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Genmaicha (Australia) from Blue Hour Tea. . . .

I steeped this at 190 degrees with 1stp tea and 1 cup water for about one minute. (The recommendation was 1-3 minutes, but after one minute it smelled super toasty even from across the room so I figured I’d better drink it before it got strong enough to knock me over.)

This tea does interestingly include a bit of matcha in the ingredients despite being a genmaicha, which is a great addition as far as I’m concerned. Also, I’ve never had a tea from Australia before (that I know of), so I was quite excited by this opportunity!

Once steeped, the tea was hazy and a bit cloudy, possibly from the dissolved matcha, and had a grassy but very light green color. Even in the fragrance I could definitely find the green-tea-flavor melding with the toasted-rice flavor. The liquid was a little thicker than expected, and as I took my first sip I found that it doesn’t taste quite as toasty as it smells. There was a bit more of the buttery, savory green tea flavor than I’d expected based on the fragrance, especially at the beginning of the sip. However, the overall flavor profile was nicely blended with most of the strength of the nutty, toasty flavor coming more at the end of the sip. This tea was smooth, not bitter at all, and it was somewhat astringent but not too astringent.

With sugar it was really great, and yes, I tried it with milk as well, although I know that’s kind of weird. The flavor was actually unexpectedly wonderful–like eating a bowl of matcha-flavored rice cereal for breakfast. (I don’t know if that’s actually a thing, but it should be.)


So the verdict altogether is that if you like genmaicha, you’ll like this tea, and if you like matcha-flavored cereal, you should try it with milk and sugar. In addition to being delicious it should also be really great for you (unless your doctor has told you not to drink caffeine, of course), since green tea and matcha both have plentiful health benefits. The only downside is that, although you can steep it multiple times, the second steeping isn’t quite the same because the match gets mostly used up in the first steeping.

I really enjoyed drinking this tea and would happily drink lots more of it if given the opportunity.

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Green Tea
Where to Buy:   Blue Hour Tea

Our Genmaicha is a combination of the fresh flavour of green tea with the undertones of roasted rice and the added richness of matcha tea. This premium Genmaicha is grown in the Acheron Valley in Victoria, Australia. There are only a handful of farms growing tea in Australia and this is one of our favourites.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Genmaicha from Blue Hour Tea #VeganMoFo2016

Today’s Vegan MoFo prompt is “Far Away” and basically if we dug straight down – where would we come out?  Based on where I am it would be the ocean but the closest land-wise would be Australia which was ironic because I was just sipping on Genmaicha from Blue Hour Tea and that hails from Australia.  Acheron Valley in Victoria, Australia, to be exact.

Genmaicha from Blue Hour Tea is your standard yet sturdy Genmaicha.  There are no surprises with this Genmaicha from Blue Hour Tea but that isn’t a slam to this tea rather a praise!  It’s everything you would expect from a Genmaicha.  Fresh green tea, roasted and toasted rice, and and rich matcha make up this offering from Blue Hour Tea.  It’s sweet, nutty, and vegetal.  It’s toasty, roasty, and mouth-watering.  A real winner!  Genmaicha from Blue Hour Tea offers a top-notch tasting tea!


logobluhourHere’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Green Tea
Where to Buy: Blue Hour Tea
Description: Genmaicha is a combination of the fresh flavour of green tea with the undertones of roasted rice and the added richness of matcha tea. This premium Genmaicha is grown in the Acheron Valley in Victoria, Australia. There are only a handful of farms growing tea in Australia and this is one of our favourites.

Flavour Profile: Toasty rice, Fresh finish, Grassy

Dosing – 1 slightly heaping teaspoon (2-3grams) per 250ml water

Brewing Temperature – 80-90°c

Brewing time – 1 to 3min

Recommend Additions – This green tea is best enjoyed on its own.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Australia Houjicha Green from What-Cha

GreenHoujichaTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy: What-Cha

Tea Description:

Two Rivers Green Tea started producing tea in 2001 with the aid and encouragement of Japanese tea experts who were seeking to encourage Japanese style tea production for the domestic Japanese market. The Two Rivers farm was selected as it has the same latitude of southern Japanese tea farms, idea temperatures, rainfall and great quality topsoil.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Recently I placed a What-Cha order for myself, and one of the things I was looking for was a Houjicha to stock up since it’s one of my favourite kinds of green tea and while I currently have a Genmaicha stocked that I really like there’s a hole in my cupboard where a good Houjicha should be. This one comes from Australia, and personally I’ve never tried an Australian grown tea before though I was aware that they were produced. Australia is one of those regions that isn’t typically thought of as a tea growing region among people who aren’t more learned tea drinkers the same way people don’t realize tea is grown in places like Kenya or Hawaii and I’m very excited to get my first taste of an Australian tea, especially considering how affordable this blend was. It was an easy thing to gamble on.

