Gen Mai Lemongrass Chai from Yogic Chai

Tea Type: Green Tea/Chai

Where To Buy: Yogic Chai

Product Description:

Herbal Properties:
– Genmaicha Tea: Is a flavorful Japanese classic which includes a stunning combination of whole, fresh Green Sencha leaves combined with roasted organic brown rice. The almost sweet, toasted flavor of the rice adds a lovely contribution to the whole bodied green tea leaves

– Cardamom: A household spice that is commonly used to support digestion without increasing Heat.* It has expectorant and diaphoretic actions.* The mucus forming properties of milk are neutralized when cardamom is added to it.*

– Cinnamon: This warming spice is traditionally used in cold formulas as an expectorant and diaphoretic (sweat inducing).* Due to its warming property, cinnamon is known to promote digestion.*

– Cloves: An energizing herb,* cloves are an effective stimulant and aromatic for the lungs and stomach.* Cloves are used extensively in Ayurvedic herbology.

– Ginger: In Ayurvedic and Chinese herbology, Ginger is known to have heating, cleansing, toning and stimulating properties.* Ginger promotes digestion, relieves abdominal discomfort, dispels chills and it is also useful for relieving respiratory complaints due to phlegm and arthritic conditions due to coldness.*

– Lemon Grass: As a medicinal herb, lemon grass is mildly diuretic and a stimulant tonic. * The herb promotes digestion of fats, and in Ayurvedic medicine a preparation of lemon grass with pepper has been used for relief of menstrual troubles and nausea.* The herb stimulates perspiration, cooling the body in summer and lowering fevers any time of year.*

  • This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease

Tasters Review:

Gen Mai?  Lemongrass?  Chai?  I can’t say as I would have thought about putting all of this together but I am sure glad that Yogic Chai did because it’s pretty darned awesome!

The Genmaicha is the perfect ‘strength’ for me and of really good quality.  The Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger are all quite subtle and I’m completely fine with that.  There are little popped rice that are included in this blend of flavors and I think that is very nice!  It makes me smile, actually!  The Lemongrass is a wonderful touch!

This is another good, unique chai/blend from Yogic Chai!  And I am grateful that I was able to try it.  If you have the opportunity to sample it – do it!  You won’t regret it!

Genmai Matcha from Shizuoka Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Shizuoka Tea

Product Description:

Genmai Matcha is a very tasty combination of Sencha, Genmai (toasted brown rice) and Matcha (high-quality tea leaf powder). The Genmai gives the Sencha tea a wholesome, nut-like flavor. The Matcha gives it a deep green color and very pleasing aroma.  This combination makes Genmai Matcha one of our best selling teas.

Taster’s Review:

I really enjoy Genmaicha teas, and I also enjoy Matcha, so when these two are brought together in one blend – well, you know that old commercial about two great tastes that taste great together?  Yeah, the commercial is about a candy bar, but it works here too.

I steeped this Genmai Matcha in my gaiwan.  I don’t usually steep Genmaicha in my gaiwan, but I don’t know why!  I think I may start though, because, I am finding it to be the perfect vessel for this tea. 

The flavor is sweet, nutty and toasty.  There are hints of bitterness from the Matcha which enhance the overall profile of the tea – this tea seems to please the whole palate with its complex collection of flavors.

The Matcha coats the palate softly with a delicious, almost powder-like feel.  There is a pleasant level of vegetative taste to this cup.  It doesn’t taste too grassy.  The toasted taste of the Genmaicha gives the cup a more “roasted vegetable” flavor rather than a grassy tone.

This is a very energizing cup, it is a great choice to sip later in the day to help offset that sluggish sort of feeling!  It not only excites the palate but invigorates the body and helps to clear the mind!  What a splendid tea!

Genmaicha from Kyoto Obubu Tea Plantations

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Kyoto Obubu Tea Plantations

Company Description:

Made with a little bit of luxury, Obubu’s Genmaicha (玄米茶) or Brown Rice Tea is made with 100% Japanese-grown sweet mochi rice combined with our Sencha of the Autumn Moon. The strong, sweet flavor of the roasted brown fills the air as the tea steeps and mixes with the sweetness and bitterness of the sencha to produce a delicious and natural tea.

Taster’s Review:

Genmaicha has been a long time favorite of mine.  Even when I wasn’t really digging a lot of green teas (there was a time when I was not as enthusiastic about green teas as I am now), I have always found a good cup of Genmaicha to be very enjoyable.

So when I received this sample of Genmaicha, I was very eager to try it.  And I am SO glad that I did!  This is a delightful Genmaicha – one of the very best I’ve ever tried.

What makes this one significantly different is the Sencha base that is used.  Very often, the green tea used to make a Genmaicha is a Bancha.  Now, I like Bancha tea quite a bit, and even though Bancha is actually a lower grade of Sencha, Sencha and Bancha teas taste a bit different.  Bancha teas tend to have a natural toasted flavor to them that stands out.  While some Sencha teas that I’ve tasted do have a slight roasted/nutty quality to them, it is not as prominent as the toasted note that I get from a Bancha.

And these differences in flavor are significant when it comes to Genmaicha.  As it is made by blending green tea with toasted and popped rice, there is a roasty-toasty flavor that is one of the most prominent (and appealing) characteristics of a Genmaicha tea.  So, when a Genmaicha is blended using a Bancha, you compound that signature roasty-toasty flavor of the Genmaicha.  But when a Genmaicha blend is made using a Sencha, the flavor becomes slightly different… slightly more complex.

The backdrop of this tea is a bittersweet flavor – not bitter … but, as I’ve described on Steepster, it is more like semi-sweet to me.  It has a pleasant nuttiness that is accentuated nicely with by the popped rice, which has its own natural sweetness.  It is very delicious, pleasantly sweet, and extraordinarily delicious!

Attention Genmaicha fans:  this Genmaicha is NOT to be missed!

Bamboo Shoots from Tea Frog

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Tea Frog

Company Description:

Ingredients: Genmaicha, Green Tea, Ginger, Cardamom, Bamboo Shoots, Red Peppercorns, Papaya Pieces, Shredded Coconut, Pineapple Pieces

Taster’s Review:

Tea Frog has a great deal when it comes to samples:  $2.00 per sample.   You can order just a few or a whole bunch!  The samples are generously sized too – enough to brew a couple of pots of tea!

With this deal, I decided to order several different samples that I was anxious to try.  This one was very intriguing!  I love Genmaicha, so I felt fairly confident that I would also love this blend.

The smell of toasty rice wafts out from the teapot as it brews… YUM!

This tea is an interesting balance of sweet rice and tea, warm spices and tropical flair!  The Genmaicha flavor is the strongest component of this blend – it is rich, toasty and sweet.  One big difference between an “ordinary” Genmaicha and this blend is that the grassy tone from the green tea seems to be absent in this cup.  I suspect the other flavors help to conceal the sometimes undesirable vegetative notes of the green tea… I personally enjoy that vegetative flavor in green tea, but sometimes it IS too grassy.  I like this because I can still enjoy the light, sweet flavor of the Genmaicha without the sometimes overwhelming vegetal tone.

The warmth of the spices is also subtle.  There isn’t a strong peppery note from the ginger or peppercorns – it is a gentle warmth.  The same is true of the tropical fruit – sweet, juicy, and yet subtle.  There is a slight tartness to the blend that hits the palate in the aftertaste.  This is also quite delicate and very enjoyable.

Overall, I’m finding this to be an outstanding tea.  It is delicious, refreshing, and works well as both a hot tea and an iced tea.  I like it a lot!

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