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Since I have some Vanilla Rice Milk on hand I thought I would try some of it with this Matcha and compare notes. I like this Matcha over the Culinary Matcha BUT I am not sure if Vanilla Rice Milk is the way to go with Matcha. LOL – it makes this one taste VERY BOLD which is good but it also gives it the coffee creamer aftertaste…perhaps I used too much for my palate!? Not sure.
Okay…so…I tried this again…
I had half of a smoothie left from this morning that I am taste-tasting for a local chain. It was BERRY Flavored and consisted of: Ice, Yogurt, Raspberries, Blueberries, Strawberries, and I ended up putting the same amount of this Matcha in it. Of course, it melted the ice – mostly – but it also was WAY frothy!!! This goes extremely well in a smoothie! I’m really enjoying this. I actually like the concoction BETTER with the Matcha than without – I felt the smoothie minus the matcha was too tart…this mellows that out a little.
My first experience with this match I gave an 80. Mixed with my Smoothie I would say a 90 to 95-ish…I will stick with this overall rating for now but I will change it down the road with more experiments!
I just received this and will be spending a lot of time with it over the next week or so…I will be doing a more lengthy review at some point over at It’s All About The Leaf. I would like to try different methods and mixtures just for fun. Right now…I went ‘plain jane’ with Matcha and Water – whisking and it smells like warm broccoli. It’s a dark vintage looking green in color yet very smooth. It’s very flavorful and smooth…almost a milky taste.
The other matcha teas that I’ve tried were to sour when made without milk (I love matcha milk and shakes). This is the only one that I can drink alone like this. It’s just slightly sour and that could be because I didn’t let the water cool down a bit. It whisked perfectly, no chunks.
Takes like quality green tea. Really leaves the green tea taste in my mouth for a long time. Longer than plain green tea. So it’s more aromatic. I’m really not an expert in matchas but I do like this one. I’d love it with milk too I’m sure of it…
Made 2 matcha rolls today – one with pistachio creme, other one with strawberry yogurt creme. And after that i needed refreshment so i made a nice latte. Everything is so yummy :D
Enjoy the pics:
Yay i got my DoMatcha tin yesterday. Won it on a FB recipe contest. Gonna make the matcha roll tomorrow. Today i started my day with a matcha latte :D
I absolutely love the fact that you can make so many different yummy things out of a tin of matcha. And this one is indeed a very tasty one too…
No more words here are the pics…
My first foray into a matcha and I have to say I am impressed. I wisked this until frothy and the tea has a strong earthly flavor and is silky smooth. I may have used a tad too much of the matcha so I need to experiment with it but I am impressed with the flavor. Added a very small amount of sugar in the raw to help draw out some flavors and loved it.
I got froth!
I understand what I was supposed to do now, went out and watched a video. I wasn’t whisking fast enough. Also understand why I thought the color would be lighter. With the froth, it’s more of a sea green than a pool table felt green.
Really yum and healthy feeling/tasting. It’s like drinking shots of wheatgrass only tastes a whole lot better and is a far more pleasing aesthetic experience.
And the chasen reminds me of my dad’s shaving brush in a kind of sideways way, which is kind of a sweet memory as well. :-)
I had matcha!
Now I have anxiety. ;-)
I finally have all my implements (except the sifter), so I decided to give it a try. But since I’ve never had it before, and have never even seen it before in real life, I have no idea whether I did it right. I tried to follow instructions but I have to confess I sort of winged it. I just added water until it was about half way up the chawan.
I was amazed at what it looked like. It was the color of the felt on a pool table or maybe a little darker; I thought it would be lighter colored? I didn’t get froth. Was I supposed to get froth? Like meringue froth, the kind that peaks and stands up? (Sort of doubt it, I didn’t get that kind anyway. More like a few bubbles around the edges. But I wouldn’t really call it froth so maybe I did it wrong?)
It was really delicious. Very sweet and green and tasty, but I wish I knew whether I’d done it justice.
How long am I supposed to whisk for? It was very smooth, not at all clumpy. I barely knew I’d whisked when I drank it, it tasted much like drinking steeped tea. (I have a feeling I made the thin kind.)
That does it, I have to go try again now.
My package finally arrived! Included was a 1.06 tin of ceremonial grade matcha and a bamboo whisk (chasen). Thank you to DoMatcha for holding this contest! I decided to go ahead and prepare this thick style right off the bat. For those who are unfamiliar with matcha, there are two ways matcha is usually prepared: thick style (koicha) and thin style (usucha). Koicha is prepared using more matcha and less water, and thus requires very high grade matcha; using a lower grade matcha to make koicha will result in a bitter, undrinkable mess. Generally speaking, the higher the grade of matcha, the sweeter and less bitter it will be. I’m using the directions a friend of mine told me about preparing koicha, as well as the instructions listed at http://www.yuuki-cha.com/matcha_green_tea_powder.php. Note: These directions are for koicha (thick) matcha, and not usucha.
1. Sift 3.5 chashaku scoops of matcha into pre-heated, dry bowl.
The chashaku is a bamboo scoop that comes with many matcha sets. I read on a blog that the amount of matcha in a single chashaku scoop should be about the size of an almond—if anyone has learned tea ceremony, please let me know if this is accurate.
2. Heat 40-50mL of water to a temperature between 70°C and 80°C (158°F and 176°F).
I went with just under 50 mL of 165°F water which probably cooled down a little before I had a chance to add it to the matcha powder.
3. Add a small amount of the water to the sifted matcha to create a thick paste. Using the chasen (bamboo whisk), knead (don’t whisk!) the water and matcha powder together using up/down and left/right motions, or a calm 360° rotating motion.
