16 Tasting Notes
Continuing to add my favorite tea’s, here is an exemplar Keemun Hao Ya A from The Tea Stop. I have not found a source more representative of what Hao Ya A should be than this… Delicate, full bloom of balanced flavor, the proper hint of smokiness. Mouthwatering perfection, and I don’t use that word lightly! I am almost hesitant to continue posting these, because part of me has the urge to keep my hard-won, favorite sources secret so they don’t sell out quicker, but what the heck, good tea must be shared…
For $9.50, this is a surprisingly good matcha. Not bitter, really no complaints at this price point, I would rate it 85 factoring in that it is such a bargain. I have had worse matcha’s that cost twice as much.
Good choice for a daily matcha.
(Again, for any matcha beginners, a bamboo whisk is required- you can use any wide ceramic or pyrex bowl in a pinch, but without the bamboo whisk it just is not going to dissolve or froth up, so it will not taste right)
The other of my two favorite matcha’s, along with Ito En’s Koto no Tsuki.
Perfect umami taste, and fair price at 1,500 yen. Fast shipping from Japan.
(Of course for beginners, you really need to use a bamboo whisk… a Chawan (tea bowl) is desirable, but you can get away with using a pyrex or ceramic bowl, but without the bamboo whisk, the matcha really is not going to dissolve properly and won’t taste right)
One of my two favorite matcha’s.
High in the savory “umami” flavor, no bitterness, perfect for thick or thin matcha.
$19.50 per cannister, fair price for ceremony-grade matcha.
(Note for beginners, you need a bamboo whisk for matcha… a Chawan (tea bowl) is desirable, but you can get away with using a pyrex or ceramic bowl, but without the bamboo whisk, the matcha really is not going to dissolve properly and will not taste right. For some reason using a Western-style metal whisk doesn’t work, probably because the bamboo whisks have up to a hundred tines, whereas metal whisks might have only 10 or 15)
This is one of my favorite black teas ever, period. At $24 an ounce it better be good, when I first purchased it in 2008 it was $35/oz that year and I was skeptical. But after tasting, I understood why the high price.
Incredibly delicate, balanced, winey, not smokey like Hao Ya Keemun. Good for a splurge every now and then.