This lightly grassy summer harvest Organic Sencha has been blended with roasted brown rice providing a savoury, nutty profile that is delightfully thirst quenching. Legend has it that in the 15th century, a Samurai was being served tea by his faithful servant - Genmai. As Genmai poured the tea, some roasted rice fell from his sleeve into the tea. In a fit of rage, the Samurai beheaded poor Genmai for ruining his tea. The Samurai then tasted his spoiled tea only to find that the rice had actually improved the flavour by adding a toasted, nutty flavour to it.
However, the true origins of Genmaicha actually have a much more recent history. In the early 20th century, a tea house in Kyoto began blending roasted rice with their teas because the cost of fine tea was very expensive for the everyday person. Genmaicha soon became very popular and is now a staple of every Japanese household.
Tasting Notes: Pine Nuts, Rice, Cut Grass
Region: Kyoto, Japan | Elevation: 800m
Serving: 3g | Temp: 80C | Steep time: 1-3min
Ingredients: green tea, roasted rice