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About M.Edward

Thanks for stopping by. My name is Edward and I am the lead writer here at Tea In Abstraction. When you think of Tea we hope that you will think of us first and we are working every day to become your most trusted source the wonderful things to enjoy about tea. Thanks for Visiting.

7 Of The Best Genmaicha Green Teas To Try In 2021

Hello everyone. Today we are going to be taking a look at some of the best genmaicha green teas currently avaiable.

Genmaicha is one of my favorite teas, full stop. It is a brilliant blend of grassy green tea with savory roasted brown rice that gives it a unique and refreshing flavor that you didn’t know you need till you have tried it.

If you are just looking for a quick suggestion for a great genmaicha green tea then I suggest Buddha Teas Organic Genmaicha Green Tea Bags or their Organic Genmaicha Loose Leaf Green Tea.

But anything on our list is worth your time in my opinion. From your basic genmaicha to a few genmaicha blends.

I have tried to put together a robust selection of great genmaicha green teas that will introduce you to this wonderful green tea or help you expand your genmaicha interests into new and amazing flavor combinations.

So without further adieu let’s jump right into my picks for the best genmaicha green teas to try this year.


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#1 Buddha Teas Organic Genmaicha Green Tea Bags

Buddha Teas is probably most well known for its huge variety of herbal teas. They have just about every kind of herbal infusion you could imagine. But they also have a nice selection of more traditional teas like earl grey black tea and sencha green tea.

So it should come as no surprise that Buddha Teas’ Genmaicha Green Tea is among the best around. It is also one of the few genmaicha green teas that are available in a teabag.

So may turn their nose up at bagged tea but I find it can be as good as loose leaf if it is of a high quality to begin with. And quality is really what Buddha Teas is about.

I have not tried all their teas but the ones I have tried have been excellent in both flavor and packaging. Their genmaicha is no exception

What Does Buddha Teas Genmaicha Tea Taste Like?

Buddha Teas Genmaicha Tea tastes exactly as a good genmaicha should. It has a wonderfully grassy base from the sencha green tea ats its core.

The natural sweetness of the green tea helps to smooth out the tea and leave it with nary a bitter flavor to be found.

Then comes the roasted flavor or the rice that give the tea a little bit of savory flavor and I always feel like it adds a tiny bit of salty flavor to the green tea.

The end result is a grassy, nutty green tea that is both hearty and refreshing and one of the most unique teas you can drink.

Wrapping Up Buddha Teas Organic Genmaicha Tea

While this genmaicha green tea has a wonderful flavor that stacks up well with everything else on our list, it is the convenience of the teabags that really set this entry apart.

I don’t mind bagged versions of teas as long as they are well made and there are very few packaged versions of Genmaicha out there. You get all of the flavor of a great genmaicha in a quick and easy tea bag, what is not to like?

For convenience and flavor, Buddha Teas Organic Genmaicha Tea makes our list of the best genmaicha green teas to try this year.


Genmaicha Green Tea Ready To Be Served

#2 Art Of Tea Kyoto Tea

Art Of Tea is a good place to find just about any tea under the sun. They always have some interesting herbal teas and blends as well as more traditional true teas like green and black tea.

They offer a fantastic genmaicha green tea known as their Kyoto Tea. This is a high-quality green tea and one of the best loose leaf genmaicha teas around.

But this isn’t just your ordinary Genmaicha green tea. This is a Matcha Iri Genmaicha. This means that in addition to the roasted rice and high-quality Gyokuro, Art Of Tea has added matcha green tea to the mix to give this classic green tea a little twist.

Even with the added match green tea the genmaicha flavor is still front and center. But the matcha flavor does bring a new diension to this venerable classic. How much does the flavor profile change? Let’s find out.

What Does Art Of Tea Kyoto Tea Taste Like?

Lets start with the most inportant flavor aspect of this tea. It is still a genmaicha green tea. The raosted nutty flavor of the rice is there in full force. So don’t worry about it being pushed to the wayside by the matcha.

The gyokuro green tea at its base is also very noticeable. Typically a regular sencha tea is used as the base for genmaicha but Art Of Tea has chosen the more expensive and flavorful gyokuro.

This brings an incredibly fragrant grassy or seaweed flavor to the tea as you would expect from a good genmaicha.

Then comes the matcha. It gives the tea a thick and even more grassy flavor that a typical genmaicha.

I think the texture of the tea is really what stands out with Kyoto tea. It offers a wonderful new twist on the already incredible genmaicha that we all know and love.

How To Make Kyoto Tea

You want to have a relatively cool water temperature of about 180°F for this genmaicha green tea.

Kyoto tea uses Gyokuro green tea at its base, which tends to be a bit delicate so this lower temperature will keep the tea from burning and becoming too bitter.

The steep time should be around 2-3 minutes. You can always steep longer or shorter depending on your personal tastes. Keep in mind that this is pretty delicate so over-steeping is a real possibility.

Finally I would use between 1 and 2 teaspoons of loose leaf Kyoto tea. The exact amount is going to be determined by your personal taste.

  • Use good quality spring water for the best flavor
  • Water Temperature 180°F
  • 1 to 2 Teaspoons of Kyoto Tea
  • Steep For 3 minutes or to taste
  • Always steep your tea covered

The Wrap Up

This is one of the richest and most flavorful genmaicha green teas on our list. You can really taste the roasted nutty flavor of the roasted rice.

Even among teas of the same type, there are subtle differences in the flavor and consistency. Kyoto tea really shines through the pack in this regard. Everything on our list is great but this is just that tiny bit better.

The downside is that Art Of Teas Kyoto Tea is one of the more expensive genmaicha teas on our list. It is worth every penny but if you drink genmaicha as much as I do it can get a bit expensive.


#3 Culinary Teas Genmaicha Extra Green with Matcha

Next up in another matcha genmaicha blend from the good folk at Culinary Teas. They have a pedigree of making some of the most interesting and flavorful tea blends.

While a large part of their business is dedicated to herbal teas and a variety of blends they do have a great selection of traditional teas like their match genmaicha green tea.

Culinary Teas might not be on every tea drinkers radar but they are a brand that you will really want to get familiar with and their Genmaicha Extra Green with Matcha is a great place to get started with their brand.

It will keep you coming back for more and you can check out all their crazy herbal teas blends as well..

What Does Culinary Teas Genmaicha With Matcha Taste Like?

The flavor profile for this tea is similar to the Kyoto tea we discussed in the previous section. So much so that it is hard to differentiate between them without a side by side comparison.

The roasted rice gives this green tea a savory nutty flavor that is a wonderful compliment to the grassy green tea at the heart of a good genmaicha. I think it adds a bit of saltiness as well.

The matcha adds a little more grassy flavor and thickens the tea giving it a heavier texture than most other genmaichas out there. It is a great combo and one worth tasting for yourself.

The Wrap

Matcha and genmaicha is a match made in heaven. There are numerous examples of this green tea blend out there but I think Culinary Teas version is one of the best currently available.

It earns its spot on our list for merging a great genmaicha with a wonderful matcha tea that compliments each other and makes for a wonderful drinking experience and one that you really want to try.

Give Culinary Teas Genmaicha Tea with Matcha a try for yourself. I think you many of you will enjoy the matcha infused genmaicha as much as a traditional one. Don’t miss out on this green tea delight.


Blue Tea And Genmaicha: Who Would Have Known That It Would Work This Well

#4 Cha Soul Genmaicha and Butterfly Pea Flower Tea

I must admit that I was a bit skeptical about blending any type of herbal tea with my beloved genmaicha.

