AYAKO

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Description

Mizota san has created a stunning and complex premium matcha using only the Yabukita cultivar. AYAKO has a silken texture with a bright bitterness and a full mouthfeel. This matcha highlights all of the wonderful characteristics and authenticity of Yame. It has notes of avocado, parsnip, and cocoa husk which are followed by hints of corn and chocolate. It is a unique experience that you will want to enjoy.

AYAKO’s hand-plucked, single-estate leaves are grown and transformed in Yame with stone-ground mortars.

Producer

CHISAKO MISOTA
Origin
100% Japanese tea from Yame
Quality and Type
Premium Matcha
Cultivars
Yabukita
Tasting Notes

Packing
Aluminum bag with neutral gaz for best preservation.

Conservation

Unopened
6 months

Opened
6 weeks

Preparation

Tea quantity
2g /0.07oz

Water quantity
70ml /2.37oz

Temperature
80C / 176F

Brewing time
0s

Reviews

Reviews

  1. Misun (verified owner)

    This is the very first matcha that I bought and I was very surprised by the strong bitterness. Therefore, I’ve quite a hard time to identify the characteristics of the Ayako. If you’re still new to matcha and don’t want that bitterness, I’d recommend you to buy the Miyuki

  2. Arden Hajaligholi (verified owner)

    This was the first genuine matcha from Japan I’ve tried. Ever since then, other brands don’t compare in the slightest. Ayako has a refreshing and savory taste, and to me the bitterness wasn’t noticeable because it was balanced out properly. I’ve had too many matchas from other brands with an overpowering bitterness, but with this one I could make out each distinct flavor which proved for a calming and enjoyable experience. The fragrance reminded me of moss, the flavor was grassy as well as a bit creamy and savory (almost like genmaicha) and it provided me with calm and steady energy.

  3. Jared Ellerbrock (verified owner)

    I am not a fan of much bitterness in matcha, so I much prefer Ikkyu’s higher grade matcha, especially the premium organic matcha. The price point on this one is quite good though.

  4. Daniel Wichmann (verified owner)

    This is an equilibrated matcha in terms of taste, bitterness and lingering umami, offered at a decent price / quality ratio.

  5. Nathan Kerridge (verified owner)

    A very nice Yabukita cultivar matcha, creamy and well balanced full of flavour with no noticeable bitterness when brewed at correct temperatures.

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Tasting Guide

sweetness

A sweet-tasting tea is a very light tea that leaves a sensation of natural sweetness in the mouth.

UMami

Although there is no official translation of the word “umami”, some call it “savory taste”: it leaves a mild and lasting pleasant brothy after taste and is recognized as one of the five basic tastes (together with sweetness, sourness, bitterness, and saltiness). It also induces salivation and a furriness sensation on the tongue, stimulating the throat, the roof and the back of the mouth.

BITTERNESS

The natural bitterness of green tea comes from the way it is made. Unlike black and oolong teas, green teas are made from the unfermented leaves of the tea plant, which keeps the antioxidants intact, but also gives them the bitter taste. This bitterness can be regulated with the water temperature : the higher the more bitter and vice-versa.

CAFFEINE

Caffeine is a naturally-occurring stimulant, found in several plants. Caffeine is water soluble, and is extracted into the brewed cup when preparing tea. In most cases, tea has much less caffeine than coffee.

CATECHINS

Catechins are a type of polyphenol (EGCG) and are the main astringency component in green tea, long known as tannins. In order to release more catechins you will need higher brewing temperature at around 80 but this will also increase the astringency and bitterness of your tea because of the caffeine. Dont use such temperatures for Gyokuro.

THEANINE

L-theanine (here referred to as theanine) is an amino acid that has a relaxing, but not sedating, effect. It is renowned for its ability to put you in the ideal state of calm attentiveness. It can sharpen focus, while reducing stress and enhancing overall well-being. Theanine can interact with caffeine, allowing a smaller dose of caffeine to have a stronger effect in terms of boosting concentration and alertness.

ASTRINGENCY

L-theanine (here referred to as theanine) is an amino acid that has a relaxing, but not sedating, effect. It is renowned for its ability to put you in the ideal state of calm attentiveness. It can sharpen focus, while reducing stress and enhancing overall well-being. Theanine can interact with caffeine, allowing a smaller dose of caffeine to have a stronger effect in terms of boosting concentration and alertness.

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AYAKO

$14$17

Clear

Description

Mizota san has created a stunning and complex premium matcha using only the Yabukita cultivar. AYAKO has a silken texture with a bright bitterness and a full mouthfeel. This matcha highlights all of the wonderful characteristics and authenticity of Yame. It has notes of avocado, parsnip, and cocoa husk which are followed by hints of corn and chocolate. It is a unique experience that you will want to enjoy.

AYAKO’s hand-plucked, single-estate leaves are grown and transformed in Yame with stone-ground mortars.

Producer

CHISAKO MISOTA
Origin
100% Japanese tea from Yame
Quality and Type
Premium Matcha
Cultivars
Yabukita
Tasting Notes

Packing
Aluminum bag with neutral gaz for best preservation.

Conservation

Unopened
6 months

Opened
6 weeks

Preparation

Tea quantity
2g /0.07oz

Water quantity
70ml /2.37oz

Temperature
80C / 176F

Brewing time
0s

 

 

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