Monday, July 6, 2015

Ceremonial Grade Matcha Showdown, Part Two!

It is Monday, that means it is time for Matcha! Carrying on where I left off last week, with the Ceremonial Grade Matcha Showdown, this set is the medium grade stuff, so we are solidly moving into the really tasty stuff.
A quick note on ratings and testing. Scale is from 1-10 with 1 being disgusting (or very bitter) and 10 being the best thing in this group (or very sweet and not bitter) the Matcha is made using 2 chashaku scoops, 70ml of water, and a temperature of 160°.

Name: Red Leaf Tea Royal Matcha

Cost Per Ounce: $9.99 ($4.99)
Cost: $9.99
Size: 1oz
Location: China
Packaging: Foil Pouch

Color: 7
Aroma: 9
Bitter to Sweet Ratio: 8
Taste: 7
Value: 7
Notes: The color was a little brownish, but still green, kinda the color of tree leaves during a drought (yes, I have way too much experience with that specific shade of green) the aroma is really quite delicious, very fruity and sweet. The taste is surprisingly not bitter, there is just a tiny bit at front of the mouth, the taste is robust and green, points docked for the slightly dry and powdery mouthfeel.

Name: DoMatcha 2nd Harvest Matcha

Cost Per Ounce: $10.55
Cost: $29.75
Size: 2.82oz
Location: Japan
Packaging: Tin

Color: 8
Aroma: 6
Bitter to Sweet Ratio: 9
Taste: 9
Value: 7
Notes: I can tell I have been looking at a lot of culinary dingy Matcha lately, because this one looks practically luminous in its green. After some thought I do think it is still quite green, but not glowing, so good sign. There is a tiny bit of a nutty aroma and not much else, the nutty aroma is stronger after whisking, but this is very light on the smell. The taste is quite yummy, only a touch of bitterness at the finish, the rest is sweet and green, with just a hint of nuttiness.

Name: DoMatcha 2nd Harvest Matcha Organic

Cost Per Ounce: $12.51
Cost: $35.29
Size: 2.82
Location: Japan
Packaging: Tin

Color: 7
Aroma: 8
Bitter to Sweet Ratio: 8
Taste: 7
Value:5
Notes: I was sorely disappointed when I learned this was the same brand but the more expensive organic version, I would expect the increase in price to also be an increase in quality. The color is paler and a bit browner. The aroma is very sweet with notes of fruit and hay, kinda like bananas and hay actually. This is a very vegetal Matcha, like drinking a big ol glass of warm spinach water with a touch of kale, and not much else. Surprisingly boring, really it is just like warm spinach...maybe if I added a bit of salt and made it into a soup?

Name: iMaccha KAZUMA Organic Ceremonial Matcha

Cost Per Ounce: $12.38
Cost: $44.90
Size: 3.5oz
Location: Nishio, Japan
Packaging: Foil Pouch

Color: 8
Aroma: 8
Bitter to Sweet Ratio: 9
Taste: 9
Value: 6
Notes: Decent coloration with this one, nicely rich green, it smells pretty good too, mixing notes of sweet hay and sticky rice. There is very little bitterness, a very tiny hint of it at the finish a lingering note of kale, but the majority of the taste is sticky rice sweetness and hay, it is very sweet and pleasantly grassy.

Name: Red Leaf Tea Imperial Matcha

Cost Per Ounce: $13.99 ($6.99)
Cost: $13.99
Size: 1oz
Location: China
Packaging: Foil Pouch

Color: 6
Aroma: 7
Bitter to Sweet Ratio: 7
Taste: 8
Value: 8
Notes: Ooh points for this Matcha for being super fluffy and easy to sift, there were like absolutely no clumps. The color is kinda pale, a sage green, not very vibrant. Even though it is pale it smells good, like sweet hay, nuts, and grass, however once you whisk it the smell is not so good, smells like just cut grass after whisking. The taste is pretty mellow, a very distinctly 'tea' taste almost like a ground up Hyson, it is an unassuming taste with only a hint of bitterness and a lingering dryness

Name: Red Leaf Tea Shokuku Matcha

Cost Per Ounce: $14.99 ($7.49)
Cost: $14.99
Size: 1oz
Location: Uji, Japan
Packaging: Foil Bag

Color: 6
Aroma: 4
Bitter to Sweet Ratio: 6
Taste: 6
Value: 6
Notes: Kinda brownish, not too brown, just a hint, the aroma is not very palatable, it smells like a mixture of paint and paper with a touch of sage. Kinda in the middle of the road with bitterness, a strong kale taste with an accompaniment of hay and grass. It is kinda bland and watery. I think what really surprised me is I have had Shokuku before and it was bright green and really tasty, no bitterness, maybe this year's harvest was not as good?

Name: Red Leaf Tea Tenryu Matcha

Cost Per Ounce: $14.99 ($7.49)
Cost: $14.99
Size: 1oz
Location: Shizouka, Japan
Packaging: Foil Pouch

Color: 4
Aroma: 4
Bitter to Sweet Ratio: 9
Taste:3
Value: 5
Notes: Not the prettiest Matcha ever, kinda drab greenish brown, it is camo Matcha! The aroma is paint and paper, but when whisked smells like spinach. There is no bitterness really, but sadly there is really no taste, it tastes like warm lettuce water, I am disappoint.

Name: Red Leaf Tea Connoisseur Matcha 

Cost Per Ounce: $15.99 ($7.99)
Cost: $15.99
Size: 1oz
Location: China
Packaging: Foil Pouch

Color: 7
Aroma: 8
Bitter to Sweet Ratio: 9
Taste: 9
Value: 8
Notes: Ah, now this is more like it! Those last two were not very enjoyable, this colorful Matcha smells great, sweetgrass and hay, nuttiness wafting out of the foam once whisked. There is a tiny, tiny hint of spinach-esque bitterness at the finish, and that is it for the bitterness, the rest is sweet hay, honey, and a gentle nuttiness. It is quite enjoyable!

Name: Red Leaf Tea Kennin Matcha

Cost Per Ounce: $16.99
Cost: $16.99
Size: 1oz
Location: Uji, Japan
Packaging: Foil Pouch

Color: 8
Aroma: 6
Bitter to Sweet Ratio: 8
Taste: 7
Value: 6
Notes: Pretty color again, yay for pretty colors. The aroma of this powder is sweet and nutty, with just a tiny hint of paper and paint, it is a strange smell this paper and paint note. The taste is pretty mellow, a bit sweet and a bit bitter at the finish with a solid grassy middle. It does not wow me, but at the same time I am not disappointed.

1 comment:

  1. i agree with your domatcha comparison. organic is more vegetal and bitterish.

    you got to try all the redleaftea matcha! so jealous! haha, ill have to trust your tastebuds ;)

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