The water and matcha paste actually was fairly smooth from what I could see, probably thanks to the sifting. It almost looked like green paint.
4. Add the rest of the water to the matcha powder. Continue kneading, not whisking, the matcha. Koicha is not supposed to be frothy, and the kneading should produce a tea that is thick, smooth, and without froth.
The resulting tea was thick and smooth. I was shocked because there was absolutely no bitterness. None. Whatsoever. Maybe my taste buds are off because I’m used to drinking very concentrated matcha using crappy quality powder, but really: I didn’t taste any bitterness or astringency. The flavor of the matcha was a little more on the savory side than sweet. It was vegetal and just lightly sweet, similar to steamed green beans, and oh so creamy…mmm. There wasn’t much of a sea or seaweedy taste. There was no grittiness or left-over clumps, and there was such a small amount of tea (50 ml) that there was no opportunity for settling. The temperature was a bit cool for me, probably because I sifted the powder after the water was done heating up, instead of before, so it just sat on my counter losing heat. Oops.
I prepared a bowl of my really low grade matcha from Mighty Leaf in the same way, and the result was a very bitter and had a thinner mouthfeel, for some reason. So, another plus of the DoMatcha ceremonial grade: the mouthfeel was really smooth, thick, and creamy. The Mighty Leaf was also gritty and didn’t mix as well as the DoMatcha, but that might have been because of error in preparation.
Unfortunately, this is the first ceremonial grade matcha I’ve ever tried, so I don’t have anything to compare it to. However, this is a really delicious matcha, and the lack of bitterness, the sweetness and savoriness, and the creamy and thick mouthfeel all make this one a winner for me.
Umm…yummy delicious amazing. I loved this I am so happy to have had the opportunity to try this, as I was one of the 10 winners. The best part is how long the flavor lingers past the sip and sollow. Even my 3 yr old daughter loved. She has a very sophisticated pallete. Don’t worry she only had a touch. I would recommend this to everyone.. Did I mention it has a sweetness that appears a minute or two after you drink it. Amazing! Thank you DoMatcha!
I had a little bit of Crystal Light Lemonade left so I tried to salvage it buy adding 2TB lime juice and a tsp of matcha- James Bond Style. It worked pretty good but the obnoxious sweetness of the lemonade can still be tasted in the back of the sip sometimes. I like my home made lemon or limeade.
Made black bean brownies: 1 package brownie mix + 1 14oz can unseasoned black beans blended, mixed well. No egg, oil, water, etc.
Topped with: Equal parts unsweetened cocoa, powdered sugar, plain white sugar, and matcha, sifted together. I’ve had this w/o the plain white sugar before and the texture gets a bit pastey in my mouth, so it’s a must. I just wish it would have been vanilla bean sugar.
Hair of the dog, of sorts, after my dairy disaster. 2 containers of Strawberry Fiber One yogurt w/ 1/2 a teaspoon of matcha in each. Don’t worry, these are safe lol! I’m hoping more matcha, the active cultures, and the fiber (10g total!) help ward off anything that might be brewing in my digestive tract.
Jade Limeade! (which makes more sense then Jade Lemonade since Limeade is green) Unfortunately this is not happy occasion. Today, purely on accident, I have consumed both bad sour cream (expired in May) and shredded cheese (although unopened, expired in June)… I’m not feeling sick, but I don’t want to wait around til I do. Unfortunately the packets of stevia I have equal the sweetness of 2tsp of sugar so I have to make a 2x cuppa. 4TB lime juice, 1 packet stevia, 12oz water, and 2tsp matcha. Although I normally do not have sweetened lemon or limeade, this was really good. Not just good… BETTER than regular limeade! The matcha gives it a whole new mouthfeel and tones down the sweetness.
Day 2 of… um… mineral replacement lol. I filled my chawan w/ musk melon, sifted a tsp of matcha over it and stirred. Most of the matcha ended up w/ the juice at the bottom so I added 2oz hot water and whisked. Whoa! This has the best foam I’ve gotten yet! Ok, well it’s more like bubbles than real foam or froth. But it covers the entire surface of the matcha- I’ve never managed to get that before!:)
KOICHA! It’s been a looong day. Up too late last nite. Madison got me up too early this morning. 4 hrs in a car. All afternoon at the museum (which included LOTS of pushing my chair, several hrs in dark rooms, and spending a lot of time straining my neck trying to read exhibit discriptions). And trying to stay up til mite. So I need koicha.
1tsp matcha sifted and 40ml water.
Thank God this does not look or taste like a chalky sand castle! It’s actually VERY smooth and creamy (still very thick of course) where as all other koichas I’ve made have been on the verge of too chalky/gritty for my personal taste. I need to sift my other matchas and revisit koicha w/ them. I’d love to give this a 100, but since it absolutely needs to be sifted, I can’t give it more than a 99.
Craaap. Ok I really need to think when I’m making matcha. Remember when I said I like following methods/recipes for making tea cuz it lets me go on autopilot? Well that only works if I think just enough to remember the recipe. I wanted to make koicha, but I used 75ml of water instead of 40. And I even took time to sift it which took foreeever… It was good, but I’m rather annoyed w/ myself.
Forgot to log my Usucha from before church yesterday. 1/2tsp matcha/75ml water. Didn’t sift it, but thankfully I didn’t need to. It was very thick (thicker than other Usuchas possibly?) creamy, vegetal, and GREEEN!!! (extra “e” completely intended lol). I’m scoring it as 100 for now. If I can’t figure out koicha, it may go down a couple points- but not much.