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Popcorn lovers listen up - this nutty Japanese 'popcorn' green tea is quite a concoction.
When Japanese farmers first tried the trick of adding toasted rice to their tea, they soon realised that the springlike taste of steamed green tea was a surprisingly good match for crispy, roasted flavours. Popped pieces of toasted rice give the appearance of popcorn, and Genmaicha tends to be a hit with anyone fond of the slightly savoury taste the Japanese call 'umami'. We'd recommend trying our Genmaicha with a handful of toasted pumpkin and sunflower seeds - ideal as a flavoursome energy boost.
As with all green tea, Genmaicha is packed full of antioxidants, prompting claims of health benefits ranging from weight loss to enhanced immunity. Then again, it's a tea with a real sense of fun.
Fresh, sweet and nutty
Genmaicha is delicious with stir fry
Film nights and Tokyo twilights
Add one teaspoon (around 2g) of loose leaf tea per cup and use freshly drawn water heated to around 80 degrees. For the ideal temperature either pour the water before it reaches boiling point or allow the water to sit for 3-5 minutes after boiling. Allow to brew for 2-3 minutes according to taste. Best enjoyed without milk.
Tastes very burnt, wouldn't recommend. by Matt on 7th December 2016
The tea tastes very burnt, a bit like popcorn but much harsher. Even the smell is off-putting. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
Reply from Whittard, 7th December 2016
"Hi Matt, please contact us with the batch number so we can check to see if anything's wrong. Don't forget you can return this for a replacement or refund under our taste guarantee"
Well good! by Clare on 28th September 2016
Well here's someone who's not keen on popcorn but who loves this tea; maybe it's the way popcorn is such a hassle and this tea is just so simple. It has a light refreshing taste and is neither as fruity as a fruit tea nor as herbal as a herbal tea; well those who know what I mean will know what I mean. In fact it's a hot tip to make it into one of the permanent tea caddies alongside my Earl Grey and Russian Caravan. Highly recommended.
Unusual yet great tea! by Chriss Alsop on 10th February 2016
Smooth, slightly creamy and oh, so refreshing. Whoever came up with the idea for this tea deserves a medal of some sort! And as an added bonus, the smell of the tea reminds me of a good movie with a bag of popcorn!
Ecstatic this this is back! by Fiona on 24th October 2015
I am so pleased the 'Rice Krispie Tea' is back. If you love milk oolong then you will love this. It has a soft light flavour with a tiny hint of sweetness and is a tea equally as wonderful when cold.
The Chinese first brought tea to Japan during the Song Dynasty (960-1279) and Japanese tea drinking has since been raised to a fine art, known as chadō or ‘the way of tea’. While the Chinese went on to develop six distinct tea classes and thousands of different varieties, the Japanese kept firm to the original process of steaming the leaves to create green tea. This concentration on one particular method has created a truly unique style of tea, characterised by a lush green leaves with a buttery vegetal flavour. First brewed by monks as an aid to mediation, today these highly valued teas play an important social and spiritual role in Japanese culture.
We've given our Genmaicha the number 29, a reminder of the year Kellogg's Rice Krispies first came up with the iconic catchphrase Snap, Crackle, Pop!'.
This truly extraordinary Japanese tea generates a bright green, almost luminescent infusion. Before being picked and skilfully steamed to keep that peas-in-a-pod freshness, the young leaves are carefully protected from the light: the secret behind the tea's vibrant colour and rich, almost buttery taste, not to mention a whole host of reputed health benefitsMore Details
Green Tea with Flavouring
Inspired by the Japanese sakura cherry blossom festival of early spring, we've layered a base of fresh Sencha green tea with flavours of sweet, ripe cherries and a sprinkling of pretty pink petals. One sip, and you're sitting under a candyfloss cloud of luxuriant blossom. Bright, sweet and sublimely springlike, we love it as a crystal-clear cold infusion.More Details
Go green, with this classic steamed green tea, famed for its lush, verdant taste. A good Sencha will have all the dewy freshness of a bright spring morning, matched with the softly savoury smoothness of melted butter. We've selected our signature style of Sencha for its strength, subtle sweetness and rich, refreshing taste. Beats a bowl of broccoli any dayMore Details
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