Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Tea Review: Sweet Sakura Matcha (Yunomi/Kanes)

Sweet Sakura Matcha
Type: Flavored Green
Origin: Japan, Shizuoka Prefecture
Product Description:
A sweet matcha flavored with the sakura blossoms of the Japanese spring. Add hot milk to transform this into a delicious latte!
Temperature: 160° F
Tea Amount: 10 gram (2 teaspoons)
Water: 6 ounces 

This blend contains sugar, matcha, and powdered sakura leaves.  

After whisking, the bright green infusion has a mellow aroma of tree leaves with just a hint of sakura (cherry blossom).  The taste is lighty sweet with pleasant notes of sakura leaves, very similar to sakura mochi without the red bean filling.  

I make the comparison with sakura mochi, one of my favorite springtime wagashi (traditional Japanese sweets) because this tea is as close as I imagine you could get without eating the actual treat.  The light sweetness of the rice and the greenness and cherry blossom essence in the sakura leaf wrap are all there.  Though sugar is included in the blend, there is no sense of cloying sweetness and no astringency.  While I initially whisked this with a chasen in a matcha bowl before pouring into a cup, any container and a simple kitchen whisk will also work well.  The suggested 160° F was perfect and the recommended 5-10 grams (1-2 teaspoons) of tea and 3-6 ounces of water leave a lot of room to experiment to suit your taste.  I was very pleased with the results using 2 teaspoons of tea and 6 ounces of water.

This tea was purchased by me.

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