A very nice, simple matcha. It is characteristically sweet with only a subtle amount of astringency/umami to it. I've found the best water temperature for this particular matcha to be around 160F-165F. Getting above 170F left the overall palate fairly bitter. I would definitely recommend this product as a great introduction to matcha but only as a starting point to explore the more delicate and complex matchas.
Advantages: -Great introduction to matcha
-Sweet character that may be more accessible for new matcha drinkers/non-tea drinkers
Disadvantages: -Very sensitive to temperature
-Not as complex as other more expensive matcha
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Ratings and Reviews of Kaoru Organic Matcha
Sam DeGeerOct 21, 2014, 02:54
Nick HardersenApr 24, 2014, 13:24I seem to have a completely different view of this matcha as compared to the other people who have reviewed it. While not a bad matcha, I did not find it very exciting at all. This was my first organic matcha and I found it to be fairly harsh no matter what temperature I made it at. The lower temperatures around 160-170 F were less bitter but still not great. I have had other matcha from O-cha which I liked much better. My next one will definitely be the organic supreme that they carry. Hope it is better.
Winifred LeungApr 21, 2014, 01:13Excellent smooth matcha without any harshness. Nice flavor. Agree with other reviewer that it is easy on the stomach.
Advantages: Great value for organic and high quality
Chaim MoykopfApr 6, 2014, 18:58The Organic Matcha Kaoru is a smooth, mellow, creamy and slightly sweet product. No bitter aftertaste. Highly commendable !
Tracey HashMay 30, 2013, 08:06This is my favorite so far! Fresh and flavorful!! I highly recommend it!
Jens EvensenApr 2, 2013, 05:45This is my everyday matcha. And it is nice - also on the stomach.
Mia KimAug 11, 2009, 09:00I've tried other Matcha but always come back to this one. Hardy, robust, fresh, makes an amazing latte during the summer! Truly recommend this one.