8 Tasting Notes
Today was the first day in my 22 years of life that I truly got the experience matcha. I’ve tried matcha before, but it was always as a super sweet latte—which I never really cared for. I bought matcha powder a long time ago-some random brand at a grocery store— it was bitter and I wound up tossing it.
Obubu’s Gokou Matcha has changed everything for the better. I ordered it from Yunomi.us during the Matcha Day sale. It’s slightly sweet and creamy— without having to add cream or sugar. Now I’m sad I only ordered a small bag.
I’ve drank this tea several times now and have decided to start experimenting. I found my preference is to rinse before steeping and add a bit of honey. As for what the rinsing does, I’m not quite sure, but I read somewhere that’s what you’re supposed to do with pu’erh. Adding honey brings out the rich, malty flavor and does well to minimize the fishy/earthy flavors that I noticed upon earlier tastes. After I finish this box I will probably try a different pu’erh try get a feel for what else this type of tea has to offer.
This tea immediately grabbed my attention with its sweet and fruity aroma(I wish my shampoo smelled this good)! After bringing the water to 170F, steeping for 3 minutes, and inhaling the sugary steam, my taste buds were surprisingly quiet. The tea’s vibrant fragrance dimmed in the space between my nose and tongue. The flavor is exceptionally light and breezy. The fruity scent mixes with the grassy taste and the image of strawberries comes to mind.
At best, I find this tea calming. At worst, boring. I guess you have to be in the right mood to appreciate it. The weather is quite gloomy today in Northern Virginia, strawberries and grass actually seems quite pleasant.
This is my first review. Yay for being a tea newbie! I picked this up yesterday as am impulse buy while doing some last minute Valentine Day shopping.
I followed the directions on the bag for the most part, bringing the water to about 200F. I was surprised by how dark this tea brewed up (5 minutes steeping time). It can easily be mistaken for coffee! I closed my eyes and took a deep inhalation. Kombu, kelp that’s part of the base broth for miso soup, instantly came to mind. The taste is quite nutty, like toasted sesame seeds. I’m not blown away by this tea, but I find it to be quite savory and good with an afternoon snack.
Flavors: Fish Broth, Malt, Nuts, Seaweed