But this herbal blend enhances the flavor of the genmaicha by adding a little blue tea to without destroying the wonderful flavor of the genmaicha itself.

Its the type of outside the box thinking that really stands out in a crowd so kudos to Cha Soul for trying something different here.

Cha Soul Genmaicha and Butterfly Pea Flower takes two incredible flavors and blends them together in this unique herbal tea blend and getting the balance right so that both teas really shine.

If you want a more in depth look at the flavor profile for butterfly pea flower tea by itself you can check out my blue tea profile here.

What Does Cha Soul Genmaicha and Butterfly Pea Flower Taste Like?

Let’s start with the flavor of the genmaicha itself. It has all the grassy, nutty flavor that you would expect from a typical genmaicha. It has the natural sweetness that makes this tea one of the most drinkable green teas out there.

Then you add in the floral and earthy blue tea. It is interesting that the green tea actually helps to smooth out the inherent slight bitterness of this floral herbal tea. They work well together.

The woody and floral flavor and aroma of the blue tea is a very nice compliment to the grassy genmaicha without overwhelming it.

The balance is spot on with this blend and it is nice to see that the floral flavor doesn’t overpower the delicate green tea.

The Wrap

I don’t know how or why someone decided to blend blue tea and genmaicha together but I am sure glad they did. The traditional genmaicha flavor enhanced with a little floral flavor of a wonderful herbal tea.

In the end it is these type of “experiments” that can really introduce even the most experienced tea drinker to something new and something that they may never have even considered.

Get a taste of this amazing green tea blend for yourself with Cha Soul Genmaicha and Butterfly Pea Flower, available on Amazon. It is one of the more unique genmaicha blends that you are going to find.


#5 Smith Teamaker Genmaicha Rose Tea Blend

What have you done is the first thing to come to my mind when I saw this genmaicha blend. Blends of genmaicha are pretty rare excluding matcha infused genmaicha.

But blending it with rose petals. That is a bold step. Rose tea can be pretty pungent and overwhelming and it can cancel out other flavors when you blend it with other teas, particularly less flavor herbal teas like chamomile for example.

But my worries were quickly tempered. Yes, you will taste the rose petals with each sip but you will get that genmaicha flavor as well.

It is a bold blend. If you are interested you can try Smith Teamaker Genmaicha Rose Tea Blend, available on Amazon, for yourself.

What Does Smith Teamaker Genmaicha Rose Tea Taste Like?

Let me start by saying that this is still a good genmaicha green tea. You have that wonderfull grassyumami flavor fromthe sencha green tea.

You still have that wonderful roasted rice flavor that genmaicha is known for. There is simply another layer of flavor on top of the tradition genmaicha flavor.

And that flavor is of course rose from the rose petals. Rose tea has an interesting flavor profile in and of itself, you can check out that flavor profile right here.

The rose adds a nice floral flavor to the gemaicha tea. A rose flavor really. You can smell it from the secong you open the bag.

My biggest concern was the the rose petals would overwhelm the genmaicha but they seem to have the balance just right so you get a lot of rose flavor without destroying the genmaicha in the process.

It is a nice blend and one that I will drink from time to time but I don’t think it will replace a basic cup of genmaicha, for me at least.

The Wrap Up

I am glad that I put aside my apprehention and dove right into try this genmaicha blend. It is not something that I would have sought out necessarily. But once found I new I had to give it a try regardless of the outcome.

And yet here we are. A rose genmaicha green tea bland is on my list of the best genmaicha teas. But then its been a strange couple of years.

Try the wonderful Smith Teamaker Genmaicha Rose Tea Blend, available on Amazon, for yourself today. It is one of the most unique genmaicha that I have ever tried.


#6 Starwest Botanicals Organic Genmaicha Tea

Starwest Botanicals is one of my go to shops for loose leaf herbal teas. They have a wonderful selection of herbs for tea and cooking and are a great place to find herbs that might be missing from your store.

But they also have some great traditional teas as well.

And their Chinese loose leaf genmaicha is one of the best I have tried. When you combine the outstanding flavor with the reliability of Starwest Botanicals you can’t go wrong.

Starwest Botanicals Organic Genmaicha Tea is a pure genmaicha with no other flavors added to it and it is certainly worth your time to give it a try.

What Does Starwest Botanicals Organic Genmaicha Tea Taste Like?

The differences in good quality genmaicha are pretty slim to be honest. They all taste wonderful and it will come down you yuor personal tastes really.

Starwest Botanicals Genmaicha is no exception. It has the savory nutty roasted flavor of the rice complementing the grassy slightly sweet flavor of the sencha green tea.

It tastes great and it comes in a wonderful polyfoil bag that will keep it tasting fresh for a long time.

The Wrap Up

Starwest Botanicals has rarely let me down with their herbal teas and I find their genmaicha to be of the same great quality.

Check out Starwest Botanicals Organic Genmaicha Tea for yourself and see how it stacks up to other genmaichas on the market.


#7 Yamamotoyama Genmaicha Green Tea

I wanted to end this list with another great bagged genmaicha tea. Loose leaf is wonderful but bagged teas can be just as fllavorful and much more convenient.

With that in mind I have choses Yamamotoyama Genmaicha Green Tea, available on Amazon to anchor our list of the best genmaicha teas.

What Does Yamamotoyama Genmaicha Green Tea Taste Like?

It tastes like a high quality genmaicha. Don’t let the fact that this a bagged tea throw you for a loop.

The robust nutty flavor or the roasted rice is still ever-present. The umami flavor of the sencha green tea is still going to tickle your taste buds. It just comes in an easy to handle little bag.

The Wrap Up

A nice and convenient bagged genmaicha tea. If you are looking for a convenient cup of genmaicha then a bagged version will do you nicely.

I would place this just a hair behind Buddha Teas Genmaicha Teabag but that is a personal taste and I have much more experience with Buddha Teas genmaicha offering than I do with Yamamotoyama Genmaicha Green Tea.

Still, I find this one to be ever so close in flavor that I thought it deserved a spot on our list

Yamamotoyama Genmaicha Green Tea, available on Amazon, is a very good genmaicha green tea and one that is definitely worthy of your time.


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The Big Finish

That brings us to the end of our look at some of the best genmaicha green teas for you to try. I think all of them are fantastic and are worthy of your time.

Particulairly interesting are the blended genmaicha teas. I was hesitant at fist to try a blue genmaicha or a rose gemaicha green tea. But I am certainly glad that I did.

They add a new layer of flavor possibilities to this classic green tea. That doesn’t mean I will be abandoning a basic cup of genmaicha anytime soon but they are a nice diversion from time to time.

All in all, nothing beats a good cup of genmaicha green tea. It’s savory and sweet and grassy and the rice just makes everything that much more satisfying.

But I think that being adventurous in your tea drinking can really pay off when you find some wonderful little gems out there.

In closing, I hope you have enjoyed out little list here and I hope that it has given you something to think about when choosing your next genmaicha green tea.

But keep in mind that this is simply my list. There are tons of brands of genmaicha that you can choose from and most that I have tried have been at least drinkable.

So if nothing tickles your fancy on my list then rest assured there is a genmaicha green tea out there for you, it might just take a little longer to find.

Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful day.

Calendula Flower Tea – Benefits, Taste, How To Make, And More

Hello everyone and welcome back. Today I thought it would be fun to take a look at one of the lesser-known flower herbal infusions.

