Recent Tasting Notes
Hey Steepster folks. It’s uh… been a while. A long while. I’ve still been drinking tea, but my obsession has dialed back a bit from where it was. Still haven’t forgotten about you tea.
So I ordered this matcha a couple Black Friday’s ago. Some awesome Steepster sent me a sample so I knew I was gonna like it, but I actually NEVER got around to even opening the canister. So it sat – unloved – for a couple years. I did end up pitching some of my older tea, but I couldn’t bring myself to throw this away. So, I finally broke the seal and incorporated this into my daily drinking routine, since I’m trying to get back to eating well and slimming down for upcoming wedding (yay!)
I’ll be honest – I’m way too lazy to break out the matcha bowl, whisk, and do that whole jazz. It’s just not for me. So what I’ve been doing is taking 1/3 tsp in my water bottle, mixing it with cold water, some ice cubes, and giving my water bottle a big shake. No mixer, no frother, no additives. Just matcha and water. It mixes decently enough and the taste is AMAZING. I wish all matcha were this palatable. There’s hardly any bitterness. It’s vegetable, but totally drinkable. Even though this matcha is probably WAY past it’s expiration date ;)
On a sad note, though, I don’t think this company is around anymore. Their website is still up, but support has not responded to my e-mails and their social media is pretty much dead. So, I don’t want to take my chances. So I’m on the hunt for another matcha I can drink regularly. Still, thanks KaiMatcha for your awesome tea. I probably should have bought more when you were still around :(
Still not preferred over DoMatcha, but I’m boosting the rating a little as I haven’t had as bitter an experience as the first time I made this. Been having it in the mornings prepared with the chasen in a chawan, just water and no additions. It’s a little more vegetal/spinachy tasting than the DoMatcha. Froths up like a champ.
Decided to give this a try after reading the reviews. I’ll admit, the website is a huge turnoff for me. It looks gimmicky and plays up matcha as a big health fad; just rubs me the wrong way.
Even though I froze my container for storage while I finished off the DoMatcha, this frothed up beautifully. It has a slightly heavier mouthfeel than DoMatcha, a stronger vegetal taste with mild sweetness, but it also had more of a bitter taste mid-late sip. The bitterness increases as the cup cools.
Two chasaku scoops sifted into a chawan, added about 2oz of 175F water to mix, then added another 6oz of water and whisked.
This tea has been known to send me into a Haiku writing Nirvana, and if it was snowing outside, that would probably be the case. But the reality is, it’s 3:30 in the afternoon & I haven’t really accomplished anything. Well, that’s the case if I don’t count the novel outline I spent 2 hours on in my bedroom, several tea blend samplings, fantasizing about a music video I want to make, making breakfast, & starting dinner in the crockpot. So I guess I have done a few things, but none of them, other than eating, are the things I had planned to accomplish today. I think I have enough caffeine in my system now, so I’m going to go do the most important one: Make a bank deposit!!
A lovely cup of green!
I would probably write another Haiku to this tea, but I’m getting ready to go look at a house with Tony. That doesn’t actually mean we’re finally moving in together (after 13 years of each owning houses 5 minutes apart), but we are leaning more in that direction, & are both very interested in this house, as it appears to have the features we want, & it’s in the neighborhood we want to live in (which I already live in.)
To be continued…
It’s been awhile since I’ve had a cup of Matcha, but I’m pleased to report that my whisking technique is still top notch! I got a nice head of foam on my cup, no clumps, & enjoyed a tasty cup of green goodness!
Ms Theresa (who had the idea for the chart, & the analysis I reported on earlier) has pointed out that I need to drink up more whites, greens, oolongs, & puers before I can have another cup of black tea. So here we go…
“Dreary Winter Day
Early morning reverie
sipping cup of Spring”
LOL, I wrote this Haiku the last time I drank a cup of this Matcha. Today is not a dreary day, it’s a beautiful sunny day! The sun is so bright it hurts my eyes, but I am loving it. I’ve been taking a walk in my garden for the last several days, looking around to see what’s waking up, & fantasizing about this year’s garden. This morning it was so sunny that I stepped out back barefoot, sliced of a few scallion tops from my Egyptian Walking Onion bed to use in my breakfast. The ground is still cold, & actually there’s a cold wind blowing today, but I love this weather! I’m ready for spring!
Some time ago KaiMatcha offered a “buy one get one free” promo on Steepster, and I did. But I still had some of the Teavana matcha, which I felt I should finish drinking before I opened anything new, so the Kai went into the freezer. I kind of wish I’d made my last cup of teavana & this at the same time, so that I could really compare them, but I didn’t. Oh well…
Could this possibly be greener? Could it possibly be greener than any matcha I’ve ever had? This is so green, so joyful, so heart opening! The aroma is so ‘fresh’, that’s the only word I can think of to describe it. I don’t sift my Matcha. This foamed up beautifully, & the flavor is heavenly! It’s like the freshest greenest sweetest greens you’ll ever eat, & in the background, sunflower seed butter! No, it’s sunflower seed sprouts, that’s what it is! I haven’t grown those for awhile. Usually I grow them in my sunroom, especially in late winter, & they are so cute & tasty!
Anyway, the mouth-feel is very creamy, & as it cools I feel like I’m drinking cream, & it is lovely & sweet. I take the last sip, and there are NO clumps in the bottom of the cup at all! Wait…I feel it…another Haiku!