I do think this was worth the gamble. While it’s not as straightforwardly roasty as I tend to prefer from a good Houjicha there are some very, very nice subtle nuanced flavour notes that more than makes up the different. For starters, there’s an interesting nutty notes that seems to make itself known in each part of the sip in a different way. With that first initial taste it’s light lightly toasted nuts, and then in the body it weaves in and out between the other flavours. In the aftertaste, you’re tasting the shadow of the nut flavour which once was.

There’s also some really nice sweeter notes like caramel and cocoa which gently stretch out across the surface of your tongue, creating this really nice, smooth body flavour. The finish is lightly smokey, and leaves you wanting to go back in for another sip so you can experience the flavour dynamics all over again. Overall it’s a very warming and welcoming cuppa.

I definitely think I’ll clear my purchase of this easily, and will probably go back for more after that. More than that, this only gets me even more excited to try more of what Australia has to offer!

Australian Daintree Black Tea from McIver’s Tea & Coffee Merchants

DaintreeTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  McIver’s Tea & Coffee Merchants

Tea Description:

The Daintree Tea Company is located on the Cubbagudta Plantation, situated in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest and Wilderness area in North Queensland.  The plantation was established in 1978 by the Nicholas Family who still own and operate the business.  Daintree tea is grown pesticide free.  Low in tannin and caffeine, this is the perfect afternoon cup.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

This Australian Daintree Black Tea from McIver’s Tea & Coffee Merchants is a tea that was sent to me by a friend and I was happy to try it.  I’ve not tried any tea from this company, and I love trying new teas from new-to-me companies.

According to the description of this tea, it would seem that this is a tea that is grown in an Australian rainforest without pesticides.  Cool!

Very tasty!  This is a robust tasting tea, but as the description above suggests, it’s not a tannic flavor.  No bitterness here.  It is sweet with a molasses-y type taste and notes of freshly baked bread.  I also taste notes of malt and raisin.

I really like the flavor of this tea.  It reminds me of a bold, breakfast-y type black tea.  However, I don’t know if this truly has a low caffeine level and for those of us who need that caffeinated energy thing in the morning, this might not be the right choice for a breakfast tea.  Instead, I envision that this might make a great afternoon tea for a high tea type of occasion when you want to add milk and honey to your tea and drink with your pinkies up.

Then again, I’m finding it quite lovely without the milk and honey, in my tea mug, with both hands cupped around the mug to enjoy the warmth.

A really good tea, I’m happy I got to try it.

Organic Berry Bomb from The Rabbit Hole

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  The Rabbit Hole

Tea Description:

Delicious, ripe raspberries explode with blueberries and strawberries to create this beautiful berry brew. Works well hot or iced up with a dash of honey if you like it that way. The perfect afternoon pick me up.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

As summer slowly comes to an end – a bit too slowly for my liking, really, I mean, come on!  I’m ready for the cooler weather already! – I find that this tea is ready to remind me of all the delicious flavors that summer offers.  Really, is there any food that says summer more than fresh, juicy berries?  And this tea embraces three of my favorite berries – strawberry, raspberry and blueberry – In one tasty cup.

The moment I opened the package of this tea, I knew I was in for a berry delicious treat!  The berry aroma was so delightful and strong … YUM!  The fragrance of the brewed tea is softer than that of the dry leaf, but it still smells incredibly yummy.

This is one of those teas that tastes best if you’ve given it a few moments to cool down to a drinkable temperature … and it gets better the more it cools!  When drunk very hot, the flavors are not easily discerned in the sip, but, definitely explode in the aftertaste.  Delicious berry flavor … sweet and tart and juicy!  But after it’s cooled to a still-hot-but-not-piping-hot temperature, the berry flavor really comes to life.

The berry flavor is quite remarkable – I taste each of the berries, and usually with these berry medley type teas I find that the flavors become sort of jumbled into a super-berry kind of flavor where I taste notes of each but they all sort of meld together into one unified flavor.  That doesn’t happen here.

Instead, I taste the strawberry.  It is sweet and luscious and reminds me of those days in the summer when I rush home after visiting the produce market and buy a bunch of the berries … I have to grab a few immediately because if I don’t, they’ll be gone (I have a tween-ager daughter who loves the berries more than I do!)   And I taste the blueberry, juicy and just a little bit tart.  And I taste the raspberry:  sweet, intense flavor with a tangy, tarty finish that tickles the tongue.

And even though the berry flavors are absolutely divine, this IS a black tea and this tea won’t let you forget that.  It has a pleasant, full flavor that is brisk yet mild enough to let the berry flavors come through.  A pleasing, mellow cup that would be very enjoyable as an afternoon cuppa – alone or with friends!

But where this tea really shines is as an iced tea.  It is sweet and flavorful enough to serve straight – with no additions at all – but a little bit of sugar goes a long way to perk up the flavors a bit (or perhaps a drizzle of honey as suggested by Rabbit Hole!)  And as I sip this, I wonder how wonderful it would taste with a sprig of mint!

A lovely tea that reminds me of the beauty of summer.