We've unearthed a dreamy and rare matcha that sets new records for extreme quality. It's made in a valley in Uji (Kyoto) that's been producing great matcha for at least 400 years. If you ever want to know what pure umami tastes like, look no further. The finish can rev on for several minutes, leaving you to wonder how an aroma and texture can linger for so long. Pure electric green color, with aromas that exude fresh chocolate. From a family-run coop obsessed with providing the highest expression of the purest matcha they can manage to coax out of the ground.
Matcha of this quality requires the time-tested "honzu" method of cultivation and harvest, the ancient canopy made with bamboo poles, reeds, hemp string, and straw to filter out sunlight. In the Ogura area, there is a large pond where thick reeds grow. Every leaf is coddled, in ways only obsessive Japanese matcha farmers can dream up, from first bud to ground matcha. The varietal is Uji MIdori.
One of the best ways to enjoy a matcha of this quality is to prepare and drink it with generous portions of matcha, in the thick or "koi" style. It's an experience like nothing else in terms of texture, taste, and subsequent awareness states. The matcha is the deepest and most vibrant shade of green, with a heavy dose of umami -- pure umami has never tasted this good.
Try making a five-gram bowl and sharing it with a few others. Bound to make an outstanding impression.
<h2>make the perfect cup of matcha</h2>
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<li>boil water, and let it cool for 3 to 5 minutes</li>
<li>warm your cup with hot water while you prepare the matcha</li>
<li>place sieve over creamer or mug</li>
<li>add one heaping scoop (1/2 teaspoon, or 1 g) to the sieve, and sift</li>
<li>pour about an inch of hot water (about 2 ounces)</li>
<li>whisk for 10 seconds or so, tilt the creamer slightly to make thicker foam</li>
<li>swirl, and pour the matcha into your heated cup</li>
<li>add a little more hot water to creamer, swirl, and add to cup</li>
<p><span class="tab-label">STORAGE:</span> always keep your matcha refrigerated until ready to use</p>
<p><span class="tab-label">LEARN MORE:</span> watch a video on how it's done at <a href="http://bit.ly/greatmatcha" target="_blank">http://bit.ly/greatmatcha</a></p>
A Sublime and Sophisticated Treat!
Light, grassy, Umami saturated with hints of chocolate and fresh spinach! SE has beautifully structured flavors which culminate in a bracing astringency that lends a long bitter/sweet finish. Truly a "liquid Zen" experience! Expensive but well worth the price.
Outstanding. I am a daily blend 99 drinker who occasionally buys some blend 100. For my taste, the SE blend has all of the elegance of the 100 but replaces the slight sweetness of the 100 with Umami. Its a perfectly balanced flavor that looks, smells, and tastes amazing. Im using it as my Sunday morning treat to myself. Great addition to the line and the bar has been raised.
Over the last couple of years I have come to really enjoy and appreciate Matcha Tea for not only its health benefits but also for the "soft" energy it provides. I have tried many brands including the well known and highly marketed brand out of Canada. My son introduced me to Breakaway Matcha and I have been drinking nothing but the 100-blend for most of the last year. It is just outstanding without compare. I just returned from Santa Barbara and did find several "cafes" that served Matcha but they were a real let down after having "The Best". I did recently order and try the Blend SE. I love the container. The "SE" is an extraordinary blend and is probably the finest of the "fine wines". It is pretty expensive but worth having as a treat; I will be saving it for special occasions and will share only with friends that can appreciate the "Finest" in fine teas. If you appreciate good Matcha, you need to give the Blend SE a try.