Saturday, March 16, 2013

Tea Review: Matcha Genmaicha (Keiko)

Matcha Genmaicha
Keiko
Type:  Green
Origin:  Japan, Kagoshima Prefecture
Product Description:  Organic specialty blend combining half shaded tea leaves, fine tea stems from the 2nd picking and roasted rice beans which make for a toasty aroma. Matcha tea powder has been added for a beautiful green cup.

Temperature: 175° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 2 minutes

The dry leaves have a sweet hay and bold green aroma.

The golden-green infusion has a marine and roasted nutty aroma.  The taste is savory with notes of toasted rice and roasted nuts with a long green finish.

I found the roasted flavor of this tea to be comforting and it carries well through multiple steepings.  As expected, the matcha is only present for the first steeping.  I enjoyed the natural astrigency and would recommend a slightly shorter steeping time if you prefer more moderate results.




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