After a wonderful thin tea ceremony at Untitled in MONA’s Red Queen exhibition this morning, I was in the mood for matcha! A warm day today meant a refreshing matcha milkshake. Man I love those things.
“After a wonderful thin tea ceremony at Untitled in MONA's Red Queen exhibition this morning, I was in the mood for matcha! A warm day today meant a refreshing matcha milkshake. Man I love those...” Read full tasting note
“The first matcha I ever tried served traditionally, as a whisked usucha (thin tea), and which, following some experimenting, I found I quite liked. Beware: do NOT follow T2's preparation...” Read full tasting note
“Actually kinda works in yoghurt...” Read full tasting note
“You can't ever go wrong with Matcha. I've been to Japan and had the matcha there and this tea takes me back there every time I have it. Even better when you have the bamboo whisk to froth it up...” Read full tasting note
Matcha is a fine, powdered Green Tea traditionally used in the Japanese Tea Ceremony. It is highly valued for its sharp bite followed by lingering sweetness. High in antioxidants, chlorophyll and fibre.
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The first matcha I ever tried served traditionally, as a whisked usucha (thin tea), and which, following some experimenting, I found I quite liked. Beware: do NOT follow T2’s preparation instructions. It uses about HALF the amount of matcha to water than is recommended by most Japanese sources that I have found (1 flat measured teaspoon to 150 mLs water – this is too much water). I recommend Marukyu-Koyamaen’s instructions for matcha here, http://www.marukyu-koyamaen.co.jp/english/enjoy/maccha.html, which suggest 1 flat measured teaspoon of matcha to 70mLs water.
Once I started using MK’s preparation instructions, I found that I enjoyed my matcha more. T2’s recipe makes for a VERY thin matcha, which was not as enjoyable, and in fact I found that the matcha tasted more bitter (less matcha + more hot water = higher likelihood of overbrewing and therefore more bitter flavours?). That said, once I found a recipe I liked, I found that I quite enjoyed this matcha. It has a very mild sweetness, and once I gained experience with my whisking technique, something approaching almost a creamy mouthfeel. I do have the feeling, however, that T2’s matcha is not quite koicha (thick tea) quality. As I try other matcha and learn more about the preparation, I’m sure I’ll review this one again. At any rate, it was a good introduction for me to the wonders of matcha, and a good reminder to always experiment in order to find what you like!