Leaf Type: Green (Matcha)
Where to Buy: Aiya
For the true tea connoisseur, Aiya’s premium Matcha provides a level of quality that is typically reserved for high-class Japanese tea ceremonies. While daily consumption is encouraged, this grade is typically reserved for special occasions.
I have been on a fabulous Matcha journey, courtesy of Aiya! This is the first of three delicious Matcha teas that I will be exploring on this journey.
The first thing I noticed about this Matcha was the color as I started to whisk. It was so vivid! Such a bright, beautiful color of green. I don’t typically smell a Matcha when it’s dry … having done this before and getting my nostrils full of Matcha powder, it is not a mistake I am likely to make again. But now that it’s whisked, I smell a pleasant fresh fragrance. It smells lightly grassy, and even somewhat like freshly steamed vegetables.
This Matcha froths up nicely. The flavor is sweet with a sharp, savory bitter tone. It is a very pleasing contrast of flavors. The texture is smooth and creamy, and that creaminess also translates into the flavor, creating a taste sensation that is something like creamed veggies. The flavor is very vibrant, and there is no chalkiness in the aftertaste.
Another notable quality is how energizing it is! After finishing my chawan of this Matcha, I felt like I could go and run a marathon with energy to spare! Amazing!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!