It doesn’t have the name recognition of chamomile tea or the popularity of hibiscus or lavender tea but Calendula Flower Tea is still an herbal infusion that has a lot to offer.

What Is Calendula Flower Tea? Calendula tea is not a tea in the strictest sense. It is an herbal infusion made from calendula flowers, also known as marigolds. Steeping dry or fresh calendula flowers in hot water creates a healthy floral infusion.

If you are interested in a wonderful bagged version of calendula tea then I suggest giving Buddha Teas Organic Calendula Teabags a try.

With all that said let’s have a closer look at this flower herbal tea and see what really makes it tick.


A Blooming Calendula Flower

How To Make Calendula Flower Tea

Calendula flower (Calendula Officinalis) tea is very easy to make. You simply steel the dried flowers in hot water and wait a few minutes. There is nothing really tricky about it but a lot of the process will come down to personal preference. How much tea to use, the type of water, etc.

Here are the vitals when I make a cup for myself. Your mileage may vary so experiment with different amounts of tea and other factors until you find your perfect cup of calendula tea.

A Quick And Easy Calendula Tea Recipe

  • 3 Teaspoons/ 1 TBLS of dried calendula flowers (add more for a stronger brew)
  • 10oz of Good quality water (filtered tap water or bottled spring water)
  • Use a water temperature of around 205°F/96°C
  • I like to Steep for 5 minutes. But you should steep to taste, the longer you steep the stronger the tea will be. It is tough to over-steep calendula in my experience so find your sweet spot.
  • Always cover your tea while steeping to trap flavor and heat
  • Add any sweeteners or milk and cream and enjoy your cup of calendula flower tea

You can of course substitute loose leaf calendula flowers for a bagged calendula tea. I find both to be very good as long as you find a good quality bagged calendula tea. I like to use Buddha Teas Organic Calendula Teabags.


The Beautiful Calendula Flower Makes A Nice Cup Of Tea

What Does Calendula Flower Tea Taste Like?

Calendula tea has a pretty complex flavor profile. It has a floral flavor at its base as you might expect but it is also somewhat earthy.

There is also a slight pepper flavor that tingles your lips and tongue at the end of each sip.

Calendula does has a bit of bitterness to it as well. This is pretty common for flower herbal teas.

You can counteract this bitterness with a tea blend or a little honey or cream. You can check out a longer article on the flavor profile of calendula tea here.

The bottom line is that calendula tea has some subtle flavors but remains a pretty light and fresh tasting tea that will appeal to just about anyone, new tea drinker and old hat alike.

What Does Calendula Tea Smell Like?

The aroma of calendula tea is a bit different from the taste. It is light and fresh and not overwhelming or overly pungent. You get a nice floral aroma with a bit of earthiness but unlike the taste, there is a sweet aroma to the smell that is just not present in the overall flavor of this herbal infusion.


Calendula Flower Benefits

Calendula tea has a ton of potential benefits. Keep in mind that many of these benefits are still anecdotal and don’t have a whole lot of studies behind them.

But studies are popping up on a consistent basis that lends credence to many of these benefits. In addition, traditional medicine has used calendula flowers your a very long time to treat a variety of ailments.

  • Loaded With Antioxidants
  • Has Many Anti-Inflammatory Properties (source)
  • May Help Eye Health (source)
  • May Promote Skin Health
  • Anti-Spasmodic Effects May Help With Cramps And Stomach Issues
  • May Aid In Wound Healing (source)
  • May Aid In Oral Health

There are also quite a few benefits that are classified as having insufficient evidence. You can check some of those out here.

As more and more research comes in some of these benefits may become more accepted in the scientific community while others will be proven not to have much effect.

Either way, getting more and more clarity on the real benefits of calendula flowers is going to propel this wonderful herbal infusion.


A Nice Cup Of Calendula Tea

Calendula Tea Blend Ideas

Calendula is a nice tea to drink on its own. But it makes a great base for an herbal tea blend.

Calendula is a bit mild in terms of flavor so be careful not to overdue it when you mix in another flavor or you run the risk of overwhelming the flavor of the calendula flower.

Calendula is not going to be the most popular tea out when it comes to prepackaged tea blends. I have never been able to find any of my suggestions in a packaged form so you will have to mix the ingredients yourself.

I recommend using Buddha Teas Organic Calendula Teabags for a convenient bagged option for these blends.

For a loose-leaf Calendula flower option, I suggest Eat Well Premium Foods – Calendula Flowers, available on Amazon.

With that said here are 3 of my favorite calendula tea blends in no particular order.

#1 Calendula And Ginger Tea

Ginger makes everything better. At least thats my take on things. Calendula tea is no different. Adding ginger into the mix makes this mild floral tea into a flavor power house.

You still get the floral notes from the calendula but the gingers brings a bit of spiciness to the proceedings.

You can use dried ginger or ginger tea bags if you want.

But for the truest flavor, you want a nice fresh ginger root to boil in the water and then steep your calendula tea with the ginger-infused water. It is a delight.

Just boil two slices of fresh ginger in your water and the pour it over your calendula teabag/flowers for a wonderful cup of tea.

#2 Calendula And Lavender Tea

Lavender is almost always a win when it comes to blending it with other teas. From malty earl greys to light floral affaais lavender tea is always a go to blend for many people.

And it works just as well for calendula tea. The floral and slightly minty flavor of the lavender blends well with the floral notes form the calendula. The result is a tea with a heavy floral focus and a little minty kick from the lavender as well.

About 2 teaspoons of lavender flower and 2 teaspoons of calendula flower make for a great cup of the herbal blend. You can also use a teabag of each and just increase the amount of water. Adjust for your own personal tastes.

I like Buddha Teas Organic Lavender Teabags for a bagged option.

For a loose-leaf lavender tea, I would recommend Starwest Botanicals Organic Lavender Flowers.

#3 Calendula Tea And Lemon

Adding a little lemon to your calendula tea gives it a citrusy bite. It helps remove any lingering bitterness or eathyness from the infulsion and makes the tea more palatable for many tea drinkers without the need for sugar or milk.

You can squeeze a lemon wedge into your tea or blend the calendula (Calendula Officinalis Flower) with a lemony tea like lemongrass or lemon balm tea.

Any of these will give you the citrus flavor you desire with the lemon wedge adding the most flavor to the blend in my opinion.


Yellow Is A Common Color For Calendula Flowers

Related Questions

Does Calendula Tea Have Caffeine? Calendula tea is naturally caffeine free so you can drink it anytime of day without having to worry about the issues that may arise with caffeine. If you blend it with a green tea or a black tea, for example, you will introduce caffeine into the tea so plan accordingly.

Does Calendula Flower Tea Have Sugar, Calories, Or Carbohydrates? Calendula has an insignificant amount of calories or carbohydrates or sugars. You can drink it while on a vast array of diets without worry about calories or carbs.

Does Calendula Tea Break A Fast? Since calendula tea has negligible calories it should be just fine for anyone who is fasting. It makes a good replacement for water on occasion during your fasting window, but water should still be the majority of your fluid intake during a fast.

Can You Add Milk And Sugar To Calendula Tea? You can add whatever you want to calendula tea just like any other tea. If you add sugar or milk to your tea it will add calories to the beverage which might negate some of the benefits from it. I personally drink all my teas with nothing added.


The Calendula Tea Finish

That brings us to the end of our look at Calendula tea in all of its glory. It is an easy tea to make. You don’t have to worry about the water temperature or steep time too much as you would with a delicate green tea for example.

