REVIEW: teapigs – organic matcha

teapigs - organic matcha

Tea: Green tea from the Nishio region in Japan.
Sample provided by: teapigs.
Retail price: 2 gram sample for £2 / 30 gram box for £25 / 80 gram box for £50.
Link to matcha on teapigs website.

My comments:
This month teapigs is launching its Match May campaign, and I am excited to write a guest blog review about their organic matcha.

I am a beginner in the world of matcha. I have drunk it a dozen or so times, made it once with some Japanese friends, and cannot pass up a chance to buy matcha ice cream or matcha-flavoured Kit Kats. So I could not resist this opportunity to review teapigs matcha and explore this part of the tea world that I have long neglected.

To educate myself more about making matcha, I read teapigs’ instructions and watched a few YouTube videos. I followed these steps to make the matcha:

1) Put fresh water in the kettle and heat to a light boil.
2) Turn the kettle off and open lid to cool for four minutes (to approximately 70 to 80C / 158 to 176F).
3) Pour 200 ml (seven ounces) of hot water from the kettle into a matcha bowl to heat the bowl.
4) Shift the matcha with a very fine wire mesh strainer to remove lumps.
5) Discard water from the matcha bowl, then put a half a teaspoon of matcha into the bowl.
6) Pour a splash of water over the matcha and give it a good whisk to dissolve the matcha (see my first picture below). It will be a thick liquor at this point.
7) Pour approximately 200 ml (seven ounces) of the water from the kettle in the bowl.
8) Instantly whisk the tea (see my second and third pictures below). If you leave it too long, the matcha will separate, leaving a thick, bitter sludge at the bottom of the bowl. teapigs suggests using either an electric milk whisk or a Japanese tea whisk. I had neither but found a simple kitchen whisk to be sufficient.
9) Drink up.

For me, the whole experience of drinking teapigs matcha was a siege on the senses. It started when I put half a teaspoon of matcha into the pre-heated tea bowl. I was instantly taken by the sweet, grassy smell of the matcha as it wafted up into my face from the hot bowl. Next, after putting a splash of water into the bowl and whisking it, I was astonished by the vibrant green-coloured liquor that it produced. The matcha transformed from a lime-ish green powder into a forest green liquor. After putting in the final bit of water and taking my first sip, I found the taste intoxicating. It was unmistakably top-quality matcha that was smooth and not bitter. Anyone familiar with high-quality green Japanese teas, such as sencha, knows the distinct vegetal and grassy characteristics that make teas from this part of the world unique and special. teapigs matcha possesses these characteristics, which are finely balanced with a hint of sweetness. I would describe teapigs matcha as having a ‘healthy’ taste that is fresh, pure, and clean. It is truly a detoxifying experience. Even for people who claim to not like green tea, I would highly recommend trying teapigs matcha. It is a visually stimulating tea that has a captivating aroma and well-balanced taste.

If you interested in trying teapigs matcha or any of their other teas, you can go to their website and use the discount code BLOGGERS12 to get 15% off of your total order. You will enter the code when checking out, but it does not apply to gifts and cheeky deals. You can also sign up for the teapigs newsletter on their homepage and receive news and latest discounts. teapigs is also on facebook and Twitter, where you can stop by and write them a couple of lines about how much you enjoy their teas, and especially matcha this month.

My rating: 4.25/5

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This is the matcha whisked with just a splash of hot water (approximately four tablespoons).

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The matcha after a good whisking.

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The same match as in the previous photo but with the foam removed to reveal yet another vibrant green colour.

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About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at teaxplorer@gmail.com if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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