Review: Rishi Tea Matcha

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Its OK"I definitely enjoyed my Rishi matcha experience overall, but it was quite bitter, and very, very astringent."
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rishiteamatcha.jpgI don't have a Chasen, which is the proper tool to whisk matcha, but my roommate recently bought a milk frother, so I decided to conduct an experiment. Tea purists would most likely be horrified, but I'm new to the whole matcha scene, and I'm picky enough about my tea tools that I haven't managed to find a matcha set that matches my desires and, more difficultly, my budget.

I followed the hot instructions on the packet the matcha came in, which said to pour 4-5 ounces of 175 degree water over tea powder into a matcha bowl then whisk (all right, I used a clay Ikea bowl). The whisking process is necessary to properly mix in the tea and give it its trademark frothy texture, and the milk frother seemed to do a respectable enough job, though certainly not as well or as elegantly as a genuine Chasen.

This matcha has an interesting texture and a unique, bold flavour, and I definitely enjoyed my Rishi matcha experience overall. I admittedly do not know much about matcha, but I was not terribly enthusiastic about this tea. Overall, I found it quite bitter and very, very astringent. It was rather disappointing, especially considering how pricey this tea is.

I decided to give the cold-brew version of this tea a try, and it was a much more pleasant experience. Since you use the same amount of matcha for a entire bottle of water (approximately 16 ounces) instead of just 4-5 ounces, the flavour is not as bold; however; it is also not as bitter or astringent. I would most likely not try this again hot, and I liked the cold version, but overall I just wasn't thrilled.

— 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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4 Responses to “Review: Rishi Tea Matcha”

  1. Geoff Says:

    In order to prepare matcha properly, you’ll need the whisk. I learned this lesson a few weeks ago, and it makes ALL the difference.

  2. Katie Says:

    Finally bought me a whisk! Unfortunately, this tea still isn’t all that grandiose.

  3. Richard Says:

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS TEA!!! I would most definitely purchase again, however, the price is a little steap (uh, pardon the pun). It is vegetal, grassy, not-so-sweet but good. Rishi’s Matcha whisks-up nicely, a nice creamy dense foam. Matcha is an acquired taste, but if you are used to Japanese green teas and the nuances of these green, grassy, vegetal teas, you will enjoy matcha…especially Rishi’s Matcha.

  4. Katie Says:

    Rishi knew for a fact that I had never actually tried matcha back when they sent this tea my way. It’s true that a whisk makes all the difference, but even after trying it with a whisk, I wasn’t in love. Next time I order from Rishi, I’ll pick up a box and re-review this.

    I’ve never enjoyed a matcha I prepared using their “cold brew” method, where you just shake the tea in with water. Not my bottle ‘o tea, so to speak.

    And we don’t pardon puns. We welcome them with open arms.

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