Teahouse Matcha/Rishi -skysamurai-

Everyone once in awhile I will drink a tea or have a matcha that is the unfortunate victim to poor packaging.

The grey unassuming bag looks like it would be well suited for the job of protecting this matcha but I fear it failed. The dry aroma is nil.

It’s part of matcha that I love, so smelling a staleness, a sort of packaging type of smell was disappointing. Surprisingly the wet aroma immediately filled my nose with vegetal and slight nori notes. Gave me hope.

But that was dashed with the flavor. It tastes like the aroma. Not at all what I expected.


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Leaf Type: Green Tea/Matcha

Where to Buy: Rishi

Description

Our top grade of organic matcha is made from the first springtime harvest of tencha, savored for its umami sweetness, creamy taste and enlivening energy

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Notes on Gyokuro Superior/Sorate -skysamurai-

Lush, deep green.

These leaves are a fantastic color. If you are going to call it superior it better be a green like this.

The liquid is a clear, light amber. The mouthfeel is very smooth. Barely any astringency. Wet leaf smells of umami.

Not sure of how to explain that smell besides umami. It is warming and reminds me of soft Japanese udon. The flavor is slight grassy with vegetal notes. Garden veggies.

 


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Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Sorate

Description

Gyokuro was developed in Uji, Kyoto, home of our beloved farm.

The deep ties to Gyokuro’s homeland and production, making it the finest grade of Japanese Tea. It contains an elegant aroma and taste with soft tones presented in a light green color.

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Notes on Matcha Super Premium Ceremonial Grade/Sorate

If you really want to test your matcha mettle you should try to drink a single cultivar for a few days and then switch it up to a different one.

I have been drinking okumidori the last few days which is more nori forward or at least I thought it was until I tried this samidori. The marine flavor is not just forward, it is in your face. Bits of nori mixed with umami sea notes. It starts very smooth and ends up a bit silty but the bits aren’t unpleasant.

The overall mouthfeel is very smooth. The matcha coloring is just a very slight shade off of the highest grade I have in my fridge but it still is nice jade green.

The powder is smooth to the touch.


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Leaf Type: Green

Where to Buy: Sorate

Description

Exclusively grown from the rolling hills of Uji, Japan, this Matcha is known for its savory and full taste. The exquisite flavor is a result of the leaves being produced from this rich soil.

Since 17th century, the tradition has been passed down from generation to generation.

Samidori breed.

 

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Rose Moscato Green/Tielka Tea -CuppaGeek-

Sometimes when you receive tea mail, a tea instantly catches your eye.  That is exactly what happened when we recently received a lovely box of tea to review from Tielka Tea, an Australian tea company with one of the prettiest websites I’ve seen in a while.  Their tea blends are gorgeous and I couldn’t wait to steep this delight up.

First off, this tea is a green tea and with a name like Rose Moscato, I knew I was in for a treat!

Brewed up with water at 190F and allowed to steep for right around 3 minutes, this tea delivered on aroma and taste.  Beautiful rose notes fill the air long with that floral sweetness I’ve grown to really love and enjoy.  After having a long day, this blend exactly what I need to unwind and start to decompress.

First sip in, I have to say this tea is very simple but all of the flavors work- and work lovely. The green tea that is used in this blend is heavenly and I am a sucker for all things rose.  The tea itself has this romantic air about it and I’m thoroughly feeling indulged. I do have to note that there is a touch of tartness in the blend from the hibiscus and schisandra berries that adds this pop of tartness to counter act the sweetness from the rose petals and buttery richness of the green tea.

All in all, this tea captured this green tea lovin’ gal’s heart and I’m excited to dive into other teas from Tielka Tea and hope to make a purchase with them soon.


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Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Tielka Tea

Description

Wulu green tea, schisandra berries, hibiscus, and rose petals.

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Tasting Notes on Shirakawa Gokou/kettl -Skysamurai-

Never again will I be able to even look at a ‘premium’ or ‘culinary’ grade without a bit of disdain. Without even tasting it I get a perfect sense of how amazing this experience will be simply from the color. Then we bring in the aroma and suddenly I have been transported away. An ethereal encounter. It’s sweet. The sweetest vegetation possible, mixed with soft vegetal notes. Even the sensation of touch is exquisite. Unequivocally soft. The dry matcha flavor is mind-blowing. I honestly thought I had tried good matcha before. And I haven’t even begun to make it. The liquid froths up nicely. Though I admit my frothing skills are less than stellar. A gorgeous emerald color. There is a very interesting yin-yang situation going on in my mouth every time I sip. Calming yet activating. Smooth yet moderately bitter but not in a bad way. Grassy and vegetal. I might just have to lick the bowl when I’m through. . . .


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Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy: kettl

Description: A single cultivar 100% Gokou matcha from Shirakawa, Uji. This is a wonderful chance to try unblended Gokou Matcha – made from one of Uji’s most celebrated local culitvars. Gokou has an intoxicating aroma with a balanced, full bodied finish. Made by a true living legend.

What is so special about this tea? This matcha hails from unarguably the most revered tencha garden in all of Uji – The gardens of Mr. Kiyoharu Tsuji. Gokou is one of the more uniquely fragranced Matcha from Tsuji san with a notable Gyokuro like “shaded aroma” quality. Tsuji san has mastered the production of a handful of cultivars – Gokou among them. With more #1 showings at Japan’s all national tea fair, it is safe to say his name is etched in the history of Uji tea production. His teas exude a notable power from intensive garden management and fertilization as well as the deep red clay soil of Shirakawa. The L-Theanine and amino acid levels of his teas are some of the highest recorded – and this comes through on the palate. We recommend using slightly cooler water to bring out that umami.

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