Thursday, November 21, 2013

Den's Tea: Genmaicha Extra Green Pyramid Teabag, A Tea Review

Today I am conducting an experiment, my shiny (and way too delicate for comfort) porcelain Gaiwan arrived from China and I am using it. I have never used a Gaiwan and I foresee many a burned fingers and probably added chips to the delicate china. Yes, I already chipped it, I am that clumsy. My foot got wrapped around my headphone cord and when I walked away the cord swept under the pristine Gaiwan and topped it into a much harder bowl. So while I am waiting for my tea to steep I am going to review a tea from Japan.
I love their mascot.

When I ordered my Kyusu from Den's Tea I also ordered their New to Den's Tea Sampler so I could try a few of their teas. The first one I tried was a delightful Pyramid Teabag filled with Genmaicha Extra Green. This tea mixes Genmaicha and Matcha for a very green concoction, I like green teas that are vibrantly green, looking at them makes me immensely happy. Opening the wrapper I can certainly smell the Matcha, it is the most dominant aroma, vegetal green and sweet. I am not sure why but the aroma of Genmaicha always makes me a hungry (maybe because it has food in it?) and this is no exception. The rice aroma is roasted and nutty without being overpowering, the different aromas are balanced and not fighting for dominance.

Steeping the bag fills the area with the aroma of fresh grass and toasted rice. The strongest notes are that of the grassy green Matcha, followed by a gentle sweetness and mild umami. The toasted rice gives the tea a bit of a cereal like aroma (hmm, maybe I am just hungry) but it is muted by the Matcha.
Lovely color!

The first thing I noticed about the taste is umami, a slight touch of kelp and delicious grassy green. A good beginning to a very pretty tea. The mouth feel is smooth and creamy, it certainly feels good to drink. The next note that I notice is the roasted rice nuttiness, it is not very strong and comes in as a mid to aftertaste. As the tea cools it takes on a slight sweetness and a resemblance to mown hay more than fresh grass. This is a great bagged tea and I look forward to seeing how it compares to the loose version of this tea.

So how goes the Gaiwan experiment? So far so good, I have only moderately burned my fingers (the porcelain is crazy thin!) and I wish that it was a little less wide for my tiny hand to grip. I still need more practice before I feel comfortable with it, but I am glad to finally have one to use.


  1. This tea sounds lovely and looks uplifting in a serene way. So sad that your Gaiwan already has a chip.....

    1. Serene is a really good way to describe this tea...hehe, wish I would have thought of it ;p

      There was a reason I wanted a really cheap gaiwan as my first, I know how I am (how many tea pots have I broken?) and even though I would curl up and cry if I actually broke this thing, imagine what I would do if I got one of the beautiful hand painted ones or celadon ones that I really want?

      I think after I practice a lot with this one I will get one of the really nice ones...which will be added to my 'beautiful but rarely use because I don't want to break it' collection.