Company: Culinary Teas
Price Per Ounce: $2.74
Rating: 4 / 5
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Culinary Teas Extra Green with Matcha is packaged in a re-sealable bag. This is a blend of genmaicha (“brown rice tea”) and matcha. It combines roasted brown rice, green tea, and matcha. Sometimes genmaicha is called “popcorn tea” because the grains of rice pop during the roasting process, similar to popcorn.
The genmaicha has a sweet toasted rice smell. It has a smooth, sweet taste of toasted rice, green tea, and creamy matcha. This creaminess of the matcha mixed with the popped rice is almost like buttered popcorn. It’s an addictive green tea blend, I found myself drinking it most of this afternoon.
About the company: Culinary Teas
From the Culinary Teas website:
Culinary Teas is a small family-owned partnership that specializes in tea and tea accessories. The original founders (Candie and Denise Yoder) opened our e-commerce site in April of 2001. Under new owners, Dan and Laura Rippy, we have a high-touch packing facility in Massachusetts. All our teas and taste tested or cupped regularly to make sure that we are always offering only top quality teas. A tea’s quality can fluctuate quite a bit from year to year and sometimes just from flush to flush depending on weather and the estates management so it is very important to taste every batch coming as it arrives. Some companies make much ado about the freshness of their teas but their improper storage or premature packaging of their tea makes young tea old before its time. We have a freshness method that we employ to make sure the tea you receive is the freshest available. We make sure that our tea gets very little oxygen and light exposure and safe from premature aging and scent contamination. Your tea is packaged after you order it so that does not spend unnecessary time sitting on a shelf and our packaging is ideal for keeping your tea fresh while you use it at home. Some other tea vendors use similar packaging but they have windows or clear areas that allow light to damage the tea.
For further reading, see our Tea Expert Interview with Elena Volkova from Culinary Teas.