It is a flavorful tea as well, especially for a floral herbal tea. But not overwhelmingly so that it would put off a new tea drinker.

Calendula tea is a solid place to start your herbal tea journey but it is a bit off the beaten path. I think it has a better flavor than the much more popular chamomile tea. But that will be up to you to decide.

My advice is always this…

Try a tea out for yourself and see how you like it. There is a reason that the old saying goes “It’s not my cup of tea”.

Because each cup of tea is distinctive to the person that is drinking it and you should customize your calendula tea just for you.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day.

13 Of The Best Organic Loose Leaf Green Tea for 2021

Green tea is such a special drink.  The taste and texture and aroma is truly one of nature’s great gifts.  Organic Loose Leaf Green Tea is such a special drink.

Not a day goes by that I don’t drink tea of some sort and a vibrant green tea is often included. But which of them are the best?  What makes a great green tea?

Taste? Absolutely.  The most important criteria.  But there are others that I find important and often overlooked. Especially for loose leaf teas.  The aroma of the tea, both in the bag and in the boiling water is incredibly important to the overall experience.

How the tea is grown, how it is packaged, how fresh it is when it arrives at your door are all factors that you should include in your quest for that perfect cup of green tea.

If you are just looking for a recommendation for a great green tea to try then I suggest Buddha Teas Loose Leaf Sencha Green Tea (*affiliate link). It is simple and traditional and full of flavor. But I really enjoy everything on our list.

I have put together this list of my best organic loose leaf green tea that I have tried using these criteria. I don’t like giving a score for these teas since I think they are all great.  These are all the best of the best in my opinion.

The basic criteria are as follows they must be 100% organically grown to the best of my knowledge and they must be a loose leaf tea.  I’ll put together my favorite bagged green teas as soon as I can. 

I prefer loose leaf teas for a few reasons but one of the main ones is the ability to inspect the tea leaves.  You can really get a feel for the overall quality of the tea by having a look at the leaves before you steep them.

They are in no particular order and they are simply my opinion.



#1 Buddha Teas – Loose Leaf Sencha Green Tea

Origin:  Japan

Sencha Green Tea, check out the best sencha teas in our article, is the most popular tea in Japan.  It is a whole leaf green tea where the leaves are rolled and steamed to protect the leaves from oxidization.  This helps give the Sencha tea its distinctive golden-green hue.  The finished tea is also a bit cloudy due to the steaming process.

Sencha is your basic green tea.  It accounts for about 80% of the tea produced in Japan. 

It is just green tea leaves steamed to lock in the flavors.  Pure green tea.  Rolled and dried to create this wonderful finished product that you can steep into the perfect cup of tea.

And the Buddha Teas Loose Leaf Sencha Green Tea is a great sencha tea to get you started.

Taste And Aroma

Sencha is slightly more bitter than some other green teas I have tried but it still retains that grassy flavor that is so distinctive of most green teas. 

The bitterness is not enough to overwhelm the slightly sweet flavor that Sencha is renowned for.

The smell of the leaves is delightful.  They are a grassy almost vegetable smell.  Pure and clean in their aroma.  There is nowhere to hide for the wonderful smell of this green tea. 

No other flavors to cover-up any imperfections.  You can tell right as you open a bag of Sencha just how good it is going to be. The steeping process brings those aromas and flavors into full relief. 

It is the green tea that you think about when you think about green tea.  It is the most popular tea in Japan for a reason.

The Finish

One of the best green teas I have tried.  This is an everyday green tea for any tea drinker.  New or experienced this outstanding tea should be a part of your daily routine.  I like to wake up to a cup or 2 as often as possible.

The recommended steep time is 2 to 4 minutes at a water temperature of 160-170 degrees.  I like to steep for about 3 minutes. 

I think it adds a little bit more flavor to steep at the high end of the range.  You can also change the flavor slightly by changing the temperature of the water.  As always experiment to find your desired perfect cup.

Give Buddha Teas Loose Leaf Sencha Green Tea (*affiliate link) a chance I don’t think you will be disappointed.


#2 Art Of Tea – Uji Gyokuro Tea

Gyokuro green tea is considered one of the best green teas available in the world and this offering from the Art of Tea is a great example of Gyokuro green tea.

Gyokuro green tea is delicate and needs to be steeped at a lower temperature than most teas and is often quite expensive. Art Of Tea – Uji Gyokuro Tea is no exception to this rule, being one of the most expensive teas on our list.

However, it is the sheer quality of this tea that makes it so expensive and such a joy to drink. If you can, this is a great tea to try at least once.

Taste and Aroma

How best to describe Gyokuro tea? It has the wonderful grassy vegetable flavor of a great green tea with a touch of seaweed flavor mixed in for good measure.

There is also a sweet, somewhat nutty flavor that is often described as a sweet corn flavor. I am not sure if I agree with the sweet corn comparison but it is similar to that type of flavor. You’ll have to decide that one for yourself.

There is a distinct Umami flavor to this wonderful tea as well. It brings a savoriness and makes up the seaweed flavor as well. Umami is often tough to describe but you know it when you taste it.

The Finish

This is among my favorite greens teas on our list or any list for that matter. It is a unique and flavorful green tea that you have to try at least once. It is on the pricey side so it might not be an everyday green tea for most people.

But if you can have it a couple of times a week you will see just how wonderful this green tea can be, You don’t want to miss out on this one. Enjoy this incredible Uji Gyokuro Tea From Art Of Tea for yourself.


#3 Zen no Ocha Sencha Green Tea

Origin: Japan

Zen no Ocha Sencha Green Tea is grown in Shizuoka, Japan using 100% organic methods and never any pesticides.

This tea is grown in mountainous regions and is quickly packaged and shipped to retain as much freshness as possible.

The Taste and Aroma

To get the perfect taste it is important to steep for the recommended amount of time.  You will want to only steep for about 60 seconds for the perfect cup of this Sencha Green. When prepared properly the taste is mild and clean and not bitter for an overall balanced taste.

The tea looks beautiful when prepared.  It has a deep, vibrant green that looks as inviting as it smells.  You might find yourself entranced by its appealing beauty right as you go to take a sip of this great Sencha Tea from Zen No Ocha(*affiliate link), check price on Amazon.

The aroma complements the taste of the tea as well. It has a soft, grassy fragrance that hits your nose right before you drink it, adding to the overall experience.

The leaves themselves are fantastic, I found no stems in my bag just pure leaves. You can use the same serving of leaves to steep multiple times, however, I found three steeps to be the limit and that was pushing it.  You will probably want to cap it at 2 steeps per serving.

Final Thoughts on Zen no Ocha – Sencha Green Tea

This is an everyday green tea that just about anyone can enjoy.  Because it is so mild, even people who tend to shy away from tea because of its bitterness can enjoy a cup of this delightful Sencha tea.

Almost impossible not to love, I think you will find this fragrant, balanced cup of Japanese green tea will keep you coming back time after time.  This is a great daily morning tea to start your day off right.


#4 VAHDAM – Himalayan Pearls Green Tea 

Origin: India

The first tea on our list from India.  Indian green tea often has to take a back seat to Chinese and Japanese green teas, but I  feel that this is a little harsh. 

Indian green tea is fantastic and some of my favorites are from India.

Including this one.  As the name implies the Vahdam offering is grown in the foothills of the mighty Himalayas.  All of the leaves are certified organic, pesticide-free, single source, and fair-trade. Get a taste of VAHDAM – Himalayan Pearls Green Tea(*affiliate link), available on Amazon.

