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.
Learn more about this tea here.
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!
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!
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