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Country of Origin: Japan
Region: Shizuoka Prefecture
Altitude: 150m – 450m above sea level
Manufacturing Type: Steamed Green Tea
Cup Characteristics: Light golden yellow liquor with a unique, toasty rice flavour tending sweet. A tea that creates conversation and distinctly Japanese in taste
Infusion: Light golden yellow liquor bright with roasted rice kernels
Ingredients: Japan green tea, Roasted rice, Popped rice
Description: This is a specialty Japanese green tea (normally high grade of Japan Sencha) that is blended with fire roasted rice. The fresh vegetative character of the green tea is imparted on the cup but is tempered with the bakey-like character of the rice. There is a natural sweetness and almost chewy character to the finish of this tea. During the firing of the rice, it is not uncommon for rice to ‘pop’ not unlike popcorn, hence the pet name ‘popcorn tea’.
Legend has it that during the 1400’s an important samurai warlord in Hakone on the Izu peninsula of Honshu Island (the Izu Peninsula is near the Shzuoka area) was having tea in the morning discussing battle strategy with his patrol leaders. A servant by the name of Genamai was serving hot tea to the group. Leaning over to give tea to the warlord, rice that he had surreptitiously taken for a morning snack fell out of his pocket into the steaming hot tea. Some popped upon hitting the hot tea.
The warlord was incensed, jumped up brandishing his samurai sword promptly cut of Genamai’s head in one fell swoop. He then sat down to continue the meeting. Despite the fact that the tea had been tarnished he drank it anyway. The flavour was very unique and he enjoyed it tremendously In honor of poor Genamai he pronounced that this rice and tea be served every morning and be called ‘Genmaicha’ (cha being the name of ‘tea’ in Japanese).
Hot Tea Brewing Method (Traditional Method): When preparing by the cup, this tea can be used repeatedly – about 3 times. The secret is to use water that is about 82ºC. Place 1 slightly heaping teaspoon in your cup let the tea steep for about 3 minutes and then begin enjoying a cup of enchantment – do not remove the leaves from the cup. Adding milk and sugar is not recommended.
Once the water level is low – add more water, and so on and so on until the flavour of the tea is exhausted. Look at the pattern of the leaves in the brew, not only do they foretell your fortune but you can see the bud and shoots presenting themselves, looking like they are about to be plucked.
Hot Tea Brewing Method (Modern Method): Bring fresh water to a rolling boil. Place 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea for each 200-260mL of fluid volume in the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot.
Cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea). Adding milk or sugar is not recommended.
Iced Tea Brewing Method: Serving this as iced tea is generally not recommended.
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