Saturday, August 18, 2012
Aiya Tea Organic Matcha Infused Sencha
Leaf Appearance: deep green, powdery
Ingredients: sencha, matcha
Steep time: 1.5 minutes
Water Temperature: 175 degrees
Preparation Method: glass teapot
Liquor: bright green, cloudy
This offering from Aiya Tea combined my two favorite kinds of green tea. I jumped at the chance to try it because although most have us have seen "super green" genmaicha, I had never seen a sencha prepared the same way. It was brisk, sweet and incredibly fresh tasting. This tea was practically spring in a teacup. It wasn't vegetal or grassy but tasted the way that grass clippings smell. There was no astringency to speak of and it was very smooth. I loved the neon green affect that the sencha added to the liquor.
All of Aiya's products are organic, which I think is particularly important with matcha since you are consuming the whole leaf. They are also Kosher and Halal certified. This isn't something that I often see listed on a companies website but it is a big consideration for many tea drinkers. They have a video on their website explaining their company history and how matcha is made that I definitely suggest viewing when you have a chance. The teas that I've sampled from Aiya Tea have been some of the highest quality Japanese teas that I've had the pleasure of drinking.
You can find this tea here.
Posted by Nicole Martin