3 Tasting Notes
I’ve been treated to ceremonial matcha before and this is a fine matcha for its price range.
Smooth, very low astringency. I have suffered reflux from low-grade matcha on an empty stomach before – never with this grade from Davids Tea. Only slightly higher in cost than Davids Tea Matcha Matsu – sniff them both, you’ll notice a huge gap in quality.
I am obsessed with ginger. I’ve tried every kind at my natural foods store and grocery store and I’ve even tried minute amounts of ginger essential oil in sparkling water (not bad, but not necessarily a safe way to consume).
I possess a plain ginger tea (just pure nubs of dried ginger) that I was not particularly fond of as it has a way of going from too watery to oversteeped and peppery rather than pungent.
This tea, however, is not a disappointment. I had doubts upon sniffing it because it smells tart. Once you steep it though, it delivers and brings out these balanced, layered flavours (though I experienced the sweetness as more of a honey topnote than as apple or raisin flavour). The hints of ginger sparkle like carbonation. So far as ginger beer brands go, it reminds me the most of “Natural Brew Outrageous Ginger Ale”.
It genuinely has a smooth, bodied, “ale” feel to it.
I tend to get obsessed with certain teas and not to venture too out of my comfort zone. I can tell this one is going to be a solid, if not daily, standby in cool and warm weather.
Flavors: Apple, Black Currant, Ginger, Honey, Pine, Raisins