Nostalgia aside, it is time to review this Genmai Cha by Hime Brand, I certainly recommend getting it from a local Asian Market (I have yet to find one that does not stock this tea) because usually you can get this fairly large box of tea for $2-5. The aroma is a wonderful pile of roasty, toasty goodness! Fairly mild vegetal green aroma wafting in underneath the rich, nutty, roasted rice aroma. Lingering underneath these delightful smells is the slight tinge of earthiness that I assume comes from the sorghum. I have to admit the aroma of the tea is nothing to jump up and down about, but it is certainly enjoyable.
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The taste is very familiar, a tea I have had many, many cups of in my life. The toasted rice takes the center stage, not a sweet rice but a rich, nutty, toasted rice mixed with a popcorn taste. After the initial rice taste fades you get to experience the Bancha which is extremely mild, a touch of the umami and a touch of vegetal. Sadly I have had numerous Genmai Cha's that knock this one out of the water, it is far from a bad tea but it is very much so an average 'everyday lots of tea drinking' type tea. Even taking off the nostalgia goggles I still enjoy this tea and grab for it when I want a tea to just drink and not have to think about.