This popular tea is a blend of premium Japanese sencha tea and toasted and puffed brown rice. The steamed green tea has a fresh grassy flavor nicely complemented by a warm, nutty taste and roasted aroma from the rice. Genmaicha is easy to drink, making it a great choice for those new to green tea. It is excellent with meals or chilled. The origin of this tea dates back to World War II when there were tea shortages in Japan. Locals started added toasted rice to their meager supply in an effort to stretch it as much as possible. After the war it remained popular as an easy drinking tea.