Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Maiko Tea Happiness Tea (Shiawasencha)


Photo: Maiko Tea
According to Maiko Tea this blend is a combination of matcha, kukicha, genmai and kelp. Can you say green? This was probably one of the most visually interesting teas I have ever seen. There were so many different shapes and textures, all covered in the bright green matcha powder. I steeped this tea in a kyusu using 175 degree water and one minute infusions.

The first infusion was yellowish green and almost translucent because of the matcha. I was expecting a lot of vegetal flavor because of the green tea overload but that was not the case.  It was nutty and sweet in a very mild way. The second was much clearer but still very bright green in color. The taste did not change much between infusions. If you are a fan of Japanese greens then this is right up your alley. I would definitely recommend this tea.

You can find out more about this tea here.

3 comments:

  1. I love green tea in the dead of winter - it's like sipping springtime

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  2. Kelp? Really?! That alone makes me morbidly curious. I've tried kelp beer, but never kelp tea.

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  3. Green tea is definitely a great winter pick-me-up.

    This is definitely the first kelp tea I've tried. I was really not expecting to be a fan but it was delish. How was the kelp beer? That sounds quite intriguing :)

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