Vahdam takes great pride in the way they make their tea.  From the tea leaves to the people who grow their wonderful products. 

It really is a guilt-free process when you buy from this company.  The handpicked leaves are rolled in such a way that gives them their distinctive pearl shape.

Taste and Aroma

The care with which they approach their tea really pays off in the final product. The slightly sweet and subtle flavor of this green tea is a great delight. It has a slight flavor of vegetation when drinking it. 

The finish is incredibly smooth making it another great tea for anyone.

The aroma is outstanding as well.  The smell of vegetation and an almost forest-like fragrance hits you when you first open the bag. 

Those aromas combine with a slightly nutty fragrance during steeping to really drive home the elegance of this fine green tea.

I would describe the hue of the tea like a golden green.  Certainly not the verdant greens of may of the sencha green teas. 

I think the color of the tea complements the earthy, forest aroma and flavor of Himalayan Pearls Green Tea.

The Finish

The steep time for this tea is about 2-3 minutes at a temperature of 80-90 degrees Celcius.  I like to steep right up until the 3-minute mark with this tea. 

I typically let the boiling water sit a minute or two before pouring a cup as super hot water can interfere with the flavor sometimes.

But as always experiment with your cup to find that sweet spot.


#5 Art Of Tea – Kyoto Tea (Genmaicha Green Tea)

Origin:  Japan

This is an incredibly interesting green tea from Japan.  The history of Genmaicha is fascinating.  It is often called the “peoples’ tea” due to its humble beginnings. 

For much of history, tea was expensive and typically out of reach for most commoners in Japan.  So in order to make it last longer, they used roasted brown rice as a filler.

The infusions of the salty brown rice to the grassy flavor of the green tea produced one of the most enduring teas for rich and poor alike.  Tasting this tea for the first time is quite an eye-opening experience.

The Taste and Aroma of Genmaicha

The brown rice is the key to this tea’s unique flavor.  The roasted rice adds a slightly salty nutty flavor to the tea.

It gives the tea a much fuller taste a texture.  It almost feels like a light soup in my opinion.  But still very much a cup of refreshing green tea. 

The aroma is as unique as the flavor.  The subtle grassy notes of the green tea leaves are complimented perfectly by the earthy tones of the roasted brown rice.

Art Of Tea go a step further with their Genmaicha. They use a premium Gyokuro green tea as the base along with the roasted rice and a matcha green tea on top of everything else. You can check out Art Of Tea – Kyoto Tea for yourself right here.

It is a unique and flavorful experience to say the least. One of the finest genmaicha green teas out there.

The Finish

Buddha Tea recommends a water temperature of 180-185°F degrees and a steep time of 2-3 minutes.  I found that 2:45 worked well for my tastes. 

After about 3 and a half minutes the tea became a little too bitter for me.  Always experiment to find your perfect spot for each tea.

One of my favorite teas to drink in the early evening or a chilly night.  This hearty tea fills your body with warmth and refreshes the body and soul with every sip.  Just not too close to bedtime due to the abundance of caffeine.

I think this tea is suitable for anyone, even new tea drinkers due to its incredibly smooth taste.

An Alternative To Art Of Tea – Kyoto Tea

Art Of Tea – Kyoto Tea has a little bit extra added to it with the matcha green tea. So if you are looking for a great genmaicha green tea with nothing else added, I recommend taking a look at Buddha Teas Organic Genmaicha Loose Leaf Green Tea(*affiliate link).

It has that wonderful grassy roasted flavor that you have come to expect from a good quality Genmaicha green tea.


#6 Tealyra – Sencha Fukujyu Loose Leaf Green Tea

Origin:  Japan

Another great example of a Sencha green tea from Japan.  Each brand has a slightly different flavor even within the same overall type of green tea. 

Experimenting with different brands is a great way to find your favorite teas.

Sencha green tea is approachable by just about anyone.  This is one of the reasons why it is so popular around the world.  It has the delightful taste of green tea without some of the bitterness that can sometimes be associated with true teas in general.

The Taste and Aroma

As with most Sencha teas, this Tealyra offering is very light with only a slight grassy taste.  It has a bit of natural sweetness to it which makes it very easy to drink for any type of tea drinker. 

The bitterness is kept to a minimum as well. Many people think it has a subtle seaweed taste, but I don’t really find that to be the case.

I would call a slightly grassy taste, with some savory notes to the overall flavor.

The aroma is much the same as the taste, slightly grassy but not too strong.  The freshly opened back is outstanding to breathe in.  A subtle plant-like odor. Very gentle but very distinct. 

The aroma follows the tea from the bag to the infuser and to the completed cup.

Gentle and distinct.

The Finish

Finding your favorite tea can take years.  I tend not to pick sides. 

If I like a certain tea then I make sure to have it as often as I can, but when you like as many teas as I do it becomes very tough to have them on a regular basis. As a result, I don’t drink Sencha Green Tea as often as I would like.

There are 3 on this list, I think.  I may be relegated to only one order of each per year.  Sometimes less frequently. 

Part of that is the job of having to try a bunch of teas but part of it is that I just like diversity when it comes to my teas.  You can check the latest price for this tea(*affiliate link) on Amazon.

I love trying new ones, but the point is I always try and find my way back to my favorite basic, classic Sencha green teas like this one.


#7 Anji Bai Cha Green Tea

Origin:  China

This is our first Chinese tea on our list.  Anji Bai Cha Green Tea is quite a bit rarer than some of the other teas on this list. 

It is not grown nearly as much as the other greens.  The harvesting season is also very short lasting only about a month in the early spring.

The tea must be authenticated and adhere to strict location criteria for it to be called Anji Bai Cha.  Only leaves that are harvested in this protected area around An Ji, Zhejiang Province in China can be counted as this unique green tea.

The Aroma and Taste

The aroma of this green tea is quite subtle and delicate.  It has an almost floral scent when steeped as opposed to a very grassy fragrance that many other green teas have. 

The leaves themselves have a very fresh aroma to them.  The leaves also have an incredibly fresh look to them.

The taste is refreshing, to say the least.  I did not pick up on much bitterness at all.  The entire cup was very smooth and the drinkability will make it a great tea for any type of tea drinker.

The Finish

The recommended steep is 2-3 minutes in water that is 80 degrees Celcius or less.  I found 3 minutes to be fine for my taste.  However, you must let the water cool a bit before steeping. 

Boiling water is far too hot and really saps the flavor of the tea. Find this flavorful Oriarm Anji Bai Cha Green Tea (*affiliate link) Available on Amazon.

The tea can be infused about 3 times.  However, I found the first one to be the best.  The delicate citrusy flavors were most pronounced on the first infusion making the first cup the best experience for me.

I would recommend this tea about a half-hour after a meal and not every day.  It is more expensive than many of the other green teas on this list and should probably be reserved for more special occasions.


#8 Frontier Co-op – Organic Gunpowder Green Tea

Origin: China

Frontier Co-op’s Gunpowder Green Tea offering is outstanding.  It is 100% certified organic and fair trade.  This is a gunpowder tea, which means that the leaves have been rolled into a pellet sized ball.  This makes the tea resemble gunpowder or shotgun pellets and hence the western name of the tea is born.

This form of tea originated in China and dates back to the 600’s according to this source.  Frontier Co-op imports their special pin-head gunpowder green tea from its traditional source in China. Try Frontier Co-op gunpowder Green Tea(*affiliate link), available at Amazon.

