Leaf Type: Green (Matcha)
Where to Buy: Aiya
The USDA organic certified counterpart of our ceremonial drinking Matcha holds true to its organic nature. Internationally certified organic methods of manufacturing and packing bring your consumer a level of quality that is rare even in the Japanese green tea market!
This is my third and final review of this Matcha from Aiya series.
This Organic Ceremonial Grade Matcha is very similar to the conventional Ceremonial Grade. They both froth up nicely, although I think I remember a bit more froth with the conventionally-grown version. But there is still LOTS of froth with this one.
It is also thick and creamy like the conventionally-grown, but just as with the froth, I seem to remember a slightly thicker body from the conventionally-grown variety. And like the conventionally-grown Ceremonial Grade Matcha, this does not impart that chalkiness that I would sometimes experience from what I now realize were lesser quality Matcha teas. Aiya offers only the best with the three selections I’ve reviewed in this series.
This does have that bittersweet “Matcha” taste and an intense vegetal flavor, but I find that the vegetal taste here is a bit sweeter than in the conventional Ceremonial Grade (which was a bit more of a savory kind of vegetative taste).
That being said, I must say that the two Ceremonial Grade Matcha teas display very similar characteristics, so I think that choosing between them would be based upon whether or not having an Organic Matcha is something that is important to you.
If you like Matcha – you really MUST try Aiya. I think that it is the BEST of the best!
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!