Sunday, November 20, 2011

Aiya Tea Premium Grade Matcha

Country of Origin: Japan
Leaf Appearance: very fine, bright green powder
Ingredients: green tea
Water Temperature: 180 degrees
Preparation Method: traditional (using a chawan and chasen)
Liquor: very dark green with lighter green foam

I have previously reviewed Aiya’s Ceremonial Grade Matcha so this was a great opportunity to compare the two. For starters, the premium grade seemed to be a brighter shade of green. The flavors were fairly similar although the premium grade was smoother and slightly less vegetal than the ceremonial. Another difference that I found really interesting was the the premium grade did not foam up quite as much. Given the higher price tag of this version, it's not something that I would drink on a regular basis but for a special occasion tea this matcha is spot on. If you've never made matcha before and need some guidance, their site has some helpful hints. Aiya also makes a cooking grade matcha that I definitely think will be necessary for my culinary adventures.

4 comments:

  1. Just popping in to say hello! I'm a budding tea enthusiast as well, and your blog is wonderful! I think I'll follow it for more updates! :D

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  2. Thanks for popping in! Always great to hear from a fellow tea lover :)

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  3. Didn't foam up much? Really?! Wow, I got a far different result. I found it frothed up rather nicely. Then again, I opted for the "cold water sift" rather than a mesh filter when...er...de-clumping it. That probably had something to do with the prep difference. I, personally, loved the stuff.

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  4. It foamed, just not as much as the ceremonial grade version. You have me intrigued. How do you cold water sift? I loved the stuff too :)

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