The Taste and Aroma

The taste is quite robust, but not bitter in my experience.  Those looking for that bitter kick that some stronger green teas have might be a little disappointed. 

But if you love a smooth grassy flavor with a bit of a smoky kick then this is definitely a tea you will love.

The aroma of the tea is slightly grassy both in the bag and when being steeped.  It is a delightfully mild smell that will not overpower the room and brings an air of freshness and vegetation to the room where you are making your cup.

The Finish

All this adds up to a light, incredibly drinkable tea.  The steep time is between 2 to 4 minutes at a temperature of 75 degrees Celcius. 

I find that the best steep time for myself was around 3 minutes and 30 seconds. It is important to let the water cool quite a bit before pouring due to the ideal temperature being a bit lower for this green tea offering.


#9 VAHDAM – Darjeeling Emerald Green Tea

Origin: India

As with all of Vahdam’s tea offerings, their Darjeeling Emerald Green Tea Loose Leaf is 100% organic, ethically grown at the Arya tea estate in the Darjeeling region and of course, it is fair trade certified.

The look of the leaves out of the bag is very attractive and really a hallmark of this Indian green tea brand.  They are tightly rolled but still fresh enough that you can see the veins of the leaves adding to the overall freshness in their appearance.

The Aroma and The Taste

The aroma of this outstanding green tea is one of vegetation.  Undergrowth after a spring shower would be the way I would describe it. 

There is something very fresh and clean about the fragrance of this tea both in the bag and when you steep it. 

There is a floral hint as well. Get a taste of Darjeeling Emerald Green Tea(*affiliate link) available on Amazon. I think you will enjoy it.

The taste follows suit with the aroma.  It has a grassy, smooth taste.  With only the slightest indication of bitterness. 

In fact, that may be the biggest problem for this tea for some people.  It is so smooth and drinkable that some might perceive it as a weak tea.

I don’t believe it is weak.  Delicate? Yes.  Weak?  No.  That delicate taste is what gives it its character.  I think you will love it as an everyday green tea. 

This is something you can have just about anytime with any food and not be overwhelmed by the taste.

The Finish

The suggested steep time for this wonderful Indian green tea is 2-3 minutes at around 80-90 degrees Celcius. 

I like to keep mine steeping for the full 3 minutes to give it a little more robust flavor.  The temperature when steeping is critical, as it is for most tea.

Let the boiling water cool for a few minutes before pouring and you will have your perfect cup.  Or as close to perfect as you can get anyway.



#10 Ocha & Co. Organic Fukamushi Sencha Green Tea

This fine green tea is grown in Shizuoka Japan about a half a kilometer above sea level. 

The Organic Fukamushi Sencha Green Tea (Amazon Affiliate link) is deep steamed to bring out the nutrients in the tea.

This tea is 100% certified organic and is vacuum-sealed to lock in the freshness of the tea leaves.

The Taste And Aroma

The first thing you will notice about this tea is its beautiful and vibrant green color.  It is really wonderful to look at. 

The taste is quite smooth and crisp.  The grassy fragrance is evident in the tea as well as a slightly floral taste.

This tea is quite strong and you can easily steep a second cup with the leaves if you want.  The second steeping is a little weaker but still retains much of that excellent flavor from the first and remove any hint of bitterness.

The smell of the tea leaves when you break the vacuum seal is quite the experience. 

The beautifully fragrant smell of grass floats out of the bag and infuses itself into your surroundings.  An outstanding experience from opening the bag to that first sip and beyond.

The Finish

Like most green teas the preparation is imperative to get the best cup of tea.  The recommended steep time for this tea is 30-40 seconds at a temperature of 75 to 85 degrees Celcius. 

In my opinion, the high end of the steep time is where you will want to be, but experiment to find your sweet spot.

I thought that the time was far too short so I tried steeping for 2 minutes on my first cup and quickly found that the recommended time was there for a reason. 

The cup properly steeped for the right amount of time really brought out the great flavors of the tea.  Lesson learned.


#11 Octavia Tea Himalayan Green

Origin: India

Octavia Tea’s Himalayan green tea is fair trade certified 100% organic tea from the Himalayan foothills. 

The tea comes to use from the Darjeeling region of India.  The bulk container comes in a bag while the smaller option comes in a very nice tin.

The Taste and Aroma

The taste is a little bit less vegetable, less grassy than some of its Japanese or Chinese green tea counterparts.  The bitterness is kept very much to a minimum making this one of the smoothest and most drinkable green teas on this list.

Floral notes take the place of the typical grassy flavors common in green tea from other regions.

The aroma of the leaves is very nice and unique.  Like the flavor, the smell has a bit less grassy fragrance and more of a floral aroma. 

Like a dew-covered field of flowers in the early morning.  Octavia Tea Himalayan Green Tea(*affiliate link), check price at Amazon, really is a delightful experience from bag to cup.

The Finish

I suggest a temperature of 75 to 80 degrees for steeping this wonderful green tea.  The steeping duration should be between 2 and 3 minutes. 

I prefer the high end of the duration.  I feel it give the best flavor and texture for the tea.

But that is, of course, personal preference.  Find the right place for you and work from there.  Don’t be afraid to experiment


#12 Starwest Botanicals Fair Trade Organic Gunpowder Green Tea

The second gunpowder green on our list.  The flavor profiles are very similar but you’ll be able to tell the difference if you put them head to head. 

They have the same characteristics but I feel that Starwest’s offering has a slightly stronger flavor.

Grown in China, this tea is a wonderful addition to any lunch or evening cup of tea.  The smoky flavor makes this one of my favorite after-dinner green teas.

A Quick Look At The Taste and Aroma

This gunpowder green tea has a deep robust flavor to it.  As with most gunpowder teas, this one has a bit of a smoky accent to its overall flavor. 

The grassy notes are still there and are brought to the forefront with a perfect steep.

The aroma is very clean and foresty.  The grassy smell has the fragrance of an overgrown forest on a damp day. 

The vegetable smell is also infused with a slightly smoky or nutty aroma that comes to the fore, even more, when it is steeped.

The Finish

The recommended steep time is between 2 and 3 minutes and an 80-90 degrees Celcius temperature.  I prefer to let my Starwest Botanicals Gunpowder Green Tea(*affiliate link) steep for around the full 3 minutes. 

As usual, let the water cool a little bit before steeping to get to the ideal temperature.

If you like your green teas robust then you will love this one as well.


#13 CHAGANJU- Japanese Kukicha Twig Loose Leaf Green Tea

This outstanding green tea is imported directly from Uji, Kyoto, Japan.  This is an incredibly unique tea. 

Many parts of the tea plant that are thrown out from most other tea are left in to steep with the tea leaves.  Hence the name twig tea.

The caffeine content of this tea is much lower than most other green tea.  That means you can get a somewhat decaffeinated green tea without the processing involved in normal decaffeination.

The Taste and Aroma

There is a slightly nutty, slightly sweet flavor for this green tea.  The unique taste really comes from the stems and twigs mixed in with the leaves. 

They give you one of the best green tea experiences that you can find.

The aroma also benefits from the stems of the tea plant.  It has a slightly woody or nutty smell along with a nice grassy fragrance. Kukicha Twig Loose Leaf Green Tea(*affiliate link), Check price on Amazon. is a unique and wonderful green tea experience.

The steeping tea accentuates the out of the bag aroma and flows beautifully into the taste.

The Finish

The steeping temperature of 70 to 80 degrees is recommended.  the steeping time is less than a minute. 

