Whisk Premium Matcha’s Be My Rose

Be My Rose by Whisk Premium Matcha, in collaboration with The Good Chocolatier
Green Tea (Matcha) / Flavoured
$10.00 for 1 bar (42g)

Whisk Premium Matcha has provided me with Be My Rose for the purposes of providing an honest review.

First Impressions

Like a lot of other people in the world, I’m a fan of chocolate. I first tried Whisk Premium Matcha’s Matcha Cremsicle chocolate (plant-based matcha white chocolate) when I bought a bar at the 2018 Vancouver Tea Festival. I was absolutely tickled when they very kindly sent me a bar of Be My Rose, which is a very similar chocolate bar – plant-based matcha white chocolate with dried rose petals embedded into the chocolate.

The bar of chocolate itself came in a plastic sleeve that’s resealable. The chocolate is molded into square segments, with a floral and leaf pattern molded onto the front, while dried rose petals are present on the backside of the chocolate. Be My Rose consists of: Ecuadorian raw cacao butter, coconut cream powder, coconut sugar, organic matcha, rose petals, maple syrup, and vanilla. Each bar contains a 1.5 servings of matcha per bar of chocolate. There’s a strong matcha aroma from the chocolate, with a very light, sweet floral fragrance that comes off from the rose petals.

First Taste

I broke off a few squares of the Be My Rose to try. There’s a very strong matcha flavour in this chocolate. I love white chocolate, and often find it sweet compared to milk or dark chocolate. Be My Rose is surprisingly not that sweet. It has a rich matcha flavour, with a floral flavour through each nibble from the rose petals. The chocolate has a nice creaminess to it – I don’t taste coconut in it, in case anyone doesn’t want to taste coconut in their chocolate. The matcha flavour has nice sweet notes to it.

My Overall Impression

I loved Whisk Premium Matcha’s Be My Rose. I really enjoyed eating the chocolate, found it to be delicious. It’s definitely unlike any other chocolate that I’ve had before – a lot of matcha chocolate is often sweet, and the label specifically mentions that it is free of refined sugar – finding the sweetness from coconut sugar and maple syrup. It’s a fun little treat, although I don’t find myself eating more than 1-2 squares at a time, due to the richness in the chocolate itself – so despite the cost for each bar, it goes a long way!

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Whisk Premium Matcha’s Ultra-Premium Organic Ceremonial Matcha

Ultra-Premium Organic Ceremonial Matcha by Whisk Premium Matcha
Green Tea (Matcha) / Straight
$45.00 for 30g

Whisk Premium Matcha has provided me with Ultra-Premium Organic Ceremonial Matcha for the purposes of providing an honest review.

First Impressions

Ultra-Premium Organic Ceremonial Matcha came in a sealed, resealable, foil pouch. The front of the package gives a bit of information regarding the flavour profile (baby vegetable, young bamboo), as well as the fact that this matcha is from a first harvest of handpicked tea leaves from a single cultivar.

Ultra-Premium Organic Ceremonial Matcha is from organic tea farms located in Uji, Kyoto, Japan and is a 100% pure, organic matcha. The colour of the matcha is amazing – the green is so vibrant and bright. I find that it has a slight vegetal aroma that reminds me a lot of raw bok choy with slight mineral undertones.

Unsifted Ultra-Premium Organic Ceremonial Matcha.

Preparation

There were no preparation instructions on the packaging, but Whisk Premium Matcha’s website has a Matcha Preparation page. I used 2 bamboo scoops of Ultra-Premium Organic Ceremonial Matcha and sifted it into my bowl. I used 175°F (79°C) water and whisked the matcha in an M motion until there was a layer of bubbles.

Sifted Ultra-Premium Organic Ceremonial Matcha.

