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Matcha Pinnacle

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Edit tea info Last updated by chocobubbo
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170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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  • “Teaopia typically buys bulk from the lowest bidder, and flowers it up with herbal blends, and sell it to consumers at inflated prices. Ok, I'll try to stop being a snob on this, after all the...” Read full tasting note
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  • “After my first purchase of matcha kit with pinnacle grade matcha from Teaopia two weeks ago, I am already officially hooked. Many people online suggested that one should start off with lower...” Read full tasting note
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    chocobubbo 1 tasting notes
  • “Unlike Teaopia's other matcha (which is Standard), this one doesn't leave that foul fish taste in my mouth like the former. I actually really like this matcha, and have it as a treat when I'm...” Read full tasting note
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    Earthernchild 60 tasting notes

From Teaopia

http://www.teaopia.ca/products2.cfm/ID/720/c/Loose-Leaf-Matcha-Green-Tea

Teaopia`s Pinnacle grade Matcha is hand picked fro the top two breeds of Matcha trees by only skilled hands, which ensure that the leaves are accurately sorted. Although this is a slow process, hand picking produces tea of the highest quality. Our Pinnacle Matcha has a sweet and fresh flavour that Green Tea drinkers will love. Our Pinnacle Matcha is packaged in a sealed 30g tin.

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Teaopia typically buys bulk from the lowest bidder, and flowers it up with herbal blends, and sell it to consumers at inflated prices. Ok, I’ll try to stop being a snob on this, after all the practice of tea-blends has been around for over a thousand years, and these tea-chains are help revitalizing the interest in the loose-leaf tea industry. Also, you can’t flower up a matcha.

Brewing instructions: 2 scoops from a chashaku, 1/4 cup of 175F(78-80c) water.

The previous reviewer (chocobubbo), lists this as a Usucha. I tend to disagree. The sweetness is more akin to Koicha, and the price is more in-line with Koicha. Otherwise its a “higher quality usucha” that for the money could be better spent on a higher quality koicha. Clumping is not as much of a problem with this matcha – good if you’re in a rush. The colour is darker, more oxidized, than I would like, but the sweetness is pretty good, despite this obvious indicator of lower quality. So, good if you’re in a pinch, such as you ran out, and need some this very second(since there’s like a billion teaopia stores). Otherwise I would advise serious matcha fans to look elsewhere.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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After my first purchase of matcha kit with pinnacle grade matcha from Teaopia two weeks ago, I am already officially hooked.

Many people online suggested that one should start off with lower grade matcha and gradually move up the ladder in order to fully appreciate the good ones. I debated and decided to use a different method, and now I’m glad I did. I started off with the highest grade of matcha Teaopia offered, the Matcha Pinnacle, because I don’t want something disgusting tasting that will turn me off it from the beginning. OUCH MY WALLET! It also gives me the option to play around with the matcha to be able to make it into either usucha or koicha.

Now, I am absolutely and completely hooked. I’m already halfway through my 30g tin because I just absolutely must have a nice relaxing bowl of it as I get home from a long day at work. It helps me relax and actually able to focus on my studies and even helps me sleep a bit, strange as it might sound. I guess in a way I’m lucky because caffeine doesn’t affect me very much, and I can barely feel the caffeines from any coffee or tea that I’ve drunk, so no problems there.

I must say, THE TASTE is the most heavenly and beautiful tea taste that I have ever had. It completely revolutionizes the experience of tea. As soon as you open the can, you can smell the wonderful grassy sweet smell, distinct from any other tea that I have tasted so far. (It may possibly smell like gyokuro, but I have yet to try that) Using 2 chashakus (bamboo tea spoon) for usucha or 4 chashakus for koicha, sifting is a must (I just press it through a mesh filter), add 2-3 oz of water at 70-80 degrees celcius to an already pre-heated bowl, and whisk with the chasen (bamboo whisk which is an art in itself).

The taste of it as an usucha is unbelievably refreshing and it feels like it’s cheering you up, even. It foams very easily, an indication of a great matcha. The colour is of a beautiful bright green, like grassy hills in springtime. The best words to describe this usucha is pure and bright.

The koicha is incredibly incredibly smooth and the texture is yogurt-like. The colour is a deep dark green, with no foam. The intense sweetness in it is so unexpected from a tea that is so concentrated. It is a completely different experience than the usucha and should be called deep and sophisticated.

Both usucha and koicha contain almost no astringency whatsoever and no bitterness either. The grassy taste is obvious, but not too overwhelming that you feel its “bleerghh” if you know what I mean.

All in all, LOVE IT!

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Unlike Teaopia’s other matcha (which is Standard), this one doesn’t leave that foul fish taste in my mouth like the former. I actually really like this matcha, and have it as a treat when I’m having sushi, or need to relax. I find that this matcha’s taste is more akin to a gyokuro taste that’s been amplified 5 times over. It’s good, but certainly for special occasions. The reason being the price. If you have the money to put down on it, or you like the matcha that much, go for it. Otherwise, go for the Standard grade and add honey.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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