This particular brand is very susceptible to overstepping leaving a very unpleasant tea when it is done improperly.

I like to let it steep for about 45 seconds.  Any more and I feel like the bitterness goes up exponentially.  But find your sweet spot and enjoy one of the most unique green teas available.


What To Look For In A Green Tea

There are a few factors to look for when buying green tea.  Many of the bagged, blended green teas are going to taste very similar. 

I find Bigalow green to taste very much like Lipton green tea for example.  I enjoy them.  But they don’t have anything distinctive about them.

They are purposefully non-offensive to anyone.  But fresh, loose leaf green tea has its own personality based on a variety of factors. 

Single source teas have the most personality.  Finding the region that suits your tastes the best is part of the fun of discovering new green tea.

Look At The Leaves

This is a tricky one.  You are most likely only going to get a look at the leaves once you buy the tea.  Sure there are images of them on most stores like Amazon.  But you can’t really get a good look at them until you open up the bag.

Depending on the type of tea the leaves have a distinct look.  Gunpowder green tea looks like a little pellet and dramatically opens as it steeps.  Some laves have distinct veins through the leaves and look very fresh.

Once you gain experience in what to look for you will instinctively know what a good green tea leaf looks like for each type of tea. 

Unfortunately, there are so many types of leaves and teas that you could never give a full account of each one of them with any type of brevity.

Check For 100% Organic Certified Tea

Certified organic green tea is something you can look for in your green teas.  I try to always look for teas that are certified.  It is not a necessity, however.  There are plenty of green teas that are not organic certified that taste just fine.

But, in my opinion, a tea that is certified organic is the way to go.  For the simple reason that I think they taste better. 

That could just be a placebo but at this point, I always go for certified organic green tea.

Look For Fair Trade Tea

Fairtrade tea follows the fair trade guidelines set in place to help protect developing countries from being taken advantage of by larger more developed nations. 

Fairtrade means that the people who actually grow the tea are going to get a fair deal when it comes to work and wages.

Again, this is not a requirement for a great green tea.  But it is something I always look for and frankly I cannot remember the last time I saw a tea that was not fair trade.  Everyone seems to be on board with this nowadays.

And the entire tea industry is better for it I believe.

The Region It Is Grown In

The region that the green tea is grown in is paramount to the flavor, smell, texture, and overall experience of each tea. 

Each region has its own distinct aroma even within a country.  Green tea from Japan is going to have a very different signature than one from China for example.

There are some common themes, but nothing is absolute.  Japanese Sencha, for example, has a bit more of a grassy flavor than a green tea from the Indian Himalayas. 

Knowing where your green tea comes from will give you an insight into what you should expect from the overall experience of the tea.

The Big Finish

These are just the beginning of the great green teas.  I narrowed it down as much as I could and inevitably left some wonderful green teas off this list. 

And we didn’t even touch on Matcha Green Teas.  The point is that this is only my list.  Yours may be much much different.

That is the beauty of tea.  Like any other art, its worth is in the eye of the beholder. 

Experiment. 

Find your perfect cup of tea if you can.  I have not, and I hope I never will.  Because the journey to that perfect cup is the fun part.  That is where you really want to be.

Tasting and testing and smelling and inspecting each and every bag of green tea you can get your hands one. 

Loose leaf, bagged, powder.  Try it all I say.  And when you find one you love, set it free and find others to try.

You’ll come back to the great ones, rest assured.

Thanks for reading.


I hope to see you all again soon and have a wonderful day.

What Does Licorice Root Tea Taste Like?

Licorice is probably most known for the candies that are based on it. But when you steep its pure root form in hot water you get to know a whole other side of this versatile herbal root.

So in today’s look at all things tea, I want to focus on the flavor profile of licorice tea and see if this incredible herbal root tea is something that you might like to add to your tea drinking repertoire.

What Does Licorice Root Tea Taste Like? Licorice Tea is a smooth and slightly sweet herbal infusion. It has a rich flavor that is slightly tangy with a slightly sweet kick that lingers on your lips after a sip.

For a convenient Licorice Tea to try I recommend Alvita Organic Licorice Root Herbal Tea, available on Amazon. It is an excellent introduction to this fine herbal blend

As always, taste is subjective so your experience might differ wildly from mine. Use this flavor profile as a loose guide on what to expect from your first cup of licorice tea and then decide for yourself what flavors you taste when you drink this wonderful herbal infusion.



The Flavor Profile Of Licorice Root Tea

Licorice tea has a pretty complex flavor profile and a fairly unique one. Other teas like fennel seed tea and aniseed tea have licorice notes to their flavor but they pale to the original licorice tea flavor.

Let’s break it down into the most recognizable flavors that I can detect and give ourselves a good overview of what to expect from this herbal infusion.

Its A Bit Tangy

I’m not sure that Tangy is the best word to describe this flavor note in licorice tea.  It’s more of a slightly spicy slightly Tangy mix that really lingers on the tongue and lips after you take a sip of this herbal tea.

It’s not nearly as spicy as some other herbal teas. I think both Ginger and turmeric tea has a little bit more spice. But licorice tea has very little of the earthy flavor that is typical in root herbal teas,  and even less bitterness.

And Slightly Sweet

Most herbal teas have at least some natural sweetness to them and licorice tea is no exception. It’s not a super sweet tea and I would say it’s a bit less sweet than something like green tea for example.

But there is a slight natural sweetness that helps to make the overall experience much more palatable. One thing I want to add is that what I’m talking about a natural sweetness it’s important to understand that it’s not sugary.

There’s a big difference between sweet and sugary and once you have enough experience tea-drinking teas you’ll understand just how big a difference that distinction is.

Its Very Smooth

The slight sweetness that I talked about in the above paragraph really lends itself well to one of the most noticeable things about the flavor of licorice tea. It is incredibly smooth.

It is almost a creamy sensation when you drink this tea. It feels a little bit thicker than a normal cup of herbal tea. The smoothness is similar to vanilla tea.

I think it’s probably one of the smoothest cups of Tea you’re going to have and that makes a great candidate to blend with other teas that maybe are a little bit harsher or bitter or earthy in order to make them much more palatable for the general tea-drinking public.

Rich And Flavorful

Sometimes herbal teas can be a little bit underwhelming with their flavors. Chamomile tea, for example, is a very nice tea to drink but it is not the most flavorful I can feel a little bit Bland as a result.

That is not the case with licorice tea. The flavor is front-and-center and it is a full flavor that you get from this herbal infusion. It has a richness about it that you don’t always find with herbal teas.

 I think the texture of licorice tea is more akin to something like an Earl Grey tea than it is to a chamomile tea or  some other herbal tea.

It’s rich and it’s full-flavored and it feels thicker than it is when you drink it. Perhaps that’s due to the lingering flavor that tends to stay on your lips and tongue after you take a sip.

Whatever it is a wonderful sensation and a wonderful way to end a great sip of this fine tea.

The Aroma Of Licorice Tea

The aroma of licorice root tea is very similar to the actual taste. That is not always the case with some of these herbal teas the aroma can be very different than the actual flavor. 

The biggest difference between the taste and the aroma is that I think the aroma is a little bit more pungent than the flavor. This is pretty common among herbal teas. The aroma will often times Beach slightly more noticeable than the taste of the actual tea itself.

The Licorice Tea Finish

That brings us to the end of our look at the flavor of licorice root tea.  I think that this is a great place to introduce anyone to herbal tea.

It’s such a smooth and flavorful and ultimately familiar flavor that even new tea drinkers will be eased into the idea of drinking a variety of herbal teas.

