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This is the top tier of matcha for Matchaeologist. I was impressed with matsu, save for the color, so my expectations for this one are definitely higher. So let’s begin!
First the color. Gorgeous! Just what I was hoping. That luscious emerald/jade green. Slightly chocolatey aroma. Very soft to the touch. Likewise with the liquid, a serene green appearance. Wish it was accented with a lovely froth but that is something I find hard to do.
As I poured in more water a unique marine aroma drifted up to my nose. Wish I could explain it but it was gone so quickly. Silky mouth feel. That slightly marine flavor came back again; it’s almost fishy in flavor but it comes and goes so quickly. Do not worry though as strange as it is I’ve only had the sensation a few times in the many sips I’ve taken. Maybe it’s me? Regardless, if you like umami this has a wonderful umami undertone to it. Slightly grassy, no astringency.
On opening this vibrant green tea, you are immediately hit by a creamy, nutty almost chocolate like umami fragrance. The tea itself compares favourably to Tsuen Tea/ O-Cha’s Manten and Marukyu-Koyamaen’s Unkaku. I’ve tried quite a few high-end Matcha’s and this is one of if not the best.
Flavors: Caramel, Nutty, Umami