Got this in a tea swap from Ricky. He must be completely crazy though, I don’t know why he’d ever want to part with this!:) Oh well, I’m definitely not going to complain. I just hope that this sets w/ my stomach.
Observations opening the tin: It’s in a silver bag and I can see this resulting in not only a big mess, but also wasted matcha and I DON’T want that. It’s darker and duller in color than Den’s Tea’s Matcha Kaze- olive green. It’s also finer.
Now onto the tricky part. I VERY carefully dump the contents of the bag into the tin which I placed in my matcha bowl to collect the mess then dump what fell out in the tin. Success! Very little waste. But it didn’t help my cold… the fine powder went up into the air a bit and made my cough worse.
Preparation: 1 scoop/8oz water
When I wisk it I notice the dullness in color as well, it’s not as vibrant as Matcha Kaze. I also realize that it’s more fragrant- just like the tin says. A nice sweet aroma. And what’s that…? Foam! Yes it’s wimpy thin foam mainly around the edge of my bowl, but I actually got it to foam.
Now for the real test… taste and texture. The sweetness isn’t just in the aroma. It definitely carries over to the taste. The mouth feel is also smoother than Matcha Kaze. Maybe that’s because it’s thinner so it whisks together better and thus gets less chunky.
Conclusions: I’m not going to say this is better than Den’s Matcha Kaze, but it is different. It’s sweeter while Matcha Kaze is more… savory? Umami? I’m one of those people who can’t tell what is or isn’t umami so is matcha is supposed to be umami? I also like that it’s not only from a company who deals exclusively w/ Japanese greens and teaware like Den’s Tea, but is actually located in Japan. It’s kinda hard to compare since this one didn’t get a full foam, but I think this matcha is closer to Rishi’s than Matcha Kaze which is neither good or bad as I love all 3 of my matcha experiences. -Except I really prefer a bulk container instead of indivual servings like Rishi’s