I’m officially not rating this. Why? Simple. One, because this sample is really old. Like 1 year plus. Plus. And I know that’s not good for matcha.
Two, because it was lumpy. The tea was kind of thin but a fair amount of the matcha didn’t really declump to mix in with the water (I’m sure due to my lack of sifting and the matcha’s age). So while I was a little disappointed with the thinness of this, it is likely that fresher (and sifted) matcha would give me thicker tea, all other things being equal.
And reason three is because I have no idea what I’m doing. Seriously. My one experience with matcha was when my friend performed the tea ceremony at our school’s bunkasai and yeah, not a good example. I pretty much just used 6oz of water (formerly known as 175° but cooled a bit) in a bowl (no chawan), dumped the sample in (no clue how much it was), pulled out the whisk attachment for the hand-mixer and went to town. Yes, I used a hand-mixer. Shut up, it worked. I even got foam.
Anyway, the matcha ended up… okay. Kind of boring – I want thicker and sweeter and more flavor in any green-tea-esque substance I drink. But again, really old sample so I’m pretty much chalking up my meh reaction to that. It wasn’t horrible though (well, except for when I ended up with a matcha lump in my mouth and tried to eat it – BITTER!) so I’m pretty sure I’m going to suck it up and try some (un-aged) matcha in the future.