Material Matcha Uji is a new online shop that aims to sell exceptional matcha blends from Uji.
It was founded by Etienne and Morgan, two young men from France who are living in Japan.
I was contacted by Morgan about two months ago. I definitely wanted to try a sample of one of their blends because they are concentrating on quality above all else.
But because of the hurricane in Florida, the shipment was delayed. And by the time I received it, there were more reviews that I had to publish first.
Their Kickstarter campaign had very good results. I wasn’t able to get this review out in time, but nevertheless they easily surpassed their funding goal.
I don’t have much experience with matcha made with Samidori, but I’ve tried many made with Gokou and have liked them very much. Gokou has a creamy and milky characteristic to it.
This matcha has a very fresh and sweet aroma. The vegetal notes seem to be toned down considerably.
It does smell like a high quality matcha.
The color is also attractive, a vibrant green without any yellow hue.
After adding water, the mixture now has a wonderfully sweet, fresh and marine aroma.
What I first felt was a creamy and full bodied beverage.
It was as if I had added some milk to the matcha.
There’s a good amount of umami flavor, and it isn’t bitter at all. The astringency is also kept at a minimum.
I haven’t tried it as koicha, but I imagine that it is very suitable for that preparation.
The sweetness is very apparent, and the aftertaste is long and pleasant.
It feels like a refined matcha, I’m not sure how to describe it correctly in words.
MMU03 is without a doubt a high-end matcha. I highly recommend it.