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Yesterday I finished off a sample of Momo Usucha, aka “thin matcha,” that I received from Momo Tea at TO Tea Festival this past January!! It whisked up a beautiful bright green with a thick layer of froth, and a perfectly rich and velvety mouthfeel! In addition to a beautiful umami flavour I found this matcha to be particularly creamy with notes of freshly churned butter complimenting the notes of fresh, leafy collard greens and snow peas. So tasty, and perfectly evocative of the Spring!!
Tea Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CrtxABeI3Ze/
Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewE4qzvWEGY
Started my morning with this tea because I was feeling something light and summery. As someone who has historically really struggled with sencha forward tea blends, this was probably one of my favourite discoveries from Toronto Tea Festival at the start of this year! It’s become one of a veerrrryyy small club of green tea blends I drink on a regular basis. The green melon flavour is just so dang good, and the green tea so smooth!!
Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUjuTzTeDk8
Geek Steep S3E3 – Star Trek: The Next Generation
Yes, I am behind on my Geek Steep tasting notes again as is perpetually the case this past year. I guess one perk of that is that I’m not spoiling the episodes and/or my pairings for anyone listening biweekly?? Sure, lets go with that.
This is the tea I drank while we recorded the episode. I don’t drink sencha. It’s just, like, not my thing at all. In fact, it’s one of my least favourite tea varietals out there. So, I mean, talk about ‘boldly going where I haven’t gone before’. I had a chance to sample it at The Toronto Tea Festival though and my mind was blown and my biases challenged. I mean, Momo definitely does have a very positive reputation and I was not ignorant of that. A lot of my IG friends who don’t typically touch flavoured teas seem to include Momo as a rare exception to that rule, so I did expect quality and quality is what I got.
The sencha is smooth and buttery but not aggresively oceanic, and it creates a very light canvas for a truly PHENOMENAL green Japanese-style melon flavour that wins me over every time I make this tea. So, I just kind of wanted to give both the tea and the company some love on the podcast.
This week I really did my best to indulge any tea craving I had given that starting tomorrow a lot of my tea drinking will be dictated by advents. I was really feeling something sweet and apple-y and this tea definitely fit the bill. I’m not sure if an apple flavour of Hi-Chew exists, but this is exactly the style of apple flavouring I’d expect one to have. Mmmm!
Ooohh boooyyy I have a lot of feelings about this tea. As some of you know, Sencha is notoriously one of my all time least favourite kinds of tea. So, when I was at the Toronto Tea Festival and saw Momo’s booth I was very tempted to just totally skip over it. All they were sampling was their sencha line and I just was so confident that I wouldn’t like it. However, that felt so strongly against the spirit of what the festival is supposed to be so I tried a couple samples and they were damn good. So good, in fact, that I bought a bag of two out of the three teas I sampled – including this one, which is apple flavoured.
Knowing how refreshing a good green tea can be when cold brewed, that how I decided to take this tea for a spin with my first at home tasting. I’ve been sipping on it throughout the whole day today and I think I’ve said under my breath “Damn, that’s good!” immediately after having a sip about five or six times now. I don’t know who I’m talking to; I guess my hamster!? It’s just so refreshing and nostalgic that I can’t help but vocalize it.
I think the best way to describe the taste is somewhere between a really good glass of apple juice and the more distinct and sweet taste of a Japanese apple candy. I say Japanese very specifically too, as they use a different flavouring than what’s commercially used here in North America – it’s harder to call it specifically red or green apple because it rides the line of sweet and tart so well, while also having a floral characteristic to it that isn’t prevalent in North American candy. So I guess the TLDR of that is that it’s simultaneously very natural and more candy like, and also not overly sweet or tart – with some floral elements.
The green tea base is also just so crisp and clean finishing – a little grassy and a bit umami but not the kind of ocean bomb or awful lawn clipping notes that I negatively associate with Sencha. It’s medium bodied and just a perfect back drop to the apple notes. On a sweltering hot summer day this would be a killer drink.
What I have noticed about Momo Tea’s flavoured sencha is that you can definitely still taste the earthy undertones of the sencha, and the flavourings that Momo adds to the tea are actually very mild!
When I first opened this, it reminded me of nail polish remover. Like an alcoholic, chemical scent. But I expected this to smell like bright and citrus. However, after it steeps, this alcoholic smell calms down and I was left with a pleasant light citrus note.
I have never had yuzu before; however, in this tea it tastes slightly like a cross between an orange and a lemon. But the prominant note in this tea is still the earthy, slightly bitter sencha.
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Citrus, Earth, Freshly Cut Grass, Lemon, Orange
My package of momo tea is finally here! To be honest, the way the teas were packaged was slightly disappointing since usually my tea mail comes in a cardboard box, however, these teas were stuffed inside a envelope. So, some of the teas were crumpled when I opened them, but otherwise, everything came out fine and I would still recommend ordering from here! :)
Smell: This smells exactly like a green apple jolly rancher. It has a strong, artificial apple scent that is not unpleasant in any way. However, after it has steeped, the smell has mellowed out a lot and it tastes like a natural, juicy green apple.
Taste: I am not sure if I made this properly. This is some good quality sencha! You really only need a little bit to get a full-bodied flavour. I think I put too much leaf, so it tastes bitter and astringent. However, I think this is a problem that can easily be remedied, and I look forward to trying it again with less tea leaf this time.
For this tea, you can definitely still taste the sencha. However, it also has a very slight and natural green apple taste which I find pleasant.
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Earth, Green Apple, Tannin
Woke up with a massive killer migraine. In mulling over all potential causes, the final possibility was not having drunk enough tea. Ah, maybe that’s it.
I bought this tea at the tea festival here at the end of January. The first several times I had this, I really quite enjoyed it: classic genmaicha. Today, however, I dipped further into the bag, so my dry leaf was far more powder tea and far less roasted rice. Then, despite aiming for a very brief steep, my steeper clicky thing got stuck and didn’t drain properly or quickly enough, resulting in a far longer than optimal steep. So, today, the tea is too strong and a bit bitter. Not the tea’s fault.
My migraine seems to be slowly subsiding. I hope. If so, despite the bitterness, it’s a win.
I will refrain from rating.
Later in the day reflection…
I think I had used far too much leaf when I made this tea today, owing to the fact that it was mostly tea powder and few rice grains. That and the prolonged steeping time resulted in a poor-ish first cup. However, steeping two and three were lovely.
Beautiful rich dark green leaves when dry. Changes to medium green spinach-looking leaves when steeped.
The infusion is a light but very green colour, rather than the yellow green we normally see with senchas and Chinese green teas.
Flavour reminds me of sweet grass, with only a hint of dryness at the end. Very refreshing yet still warming in this weather. I would like to try it cold brewed as well in the summer – wonder how that would taste.
This was a sample but definitely putting this on my want list.
Flavors: Spinach, Sweet, Warm Grass, Vegetables