Grand Cru Matcha

Tea type
Matcha Tea
Ingredients
Matcha Green Tea
Flavors
Creamy, Grass, Smooth, Bamboo, Sweet
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Medium
Certification
Kosher
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Average preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 13 oz / 394 ml

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  • “Making this one as a wee pick me up to get in a few more solid hours of studying. I’m also using my matcha bowl for the first time! MY grandparents gave it to me for Christmas two years ago,...” Read full tasting note
    Courtney 731 tasting notes
  • “I had this as part of a cold matcha late with soy milk before bed time. Late cravings for it after polishing off two naughty slices of triple chocolate shortbread (which was amazing, best I have...” Read full tasting note
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    KittyLovesTea 1300 tasting notes
  • “I like matcha. I decided that since I couldn’t really judge the flavor of the Bavarian Cream I had yesterday, I should sample some plain matcha so that in the future, I will have a reference...” Read full tasting note
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    jessiwrites 286 tasting notes
  • “Having recently bought a traditional kit to whisk matcha, I had only so far tried one kind of matcha, DT’s organic standard one, which is fairly cheap. Since I don’t have enough...” Read full tasting note
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    Eisenherz 171 tasting notes

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Shhhh, it’s top secret.

We can’t tell you where we get it. But we can tell you it’s delicious. How do we know? Because it’s from Japan’s premier producer in the legendary Aichi Prefecture, and it’s a custom organic blend just for us. Delicately smooth and creamy, with a refreshing green “tea leaf” character, its flavour is totally sublime. A delicious daily luxury on its own, this matcha can also bring lattes, cocktails, milkshakes, and cookies to the next level. Remember, you don’t steep this tea. You whisk it, froth it, mix it, and then… you enjoy it.

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731 tasting notes

Making this one as a wee pick me up to get in a few more solid hours of studying. I’m also using my matcha bowl for the first time! MY grandparents gave it to me for Christmas two years ago, and since it takes up precious room in my tea cupboard I really ought to start using it.

And, it’s awesome!

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Flavors: Grass

__Morgana__

Pretty bowl. :-)

Courtney

Thanks :)

Courtney

I do use the whisk all the time – well all the time being the rare times I drink matcha haha!

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I had this as part of a cold matcha late with soy milk before bed time. Late cravings for it after polishing off two naughty slices of triple chocolate shortbread (which was amazing, best I have tasted). I only usually have shortbread at Christmas as I make it for friends and family as a little gift to say ‘thank you for helping me throughout the year’.

The matcha is not as strong as I was expecting, nor does it have any harsh sort of after tastes like I have experienced with a few other matcha. That makes it very fresh and grassy with beautiful smooth, green and spring like combination of flavours. I only had enough for two cups of this :( I could drink this every day.

Lala

I’m jealous. If I have the tiniest bit of caffeine after 1pm I am up all night. I have to drink most of my caffeinated teas in the morning.

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I like matcha.

I decided that since I couldn’t really judge the flavor of the Bavarian Cream I had yesterday, I should sample some plain matcha so that in the future, I will have a reference point.

So grassy and earthy and lovely, it’s so good! I am a big fan. I will probably have to look into buying matcha at some point… but Courtney sent me a few samples, so I should be good for a while. She is excellent.

Courtney

I’m so happy you liked this!

whatshesaid

I totally never even heard of this tea! I will have to check Davids tomorrow when I go! I could use a plain matcha til my flavored ones arrive. I’m kind of an addict going without my fix right now

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171 tasting notes

Having recently bought a traditional kit to whisk matcha, I had only so far tried one kind of matcha, DT’s organic standard one, which is fairly cheap. Since I don’t have enough comparison points, I can’t really judge of the quality of this one, but I sense for sure that it is much better than the other. The taste was much fuller, and after some pretty intensive whisking, the texture was so rich and creamy, it was really impressive! It was a nice treat and definitely the best matcha I’ve had so far, but I’m not yet certain if I love it enough to buy it again at $20 for 50g. Probably not, but I’ll very much enjoy it while it lasts!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C
TheTeaFairy

don’t know why, but I feel a bit intimidated by matcha… probably from the ritual aspect of it. It,s one of those things that I’m pretty sure I’m gonna mess up if I don’t have an expert standing next to me to teach me how… Sounds lovely though from your description!

Eisenherz

yes, I totally understand what you mean! I felt intimidated too, so I watched a bunch of youtube videos about it and thought, well, no one’s gonna be watching me mess it up if I do! it’s worth just getting a cheaper matcha and experimenting with it… in any case, no one gets hurt if you make some mistakes :P

TheTeaFairy

You are right, mister, who cares if I mess it up? If it tastes good, that’s what counts, so I’m reconsidering buying a kit and as you mentioned a cheaper matcha to practice on. Great advice about youtube videos, I already feel more confident :)

kboby

Hey! I currently work in a tea store, I am by far no expert but I think I could give you guys a few tips. I completely agree and think it’s a good idea to start with some cheaper matcha. As for the kit, the most important thing is the bamboo whisk as it will be the key to beautiful and frothy matcha! So if you do not want to drop the money for a kit, all you need to buy is a bamboo whisk and make sure you have a shallow bowl (it will be easier to use). With lower grades of matcha, they will often clump so many people sift their tea first (a wire sieve will do, or even break the clumps with a spoon or something). After you have done that pour a small amount of water (1/4 or 1/2 a cup will do, and make sure it is NOT boiling water or it will be very bitter!) and use your whisk in the motion of an “M” and go from right to left in your bowl (try not to scrape your whisk on the bottom of the bowl for over time it will ruin it). At this point, some people pour the matcha into their cup and drink it, and others add more hot water to it – it’s just your preference! I hope this helps! If your still not sure though, I would highly recommend going into a tea store and ask for a cup of matcha and to see how they make it! I believe Davids tea would do this and I know that Teaopia will for sure, it’s also a good way to try different types of matcha and everyone is always so nice and willing to show people. Best of luck!

