Similar body and texture to Breakaway Blend 99, color is wildly vibrant. Mouth entry is wondrous and seamless.
The tea is sweet, with no trace of bitterness (this is rare in the matcha world). Clean and harmonious. It's surreally good, better than anything we've ever tasted with the exception of the 99 and 100.
The crema is rich, thick, and delightful. If you've never tasted the 99 or 100, you would swear that matcha couldn't possibly get any tastier. A fantastic bargain given the quality. From Ogura, Uji (Kyoto), Japan's oldest and most distinguished matcha appellation.
Posted by Cammie on 2nd Dec 2015
This matcha is the one I order when I know I'm going to be drinking it every day, maybe twice! It's very smooth, with a nice round flavor, and it seems to have a thicker crema, though maybe it's my technique that is improving. That thicker foam at the top is very satisfying to sip, and then than smooth sip of green liquid slips in, and hour is happily launched.
Posted by Catherine on 11th Jul 2015
I love this stuff. I've made it part of my morning routine to make a cup and then go sit on the deck. It has such an amazing mouthfeel. I like to make it on the thicker side to really maximize the flavor.
Looking forward to sampling the other blends.
Posted by Margaret Kessler on 28th Jun 2015
I'm a habitual fan of the organic matcha, but try out the others occasionally and was really pleased with how unique and delightful '97' is. A very refined cup of matcha that won't disappoint.
Posted by Nikki on 1st May 2015
I'm a "beginner" Matcha drinker. I watched all the Breakaway videos and read all the directions. Blend 97 was definitely a great blend to try out first. I have my cold brew in the morning and my hot brew Blend 97 in the afternoon. There not a bitter taste that some Matcha teas and normal green teas have. It's smooth and perfect!
Posted by Rob on 31st Mar 2015
Let's face it-if I could afford it, I'd drink the Blend SE or Blend 100 everyday! But I can't...the Blend 97, however, hits the sweet spot between flavor and cost, and right now I think I'll go make a cup.
Posted by Unknown on 30th Mar 2015
97 is my go to for drinking pure matcha with no additions. Delightful taste
Posted by Unknown on 6th Mar 2015
I'm a first time matcha drinker and I'm so glad I started with Breakaway because there is no need to try another brand. The tea is really delicious and smooth. I look forward to my daily cup. Can't wait to upgrade to the 99 and 100. I plan to purchase the coldbrew packets to have when I travel.
Posted by Bridget Cecchetti on 6th Feb 2015
Just had my first cup of Matcha today and it was a very pleasing experience. Smooth and rich. I have never had a green tea with taste other than a cardboardy unpleasantness. The Matcha 97 was completely different and I look forward to the realization of the relief of fatigue and stress.
Posted by Unknown on 2nd Dec 2014
I received the 97 Blend and upon first sip…WOW! I can't imagine what the 99 and 100 taste like! This is my go to hot matcha blend…that is until I try the 99 and 100. I love it! It's a must try!
Posted by Unknown on 18th Nov 2014
This was my first Matcha try. I'm so pleased my first experience was great. I won't order with anyone else. Breakaway Matcha has great customer service and delicious Matcha. After reading reviews I opted for 97. Beautiful smooth taste!
Posted by shelley on 22nd Sep 2014
The color, sweetness, and flavor of this blend is perfect for my morning drink. I have not tried the other blends but this one is very good. I will stick to Breakaway Matcha for its high quality and service. Thank you.
Posted by Holly on 15th Jul 2014
It's possible I have developed an (un)healthy obsession with matcha tea and have tried many different matchas from other suppliers. Breakaway Matcha is by far the absolute best in terms of texture, flavor, and overall service. I LOVE the 97 and 99 blends (still need to try the 94 and 100 blends). They're so smooth and flavorful with no bitterness that I've found with so many of the other brands. I could drink cup after cup after cup after cup and never tire of it. I also have to comment on the excellent customer service. Each package is wrapped up so nicely in their vibrant green paper and shipped immediately, with a personal note on the invoice. Hard to come by personalized service anymore and makes for such a nice touch!
Posted by Victoria on 23rd Jun 2014
I did not know there was a difference in matcha until I tried yours. What an education your website is. I am currently using my Breville milk frothier to get the cream on the top and it is a wonderful thing. I work all 3 shifts in one month and take it to work for my 1 am lunch time treat. I am well pleased.
Posted by Unknown on 6th Jun 2014
I have been enjoying a bowl (matcha wan) of blend 97 in the morning for sometime now. It is smooth, creamy, and fragrant with just enough bitter edge, a perfect bowl/cup to start a day.
I tried many other matcha both here and in Japan, before settling to this blend. The quality of the tea easily match that of teas I could buy in Japan. It is easy to order it online, and as I live in the Bay Area it usually arrives within a day or two.
Posted by Karen on 8th Apr 2014
I dove into the matcha experience based on all the health benefits. I was a little wary of adding caffeine back into my life since I have had sleep problems for years. The mild caffeinated effect of the matcha has not affected my sleep negatively and keeps my brain hyper focused!
The taste is mild and smooth and I look forward to my morning ritual of frothing up the beautiful green color.
I highly recommend this!
Posted by Renee on 9th Feb 2014
I drink A LOT of matcha! I have tried all of the Breakaway Matcha blends and have become obsessed with blends 97 and 99. Blends 97 and 99 are so grassy, clean, sweet and creamy. Blend 94 is beautiful as well and less expensive making it great for everyday drinking.
I love Breakaway Matcha so much that when I wasn't home for my last shipment I tried to track down my mailman for 15 minutes because I didn't want to wait until the next day to pick it up. Turns out I had to wait, which made the first cup even more relished :)
Posted by Jason on 21st Jan 2014
Good matcha is hard to come by in the United States, so I was pleasant surprised by Blend 97. While not as grassy as blends I've had elsewhere, it is sweet and smooth.
Posted by jamicam on 21st Dec 2013
I wanted a nice matcha to make at home and started exploring online. I don't know what it was about Breakaway that caught my attention, but I am SO glad I ordered this blend.
Delicious, earthy, smooth, and fun to make. Definitely a new addiction.
Posted by donya b. on 30th Oct 2013
The 97 is my go-to everyday matcha. I make it hot with frothed coconut or almond milk, sometimes even coconut oil. It's sweet and smooth. There's no bite to this. It also melds well with vanilla and chai spices
Posted by Xela on 12th Oct 2013
I was looking forward to trying Matcha after hearing Eric interviewed about it on a naturalnews.com radio show with Dr. Mitch. After reading the website I decided on Blend 97. I also ordered the tools recom'd to prepare the Matcha. Well, at first I was disappointed in the taste of Blend 97 as I expected a sweetness as described on the site which just wasn't there for my Western taste buds. I wrote Eric about it and he was very gracious and said to return it and he would refund but I held on to it. After talking with a colleague she said Matcha is not suppose to be sugary sweet but somewhat on the bitter side. I prepared some for her and she loved it. She said it had such a clean green smooth taste and was the best she ever had. She liked the color too. Well, I thought maybe it's an acquired taste and decided to keep it and give it another chance. I'm still not crazy about the taste but I don't mind it and have been drinking it especially because of the health benefits. I'll continue to drink what I have left and share with my co-worker but I don't see myself ordering it again though I am more than happy to tell others about Eric's website. I would definitely say it is an acquired taste not bad though. It is clean tasting no film on the tongue or after taste makes your breath smell nice too!
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