Vendor: Red Leaf Tea
Parameters: 1/2 tsp powder / 3oz water / 180*
Damn, Brian — back at it aga… nope.
I ran off to San Francisco for a conference a few weeks ago, lost my groove… alas, I dropped off for a bit. But here we go — the weather has been stupid nice and inspired me to go outside to enjoy the glorious sunshine… just long enough to take some natural light tea photos and retreat back to the safety of the insides.
Also, with the time change I guess I’ll have more light at the end of the day after the ol’ day job is done. Not bad.
Hokay — tea time.
Today, I’ve got some matcha from Red Leaf Tea, provided as part of their review program. I love free… and I love trying new things.
I’ve never had matcha outside of that green tea fluff stuff at Starbucks (which I will unashamedly admit that I like. YOLO), so was excited to give this a try.
As mentioned, I’ve never really done the matcha thing before but it’s all good.
I’ve read things on the Internet. My technique is flawless after practically uncountable minutes of studying.
I know how to do it right.
I was able to employ some very fancy equipment to take care of business.
Here’s my amazing sifting device:
ENHANCE! Look at that fine-sifted goodness.
Here’s a photo of some very ancient tea wares, handed down for generations or something.
Don’t be jealous of my matcha chawan.
Next up, I added my hot water and whisked and whisked away with my chasen.
Don’t be fooled. I am told it is crafted with the finest of rare, silver bamboo, complete with micropulsating tines.
And those bubbles? Niiiiiice.
So with all that nonsense out of the way, let’s talk about the drinking part.
Remember, I’m just a simple dood with an unrefined matcha palate.
The most obvious thing that jumped out at me was the vegetal/seaweedy aroma. Nothing too shocking there but I was more so surprised by it not being nearly as strong as I had expected.
I think I was waiting to be hit with stewed veggie notes but was surprised by how light this was.
The first sip seemed to mimic the aroma experience — light vegetal, and not overwhelming. The flavor was not very strong, which perhaps is due to this being on the lower end of the matcha scale or my lack of… couth.
So not too strong, a bit simple, but not bad either.
After a few sips, I mostly noticed the viscous mouthfeel and a lingering but subtle bitterness that coated my mouth and the back of my throat.
Overall, it was a pleasant experience — a nice and gentle introduction to matcha.
I’m certainly looking forward to further exploring this corner of the tea world.
Brian Steele | The Uncouth Palate