Friday, February 22, 2019

Tea Review: Organic Matcha (Suisouen/All Japan Matcha & Organics)

Organic Matcha
Suisouen/水宗園 & All Japan Matcha & Organics
Type: Green
Origin: Japan, Kagoshima Prefecture
Product Description:  The big organic project has just launched in Kagoshima which is the 2nd largest tea production area in Japan. Suisouen started organic farming from 1998 in Chiran, the Big 4 tea brand area. The area of farming field, which was 5 ha at first, has been extended to 14 ha as of 2016, and then in 2018, will become about 50 ha, making it the biggest organic plantation in South Kyushu city. Suisouen currently can provide the organic green tea, then soon organic Matcha project will start.

Temperature: 175° F
Tea Amount: ~1 gram (1 teaspoon)
Water: ~2 ounces (1/4 cup)

The matcha powder is bright green in color with a sweet, nutty, and marine/salt water aroma.

The aroma in the warmed bowl is savory with notes of warm edamame (soybeans) and grass. 

After whisking, the aroma is sharply green.  The taste is mildly astringent, mellowed by the creaminess of the froth, and grassy green with nut-like notes following shortly after each sip and a sweetness in the finish.

Nuance can be a bit more challenging to find in organic matcha due to differences in how the tea is grown and produced, so I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of this particular example.  The taste is on the comfortable side of bold and smoothed out nicely with the froth from whisking.

All Japan Matcha & Organics is a cooperative providing wholesale products direct from small Japanese tea farmers, tea makers, and tea shops to businesses in the US.

This tea was provided as a free sample without guarantee of a review.

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