Matcha is fast becoming ubiquitous, but the Korean version, a green tea powder, is not as well known. This version can be considered like a standard matcha, and I’ll also review the ceremonial grade. Trying them side by side has been fascinating!
There’s a distinct difference in colour when comparing the two Korean green tea powders I tried. This version has a softer hue, where the ceremonial grade has more brightness and has a very vivid colour.
I prepared this green tea powder using a half teaspoon for 6oz of hot water, whisking for about a minute. The aroma was grassy and verdant, the liquor taking on a deep green hue that reminded me of forest foliage. The flavour is robust, grassy, woody, I seem t detect a nutty undertone, and this matcha is not what I would call sweet. But it’s not really that bitter either. Can I call it umami? It’s a different experience for me and the first tasting I spent a lot of time trying to decide what I thought of this tea. After a second tasting, I think I prefer the Ceremonial grade (review coming soon), however, I can drink this and enjoy it without adding sweetener. I do think this would be great for baking.
I do definitely recommend trying this Boseong Ujeon matcha if you want to really get a sense of what Korean green tea powders are like, and if you do, I suggest also getting some of the Ceremonial grade and comparing them yourself. You can find Boseong Ujeon Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder here and try it for yourself. Once again, Teas Unique has generously offered a 25% discount on the purchase of this tea for readers of this blog, so be sure to use code KRYSTAL25 to save on this tea! You can find it on Teas Unique’s website here. Code expires November 10th, 2018.
(Sample provided for review. All opinions expressed are my own.)
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