Yunomi Monthly Mystery Tea Sampler’s Club: Monoucha Genmaicha from Ishinomaki, Miyagi

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Monthly Mystery Tea Sampler’s Club

Recently, I had the unique opportunity to join Yunomi’s Monthly Mystery Tea Sampler’s Club, and I just received my first shipment!  Yay!  I received three sample sizes of three different Japanese teas, and this review will be about the first tea I sampled from the group of three:  the Monoucha Genmaicha from Ishinomaki, Miyagi  

Tea Description:

Sencha from the town of Monou in what is now Ishinomaki City brews into a deep forest green with a strong astringency. With a 400 year history of tea farming, the town of Monou is the northernmost tea region, and the field managed by Sasaki-san is the northernmost tea field in Japan.

Monoucha Genmaicha blends Sasaki-san’s sencha with toasted rice grains as well as rice cracker balls (plain and matcha flavored) for a uniquely toasted nutty flavor.

Where to Buy:  Yunomi

Taster’s Review:

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Monoucha Genmaicha

LOVELY!  I’ve tasted a lot of Genmaicha tea in my “career” as a tea reviewer, and before that, as a tea purveyor.  But this Monoucha Genmaicha from Ishinomaki, Miyagi as sold by Yunomi might very well be the very best that I’ve tried thus far.  I can taste the freshness of the Sasaki-san Sencha in every single sip, as well as the beautiful sweetness from the toasty rice.  This is SO good!

Perhaps it’s the addition of the “rice cracker balls” that are in this blend that makes it different … I don’t know for sure.  What I can tell you is that I taste something different in this cup of tea.  It tastes sweeter … it tastes fresher, it tastes toastier.  It tastes BETTER!

When I was measuring out the tea, I noticed the aforementioned rice cracker balls and I did a double (and a triple) take, because they looked so … unusual.  I mean, with a typical Genmaicha, I usually see little bits of popped rice (that look like miniature kernels of popped popcorn), but these little balls were so uniformly shaped … they looked so different from the usual popped rice that I would see in a Genmaicha … and there were a lot more of them than I would usually see in a Genmaicha too.  Then I came back here and read the description and saw that there are in fact these little rice cracker balls in the tea … that explains it!

And they do make a difference in the taste.  If you like Genmaicha … this is one that you really should try … taste the difference!  It’s remarkable!

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