Mountain Snow from Mellow Monk

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green (Matcha)

Where to Buy:  Mellow Monk

Product Description:

Finely powdered matcha-style tea made from sencha varietals.

Taster’s Review:

I have tasted quite a few Matcha teas (especially in the last couple of years).  And of those different Matcha teas, this one is perhaps the most different.  I attribute that difference to the fact that this tea is made from Sencha rather than Tencha.

And this difference can really be tasted in the tea.  This Matcha presents a strong vegetative flavor.  Yes, Matcha is usually vegetative, but, this tastes grassier than other Matcha teas.  That vegetative flavor offers a savory bitter tone that arrives about mid-sip.

The sip begins with a smooth sweetness which is cut by the aforementioned bitter note.  The sip finishes sweet and is somewhat fruit-like.  The aftertaste is grassy but not unpleasantly so.  Actually, I am finding this to be a very enjoyable bowl of Matcha.  Different, yes.  But as I’ve said before, different can be good.  That is certainly true in this case.

This is a Matcha that I would recommend for other culinary uses, as well.  Because of its stronger vegetal taste, it will be a good tea to use in dishes that you want to bring out a very strong “green tea” taste.  Especially good in smoothies!

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    liberteas says:

    Thank you for your comment. I can appreciate your stand, and I do realize this is quite different from traditional Matcha. However, since other teas are now being marketed as Matcha, including black tea, white tea and rooibos, I felt it was appropriate to identify this as a type of Matcha as well, especially since Mellow Monk calls it a “Matcha-style” tea powder.

    Matcha isn’t just for Tencha anymore.

  2. Jan Jochim says:

    i understand. but matcha as a product is trademarked. only tencha leaves can become matcha tea. everything else… is tea powder. for the customers it is confusing. like i said there are huge differences between matcha and tea powder. it looks different, it tastes different and its a completely different drink.

    of course also green tea powder can taste great and can be used in many different ways. but it is just “matcha-style” or “green tea powder”, to call it “Matcha” is confusing and simply wrong!

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