I've just come in from the rain + wind + cool. What a welcome sight, this plum tree branch and my small tetsubin pot full of steaming genmaicha.
Genmaicha means brown rice tea. It's sometimes called "popcorn tea" - you can see why. ;-) The puffy kernels are actually roasted brown rice that has popped in the roasting process. The green tea is typically sencha. The flavor is nutty and savory, almost like a broth. It was the perfect tea to warm my bones today.
Do you have a favorite tea to drink on a cold day? Have you had genmaicha? Do you like it?