TheTeaFairy

to kboby: thanks for the tips, but too late, I have already made my first matcha attempt, total disaster! but I will try again using some of your suggestions…

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I’ve been wanting to try a matcha tea for months now, but I’ve never been adventurous enough to do so.

So, today, I went to a friend’s place and she made some of this for us in latte form. I have to say, I don’t care for this at all. It’s too grassy for me. It’s just too much… I drank most of it, but I don’t think that I’d ever have it again. Just not my ‘cup-o’-tea’.

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I’ve wanted to try matcha for a while, but being five hours away from anywhere that sells it makes it a bit tough. I was definitely worried I wouldn’t like it so I tried a cup of Matcha Matsu at DavidsTea in Halifax in Februay. I liked it and ended up buying 50g of the Grand Cru Matcha (not on the website but it was still at either the MicMac or shopping centre location last weekend. This one is a bit more expensive than the matcha Matsu, but when I went back to buy more than a cup this was all that was left!

I am definitely glad that I bought this, I love it! It has such a fresh, grassy (in a good way) taste that I have been trying very hard not to make it too often! My favorite way to have it is with just a little milk and honey! I have also been adding it to my yogurt and it is quite good :) I find this actually tastes better as it cools as well. I want to make another cup right now…but I have a cold and can’t really taste much, so it would be a waste!

I would definitely recommend this – my experience wit Matcha is definitely limited but the Grand Cru has been consistently delicious every time I’ve made it!

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Matcha paste prepared at home with one scoop (David’s Tea “perfect measure”) tea, and around 20ml cold water. Transported to work as shot then mixed up with 1/3 90°C water and 2/3 ‘steamed’ skim milk (using Nespresso Aeroccino). No sweetener.

Second preparation since buying yesterday (but long time take-out drinker). Tea is delicious but like last night’s this wasn’t strong enough so seems the “perfect measure” is a little light for my taste.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C
yappychappy

You’ll definitely need more matcha if using that much milk

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I really like this matcha. It has a smooth taste. I like making matcha shots or having them in a protein smoothie.

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Out of the three main matchas at DavidsTEA, this is my favourite. It’s creamy and smooth, and I find it’s less grassy than Ceremonial Matcha. I prefer this whisked, rather than using a Matcha Shaker. I also find it’s sweet enough on its own that it doesn’t need any added sweetener. It’s perfect with milk, hot or iced or as a latte.

Flavors: Creamy, Grass, Smooth

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C

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Too much pumpkin has been in my life over the past couple days. My mom and I finally cracked open the sugar pumpkin that has been sitting in our fridge since Thanksgiving and decided to make various recipes with it. First was our obligatory pumpkin pie family recipe passed down from my German great-grandmother. Really delicious.

But what to do with the remaining two cups of mashed, cooked pumpkin? Ok, yesterday morning brought us a feast of pumpkin pancakes which drove us over the edge already. Ok ok, no more pumpkin. PLEASE. And we haven’t finished the pie either. Hmm.

One more cup remaining this morning, so we took a healthier route and made pumpkin protein smoothies. Hers was more pumpkin pie-ish since it was nothing but coconut milk, protein powder, spices, and pumpkin, but mine had some more additions which made it not so straight up pumpkin pie-like at all:

200ml coconut milk
30g Syntha-6 cinnamon bun protein powder (this stuff is the bomb)
80g cooked pumpkin
1 medium frozen banana
allspice, cinnamon
~1 tsp. Grand Cru Matcha

This protein powder really allows the matcha to shine, especially in comparison to the Syntha-6 banana which is quite strongly flavoured. This was one of the most uniquely flavoured protein smoothies I’ve ever had. Like pumpkin banana cream pie dusted with matcha. I would totally make this again but with butternut squash. Love the freshness of the matcha paired with the spices.

VariaTEA

This protein shake sounds pretty awesome :)

Kristal

This reminds me of one of the Anne of Green Gables books (#4 I think) when Anne went over to one person’s place and raved about pumpkin preserves she was served. She was a teacher making her rounds to all the different houses, and every time after that she kept on having pumpkin preserves because everyone wanted to please her. By the time she was almost done making her rounds, she was sick and tired of them, and just when she thought she was going to a house that wouldn’t have them, there they were! ;)

Evol Ving Ness

I suggest freezing either some of the pumpkin puree or the pumpkin pancakes ready made. You’ll enjoy them in a couple of weeks when pumpkins are a distant memory.

Fjellrev

Never read the books, Kristal, but that feeling sounds pretty accurate! I had no idea Anne is a teacher, btw.

It was indeed an awesome protein shake so no regrets here. We finished up the rest of it making these smoothies, but freezing would have been an excellent idea. I was also going to make cookies instead of pancakes, and those would have frozen well too, I’m sure.

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