My first ever matcha purchase. I picked this up during an impromptu trip to a local Asian grocer (Korean store). Got a small sieve and a wire whisk – couldn’t find a bamboo chasen. I was sooo excited to try this but am a matcha newbie so don’t know what it’s supposed to taste like. First try at making it I was in a hurry to taste it and didn’t pay close attention to exactly how much to use. (The instructions are in Korean). I made it too weak, and couldn’t get it to froth with the wire whisk (wrong utensil I know). Second time I used 1 metric teaspoon to 1 metric cup water – still too weak and no froth. After researching some more, my third try was a kind of matcha latte. I used 2 metric teaspoons matcha, 1/2 c milk, 1/4 c water and 2 teaspoons sugar. And lo and behold it frothed up! End result was a delicious milky hot matcha latte. A little too sweet so will halve the sugar next time. I am going to experiment further and try it with: – no sweetener, – soy or almond milk, – stronger matcha tea with a dash of milk only (maybe 1 tsp matcha to 1/2 c water), etc till I find something that most pleases my taste buds.
As for the product, the price suggests it is culinary grade – I didn’t want to spend too much as a matcha newbie. It tastes fresh/grassy, but don’t feel qualified to comment further as to quality as I don’t know a good from a bad matcha. Didn’t notice any bitterness (made sure not to use boiling water). I know of at least one other place to buy matcha (Japanese grocery store) and that will probably be my next matcha review.