UI'S BROWN RICE is a handmade genmai ("brown rice") from Wazuka, Kyoto prefecture, Japan. Ui, our Uji matcha producer, produces her genmai in tiny batches (about 100 grams at a time) using rice grown by neighboring farmers. The rice is cooked in her home wok over a light fire, and tended until sufficient toasting is achieved. In the process, some kernels pop, and some don't; the handmade nature of this tisane is to be celebrated and enjoyed.
Produced with Japonica varietal rice of the koshihikari cultivar, Ui's genmai is a short grain rice of superb eating quality. Toasted, the carbohydrates undergo chemical changes that create caramel and sweet breakfast cereal qualities with a sweet, roasted aroma perfect for cold weather.
vintage — fall '21
style —genmai ("brown rice")
cultivar — koshihikari
region — Wazuka (Uji), Kyoto, Japan
locale — Hori tea farm
elevation — 400 meters
producer — Ui Hori
(use freshly boiled spring water)
modern, large format [300 ml+ vessel — BOLI, large teapot]
4 grams — 200°F (93°C) — 2 minutes
traditional, small format [150 ml- vessel — gaiwan, small teapot]