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.
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.
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