Tea type
Matcha Tea
Ingredients
Matcha Green Tea
Flavors
Umami, Vegetal
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Caffeine
High
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Average preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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  • “This is the first tea from my June Sipsby Tea Box. It’s been a long time since I had an unflavoured matcha and this one is so very very green. I think I got 2 servings, which isn’t bad. Made as a...” Read full tasting note
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From Easthill Tea Co

Tasting Notes: Vegetal, Umami, Cream

Region: Uji, Japan

Year: 2017

Serving: 1 oz makes 14 servings

Matcha became popular in China during the Song Dynasty (960-1279) before it became the National Tea of Japan. Matcha is a form of powdered green tea, though not just any green tea powder can be called matcha. It must follow a special growing process. In order to make quality matcha, the tea plants need shade an entire month before harvest. Tea farmers cover the bushes with black canvas to block direct sunlight, shading them more than 90%. The shading process prevents the sunlight breaking down amino acids, and results in a sweeter taste with little to no bitterness. Some people call this special taste, ‘umami’. Because of the shading, more chlorophyll is formed in the leaves to absorb the sunlight, giving matcha a more vibrant green color than other green teas.

About Easthill Tea Co View company

Easthill Tea Co. is a Chicago-based company specializing in small batch, premium loose leaf tea. Founder, Keqi Meng, travels directly to farms in China, Taiwan and Japan to curate his list of teas and believes each is best enjoyed in its natural state, straight-up.

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This is the first tea from my June Sipsby Tea Box. It’s been a long time since I had an unflavoured matcha and this one is so very very green. I think I got 2 servings, which isn’t bad.

Made as a slightly sweetened hot matcha latte, adding a bit of hot water to 1/2 tsp of matcha, letting the sugar melt, frothing with my milk frother stick and then adding 8 oz of hot milk.

This is good. Very umami, vegetal flavour. The taste lingers in the corners of the back of my throat. Like it’s attracted to my tonsils or something. Pleasant, but not spectacular. I think I prefer flavoured matcha, though I will have no trouble drinking the other serving of this. Though I think I will stick to the matcha latte format as I think it would be a little too strong in the traditional preparation.

As always, when I added this tea to the database, I was completely unable to add a picture. Apologies, it just doesn’t seem to work for me.

Flavors: Umami, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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