Genmaicha tea: tasting notes
Genmaicha tea is made by blending traditional Japanese green tea with toasted brown rice. You might actually find tiny popcorn-looking pieces of popped rice in your genmaicha. Best kinds of genmaicha green tea are nutty, earthy, savory, truly satisfying.
How did genmaicha tea come about?
Genmaicha tea has pretty humble origins in that it started out as a poor man’s brew. In old Kyoto, genmaicha would be the staple cuppa for farmers who couldn’t afford expensive blends, monks during their fasting days, and soldiers who needed to ration their provisions. It would be a convenient way to get some extra vitamins and minerals at the price of an affordable packet of tea. What also helped was that its rice content made it more filling than a regular cup of tea. Over time, genmaicha has won hearts worldwide with its irresistible blend of nutty and grassy notes. There are many varieties of tea on the market today. For the authentic experience, look for one that has Sencha green tea and traditionally roasted brown rice.
Genmaicha is traditionally made with modest bancha or more sophisticated sencha as a tea base. For a real upgrade, try gyokuro based envy green version of this fun “popcorn tea”. Another twist to the ancient recipe – genmaicha with added matcha powder – a tea bursting with antioxidants and flavor.