teanovice78 wrote:What does this tea taste like? Is it hard to make? What kinds are good to buy? If anyone has had experience with this I'd be curious to learn more.
I don't recommend to try Genmaicha with Matcha first because it tastes completely different from Matcha itself. I'd like you to try pure Matcha first so you'll get an idea how Matcha tastes like.
Matcha is traditionally used for Japanese tea ceremony, which is just like "art" in Japan. In other words, Matcha is not for daily drinking. However, here in the U.S. people start drinking Matcha just like other teas and it's becoming unique culture. If you would like to try the authentic way of Matcha, you can google "Japanese tea ceremony" and get some information.
There are many companies you can buy Matcha in U.S.
AIYA is the biggest Matcha supplier in the world: http://aiya-america.com/
AOI is another supplier of Matcha: http://www.aoimatcha.com/
Den's has Matcha too: http://www.denstea.com/
SA also has some Matcha: www.sugimotousa.com