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.