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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Teaflection Loose Leaf Green Tea 'Japanese Genmaicha Tea'

Tea Information:
Tea: Japanese Genmaicha Tea
Type: Green Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: Teaflection
Purchase: Here
Description: This refreshing steamed green tea from Japan has a liquor that is light brownish yellow . Tasting sweet and full bodied with a roasty aroma, this traditional Japanese green tea appears as "popcorn tea," due to its combination of young tea leaves and popped puffs of fire-roasted rice.

Buy Genmaicha Green Tea like our 2 pound bag of Japanese Genmaicha Green Tea and will include a free tea ball infuser. (limited to one per order)

Steep Information:
Amount: ~6tsp
Water:1000ml 175°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell:
AmazonV: It smells like seaweed and rice sushi. The tea looks like dark toasted rice cereal with some green tea and popcorn tossed in.
MilitiaJim: The better bits of noori
Steeped Tea Smell:
AmazonV: brown rice
MilitiaJim: white rice, the sticky sushi kind
AmazonV: toasted brown rice hints of vegetal green tea, a pleasant seaweed flavor
MilitiaJim: It's like drinking sushi!
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: toasty
Liquor: translucent yellow-green, like mountain dew

Resteep: 1000ml, 175, 4min
MilitiaJim found it weak, I found it fine, a little mellower, sweeter, and smoother.

We drained 2000ml very fast, I think we like it!

In fact we made a second and third fresh pot of tea, and they were both gone in short order. We love this tea.

I was surprised at the shipping packaging - there was an invoice and a wad of paper, but not enough to keep the tea from shifting around in the larger shipping box. The tea was undamaged by this and I wonder if the lack of padding was due to the tea choice.

Included in my package was a small tea ball, I really have enough odd tea making gadgets and was surprised by the inclusion until i went back and looked at the company website again. I will be giving this away to anyone in need of a tea ball.

I was amused by the custom packaging, it has my name on it! This made me feel special, and is defiantly a way to be memorable to your customers.

I received this tea for free for the purpose of reviewing the tea and posting my thoughts of it on my blog. I made sure to try it on multiple days, in between other teas, to make sure my thoughts on the tea were consistent.

Rating: 4/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing

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