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Generally meant for tea ceremony practice sessions, this affordable matcha balances umami and astringency with a great price.
The matcha sommeliers at AOI rate this matcha 2/5 in terms of umami flavor, sweetness, and bitterness (see graph).
Ingredients: Green tea
Japanese name: 御薄茶、八重山
Net Weight: 30 grams, can
Harvest Season: Spring
Cultivation & Processing Notes: Shaded for 4 weeks before harvest.
Region: Nishio, Aichi Prefecture
Tools: matcha, chashaku bamboo scoop, chasen bamboo whisk, matcha bowl, cooling bowl or tea pot
Take 2 grams (about 1.5 chashaku bamboo scoops) of matcha, and place it into your bowl
Using the tips of your chasen bamboo whisks break apart any clumps (using a sifter may also help).
Take boiling water and place it into a teapot or other cooling bowl. Allow the water to cool to 70-80C/158-176F degrees.
Pour the water into your bowl, and using the whisk, slowly make an "M" shape in your bowl.
As you speed up the whisk, bubbles (froth) will form.
For Koicha, use about 50-70 ml of water. For Usucha, use 150-200 ml of water.
Name: Aoi Seicha
Established: 1910, company incorporated as AOI Seicha in 1966.