Tuesday, November 3, 2009

More Tea from Far Away Lands

A few days after the Teapigs English Breakfast arrived in the mail, another gift package landed on my doorstep. This surprise box was from Japan. Mikako, my penpal, sent a box full of Japanese "Halloween" candy and two varieties of tea. The tea shown here is Matcha-iri-genmaicha, or Genmaicha combined with Matcha. Genmaicha is a fresh green tea, usually Sencha, with roasted brown rice added to it. Typically, it produces a fresh green flavor with additional toasty almost nutty notes because of the brown rice. Matcha is a powdered green tea, known for its very intense flavor, and traditionally used in the Japanese Tea Ceremony. The two, genmaicha and matcha, have been combined to produce a popular blend, and Mikako's favorite. A fresh flavor accompanies the intense green color of this unique tea, low in caffeine and high in antioxidants. Here's to your good health!

Thank you Mikako!

1 comment:

Marilyn Miller said...

What a lovely gift. I do like Genmaicha, but having a difficult time picturing it mixed with Matcha. I am not fond of Matcha, but like it to cook with or make ice cream.