If matcha were wine, this blend is a Romanée Conti—it simply doesn't get much better.
The first thing you notice is the creamy body and smooth mouthfeel that resembles a perfectly pulled espresso. The color is hallucinogenic bright green. It has sweet aromas redolent of fresh young grass, young bamboo, raw sugar, and chlorophyll. It has the ethereal vegetal notes of just-picked asparagus and sweet peas on the vine, balanced by earthier, umami-laden undertones of perfectly grilled mushrooms. Mid-palate shows "essence of fresh," a real floral lift, and layers of meaty richness.
The catechin-rich, subtly astringent treble notes on the finish bear remarkable similarity to those of a great Burgundy. The finish is long; it keeps delivering these sweet flavors long after it's swallowed. Turns all previous expectations and experience with matcha on its head. It earns a perfect 100 score—there is nowhere to go but down from these rarefied heights.
Origin: Nishio, Aichi Prefecture (near Nagoya), Japan. Elevated growing region, very pristine environment, incredible terroir. One of the rarest, and most delightful, epicurean experiences in the world.
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Posted by Kathleen on 24th Jan 2013
My naturopath suggested I drink green tea every day to increase my antioxidant levels. All the green teas I had ever tried before tasted something like pond water. Yuck. I found Breakaway Matcha and could not believe the difference! When I first tried it I thought " Oh, this is why people like to drink Green Tea" The 100 blend is smooth, creamy and pleasing to drink. Well worth the cost. And the lovely "alert, clarity boost" is fabulous. The ritual to prepare is part of the mindfulness of the drink. I highly recommend.
Posted by Natalie R. on 23rd Jan 2013
I had no idea that matcha could be so rich and complex. This matcha is more like a rich broth than tea. It's also creamy, not astringent in the least. In short, I've never had anything like it, and half an hour later, my body felt sort of tingly and vibrant. Magical stuff.
Posted by Steve Self on 23rd Jan 2013
In addition to all the notes on tasting that Eric has shared in the introduction, I find this matcha astounding. There is nothing to hold on to as the elements of flavor and aroma shift and smooth and extend. This matcha is equal to the most sophisticated palate... More profoundly, is my attention and awareness equal to the lofty possibility that this matcha can provide. It seems to start infinitely subtle and move smoothly to an equally infinite extension. Amazing.
Posted by Britt on 23rd Jan 2013
If you're a tea drinker you need to try Breakaway Matcha. If you've tried matcha, this is the end game. I stumbled across matcha at a local tea shop and immediately enjoyed the preparation, taste, and the 'up' of matcha. It's the alertness and mental clarity without the caffeine feeling. I start every day with a cup. All of the matcha here is the best you can find, with the the Blend 100 being my favorite. Its' smooth drinking with a hint of sweetness that stays with you. There is a moment of "wow" and just opening the bag gives a off a springtime smell. Its 100% green-goodness. Super happy with the product and service, going on my second year drinking this.
Posted by Rita Hurault on 22nd Jan 2013
I am a fan of Blend 97 and decided to try the best. Well, my, my. Superbly creamy, brilliantly green, with complexity, depth and finish that completely changed my understanding of what green tea could be. It is a cup to savor and linger over. A deep bow to Eric for bringing high quality matcha to my world.
Posted by David Gans on 22nd Jan 2013
Ever since Eric Gower introduced us to Breakaway Matcha, our beverage rituals have changed. There is great pleasure in the preparation, and of course in consuming this bright green and frothy treat! We still love our coffee and traditional herb teas, but we have made room in our lives for Breakaway Matcha for both the fun and the health of it.
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STORAGE: always keep your matcha refrigerated until ready to use
LEARN MORE: watch a video on how it's done at http://bit.ly/greatmatcha