Ordered it from Japan, shipped out on 7/20/08, got to Northern California, USA on 7/22/08.
Here is the review from my blog: http://thebryanp.wordpress.com/2008/07/ ... ha-review/
Item in review: Uji Matcha "Kiri no Mori"
Basically, great matcha for the price (especially). Tastes great and I had to froth some more afterward.__________________________________________________
Green Tea Review Description:
* Tea name: Kiri no Mori
* Distributor: O’Cha
* Type: Usucha (Thin)
* Origin: Uji, Japan
* Packaging: Oxygen-Preventive Bag in Tin
* Net Weight: 30 grams
* Distributor Description: “Matcha “Kiri no Mori” - A high quality usucha matcha. This would be the perfect item if you are new to matcha and would like a economical, yet high quality introduction to matcha. Whether you use this for the tea ceremony or as a source for antioxidants, know that this matcha, as with all of our products, is extremely fresh (we only order as we sell them) and is a quality throughout. Grown in Uji, we keep this product under refrigeration until shipment. Net weight 30gm.“
I mainly carry Japanese loose leaf teas, but I do own two types of matcha as of this article, and this one was the most pleasant of the two. I will be reviewing the Uji Kiri no Mori offered by O-Cha. This particular matcha was pleasing. Read below to find out why:
* This matcha does not have a strong aroma. In fact this is actually noted on the web-site. O-Cha themselves claims that the aroma is mild. I agree with this deduction. The aroma is a very light veggie/green.
* The matcha powder was nice and fine. It did not have excessive clumping and broke down very easily without having to sift it.
* This has a very nice, light flavor with a sweet tail. It has a smooth, and light body to it using my brewing parameters.
* Expected to be lighter in consistency because it is an usucha. The flavor is not overwhelming. It has a very nice veggie taste to it as it rolls off the tongue.
* Overall pleasing experience.
Brewing Parameters Used
* Water amount: 4 oz
* Tea amount: 1/3 tsp (around 1.25 spoonfuls using a matcha spoon)
There’s nothing much to say other than this matcha was an awesome experience, especially for the price. It has a nice flavor to it that does not overwhelm one who is not used to, let say, gyokuro-type teas. It is more balanced than other types of matcha I have tasted. I like how it rolls off my tongue after you taste the body of the tea itself; it gives off some sort of sweet tinge to it.
My recommendation: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED