This tea has dark green curly leaves and is mixed with roasted brown rice. When dry, the tea has a crisp scent. Its liquor is light yellow/green and has a toasty aroma. It is smooth yet satisfying, as it tastes like popcorn! With a lower caffeine content, it is the perfect nightcap.
What is Genmaicha? (pronounced: gen-my-cha, with a hard 'g' as in 'get')
Genmaicha (玄米茶) literally translates as "brown rice tea" and is a type of flavoured green tea mixed with roasted brown rice.
While most Genmaicha uses Bancha (番茶, third or fourth flush green tea) as the base, ours uses Tamaryokucha (玉緑茶, literally translates as "ball-shaped green tea"), which is a regional specialty of Ureshino in Saga Prefecture.
Tamaryokucha is a type of steamed green tea that skips the final rolling step, which results in the leaves having a curly, "comma" shape. As the leaves are slightly less processed than regular Sencha, it is less astringent and more robust in umami.
Ureshino, Saga Prefecture, Japan