This famous Japanese tea is known as "popcorn tea" or "brown rice tea," even though it does not actually contain popcorn. Genmai Cha is a good example of the ancient method of flavouring tea. During the roasting process, a few grains of the rice pop, resembling popcorn.
We blend Genmai Cha to be light on barley and rice to ensure the underlying palate of the sencha green tea dominates, with only top notes of barley to complement the green character. Lower quality versions of Genmai Cha will tend to use low-quality Sencha (or Bancha) and high proportion of barley and rice.
In this eminent blend, the nutty taste of the rice and barley goes well with the fresh flavour of our top-grade, blended Sencha (1st flush or "shincha" new tea), resulting in a savoury infusion that is a perfect complement to sushi and other Japanese cuisine. Also great as a marinade for goat’s cheese to be added into salads.
"I have used your teas in many dishes over the years. I use the Japanese tea in green tea mousse." - ICON Mark Hagan