TEA REVIEW: Tombo Tea – Ultimate Matcha Powder Ceremonial Grade

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Tea and origin: Matcha tea powder from the Maruyama Tea Estate near Mt Fuji, Japan
Website: Tombo Tea
Twitter: @tombo_london
Link to Tombo Ultimate Matcha

Behind puerh, I find matcha the second most intimidating tea. With puerh, I’m lacking the vocabulary and experience with the tea to talk about it with great competence. With matcha, I do lack experience drinking the tea, but I believe I can distinguish between what is good and bad matcha. What is intimidating about matcha is its preparation. I do not have training to whisk a proper bowl, and I have not tasted a bowl made by someone with a lot expertise. Today I’ve done my best to whisk up a proper, tasty bowl with Tombo’s Ultimate Matcha.

Making matcha

Take a teaspoon of matcha and put it through a sieve to remove any lumps in the powder. Next, add 100ml of 80C water to the bowl with the matcha and whisk with a bamboo matcha whisk until a foam forms on the top of the liquor (do not use an electric milk frother!). I prefer to drink it plain, but matcha lattes (alas with sugar) are extremely popular.

How does Tombo’s Ultimate Matcha?

Tombo’s Ultimate Matcha is what I expect from a high-quality matcha. The liquor has vegetal notes, a wonderful sweetness and a slight bitterness. It is smooth and tastes clean and refreshing.

Comments/Conclusions

North America and Britain are going crazy about matcha right now Every day I seem to run across an article about matcha. Articles are usually about its health benefits, and I wonder if most people who drink it even like the taste, or if they think that all the antioxidants are going to make them live longer. I am sceptical whether or not people are getting good quality matcha prepared by a skilled hand at all the cafes that have jumped on the matcha bandwagon. Matcha experts must watch in horror as some cafes dump sugary syrups and frothed milk in matcha. Perhaps this is done to cover up bitterness in low quality powders. Good quality matcha is not cheap, but it is well worth the investment.

Within the context of high quality matcha powders for sale in the UK, Tombo’s Ultimate Matcha is competitively priced. Tombo also sells a classic grade matcha for half the price of its ultimate, and it sells baking matcha and matcha latte mix if you are not ready to invest in ceremonial grade matcha. But if you fancy a tasty matcha that comes from a single estate, this is definitely one to consider.

Retail price: 30 gram tin for £27

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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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One Response to TEA REVIEW: Tombo Tea – Ultimate Matcha Powder Ceremonial Grade

  1. Rui says:

    Thank you very much for the review of this matcha tea. I have been looking for a UK supplier of ceremonial matcha tea. Just placed an order and will be looking forward to receive the tea.

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