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drank Cooking Matcha by Sazen
574 tasting notes

Ever since I gave up on acquiring a taste for straight matcha, I’ve been searching for the best bang-for-buck non-Uji matcha that can work in lattes. I had been using Yuuki-Cha’s Yame matcha for some time now which made wonderful lattes but it was still ceremonial grade and felt like overkill. Powdered kamairicha was next but turned out to be a bust. I learned that powdered green tea does not equal matcha. Recently, I decided to give culinary matcha a try. Years ago, I had an extraordinary culinary matcha from Den’s tea that was better than even some higher grade stuff and hoped to strike gold once more. Sadly, it didn’t happen this time.

This culinary matcha superficially resembles ceremonial matcha with its verdant green color but differs considerably in flavor. It’s not as fragrant, sweet, or robust. Froths up okay and has a a vegetal, swiss chard like flavor with a slight bitterness. The flavor doesn’t hold up when milk and sugar are added becoming muted to the point where I can barely tell its there.

Still tinkering with brew parameters but so far not terribly impressed.

Flavors: Vegetal

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Mastress Alita

I too can only take matcha in latte or smoothie form, and have switched to more cost-effective culinary matcha. I’m using the one from Mizuba Tea Co.

LuckyMe

Thanks for the recommendation, I’ll check them out. And yeah, matcha is wonderful in desserts and drinks but too in-your-face for me on its own

Mastress Alita

Same. I need a balancing sweetness to take the edge off the bitter/umami.

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Mastress Alita

I too can only take matcha in latte or smoothie form, and have switched to more cost-effective culinary matcha. I’m using the one from Mizuba Tea Co.

LuckyMe

Thanks for the recommendation, I’ll check them out. And yeah, matcha is wonderful in desserts and drinks but too in-your-face for me on its own

Mastress Alita

Same. I need a balancing sweetness to take the edge off the bitter/umami.

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My Rating Criteria:

95 to 100: Top shelf stuff. Loved this tea and highly recommend it

90 to 94: Excellent. Enjoyed this tea and would likely repurchase

80 to 89: Good but not great. I liked it though it may be lacking in some aspects. I’ll finish it but probably won’t buy again

70 to 79: Average at best. Not terrible but wouldn’t willingly drink again

60 to 69: Sub-par. Low quality tea, barely palatable

59 and below: Bleh

Fell into tea many years ago and for a long time my experience was limited to Japanese greens and flavored Teavana teas. My tea epiphany happened when I discovered jade oolongs. That was my gateway drug to the world of high quality tea and teaware.

For the most part, I drink straight tea but do appreciate a good flavored tea on occasion. I love fresh green and floral flavors and as such, green tea and Taiwanese oolongs will always have a place in my cupboard. After avoiding black tea forever, Chinese blacks have started to grow on me. I’m less enthusiastic about puerh though. I also enjoy white tea and tisanes but reach for them less frequently.

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