First Taste

Ultra-Premium Organic Ceremonial Matcha is such a vibrant green, it’s almost unreal. I took a sip after whisking this matcha and found it had a beautiful light sweetness to it. The flavour reminds me of dark leafy vegetables (spinach, Shanghai bok choy, gai-lan/Chinese broccoli) – it just had that familiar bite to it. There are some definitely strong grassy notes and lots of umami flavours to it. A lot of the time, especially for green teas, I find that the umami to be a bit strong for me, erring on the heavily salty side but the umami that I taste in the Ultra-Premium Organic Ceremonial Matcha is well-balanced with the lighter sweetness that’s also present – which just made it very pleasant. I found that Ultra-Premium Organic Ceremonial Matcha has a lovely smooth texture to it. I had this matcha straight.

A Second Cup?

As matcha is a suspension, there was no second steeping since it was all used up in the first whisked bowl (and went into my belly!).

My Overall Impression

I loved Whisk Premium Matcha’s Ultra-Premium Organic Ceremonial Matcha. I found that the flavour profile was well balanced and quite complex. The subtle changes from grassy to vegetal to grassy again, with strong umami notes that were balanced against the gentle sweetness that I found in this matcha was a delight for the taste buds. I find the steps of whisking matcha to be really relaxing, so that was a nice added bonus of trying out the Ultra-Premium Organic Ceremonial Matcha – it put me in a good mood prior to drinking it.

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DavidsTea’s Grand Cru Matcha

Grand Cru Matcha by DavidsTea
Green Tea (Matcha) / Straight
$24.98 for 50g

First Impressions

Sometimes I like to pat myself on the back for actually remembering to post about matcha on a Monday for #matchamonday – although I am aware that I may be the only one who cares about this. Grand Cru Matcha from DavidsTea is one of the pricier matcha options from this Canadian tea company, I actually got mine through the Frequent Steeper program ($100 in purchases → 100 points → 50g of any one tea, with some exceptions).

Grand Cru Matcha comes in a sealed, resealable foil bag. Because it came with an online order, instead of me going out to the closest local retail location, it came with a coloured printed label. Grand Cru Matcha is a lovely bright green powder, it has a strong grassy aroma to it. This straight matcha consists only of matcha green tea from Nishio, Japan. A little internet search tells me that Nishio is the largest producer of matcha in Japan.

Preparation

The packaging for Grand Cru Matcha recommends steeping tin hot water, and preparing with a whisk. On the product page of DavidsTea’s website, the recommendation is to whisk the matcha with 75°C (170°F) water. The lowest temperature my Breville IQ Kettle goes to is 175ºF, so I allowed the water to cool for approximately 5 minutes before whisking.

First Taste

How I typically prepare matcha is to sift the powder, and then whisk with a small amount of water. After it’s well whisked with a frothy top, I add water to thin it out since I don’t like my matcha too thick tasting. When photographing for this review, I forgot to take a photo of the matcha when it still had to froth, so instead I have a photo of after adding water to thin it out.

Grand Cru Matcha is a darker green once whisked. The aroma from the matcha is mostly grass with some vegetal notes. The flavour of Grand Cru Matcha is a mix of salty, grassy, vegetal flavours (reminds of me spinach, to be honest!), with some umami notes. There’s a pleasant smoothness to this matcha that makes it goes down easy.

If you’re not a fan of the umami/salty notes, you can always add a bit of sweetener when turning this into a matcha latte. I’ve also seen some posts online about mixing Grand Cru Matcha with some lemonade for a bit of a summery drink!

A Second Cup?

Grand Cru Matcha, like other matcha, is a suspension, so there are no repeat steeps!

My Overall Impression

I loved DavidsTea’s Grand Cru Matcha. There was something zen-like about the process of me preparing this matcha, and then drinking it was a little adventure in itself. I love the act of sifting and whisking matcha, it’s just a lot more involved than simply steeping a cup of tea – although there’s nothing wrong with that either. Grand Cru Matcha has a lovely flavour balance of grassy, umami, and vegetal notes that I think a lot of people who enjoy matcha would like. It is on the pricier end of DavidsTea’s tea selection, so it may be a good idea to get to a store to get a smaller amount or use a redemption reward on it!

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