Hey There Teacups! Happy Matcha Monday I hope you’re all doing well, I’m back today with Let’s Talk Tea post and just by chance I’m going to be reviewing Golden Tips – Matcha. (I had this post planned long before I started doing Matcha Monday on my Instagram but I’m glad that they have managed to come together so seamlessly). When golden tips said they were going to send me a package of Darjeeling teas there was no way I expected to open the package and find a sachet of Matcha had been included (not that I’m complaining). It’s a stone ground Matcha that is grown and processed in the tranquil surroundings of Pollution free Shizuoka prefecture Japan.
What I will say about Golden Tips is that their packing is far from complicated they only ever use a few colours and the text while sometimes there can be a lot of it o in easy to read fonts and colours, so you can always read through it quickly. The only change I would suggest when it comes to this packaging for this Matcha is that I would like to see the grade of the Matcha included somewhere on the packet. It’s A slight change and wouldn’t take much to roll out but it would give their customers a little more insight into the Matcha they are buying. Aside from that I think that these little 30g sachets of Matcha are handy especially for on the go tea drinking because they are small enough to just slip in your bag and they take up next to no room at all. Once my tea/teaware buying ban is over I’ll definitely be buying one of T2’s Matcha flasks so I can take Matcha on the go with me. I can only really drink/ prepare it at home now and quite frankly that needs to change.
Slight Sweet – Slight Savoury – Strong Vegetal Notes (Seaweed Mostly) – Fresh – Somewhat Grassy
This Matcha is for the most part a light green in colour but it does have a tinge of both brown and yellow to it which is normally not a good thing for a Matcha to have so I was a little bit worried about what that was going to mean for this Matcha when it came to taste. Aroma wise it’s both sweet and savoury which is unlike any aroma I’ve smelt from a Matcha before it’s vegetal notes are the strongest of them all and have a seaweed like characteristics and a certain grass like underpinning. From first glance I’ll be honest I wasn’t expecting much from this Matcha because of it’s colour but the aroma is fresh and quite unique. I only hoped that this Matcha would deliver when it came to its taste because as a Matcha lover there is nothing more saddening as a disappointing Matcha.
Tea Tasting Notes
With this Matcha having sweet and savoury notes in it’s aroma I was 100% sure what to expect when it came to it’s taste. After adding the water, I slowly realised that none of the sweet notes were going to come through in the taste because they were almost eliminated from the aroma. This Matcha has none of the trademark natural sweetness that almost every other matchas (bar a few) that I’ve tried has had and I missed it. It’s a very savoury matchas and as a result it’s vegetal notes that would normally be slightly lightened by the natural sweetness are instead very strong and overpowering. They tasted like seaweed and had grassy underpinning that wasn’t pleasant to drink at all. I would say that this Matcha is probably best used in smoothies and shakes as other stronger ingredients in them might help to make it a little better balanced. If you prefer Matcha’s that are savoury and very strong when it comes to vegetals you will probably love this, but it just isn’t for me.
Froth wise to begin with it did produce quite a thick sturdy froth but that lasted for around a minute before it slowly started to disperse and become very thin which really disappointed me. One thing I hope for when I try new matchas aside from an enjoyable flavour palate is a sturdy froth that will stand up against anything right up until the end of the cup and this Matcha had neither of those things. As harsh as that sounds I am sure that you would all rather I was completely honest about the teas I review than lie to you and have you waste money on teas you might not enjoy. My blog is for tea lovers and those who want to learn more about everything the world of tea has to offer so that who is in the forefront of my mind when it comes to any of my blog posts.
Overall this Matcha just wasn’t my cup of tea there was just something about it that didn’t seem to sit well with me but if you are looking for a Matcha to add to your sakes smoothies or food then this is the one I would suggest. I always make a point of saying to you all that just because a tea might not be for me doesn’t mean that it won’t be for you. You may end up trying this and loving it and I don’t want my reviews and opinions to stop you from trying a tea you might love. You need to have your own tea journey even if that means buying and trying teas that you don’t end up enjoying it’s all part of the experience.
Overall Teacup Rating: 3/5
If you want to find out more about Golden Tips Tea and purchase this Matcha for yourself, you can do both here. As always if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley