Matcha green tea is very popular right now. The best matcha in the world is made in the Kyoto region of Japan and it’s rarely available outside of Japan. Let’s take a look at these Japanese cookies made with premium Kyoto matcha green tea.
You can get matcha KitKats, matcha latte, matcha ice cream, and even matcha beer nowadays. But most matcha foods and drinks are typically made with low-quality matcha leaves. Higher quality matcha, while more expensive, is definitely worth it. Matcha from Kyoto is considered the best in the world and you can definitely tell the difference. I’m a matcha novice, but even I can tell the difference.
High-quality matcha on left; low-quality on right. Notice the color difference.
High-quality matcha has a more vibrant flavor with a hint of sweetness and a smooth, creamy texture. Good matcha also has a brighter green color and doesn’t have a bitter aftertaste. Check out our previous blog post "Everything You Need To Know About Japanese Green Tea" to learn more (nice infograph too).
Unfortunately, it’s extremely hard to find snacks made with high-quality matcha leaves. Luckily, we found a local snack store in Kyoto that makes all of their snacks using locally grown Uji matcha tea from a renowned tea farm that’s been making matcha since 1836.
The packaging, just like their cookies, is really high quality. The box is made from a thicker stronger cardboard and showcases the calligraphy design and minimalistic Japanese aesthetics really well. They even tied the box up with a small green rubber bow.
Inside is a nice tea leaf shaped pamphlet describing the snacks. The pamphlet says, “these delicately baked langue de chat cookies are made with premium Uji Kyoto green tea and locally sourced soy milk. The white chocolate filling is mixed with matcha, brewed using Kyoto’s pristine underground water. The cookies are then combined with the filling and sprinkled with baked green tea leaves.
The cookies themselves are all individually wrapped and shaped like a tea leaf. When you open the wrapping, you know you’re in for a treat because you get greeted with the smell of freshly made matcha. The cookies themselves are mild and lightly sweetened, but accentuate the flavor of the matcha. Even after you finish eating the cookie, there is a pleasant matcha aftertaste that spreads throughout your mouth making you crave for more. These would go great with an afternoon cup of tea or coffee.
TLDR: If you love green tea Japanese snacks, these are a must get! The delicate sweetness of the cookie highlights with quality matcha tea.
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