A year or more ago i reviewed some bottled Japanese iced teas (since they’re my favorite style of iced tea don’cha’know), and today i’m going to add to that slowly growing list.
Anata no Macchairi Ocha (in Japanese「アナタの抹茶入りお茶」) is definitely one of the better bottled Japanese iced teas I’ve had. It’s name makes it sound like it has maccha, and perhaps it does, I can’t really confirm that since the ingredients don’t exactly mention it, but it has a smoother, sweeter flavor than a lot of gyokuro-based bottled iced teas so maybe? Iced tea usually doesn’t have aroma, and i wouldn’t say Macchairi is necessarily an exception but it does smell darkly “enticing”. In flavor Macchairi is a high-antioxidant, lower astringency pan-fried Japanese Green with a hint of sage. In texture, it’s gritty, but not overly so. Also, like most bottled Japanese iced teas, Macchairi has a generous amount of caffeine. Probably its strongest quality is Macchairi’s thirst-quenching smooth liquor, which is after all, kind of the point. Apart from what i’ve already mentioned, there’s not much to set Macchairi apart from others you might snag from a Jidohanbaiki.
“Ichi, Ni, Sangaria!” ~old Sangaria slogan from Japan