Hiro from Naoki Matcha contacted me some time ago.
I didn’t know about this online store until then.
After seeing the website, I was very impressed and eager to try their matcha.
I received their silver Yame blend for review. It’s a ceremonial grade matcha.
As you can imagine, it comes from the region of Yame, Fukuoka prefecture.
Now that I think of it, matcha from Yame isn’t as common.
Let’s see how good it is.
Tasting a matcha from Yame
This matcha has a sweet and fresh aroma. It’s very pleasant.
The bright green color of the powder also suggests that it’s a high quality matcha.
After adding two ounces of hot water, but before whisking, the tea offers a sweet aroma with marine notes.
It’s somewhere in the middle between grassy and seaweed aroma.
Once the tea is whisked, the result is a layer of foam with a good color.
Now that I’ve taken its picture, I can finally taste it.
It has a good umami taste. Overall, it feels balanced.
The flavor is creamy and smooth. No astringency nor bitterness.
A lingering sweetness stands out.
It’s a great matcha, there’s not much else to say. Definitely worth tasting.
I think that while it’s different from matcha found in regions such as Uji and Nishio, its quality isn’t inferior.