Best Green Tea Types for Beginners

Many people say that they don't like green tea, but more often than not, they are simply drinking green teas that don't suit their tastes. With a few tips and a few taste tests, most people end up finding green teas they love. Explore the types of green teas below to find the best green teas for your tastes.

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    Jasmine Green Tea

    Fujian Jasmine Pearl from dagio's Maestro Collection in a glass bowl on a purple background.
    Jasmine Pearl is one of the most popular types of loose-leaf jasmine green teas in the U.S. It can be infused multiple times.

    Marko Goodwin

    Along with Earl Grey tea, Jasmine green tea is one of the most popular flavored teas in the world. Cheap Jasmine green teas (like the kind you get at some restaurants) are often made with low-grade teas and artificial flavors, and taste like a bad perfume. Good quality Jasmine green teas are made with quality tea leaves that have been naturally scented with jasmine flowers, and they have a deliciously sweet, floral flavor that many people love.

    Although Jasmine green tea is more flexible on its brewing requirements than most green teas, it is best when prepared with water that is below boiling and only infused for a few minutes.

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    Moroccan Mint Green Tea

    Easy Mint Tea

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    Moroccan Mint green tea was traditionally a blend of Chinese gunpowder green tea and fresh mint leaves boiled with hot water and mixed with copious amounts of sugar. Today, there are many Moroccan mint green tea blends available; these use dried mint in lieu of fresh mint and sometimes replace gunpowder green tea with Houjicha, Bancha or other green teas.

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    Genmaicha Green Tea

    Genmaicha, a Japanese tea blend made of green tea and toasted and/or puffed rice in a black bowl.
    Lindsey Goodwin

    Genmaicha is a blend of Japanese green tea and puffed brown rice. The flavor of Genmaicha is sweet, roasty, vegetal and easily enjoyable. A popular variation on Genmaicha is Matcha-iri-Genmaicha or "Genmaimatcha," a blend of Genmaicha and Matcha green teas.

    For a stronger rice flavor, use hotter water (just below boiling). For a more nuanced tea-and-rice flavor, use cooler water (around 170 F).

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    Dragonwell Green Tea

    Long Jing (a.k.a. "Dragonwell" or "lung Ching") green tea from China on a white plate.
    Long Jing is flatter and more oval-shaped than most Chinese-style green teas. Some Chinese green teas are rolled into balls or twisted into strands. Marko Goodwin

    Also known as "Dragon's Well," "Lung Ching" or "Long Jing" green tea, Dragonwell is the most popular Chinese green tea in the U.S. Dragonwell ranges from very expensive, traditionally made, "pre-rain" Dragonwell to inexpensive, everyday Dragonwell. The flavor of Dragonwell is usually mild and sweet, with a distinct chestnut note.

    For best results, prepare Dragonwell green tea with water that is well below boiling, and infuse it for two to three minutes at most.

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    Houjicha Green Tea

    Hojicha Green Tea in a red Japanese side-handle kyusu teapot with white flowers.
    Lindsey Goodwin

    Also spelled "Hojicha," Houjicha is a roasted Japanese green tea that's often made with tea leaves and stems, or only tea stems. It is lower in caffeine than most green teas. Houjicha has woodsy flavor that many coffee drinkers find appealing, and it can be brewed well with a wider range of temperatures and times than most green teas.

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    Kukicha Green Tea

    Kukicha tea leaves closeup

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    Kukicha is a steamed Japanese green tea that is made from the twigs of the tea plant. It is naturally low in caffeine, and it has a vegetal, sweet flavor that can handle inexact brewing. If you're not one to check your water temperature or time your infusions, Kukicha is a great green tea for you.

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    Sencha Green Tea

    Asamushi Sencha, Japanese green tea, on a white background.
    Asamushi Sencha has dark green, flat, needle-like leaves. More heavily steamed senchas (like Fukamushi and Chumushi Sencha) tend to have more broken leaves than Asamushi due to their processing. Marko Goodwin

    Sencha is Japan's most popular green tea. It has a flavor that many people describe as vegetal, seaweed-y or grassy. When made with boiling water or near-boiling water, it can be very astringent, bitter and harsh, but when prepared with water around 160 F to 170 F and infused for around 20 to 45 seconds, Sencha green tea tastes smoother, sweeter and more balanced.

    A popular alternative to Sencha is Bancha, which is a similar green tea with a slightly rougher, earthier flavor. Bancha is less expensive than Sencha and it pairs well with meals.

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    Gyokuro Green Tea

    Yame Gyokuro Japanese green tea leaves on a white background.
    Yame Gyokuro has a deep, dark blue-green color due to the fact that it is shade grown and steamed. Marko Goodwin

    Gyokuro green tea is a shade-grown Japanese green tea with a brilliant, deep green color. Good quality Gyokuro green tea has a distinct umami flavor.

    For the smoothest, most nuanced flavor, prepare Gyokuro with water that is well below boiling (around 150 F to 160 F), and use short infusion times (around 15 to 30 seconds).

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    Matcha Green Tea

    An image of Matcha, a powdered Japanese green tea on a wooden scoop, in front of a brown bowl.
    The best Matcha green teas are slowly ground with two granite wheels, much like flour is stone-ground. Marko Goodwin

    Matcha is like Gyokuro in that it is shade-grown, but it is also powdered. Traditional Matcha drinks are made of Matcha powder, whisked with warm water. However, because it is powdered, Matcha can easily be incorporated into drink recipes (such as tea smoothie recipes) and other powdered tea recipes.

    Matcha has a bittersweet flavor. Generally, better quality Matcha is sweeter and lower quality Matcha is more bitter.

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    Bi Luo Chun Green Tea

    Bi Luo ChunTea leaves on a pink background

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    Also known as "Pi Lo Chun" or "Snail Spring" green tea, Bi Luo Chun is one of China's most famous green teas. When brewed at a low temperature, good quality Bi Luo Chun has a sweet, smooth, vegetal flavor that appeals to many tea drinkers.