Leaf Type: Green (Matcha)
Where to Buy: Arbor Teas
Matcha is a variety of Japanese green tea that is stone ground at the end of the manufacturing process, resulting in an ultra-fine tea powder that is typically whisked in hot water until a frothy consistency is reached, as in the traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony. The resulting brew has much more body and flavor than tea brewed in a conventional fashion, with a thick, rich green taste and slight bitterness.
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This is one of the very best Matcha teas I’ve yet to encounter. The color is vivid green – a very bright and beautiful green! It whisks into a frothy, creamy liquid that stays frothy long after I finished whisking! More often than not, a Matcha may froth up but after about 10 minutes, the froth begins to disappear. This Matcha stayed frothy until I finished the chawan! And the Matcha remained dispersed throughout – it didn’t begin settling at the bottom of the chawan. It was smooth and grit-free until I finished.
The flavor is sweet and vegetal, with a buttery flavor that adds to the creamy aspect. It is thick and satisfying. There is a hint of bitterness that arrives about mid-sip … not a off-putting bitterness, but a savory tone that seems to rescue the palate from the sweetness of the Matcha, providing balance and a well-rounded taste.
One of the very best things about Matcha – aside from the incredible health benefits that comes from the consumption of the entire leaf – is its energizing qualities. After a chawan of Matcha I get a huge energy boost, and it keeps me going for quite some time.
And this Matcha … is the best of the best! I highly recommend it!