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Hello everyone. Today we are going to be taking a look at some of the best genmaicha green teas currently available. 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 tried it.
If you are just looking for a quick suggestion for a great genmaicha green tea then I suggest Art Of Tea’s Kyoto Tea, a fabulous example of genmaicha 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.
#1 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 matcha green tea, the genmaicha flavor is still front and center. But the matcha flavor does bring a new dimension to this venerable classic. How much does the flavor profile change? Let’s find out.
What Does Art Of Tea Kyoto Tea Taste Like?
Let’s start with the most important flavor aspect of this tea. It is still a genmaicha green tea. The roasted 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 than 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 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.
#2 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 tea bag. So may turn their nose up at bagged tea but I find it can be as good as loose leaf if it is of 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 at its core. The natural sweetness of the green tea helps to smooth out the tea and leaves it with nary a bitter flavor to be found.
Then comes the roasted flavor or the rice that gives 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 flavors of a great genmaicha is 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.
#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 drinker’s 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 the brand. It will keep you coming back for more and you can check out all their crazy herbal tea 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 genmaicha out there. It is a great combo and one worth tasting for yourself.
Matcha and genmaicha is a match made in heaven. There are numerous examples of this green tea blend out there but I think the 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 many of you will enjoy the matcha-infused genmaicha as much as a traditional one. Don’t miss out on this green tea delight.
#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 without destroying the wonderful flavor of the genmaicha itself.
It’s 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, available on Amazon, take two incredible flavors and blend them together in this unique herbal tea blend and get 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 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.
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 is enhanced with a little floral flavor of a wonderful herbal tea. In the end, it is these types 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 wonderful grassy umami flavor from the 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 traditional 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 genmaicha tea. A rose flavor really. You can smell it from the second you open the bag.
My biggest concern was 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 apprehension and dove right in to try this genmaicha blend. It is not something that I would have sought out necessarily. But once found I knew 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 it’s 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 to your 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 genmaicha 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 flavorful and much more convenient. With that in mind, I have chosen 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 is a bagged tea throw you for a loop. The robust nutty flavor of 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.
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 worthy of your time. Particularly interesting are the blended genmaicha teas. I was hesitant at first to try a blue genmaicha or a rose genmaicha 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 our 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.
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