this is an excellent starter for the early morning. most ppl may think “what, its RICE in there?” and you can answer “indeed, and it tastes brilliant!”. the flavor is complex. yes, it tastes like its toasted, but its also a lil creamy with similarities to butter. the sencha then again gives the tea his body, a bit sweet, a bit grassy, with a touch of bitter substances
which btw. are just right for a green tea like a sencha!
you can drink the japan genmaicha with sugar, if you like to. but because its a sencha i personally would discourage you from that idea. even if you like your toast with jam, honey or peanut butter, give this toasted beverage a pure try! ;-)
oh, yes, another thing…
when you use a gaiwan or yixing dishes just try to infuse the genmaicha 2 or even 3 times, it’s worth it!