Hey there Teacups.. Happy Matcha Monday! For the first Matcha Monday of the new year I’m going to be reviewing Bisou’s – Ceremonial Matcha, a tin of which they very kindly sent to me to try out for this series towards the end of 2020. Of course, Christmas content got in the way and Matcha Monday got put on a bit of break so as a result I’m only just getting round to reviewing this, but I’m so happy to be starting off 2021 by bringing back this series.
Here’s what Bisou have to say about this Matcha over on their website: “Traditional Japanese green tea powder from Shizuoka, Japan. An amazing jade coloured infusion reveals a sweet taste with mild astringency and green tea aroma.
Highest quality matcha comes with strong colour, flavour, and smooth texture. Gives a medium foam when whisked. (100g – $37)”
Tea Tasting Notes
For this tasting session I used 2g of matcha and freshly filtered water at about 85° and I tried this matcha hot and iced. Out of the two different ways I tried this, I think I would definitely say that the most enjoyable way I had this was prepared hot. But I learnt very quickly with this matcha that its was definitely a matcha more suited to making lattes or smoothies with rather than preparing traditionally in my chawan. I think that because I had the honour of trying a few phenomenal matchas last year, the bar is now set incredibly high and as result I think that this matcha really would have had to been something special to wow me and sadly that just wasn’t the case.
The packaging is beautiful, however as soon as I opened the tin an saw how much matcha was inside and the colour of said matcha I think I almost instantly knew what the quality of this matcha was going to be like, because if there is anything I have learnt about matcha over the last few year it’s that there is no way you get 100g of matcha for $37 dollars without compromising on the quality of the matcha.
Prepared hot it was vegetal, mildly astringent, ever so slightly sweet and had a creamy aroma to it, sadly that didn’t really come through in the taste thought. I used 2g for this tasting sessions like I do with all of my matcha tasting sessions which is normally more than enough but I did find myself having to add a little more to add a bit more strength and oomph to the overall flavour of this matcha.
All that really changed once I iced it was that the sweetness all but disappeared and the vegetal got a little stronger but other than that nothing much was different. Honestly for a matcha that boasts “highly quality matcha” in its description you would expect a little more. It had a smooth mouthfeel feel when I prepared it hot but when I prepared it iced it was quite drying sadly. I do think it would probably be much better sweetened or as a latte (hot or iced).
I was able to get it to build what I would describe as a medium level froth which I’ll be honest with you I wasn’t expecting, but it was quite thin and didn’t really stick around for very long, no matter how hard I tried. It’s definitely not the worst matcha that I have ever had and it’s much more enjoyable than a lot I’ve tired over the last few year, but it’s not the best I’ve ever had either. It’s definitely got its uses and will be perfect for recipes throughout this year.
Overall Teacup Rating: 3/5
If you want to find out more about Bisou and purchase some of this Matcha to try 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
*the tea 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*