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Cream, Dirt, Earth, Floral, Grass, Sugarcane, Bitter, Bread, Butter
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From Red Blossom Tea Company

漢字 梨山烏龍抹茶

origin Lishan, Taiwan

craft qing xiang, ground

flavor notes gardenia, vegetal, sugarcane

Our Lishan Matcha is a fantastic (and entirely unique) alternative to Japanese matcha. Unlike Japanese green tea-based matcha (which is usually grown in low-elevation mass plantations and manually shaded), the high-elevation growing environment of Lishan provides all the requisite factors to create rich flavor naturally.

Peaking at 2200 meters above sea level, Lishan is the third highest mountain amongst the 12 that make up the Lishan Range. The tea garden from which this tea is harvested lies at approximately 2000 meters (6500 feet) above sea level, an elevation that yields temperate weather in the summer and light snow fall in the winter.

At this elevation, the tea plants are exposed to strong sunshine only in the morning before they are quickly enshrouded in mist. This short sun exposure allows the leaves to produce intense flavor compounds, but tempers the bitterness that can result from over-exposure. The cooler temperature also slows the plant’s metabolism, enabling the leaves to retain and store more flavor compounds.

Matcha (抹茶 mǒchá in Chinese, meaning “ground tea”) originated in China during the Song Dynasty (CE 960-1279), and was later introduced to Japan by buddhist monks, eventually becoming the foundation of the Japanese tea ceremony. Inspired by the original Song Dynasty practice of drinking stone-ground mǒchá, our Lishan Matcha combines the rich, vegetal flavors of green matcha with the complexity of Formosa oolong. The ground version of this tea offers the same notes of gardenia, sugarcane, and cream as its whole leaf counterpart, but with increased intensity and an extended finish. We love enjoying this tea whisked in a tea bowl, or as a fun addition to homemade ice cream and baking. Our Lishan Matcha is produced in-house in small batches using an industrial herb grinder, which pulverizes the leaves with a blade spinning at 15000 rpm.

Our Lishan Matcha comes sealed in 50g canisters.

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1517 tasting notes

I used my last sampler, and I still wasn’t satisfied. I used cold water, mixed it into a paste, put it in a double wall tumbler with hot water, shook it, and poured the drink into a small cup. The tea wasn’t nearly as clumpy and better mixed, but was still grassy and bitter. It had the trademark Lishan creaminess, orchid, plumeria, and even buttery bread complexities, but they were undercut by the bitterness.

I’m not sure if I used too much matcha. I used a single serve sample for 14 oz, which should allow for more diffusion of the powder. Maybe I’m a clutz, but I have not had this kind of issue with regular matcha. I may just have to try this matcha again in the future, but right now, I’m not sure I’d recommend it without some practice. If you do ever decide to get one, make sure your matcha skills are on point or use a filter, maybe a smaller amount? I could just be unrefined because I do not drink matcha as much as I used to. I am still impressed with its complexity and that Red Blossom is doing something original, but the price and bitterness are deal breakers for me personally. I’m also not going to rate it because I do not think I’d be the best judge, unless someone has had the same experience.

Flavors: Bitter, Bread, Butter, Cream, Dirt, Floral, Grass


My matcha-making skills are nonexistent, so I’m glad I didn’t decide to get this. It’s a fun concept, though, and I’m sad it didn’t work out as well as intended.

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