What does Matcha Green Tea Taste Like?
Matcha Green Tea has a smooth slightly bitter and tasty flavor.
Tenzo is a proprietary blend of 100% Organic & Ceremonial Matcha developed in partnership with a Japanese tea master.
Tenzo matcha is celebrated for a flavor that is complex, rich, aromatic, astringent and leaves an alluring sweetness with every sip. The full-bodied flavor tastes smooth and refreshing with just water and holds up strong when paired with milk and other matcha mixers.
When formulating Tenzo Matcha, we wanted a smooth and refreshing flavor for daily drinking without the need to add sugar or other sweeteners.
Generally, matcha tastes a little bitter but vegetal, and ceremonial grades of matcha can be very smooth, and sometimes even buttery or creamy. The taste of matcha depends on three things including the grade, the location of the farm, and the way in which you consume it. Let’s break this down.
The first factor that determines how matcha tastes is the grade of matcha. Matcha is like wine in the sense that there is a wide range of quality. It's quite easy to find poor quality matcha that is very cheap, yellow in color and gritty. This type of matcha tends to be extremely bitter and utterly unenjoyable in drinking form. Don’t worry though, if you want a smooth and delicious matcha, you’ll be able to recognize the bad stuff by it’s brownish, murky color. As you increase the quality of the matcha, the taste moves from bitter, to smooth and vegetal (aka, delicious).
The second factor in how your matcha will taste is the location of the farm where it grows. The main two locations for growing matcha are China and Japan. There is a distinct taste difference in the bitterness between Japanese and Chinese matcha. Japanese matcha has a much more of a rich umami taste and tends to be much more bright green in color which makes it the best matcha in the world.
The final factor in the taste of matcha surrounds the way you consume the product. It is best to use more bitter matcha when baking or cooking because the flavor will shine through the heating process. Another popular way to consume matcha is in a latte. This will taste milky, smooth, and sweet depending on what milk you use.
However, if you want to truly make the best matcha flavor stand out, you need to drink it in a green tea shot. What is a green tea shot? Well, good question - it is a small shot of green tea. But seriously, it’s that simple. And it’s very easy to make a green tea shot, all you need to do it grab two grams of Tenzo (or more) and mix it with 2oz of water. Whisk or shake into a thick paste and then enjoy. But reminder - don’t use too hot of water or you’ll burn the matcha, and maybe your mouth, too!
Okay, so now that you know what’s going on you must be wondering… what is the best way to make matcha? Don’t worry, it’s very simple to make the smooth, umami flavor stand out. Here are three steps:
- You need a high-quality matcha - ceremonial grade.
- You need Japanese Grown Matcha
- You need to make it in a thick green tea shot.
Viola! You’re now on your way to becoming a matcha taste expert!
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