I recently discovered Matcha and have been enjoying it in smoothies, lattes and sometimes as plain green tea. I am intrigued by the tradition of Matcha and am interested in learning to make it “the old fashioned way.” Well, I am in luck!
Disclosure: I received a complimentary Matcha DNA Gift Set for review.
My Experience Using the Matcha DNA Gift Set:
I love this set. It contains all the essentials to make a nice cup of Matcha!
The whisk and spoon are made from sustainably grown bamboo. The 1 ounce package of Matcha is USDA certified Organic.
The MatchaDNA Matcha tea set includes:
• a handmade Matcha Tea Bowl/Cup (Chawan)
• a handcrafted Bamboo Tea Whisk (Chasen)
• a ceramic Matcha Whisk Holder
• a natural Bamboo Tea Spoon (Chashaku)
• a 1 oz bag of USDA Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder
The included Matcha wasn’t my favorite. It tastes a little more bitter than some of the Matcha I have tried and I found it a little more difficult to froth.
The color is a little murky with a slight brown tint. Mine was nowhere near the bright green shown in the promotional picture above (the one with the Matcha in the bowl on the white background). This may vary by the batch, I have heard that a brownish tint often means stems are included. A more pure leaf Matcha would appear more vividly green. I am not sure how true this is, but it makes sense and I have started to notice a range of colors among the different Matcha teas that I have reviewed.
However, the Matcha DNA tastes great mixed in smoothies and lattes, so it will not go to waste. Sometimes economy is a factor as a higher grade Matcha is often wasted when used as an ingredient.
Despite my love for coffee and tea, I actually do not like many bitter flavors. That is one reason that I never enjoyed drinking beer. Obviously, my taste buds are different from many other adults. Depending on individual taste, I would not purchase this set specifically for the Matcha (though perhaps you will love it?).
However, the gift set is still a great value if you are looking or a nice, affordable Matcha set. The attractive presentation box and lovely set also make a great gift for a lover of tea, travel, and culture.
My Video Review and Unboxing for Matcha DNA Gift Set:
Unboxing My Set:
Demonstration: A Newbie Makes Matcha
Where to Purchase The Matcha DNA Gift Set:
The Matcha DNA Gift set is available on Amazon: Click here for Matcha DNA Gift Set Product Listing on Amazon.