Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Stateside Steep post and thing time around I’m going to be reviewing Naoki Matcha’s – Masters Collection Limited Edition Chiran Harvest (2019). I know I never normally feature the same company more than once in a month but after enjoying the first matcha I tried from Naoki Matcha (Their Fragrant Yame Ceremonial Blend Matcha) so much I simply had to try the other matcha they very kindly gifted me as soon as I possibly could. The first matcha from them that I tried was a new experience for me and I had such a fun time learning new techniques and immersing myself in the tasting session that I was intrigued to see what my experience with this matcha would be and how the two would differ overall.
Here’s what Naoki Matcha themselves have to say about this matcha over on their website: ”This blend is sourced from Chiran, Kagoshima Prefecture made with Seimei cultivar, a new tea plant cultivar that has not yet entered commercial production. Only 40kg of this blend was produced from the 2019 harvest. Through our growing connections in the tea industry, we were able to bridge innovative tea growers and tea blending experts to generate a limited edition blend that is sure to please matcha enthusiasts all over the world.”
”Enjoy a one of a kind matcha experience with its eye catching vibrant green pigment and delicious notes. It has such a smooth and very creamy texture with pleasant nutty flavors.”
Tea Tasting Notes
For this tasting session I tried this matcha only one way hot and on it’s own it’s own prepared with 80-85°C filtered water in my current favourite Chawan (Matcha Bowl) and whisk with the Chasen I am currently using (though I think I’m going to have to get a new one soon). Sadly I was only able to prepare one bowl of this matcha today and I prepared it using my regular method of preparation/whisking, which is probably the most popular method which I have come to learn originates from Urasenke (裏千家) which is one of the schools of Japanese Tea Ceremony. I definelty would have loved to try this prepared pond style like I did with the Yame Matcha but after a migraine that lasted just over four days I just wasn’t able to sit and prepared two bowls this morning, but I will make sure I try this pond style soon. (Pond Style is a preparation method from Omotesenke one of the other schools of Japanese Tea Ceremony).
In it’s dry form the aroma it gave of course had a prominent vegetal note but there was a buttery quality to it and together they instantly remind me of how buttered green beans or buttered spinach smell. There was a subtle sweetness to it as well which I wasn’t honestly expecting but I’m in no way shape or form complaining about it. Once I added in the water (just half a cup at first) and started to whisk this matcha those aromas truly came to life and the way they all melded together was beautiful. Once my matcha became smooth I added in another half cup of water and started whisking. I was quickly able to form a beautiful foam atop my matcha. I personally would have liked it to be a little tighter with fewer bigger bubbles but that is not a fault of the matcha and is just down to my tired whisking.
This is and incredibly smooth matcha and that buttery note from the aroma definitely comes through it it’s overall taste. It has such very creamy texture and those vegetal notes which are prominent and by far the star of the show as you would expect but it had so many layers of depth in it’s flavour profile. I definitely would liken it’s overall taste to that of buttered green beans/buttered spinach taste but there is a subtle sweetness to it’s finish and an delicate nutty note in its aftertaste. You still get that umami quality in this but that slight bitterness you would normally find is not present at all and it’s much more of a softer umami than I am used to.
But honestly I love it and I’m going to savour every single bowl I have of this matcha because I would go as far as to say that It’s the best matcha that I have personally ever tired and it only shares that top spot with the Yame Matcha also from Naoki. I honestly feel so honoured to have been given the chance to try this and I really do hope that Naoki Matcha will bring all of their matchas to Amazon UK as I would love to try more of them in the future. I’ve had brand new experiences with both of them and they have helped me learn new things and made my passion for matcha even stronger. I highly recommend this to both matcha lovers and those who are new to higher end matchas and looking to find something of a higher quality. I can’t wait to enjoy this matcha all year long.
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
If you want to find out more about Naoki Matcha and purchase some of this phenomenal matcha for yourself. you can do both here. As always if you have any questions at all either leave them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll do my best to answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley
*The matcha featured in this post was gifted to me for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own and have not been paid for*