Review: DoMatcha Ceremonial Matcha

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Thumbs up!"Luxuriously creamy with singularly enjoyable bittersweet components that give the highest quality dark chocolate a run for its money...better yet, perhaps these two treats should be paired?"
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domatchacanMatcha has been a bit of a tricky tea for me...I've tried it a few times at home, but think that I haven't had the nicest quality matcha for my experimentations. Part of the problem seems to be that Matcha is somewhat expensive. I hate to spend a lot of money on a tea that I am new to the preparation of and end up mishandling it and then have wasted both my own funds and the beautiful tea! Then I end up superstitious about just going for it and trusting that I can learn to prepare a decent bowl of matcha to enjoy for myself or with friends, without needing to be an "expert." The catch 22 is that if, as a beginner, you start with a sub par matcha product, what can you really hope to end up with but a sub par product with a not very delicious taste and weak or simply invisible froth on top? Can I be excused the statement "crap in, crap out" in the context of a tea review if I also state that it really is TRUE?

What a treat to sample Do Matcha's Ceremonial Matcha. The tin is attractive, just over an ounce with a protective foil wrapper inside to keep the product safer and sounder after being opened. Beautiful bright moss in color with such a richly sweet scenting that it's enough to simply inhale deeply for a bit before preparing. I have a small bowl that I use for matcha preparation. I warmed it up to start with warm water, dried it carefully and then washed my whisk with warm water and set it aside as well. I used a scant teaspoon of matcha and 6 ounces of 170 degree water. I whisked slowly to start and then briskly in a back and forth motion, just a moment or so of whisking gave me a nice, even spread of foam across the top of the bright green tea. I should just mention, tongue in cheek, that this is a matcha that will satisfy a prudent beginner to matcha. You'll actually feel like a winner at the end, trust me. The sweet layer of foam over the tea liquor didn't just make me smile, it made me feel like I'd finally made a bowl of matcha properly. Not as properly as a tea master, obviously, but properly in the sense that the tea making was a happy, attractive and ultimately delicious success. I didn't end up with a bowl of yukky green water to drink and a sinking feeling at the end of my earnest whisking that my very being had been challenged (and even defeated) severely by a teaspoon of green powder!!

The flavor of this offering is superb! It's bright and freshly vegetal but there's a strong bittersweet component that is excellent and a continual enjoyment throughout the bowl. The taste reminds me of the bitter dusting of dark chocolate that is sometimes found coating a high quality artisan style dark truffle. Delicious! The wonderful creamy quality of the matcha itself accentuates this sense of a nearly dessert like savor-ability to the tea. I think this matcha would pair just divinely with some carefully chosen chocolates as a simple, elegant dessert or afternoon treat but to be perfectly honest, this is a tea that needs nothing at all to carry it. The tea is so smooth, fresh and creamy that I've been enjoying it just on its own for the last several afternoons as the ideal pick me up. A nice clean sense of wakefulness follows the drinking.

At about $25.00 for roughly 25 servings, this seems a very well priced treat. Do Matcha sends out some suggestions for Matcha preparation as well as some other treats, including a matcha latte that I am eager to try out as I think my husband would really enjoy it. You could be as dressy or as relaxed as you like with this tasty offering, and I honestly think that if you'd like a good quality matcha in the sense of appropriate packaging, beautiful color, scent and taste from start to finish as well as exquisite bittersweet qualities to engage the palette, not to mention ease of preparation, that you can feel very pleased to have Do Matcha as a purchasing option.

Do Matcha is a new company to me and I'll be ordering my next tin of matcha there for certain. I had nearly thought myself not a big fan of matcha until trying this lovely offering. Now I realize I've twice bought the wrong matcha. Never again!

The website managed by Do Matcha is exceedingly informative and there is also a whole line of offerings that are organic, as well. It's well worth looking into and this matcha comes with my highest recommendation, especially for beginners to matcha.

— To purchase DoMatcha Ceremonial 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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2 Responses to “Review: DoMatcha Ceremonial Matcha”

  1. Nicole Says:

    Hey Jamie, I love DoMatcha! It is the closest I’ve found to the matcha I had in Japan. I am currently addicted to iced matcha. I know it is probably taboo to hardcore matcha drinkers, but it really kick starts my day (I live in the South and it is getting hot). I just make the matcha with room temp water, whisk it up (it doesn’t foam as much as with hot water), add a touch of agave nectar and a drop of vanilla extract then top it off with ice and it is awesome! Still has the matcha sweet “green” taste, but the vanilla makes it taste creamier, and the agave heightens the taste of the matcha (IMHO anyway, but I should disclose that being a girl raised in the south, I have a “thing” for sweet tea)! 🙂 Anyway, I figured if you’re experimenting with matcha, you should give the iced version a go! I’m going to attempt matcha smoothies next!

  2. jamie Says:

    I’ll try this!! Thanks for the tip. I’m in the PNW, so might have to wait till July for any heat, though. 🙂

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