Price Per Ounce: $19.50
Rating: 4 / 5
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Maeda-en Ceremonial Grade Matcha is packaged in a sealed tin can, inside a sealed bag. The matcha is bright, vibrant green in color (versus their Universal Quality Matcha, which is a lighter green). Per the packaging, “its quality and emerald green color make it ideal for the Tea Ceremony.” After whisking, Maeda-en Ceremonial Matcha has nice bubbles and froth (a sign of good matcha). The taste is a smooth balance of creamy and sweet grassy flavors.
This matcha is non-organic, which may be why it has a more full-bodied, creamier flavor than the majority of ceremonial grade organic matchas I’ve tried (see FAQ on organic versus non-organic matcha). Overall, I found this to be a very enjoyable ceremonial grade matcha. I will be drinking it again for sure.
About the company: Maeda-en
From the Maeda-en website:
Maeda-en commits to embracing the teachings of Chado (traditional tea ceremony) called “Shu Ha Ri.” This teaching is noted in a poem by tea master Sen-no Rikyuu (1522-1591) and is still used in modern day martial arts training. “Shu (to protect)” is to protect traditions, “Ha (to break)” is to create something new upon such traditions, And “Ri (to separate)” is to part ways with the old tradition, based on the Shu-Ha step. Maeda-en’s commitment to you, the consumers, encompasses our path to Shu Ha Ri. We protect the traditions by bringing our customers fine, authentic traditional green tea. We create new and exciting products that incorporate tradition. We strive to create products that will remain in the marketplace as a new tradition, for years to come.