This Popcorn Tea from Teapigs is a traditional tea from Japan which has a lovely story behind it. Apparently when green tea was too expensive for the peasant folk to afford it regularly, they would add grains of toasted rice to the tea to make it go further. From these humble beginnings it's now celebrated as a popular tea in it's own right called Genmaicha tea. I couldn't resist picking up a pack of this Teapigs version when I saw it in a Wholefoods Market recently.
Some of the toasted rice grains look just like tiny popcorn pieces!
The tea itself is a refreshing green tea and the addition of the toasted rice pieces gives it a really interesting and different edge. The flavour is certainly unique, with an unusual toasted sweetness. It's described by Teapigs as being a bit like Sugar Puffs and it really does have a similar toasty wheaty taste, but thankfully nowhere near as sugary! Of course this doesn't actually taste of popcorn but it's a very tasty tea nonetheless.
Grocery Gems Verdict: Teapigs Popcorn Tea
Rating: 8 out of 10
Purchased: Wholefoods Market or online at www.teapigs.co.uk