For the last year or so, I’ve been drinking just one kind of tea: Upton Tea Imports Tippy Orthodox GFOP Assam. I like it — it’s a hearty, smooth black tea with a nice flavor. But I’m getting a bit bored with it. Before I settled on this Assam, I used to buy several different teas and try them out — but I also got tired of trying.

Recently though, I’ve started drinking Gen-mai Cha on occasion — on weekend afternoons, or busy evenings out when I need/want a bit of caffeine. Gen-mai Cha means “brown rice tea” which describes it pretty well. It’s a hearty green tea with roasted, puffed rice added to it. The puffed bits look like popcorn. You can also find versions that are made with roasted green tea, but I prefer the unroasted varieties. The flavor is like green tea, but toasty and nutty. I buy all of my teas from Upton (no affiliation, I’m just a satisfied customer), so I can’t speak to the quality of GMC teas from other sources.

Posted on October 21st, 2009 by Katxena