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Powdered sencha is pretty much considered “ghetto” matcha, since real matcha uses tencha leaves that are given extra shading. This one breaks the formula a little bit for being a powdered tamaryokucha (or curly green tea); probably the only type of sencha I’ll ever drink again.

The flavor is slightly grassy, but also possesses a melon-like note similar to a white tea, and ends on a sweet (if vegetal) finish. It may not be top-o’-the-line matcha, but it’s a high grade substitute. After my review sample, I actually had to buy a batch. I think it’ll last me four months or so.

Full Review:

http://www.teaviews.com/2010/10/25/review-mellow-monk-matcha-style-powered-green-tea/

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Jaime

Okay, I totally cracked up when I read the “ghetto” matcha bit.

Geoffrey Norman

You probably laughed because you know exactly what I’m talking about. Ever had powdered sencha from a salt shaker? I have…there is no greater evil on this Earth.

Jaime

I’ve only tried 52teas’ flavored matchas, actually (another Steepsterite sent me some to try). I’m not sure I like it. Texture, not taste, is the issue for me. That, and I tend to sip my tea, and the matcha tends to settle out and get grainy…or I haven’t figured out the trick yet.

Geoffrey Norman

I guess, for some, it can be an acquired taste. I’ve liked it pretty much from the get-go. Doesn’t mean I haven’t had bad ones, though.

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Jaime

Okay, I totally cracked up when I read the “ghetto” matcha bit.

Geoffrey Norman

You probably laughed because you know exactly what I’m talking about. Ever had powdered sencha from a salt shaker? I have…there is no greater evil on this Earth.

Jaime

I’ve only tried 52teas’ flavored matchas, actually (another Steepsterite sent me some to try). I’m not sure I like it. Texture, not taste, is the issue for me. That, and I tend to sip my tea, and the matcha tends to settle out and get grainy…or I haven’t figured out the trick yet.

Geoffrey Norman

I guess, for some, it can be an acquired taste. I’ve liked it pretty much from the get-go. Doesn’t mean I haven’t had bad ones, though.

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