Teatime wrote:Thanks, Chip.
My first impression of green tea is that it must be like drinking grass. But I'm willing to take the plunge in order to learn more about green tea.
I would say Japanese sencha is of the grassy nature you speak of. But I like that. Genmaicha is definately not grassy, the toasted rice flavor dominates the flavor profile in my opinion.
Most Chinese green is not grassy at all either. Some can be nutty such as Long Jing...others can have a vegetal profile...and still others can be a little earthy.
Fresh Darjeeling green can have a floral/fruity profile but can also be quite astringent.
They are quite variable so you should try several.