Friday, May 23, 2014

DōMatcha Organic Ceremonial Matcha

Country of Origin: Japan
Leaf Appearance: powdered, brilliant green
Ingredients: green tea
Steep time: n/a
Water Temperature: 180 degrees
Preparation Method: traditional bowl and whisk
Liquor: deep green, good foam

I love matcha but it is probably the one type of tea that I'm still not completely comfortable with. That is definitely something that I've been working on so I was excited when I had a chance to sample this offering from +DoMatcha. They were kind enough to throw in a whisk and whisk stand too. I'm a firm believer that one can never have too many chasen. Freshness is key so I was happy to see that the tea was in a sealed bag inside of the pop top tin. The color of the powder was brilliantly bright green with a velvety texture. It hardly needed any sifting at all. Color and texture are very important with matcha and they are often a good indicator of the quality of the tea. The taste was deeply vegetal and full of umami, just what the doctor ordered. There was some astringency but I didn't find it unpleasant at all. If spring could be distilled into a single sip this would be it. I don't often wax poetic about tea but matcha has that affect on me. Reading reviews on Amazon for this tea was an exercise in frustration. Not liking matcha or not bothering to take the time to read the clearly stated packaging size does not make this a bad tea. Don't listen to those yahoos!

Organic Ceremonial Matcha sample provided by DōMatcha.

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