Friday, March 7, 2014

Think Matcha Ceremonial Matcha

Country of Origin: Japan
Leaf Appearance: bright green, powdered
Ingredients: green tea
Steep time: whisked
Water Temperature: 160 degrees
Preparation Method: traditional
Liquor: deep green

The name +think Matcha might ring a bell as Peter Sabbagh, their founder, contributed a guest post a few months ago. I'm a bit of a matcha addict so I couldn't resist giving their ceremonial offering a try. The first thing that I noticed was that the color was so vibrantly green. It practically glowed! This is something that I always look for when making a purchase. Dull color = dull flavor, at least in my experience. The taste was all sweetness and vegetal umami with a thick, creamy mouthfeel. I couldn't get enough of it. Matcha is known for having a decent amount of astringency but this one had hardly any bite at all. It sifted well and did not clump up while whisking. I was definitely sad when my bowl was finished but thankfully I have a little bit left to savor. While not necessarily inexpensive, I think that this tea is very fairly priced for the quality that you are getting.

Ceremonial Matcha sample provided by Think Matcha.