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Very nice gyokuro. Preparing as directed gets you a very well-balanced, crisp flavor.

140 °F / 60 °C 2 min, 30 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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This tea is full of surprises.
I have tasted several organic matchas to find that they have a soft flat flavour, almost no umami or sweetness and a strong antrisgency. Nothing to do with Akatsuki.

The powder is bright green with an intense aroma. When and easily forms a dense froth easily after whisking. The flavour is intense, complex, and eating a small sweet before drinking it enhances the range of flavours.

To my surprise I got the best results when preparing the tea with hot water (85-90ºC) unlike other matchas I have tasted.

I prepared it more like usucha (3 g /60 ml). Tried it also more concentrated (3,5 g/60 ml), its flavour enhanced but my body dit not take this amount of tea kindly. The recommend ratio is 4g/30 ml, but it is too much for me. Guess its caffeine content is high.

175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 15 sec 3 g 2 OZ / 60 ML

Thanks for the review. I feel like a noob to matcha even though I’ve tried and reviewed quite a few. I’ve never mingled much with matcha enthusiasts so I can’t be sure if I’ve ever really even had “the good stufF” yet. This review helps me, because I have also noticed a lot of organic matcha I’ve had have a sort of soft, flat flavor. Might give this one a try someday.

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When I bought this for some reason I thought it was 2016 harvest, it was Spring 2015. This means in my book it has a shorter shelf life. It is fairly good. It’s got a slightly sweet, slightly vegetal taste to it with little bitterness. Overall it is very good tea.

I brewed this one time in a 350ml Kyusu teapot with 9.3g leaf and 175 degree water for 1 minute. This approximated the Yunomi instructions which were for a 100ml vessel.

Flavors: Sweet, Vegetal

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 9 g 12 OZ / 350 ML

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