing. This is a completely clean brew.

From beginning to end this is a superior product. As long as I can afford it, this will be my new everyday Genmaicha.

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 15 sec

So excited to try this!

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So excited to try this!

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My foray into Asian culture in general and tea specifically began about two decades ago upon meeting my future wife early in our university years. I call it my Sino-ification, but generally it took more than a decade to become an honorary Chinese at least in the eyes of my family. I am still casually referred to as “white devil”, “barbarian” and “big nose”. However, I am indebted to my Chinese in-laws and asian friends for instilling in me, among other things,a great respect and love of tea culture, and all of its nuances.

Over the years, we have had the great fortune to travel throughout Asia, particularly in Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, and of course in Malaysia. Along the way always eating the local fare and drinking tea.

I am so glad to finally be connected to this site to further my knowledge and appreciation of tea.


Lexington, KY / KL Malaysia

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