drank Matcha Pinnacle by Teaopia
10 tasting notes

Teaopia typically buys bulk from the lowest bidder, and flowers it up with herbal blends, and sell it to consumers at inflated prices. Ok, I’ll try to stop being a snob on this, after all the practice of tea-blends has been around for over a thousand years, and these tea-chains are help revitalizing the interest in the loose-leaf tea industry. Also, you can’t flower up a matcha.

Brewing instructions: 2 scoops from a chashaku, 1/4 cup of 175F(78-80c) water.

The previous reviewer (chocobubbo), lists this as a Usucha. I tend to disagree. The sweetness is more akin to Koicha, and the price is more in-line with Koicha. Otherwise its a “higher quality usucha” that for the money could be better spent on a higher quality koicha. Clumping is not as much of a problem with this matcha – good if you’re in a rush. The colour is darker, more oxidized, than I would like, but the sweetness is pretty good, despite this obvious indicator of lower quality. So, good if you’re in a pinch, such as you ran out, and need some this very second(since there’s like a billion teaopia stores). Otherwise I would advise serious matcha fans to look elsewhere.

175 °F / 79 °C

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