Month of Tea Brewing 2017: Day #29
Cast Iron Teapot – Tetsubin
Similar to the traditional Japanese kettles – Tetsubin – used to heat water over charcoal stoves, this version designed to brew tea includes a stainless steel infuser basket making it very convenient and practical. Some complaints about this style teapot are that the sealant used to finish the interior surface may affect the flavor of the tea. Additionally, it is much heavier to lift than a ceramic teapot and you cannot watch the leaves open during the steeping.
Restaurants, however, find this nearly indestructible little teapot a very practical and impressive way to serve guests.
I’m often asked about my favorite teas. “Favorite” is not the way I can think about any single tea. Rather, it is easier to respond to, “What teas do you always keep on hand?” And Genmaicha is one of those teas. It’s affordable enough that this isn’t as difficult as it might be with one of the more costly Japanese teas. And I tend to invest in the highest quality I can find. I also look for one that blends a very evenly cut leaf with high quality toasted rice and a bit of Matcha powder.
This is a very forgiving tea in the sense that water temperature never seems as critical and there is seldom a bitterness often associated with green teas that have been brewed with boiling water.
Happy Sipping . . . Babette
Genmaicha is a Japanese-style green tea – sometimes called “brown rice tea” or “popcorn tea” because of the toasted rice kernels blended with the rice. There are usually some that are still brown and un-popped and some that are popped open and white. The base tea is usually a sencha (in higher quality blends) or a bancha which is a lower quality version of sencha.
Our tea selection is one of the higher quality genmaicha teas bended with premium sencha leaves and quality toasted rice.
“Who would then deny that when I am sipping tea in my tearoom I am swallowing the whole universe with it and that this very moment of my lifting the bowl to my lips is eternity itself transcending time and space?”D.T. Suzuki