by adagio teas (4 reviews)
Matcha, the focal point of the Japanese Tea Ceremony, is a fine powder made by grinding green tea leaves. Only the finest, young, shade-grown gyokuro tea leaves are used to create matcha. The leaves are plucked and laid out flat to dry. Veins are removed and the leaves, now called tencha, are carefully ground in granite mills until they become the precious powder. Easy preparation is achieved by placing 1 teaspoon of matcha per cup (or to taste) in a cup, adding a few drops of hot water (160-180F) and stirring with a spoon until a paste forms. Add the rest of the water and stir.
This is a Samidori cultivar from Uji, Kyoto, flavored with natural blueberries. It is a high-grade Spring (first harvest) tea. The 2oz tin will make about 24 8oz servings. Steep at 170°F for 2 minutes
This matcha is good as a regular matcha - grassy and slightly "fishy" like most matchas I have tried. The powder does smell like blueberry, but the brewed tea has no trace of blueberry flavor. I will probably just order regular matcha next time so I am not disappointed by the lack of flavor. But it's a solid matcha, very healthy.
The blueberry flavor is not overly potent, but is present enough to create a lovely drink
Not too much blueberry, but definitely tasty. I recommend.
This was my first dip into Matcha teas and I was not disappointed. When prepared as directed (1 tsp for approximately 8oz) it smells a bit like alfalfa, but it definitely doesn't taste like it. The blueberry is admittedly a little subtle, but you can still taste it, and it makes for a delightfully smooth tea.