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Genmaicha | Sweet Rice

New Mexico Tea Company
  • Spoon 1 tsp Per Cup
  • Kettle 180°F
  • Timer 3 Min
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Hot Tea Brewing Instructions:

Bring spring or filtered drinking water to 180°F in a kettle. Add 1 tsp of tea leafs to a cup. Always pour boiling water over tea leafs and let steep 3 minutes.

Any of these variables can be changed to suit your particular palate, so experiment! Many teas can be steeped multiple times (especially green, white, and oolong). When steeping a tea multiple times increase the length of steep time slightly with each successive infusion.

Iced Tea Brewing Instructions:

1) Hot water method: For 1 gallon of iced tea, bring half a gallon of filtered water to boil in a pot. Turn off heat, and add 3 tablespoons (1 oz of tea), let steep for 3 minutes. Strain the tea into the other half gallon of cool water and refrigerate. If you want to serve immediately, you can pour the concentrate over ice to cool and dilute, then pour over ice again.

2) Sun tea: use a glass container and add 1 tsp of loose tea of each cup of water directly into the jug. Then set in the sun for a few hours, tasting occasionally to get the desired strength.

3) Cold brew: The slow cold-water-steeping method extracts natural sweetness and flavor from the tea leaf. It lessens the bitterness and tangy-ness produced by tannic acid so your tea tastes smooth and mild. Add 1 tsp of tea per cup of cold water and put in the refrigerator. When the water is chilled, your tea will be ready!

Price: $3.75

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Made with a little bit of luxury, ObubuÕs Genmaicha (玄米茶) or Brown Rice Tea is made with sweet mochi rice (also grown in Wazuka) combined with Yanagi Bancha.

The strong, sweet flavor of the roasted rice fills the air as the tea steeps and mixes with the sweetness and bitterness of the sencha to produce a delicious tea.

Yanagi Bancha

About a month after harvesting the leaves to make Sencha, a second cropping of the same plants is done in June to produce Yanagi Bancha (やなぎ番茶).

This June cropping is deep to increase volume for the next harvest, as well as to get the slender pieces of twigs (which contain sugars that offset the bitterness of the more mature leaves).

Extra Info:

Farmer: Akihiro Kita
Tea Plant Cultivar: Yabukita plants, about 15 years old
Harvest Period: June

Ingredients:

June 2016 Aracha; which Includes the leaf blade, leaf stem, broken particles of the leaf, and the fine leaf hair. | Roasted Sweet Rice,

Origin:

Obubu Tea Farm | Wazuka, Kyoto, Japan (Uji District)

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Reviews:

12/2/2013
5 Stars

I was very impressed with this tea. As said before, it has a fabulous round roasted nutty taste that can only be found in a genmai tea. I love it! The tea leaves are very hard to overbrew because the sweet rice quickly balances out any bitterness from the leaves. I think it's an excellent beginners green tea. Easily brewed in a pot or a bag or a gaiwan, all with excellent results. I disagree that the second brew is as good as the first though. It takes much much longer and isn't as sweet as the first. Lovely tea. Will definitely become a staple

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11/7/2013
5 Stars

This is the first tea I've tried from New Mexico Tea Company, and let me just say, you've gotten yourself a devotee. This tea is lovely, with a nutty, rounded flavor that tastes like I'd imagine a hug would taste like. Second brew is just as good as the first. This will become a staple.

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1/6/2017
5 Stars

This is a terrific tea. Some other genmaicha's I have had over the years have been bitter, but this is easy on the palette, with just a hint of sweetness, and is soothing and calming. Highly recommended!

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