What Does Genmaicha Taste Like?

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Hello Everybody. Welcome back. Today I am going to take a look at the impeccable and unrivaled Genmaicha Green tea and give you an idea of what it should taste like.

What Does Genmaicha Taste Like?  Genmaicha has a wonderful vegetable flavor that is slightly sweet and has a very distinct roasted, almost nutty flavor to it as a result of the roasted rice that is mixed in with the green tea leaves.   It is a mild and incredibly refreshing cup of green tea

Genmaicha is probably one of my favorite green teas. I absolutely love this green tea.

I am going to break down each flavor note that I find in Genmaicha. As Always this is my opinion of what I taste in this wonderful brew. Your experience may differ wildly, that’s part of the fun of tasting a new tea though.

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Let’s get to it.


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The Flavor Profile Of Genmaicha Green Tea

Some say that genmaicha is an acquired taste, and I guess that’s true because it is not quite what you’d expect from a green tea and that’s mainly because of the roasted rice that is mixed in with the green tea leaves.

What it does is combines the great things of a green tea with a nice robust nutty flavor that makes one of the most unique and interesting green teas that you’re ever going to try.

I urge everyone to give it a try at least once and see if it might be something that you could fall in love with.

I’ve always felt like genmaicha Has a fairly robust and intricate flavor profile. when I drink can I get four distinct flavors combining to make up the overall taste profile.

Let’s take each one of them individually and break them down to see what they add to this wonderful green tea.

The Grassy Base Of Genmaicha

The first flavor knows that I’m going to discuss is probably the most common one when you talk about green teas.

In Genmaicha green tea this flavor is more of a grassy taste.   it’s a very subtle very pleasant flavor that really acts as a foundation for the entire tea.

The thing about this grassy flavor is that it doesn’t overwhelm the tea.

It lets the other flavors that I’m going to get to in a minute flourish and have their own moment to shine with every sip that you take.

But the grassy flavor still is robust enough to make its own imprint on the overall flavor of the genmaicha tea.

A Slight Vegetable Flavor Also

I think some people would argue that the vegetable and the grassy flavors are one and the same when you’re discussing the taste of genmaicha.

I can see that point but I always like to separate them because I think there are subtle differences that make them separate flavors that blend together to make the overall taste of the tea.

The vegetable taste is like a green vegetable,  it’s very fresh and has a sense of delicateness to it then I think differentiates is enough from the grassy flavor to included and its own category.

Genmaicha is Slightly Sweet

Like most green teas, genmaicha has a slight sweetness to it.   it is not an overwhelming Sweetness by any stretch of the imagination and really serves to cut into the bitterness that typically is slightly present in green tea.

Of course, if you over steep or steep green tea at too high temperature then that bitterness is going to completely counteract the natural sweetness and you’re going to have a fairly astringent and bitter brew that’s not going to be very good.

To get the full benefit of the naturally sweet flavor you’re going to want to make sure that you steep your genmaicha for the appropriate amount of time at the appropriate temperature.

I think one other thing I’d like to add about the sweetness in vegan matcha green tea is that it’s not what we commonly think of as sweet.

In the Western World, in particular, we tend to think of things that are sweet as sugary. And that’s not what I’m really suggesting with this particular green tea.

It is not sugary at all and it has a very subtle sweetness that many people might not pick up on because they’re so used to sweet being the same as sugary.

Just to reiterate you can completely destroy the sweetness of genmaicha tea by steeping it improperly.

This leads to a lot of people thinking that they hate genmaicha green tea when they haven’t had a real cup this improperly prepared.

It’s just something to keep in mind.

Roasted Rice Is The Secret

This is the part of the flavor profile that really sets genmaicha apart from just about every other green tea out there.

We talked about all the familiar flavors that green tea offers.

The grassy or vegetable or seaweed flavors that are found in many green teas.

Along with the slight sweetness that makes it such a refreshing cup of tea to drink.

Genmaicha is a little bit different. That is because of the roasted rice that’s mixed in with the green tea leaves.

What this does is create an incredible nutty roasted flavor that makes the tea so much more “tangible” for lack of a better word.

It really grounds the tea with a new flavor that you might not expect if you’re new to genmaicha in particular.

The roast rice gives the tea an actual roasted flavor, almost nutty in its flavor. It makes the tea seem a little bit thicker, a little bit heavier.

The roasted flavor makes it an absolute joy to drink.

If it’s your first time trying it you are going to be surprised at how wonderful that seemingly little bit of roasted rice changes the entire complexion of the green tea.

Mild and Refreshing

The last little flavor profile that I like to put into this article is arguably not a flavor at all. It’s more of a general feeling about genmaicha overall taste.

But I thought it would be important to add it to the article in case someone has never had genmaicha. I would want them to get a full idea of the overall experience of drinking this fantastic green tea.

And that is that genmaicha is incredibly mild and refreshing.   When steeped properly there’s very little bitterness and all the flavors just come together to make one of the most interesting and amazing green teas that I personally have ever had.

The Aroma of Genmaicha Tea

I always like to add a little section in these articles about the smell or the aroma of the tea or herbal infusion that I’m writing about.

And while this isn’t directly related to the taste of the tea I think it’s an important part of the overall experience of drinking a particular tea.

In some cases, the aroma can vary wildly from the actual taste of the tea or infusion.

However, in the case of genmaicha, the aroma is largely the same as the flavor of the tea. There’s really no surprise in that regard.

The aroma is very nutty and has a roasted smell to it along with the grass Enos and vegetable flavors that I discussed in the taste section.

They’re all there in the aroma and it makes for a wonderful drinking experience.


The Perfect Finish

Genmaicha is an extraordinary green tea. The roasted brown rice takes the green tea in directions that you didn’t know you wanted to go until you’ve tried it.

This yellow-hued tea is incredibly popular in its native Japan(source) and has spread worldwide making it relatively easy to pick up some for yourself.

I love genmaicha. It is one of my favorite green teas and one of my favorite tea or herbal infusions in general. Give it a try and I think you might just fall in love with it as I have.

Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful day.