Weight: 100 grams (3.5 oz)
Type: Green Tea - loose leaf
Production area: Uji, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
When I was in Kyoto, Japan in 2016, I visited the Tea Shop Horaido, where Genmaicha was first created. This tea shop was established in 1803. Speaking with the current owner, Mr. Nagahiro Yasumori, I learned that Genmaicha was first created in 1922 by Master of Horaido, Mr. Soueman. The idea behind Genmaicha came from the Cha-Kaiseki meal, which is a full course meal served at formal tea ceremonies, known in Japan as Chanoyu. Traditionally, at the end of the meal after the last course, hot water is served with roasted rice or some other flavors added to the water. Inspired by the taste and aroma of the water and roasted rice, Master Horaido struck on the idea of combining roasted rice and tea.
We sourced this Genmaicha Green Tea directly from Tea Shop Horaido. Roasted brown rice is mixed into the green tea grown in the famous Uji tea producing region. The tea is hearty and savory with a pleasant aroma of roasted rice.