5 Tasting Notes
Being different than the standard rating name that red leaf tea had, I went forth to meet this anonymous matcha with a blank slate on my tongue. Its color is a little more yellow than what the picture shows, I thought of the color seaweed green, more of a muted green. With hot water, it retains its color, froths easily in a few strokes of the whisk, and has no astringent taste to it. Its has a marine vegetable scent, a white canvas taste, such as what broccoli stalk has.
In comparison to the old matcha, Connoisseur is better, at the minimum, preferred.
Flavors: Hay, Vegetal
I’m going to assume that this tea is the same one that I got as a sample, “Tiger Monk Premium Tea.”
Leaves are rolled up gunpowder-style, unfurl to half finished origami pieces, dark moss color. The smell that came out as it was steeping was more like fresh ground coffee and even though I don’t like coffee, the scent was pleasing. Once it was done steeping, the taste was strange, the wheat more apparent than the wood or malt. It has a smooth body though, similar to how a dark chocolate bar becomes once its melted in the mouth, enjoyed every sip and was already steeping my second cup.
Flavors: Malt, Wood
Often when I have Jasmine tea, usually from a restaurant, it comes out like I’m drinking hot perfume. With this tea though, the aroma dances in light steps in my mouth, like an expert ballerina. I have also shared the tea with others and they say it does taste like perfume, but they say it with a surprised glee on their face.