That’s a good starting point but it’s important not to make it the ending point as well. Licorice tea can be a gateway to all types of other root herbal teas like ginger or turmeric and then on to other floral-herbal teas like lavender or hibiscus.

Ultimately you can introduce a new tea drinker to the wonderful world of black tea or white tea or the incredibly popular green teas that are out there right now.

And it all started with a little sip of licorice tea. Of course, there are other ways to find out the joys of tea drinking but this is just one little example of how such a smooth and flavorful tea can really open your eyes to the possibilities of herbal teas.

Once again, For a convenient Licorice Tea to try I recommend Buddha Teas Organic Licorice Root Tea Bags. It is a great introduction to this fine herbal blend

Thanks for stopping buy and have a wonderful day.

Experience The Delightfully Refreshing Flavor Of Ginger Lavender Tea

I’m of the opinion that Ginger can make anything taste better. So I decided to try and make a ginger and lavender herbal tea blend that gave me enough Ginger flavor without overwhelming the lavender flower. Or vice versa.

And if you’re here then I suspect you had the same idea. So let’s take this little journey together on how to make a great cup of ginger lavender tea.

What Is Ginger And Lavender Tea? Lavender Ginger tea is an herbal infusion derived from steeping ginger root and lavender flowers in water. It typically has a floral, peppery flavor representative of the ingredient’s own unique flavor profiles.

Ginger is a great herb to blend with other teas, but lavender is no stranger to a good herbal blend either. Let us see how well these two fantastic herbal teas blend together.

For a quick DIY tea bag blend try Buddha Teas Organic Ginger Root Tea and Organic Lavender Tea. This will give you a great cup of tea if you don’t want to bother with fresh ginger and the like.

Read on to find out how to make ginger lavender tea for yourself and what a cup should taste like when steeped properly.


How To Make Ginger Lavender Tea

Lavender and Ginger tea is a pretty straightforward herbal tea blend to make. It’s very tough to over steep it or mess up in any way really. That being said there are a couple of things you want to keep in mind when making your cup of lavender ginger tea. It is very similar to making a cup of straight lavender tea.

Let’s have a look at those now.

If you are looking for a convenient lavender ginger tea option they can be tough to find without a couple of added flavors.

Try this Lavender ginger, peppermint, and chamomile blend that gets pretty close to the homemade(and superior) version. Leafy Love – Calming Relaxing Tea(*affiliate link), available on Amazon.

Use The Right Water

One important aspect of making your cup of ginger lavender tea or any tea for that matter is to make sure that you used good quality water for the infusion.

Try and stay away from mineral water and distilled water as they will negatively affect the overall taste of your tea.  Regular tap water is also a no-go because it has a lot of minerals and it that can affect the taste.

Ideal you want to use either filter tap water or a good quality bottled spring water to steep your tea.  This way you get nice balanced water that’s not going to add too much in the way of flavor or take too much away from the Flavor of your lavender ginger tea.

Keep in mind that these are only suggestions, you can add or subtract from the ingredients to make your cup of tea specific to your tastes.

DIY Ginger Lavender Tea

  • Boil 2 Slices of fresh ginger root in a kettle of water
  • Let the water cool to about 205°F/96°C
  • Steep 1-2 teaspoon of lavender flowers or 1 lavender tea bag in the ginger-infused water
  • I like to steep for around 5 minutes covered to get the best flavor but it varies with individual taste

You can also use dried loose leaf ginger and lavender to make a quick cup of this tea. I recommend about a teaspoon of each and a 10 minute steep.

Lastly, you can always use lavender and ginger tea bags for your cup of tea. This is the easiest way to make a cup of this herbal blend. Just use one teabag of each and steep to taste. Use a little bit more water with two tea bags to get a more balanced flavor.


What Does Ginger And Lavender Tea Taste Like?

Lavender And Ginger tea is very much the sum of its parts.  Both the Ginger root and the lavender flowers bring their own unique flavors to the blend without canceling each other out or without one overpowering the other.

As a result, you get a fairly complex flavor profile that highlights the wonderful flavor of the lavender as well as the incredibly unique flavor of the ginger.

One thing to add is that taste is always very subjective. These are the flavors that I feel are most representative of a good Lavender and ginger tea. Your mileage may vary so only use this as a loose guide for this herbal tea blend.

A Nice Floral Taste

The first flavor that I think you’re going to notice is the floral flavor of the lavender itself. The flavor of lavender is pretty pronounced. it’s not as flowery is some other flower herbal infusions but it will be the most dominant flavor of the entire ginger lavender tea blend.

With Slightly Minty Notes

Lavender handsome naturally Minton notes to it because it is a part of the mint plant family. They are not as strong as a spearmint or peppermint tea but they do give it a nice little Edge that acts as a bit of a counterpoint to the strong floral flavor of the lavender.

The good news is that the ginger does not wipe away the mintiness of the lavender. It’s still very much there although I think it’s a little more subdued in this blend than it would be in a cup of straight lavender tea.

A Bit Peppery

Now we move on to the flavors of the ginger. The first one is the peppery flavor of the ginger. It’s not really a pepper flavor in the mold of table pepper or pepper that you would put on your food but it is a very interesting peppery flavor that the ginger is known for.

And A Little Spicy

Building on the peppery flavor that the ginger brings is the spiciness that it brings.  It’s an interesting spicy flavor because it’s spicy right at the start and then there’s a soothing, cooling sensation that the ginger brings.

Anyone who’s used a slice of Ginger to clean their pallet when they’re eating sushi will know that you get that little burst of spiciness followed by the wonderful gentle incredibly flavorful Ginger afterward.

Earthy Notes In There As Well

Both the lavender flowers and the ginger root have a bit of an earthiness to their overall flavor profile. I think it’s much more pronounced in many of the other root herbal teas than it is in ginger tea itself. The spiciness of the ginger, I think, really helps to smooth out the earthiness.

Likewise, the natural minty flavor of the lavender helps to alleviate some of the earthiness of standard lavender tea.  So it’s not a real strong earthy flavor in this herbal tea blend but it might be there for some people if they’re really susceptible to the earthy or bitter flavor that some of these teas can have.

That being said this is one of the smoother herbal infusions especially flower herbal infusions that you’re going to find.

The ginger really helps smooth out the lavender’s earthy flavor and makes the overall infusion a little bit more palatable for people who aren’t used to drinking a lot of herbal teas.

The Aroma Of Ginger Lavender Tea

I think overall the aroma of the ginger lavender tea leans a little bit more towards the lavender than it does towards the ginger.

I never found ginger tea to be that aromatic.  Which is surprising because Ginger itself is quite pungent. However, when you boil it in the water it seems to lessen the effect of the ginger aroma.

That doesn’t mean that it’s not there I think it’s just a bit subdued especially when you add in the very robust floral Aroma of the lavender it kind of takes a backseat in the smell only. If you’re talking about taste, I think they are both on equal footing in the lavender ginger tea.


The Ginger Lavender Tea Finish

That brings us to the end of our look at the ginger lavender herbal infusion.  I always like to add ginger to just about any herbal infusion just to see if it works well with the other flavors.

I’m happy to report that I feel like this is a great herbal infusion that really gives you the benefits of both the lavender and the ginger.

I think the taste of each ingredient compliments the other and together they form a very smooth and refreshing herbal tea that is quick and easy to make.

I hope you have enjoyed our look at the flower and root herbal tea blend and hope to see you back here soon

Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful day.