Review: Rishi Tea Matcha

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Thumbs up!"It is one of the most pleasing and satisfying matchas I’ve tasted."
Babette’s Teaview: 10/10
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rishiteamatcha.jpgMatcha, powdered green tea, is an acquired taste for most people. It is powdered green tea harvested from well-groomed bushes grown under shade cloth to intensify the deep green color and flavor in the leaf. The top, most tender leaves are picked and processed immediately. The entire leaf is turned into a powder that contains more of the antioxident benefit. The flavor can be compared to the flavor of other green, leafy vegetables but that would be misleading because there is a sweetness to most Matcha.

This is especially true of Rishi's Matcha. It is one of the most pleasing and satisfying Matchas I've tasted. The taste would be more comparable to the lightness of flower petals rather than green leaves, suggesting that the portion of the plant they've chosen is exclusively new-opened shoots that have not been exposed to the sun.

If I were to make a comparison to a lower quality Matcha, it tastes more like spinach and the powdery texture doesn't dissolve as easily. That is not true of Rishi's product.

One thing I especially like about it is the packaging; individual packets good for a 16 oz. water bottle if you want to make it cold or enough for a large mug of hot tea. It does seem to dissolve well in cold water with a bit of shaking but I prefer it warm (not boiling).

It is sold in boxes of 10 packets for $20. But the convenience of keeping each serving fresh and available for travel is what I most appreciate. I can keep packets with me and have a great tea and feel like I'm drinking the healthiest possible beverage. So, at $2 per packet, it is a very good value.

When you put it into a cold water bottle, you do need to keep shaking it to draw the settled powder from the bottom. And even hot, there will be settling on the bottom of the mug. What I like to do in both cases is to extend the tea by adding more water and shaking or stirring again.

Rish provides some interesting historical highlights at their website but I strongly encourage you to read the section about the founding of the company by Joshua Kaiser and Benjamin Harrison. I think that one aspect of buying new tea products is to know the company and their commitment to quality.

— To purchase Rishi Tea Matcha, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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