Leaf Type: Green (Matcha)
Where to Buy: Mellow Monk
Finely powdered matcha-style tea made from sencha varietals.
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!