Dreary Winter day
Early morning reverie
Sipping cup of Spring
I intended to eat really well today after having some pretty epic indigestion last night. Breakfast was cheese toast with a little organic mustard – not too bad. Lunch was a cucumber salad eaten in the garden – nice. Supper was a chopped salad – very clean, healthy eating. Dessert was OH MY GOSH HAAGEN DAZ HAS GREEN TEA ICE CREAM!!!!
Funny thing was that after one bite of the creamy, delicious goodness, I craved some real matcha. This is my favorite of all I have tried so far for whipping up a traditional, whisked, unflavored matcha. It was sooooo good. The vegetal green aroma and taste are powerful and not at all bitter or sour. I love it.
After drinking a cup of it, I went back to the ice cream and made two – count them, TWO – green tea ice cream milkshakes while watching Never Mind The Buzzcocks. Yeh, baby. I know how to do Friday night.
I ordered a tin of this as part of my daughter’s birthday present. She has had tons of matcha, starting out with flavored and then advancing to unflavored. She has never had a premium matcha before, though. She is really drinking it for the health benefits.
I whisked some up last night as we were about to play a board game. She had opened the tin and remarked on how vibrantly green this matcha is. She took a sip and said, “There is no bitterness at all!” This is such a fresh, green, smooth tasting matcha…still the best I have ever had.
Next up, I would love to try the premium offerings from Red Leaf Tea and compare them to this one.
Today on Facebook, Kai Matcha suggested making an iced matcha latte with this. I was feeling a little sluggish this afternoon so I did it! I have made matcha lattes before but they were usually flavored matcha, all milk, and raw cane sugar. I didn’t follow their recipe exactly but made a few changes.
I sifted one teaspoon of matcha into my Starbucks cup that is like a Tervis tumbler. I added a little water, put the lid on, and shook like mad to mix it. I added the rest of the water for a total of one cup water, then added skim milk to the top of the glass, a little over a cup I suppose. It said four teaspoons honey, so I drizzled some in until I thought it was the right amount. I whooshed it a sec with my aerolatte to mix in the honey. I added a half cup of crushed ice from my fridge door. And then I slurped the whole thing down faster than I can believe. It was total deliciousness. I am going to be doing this a lot more often.
I must admit to being seriously tea drunk right now, though. I am not used to so much caffeine in so little time!
My best friend had never had unflavored matcha before so I offered to whip some up today. Even using my metal kitchen whisk in a plain cereal bowl I got a really decent froth.
My friend said she felt like she had just had a serving of vegetables. I thought it tasted a bit like buttered kale, although sometimes leafy green veggies can have a bitter taste and you really don’t find that here. She agreed about the taste. This is the veggie goodness. I told her I hoped she was prepared to do some housework with all the energy that would be hitting her in about twenty minutes!
Last night was Writers’ Group meeting at my house! One of the men who comes is married to a Japanese woman. He has mentioned several times that she and her friends drink bitter tea and that he has tried it but just can’t drink it with her.
I showed him this matcha and he said, “Yep! Looks like it would be bitter!” So I went in the kitchen and whipped up a batch for everyone to try. He was so surprised when he tasted it and found no bitterness at all! Everyone seemed to like it, even though they are not hard core tea drinkers like us!
My first unflavored matcha ever arrived today! I bought this because of the rave reviews I have seen here, and it did not let me down.
The tin has a screw on lid, and when it arrives it also has a metal pull tab lid inside. They care about preserving the freshness, and respect their product! That is a good start.
I opened it and sniffed the matcha powder. Buttery, fresh sweet vegetables! I heated some water and got out my whisk. Now I can’t wait to get a real bamboo one. I still got a good froth with my metal kitchen whisk, but what amazed me was the color of this tea. It was the brightest emerald green I have ever seen.
My daughter and I both drank it, and this was so smooth, creamy, and buttery. You feel so healthy drinking it because it is plain how high quality it is, and how pure. My daughter sighed and told me that she is going to go broke with this new found matcha habit. I have a feeling she will be placing her own order before long. This was a fantastic introduction to unflavored matcha! There was nothing that could be considered bitter or astringent about this.
Simply brilliant flavors in this tea. Complex and whole, yet easy on the pallet.
I was ready to write off matcha tea all together after trying a few other brands, but then I learned the difference between the grades. KaiMatcha is ceremonial grade, and it makes a huge difference. I had been pinching pennies and thinking all matcha was created equal but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
I won’t pretend to be an expert, but basically it comes down to how the plant is grown and when it’s harvested. Ceremonial grade matcha only uses leaves from the most prime harvest, whereas cooking grade matcha uses leaves from the second and third harvest, and everything that wasn’t good enough to make it into the ceremonial grade.
That’s why a lot of people complain about bitterness when drinking matcha tea, it’s because they’ve only tried “the cheap stuff” and have yet to experience ceremonial grade matcha – the way it’s meant to be enjoyed.
I highly recommend giving KaiMatcha a try, even if you haven’t been too keen on matcha teas in the past. We will be featuring a more in-depth review at http://TeaPerspective.com soon and are looking forward to delving deeper into the world of matcha and everything it has to offer!
Appearance: bright green, silky fine grain
Aroma when Dry: sweet, velvety, butter texture
After water is first poured: creamy, sweet, buttery
At beginning of steep: bright spring green, (after shaking) lighter froth highlights
At end of steep: color deepens a shade
Staple? Type yes, may reorder brand
Preferred time of day: any
At first: Rich, bodied, somewhat vegital, chewy, hints of grass, brothy, no bitter notes
As it cools ? gets sweeter, milkier
Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? No
Lingers? Yes, with a velvety brothy, sweet (eastern) note