Monday, August 26, 2019

Tea Review: Organic Matcha Cha Ka (Sei Mee Tea)

Organic Matcha Cha Ka
Sei Mee Tea
Type: Green
Origin: Japan, Kagoshima Prefecture
Product Description:  CHA KA (cha-kah) means “tea flower” in Japanese. Organic Matcha, CHA KA, is made from organic Gyokuro (g-yo-koo-ro) by a renowned tea master, Mr. Sakamoto, in Kagoshima, Japan. His tireless devotion manifests itself throughout the process from making soil to grinding leaf slowly with traditional method. Stonemill matcha makes only 500g a day. (One pound is 453.5g.)

Mr. Sakamoto takes care of his tea plants all year around, and harvests only once. His shading techinique creates concentrated Umami in the tea leaf; in return, it adds a lot of stress on the plants. Mr. Sakamoto spends the rest of the year to heal and nourish the plants.

Part of his remarkable effort is his own mineral-rich fertilizer. It helps the soil to become an ideal environment to grow healthy, strong and nutrition packed tea leaf, assisting in the flow of water, microorganisms, and nutrients in his soil. His tea leaf stays “alive” or green long after it is harvested. It’s the proof that the leaf is dense with nutrition and antioxidants.

CHA KA is for you to enjoy undeniable uplifting yet sustainable energy along with life of extraordinary green tea made by an extraordinary devotion.

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

The matcha powder is sweet and nutty with a hint of umami.

The aroma of the powder in the warmed bowl is nutty and savory with umami.

After whisking, the aroma becomes mellow and green with notes that remind me of freshly fallen leaves.  The taste is smooth and vegetal green with a nuttiness that reminded me of sunflower seeds. 

Though I wouldn't prepare this for tea ceremony, it would be a solid daily matcha.  Interestingly, the taste was sweet near the front of my mouth and moderately astringent and drying at the very back.  It's mellow enough that there is no need to have sweets before drinking to make it less bold.  I was also pleasantly surprised by how smooth and creamy the froth was when whisked.   

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

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