Leaf Type: Green
Where To Buy: Art of Tea
An essential blend in any chef’s kitchen. Sweet Green Matcha with freshly ground ginger. Also great as an ice blended beverage.
This is a delicious flavored Matcha, one of several different teas from Art of Tea that I’ve been enjoying lately (more reviews to come!)
Because this is not a ceremonial grade Matcha, it does have a little more bitterness to it than a ceremonial grade Matcha, but, with the spicy bite of the ginger, that bitterness seems to work well. The natural sweetness of the matcha also curbs some of the bitter flavor as well. It is a very delicious combination of flavors.
What really makes this Matcha stand out is the ginger. It offers a nice kick of warm spice to the cup (err… chawan), yet it doesn’t overwhelm the sweet-bitter Matcha flavor. And, if you like ginger (and I do!) every once in a while, I come across a tiny piece of ginger in the cup. Bite into it for a peppery punch! Yum!
The description of this tea provided on the Art of Tea website (above) promotes it as an ingredient for cooking as well as a beverage. Here’s a simple but delicious smoothie that I made with this Matcha:
- 6 oz. vanilla yogurt (I used organic yogurt, and I have also used Kefir instead of yogurt and it is also quite delicious!)
- 1 medium sized banana
- Frozen Peach slices (I used 5 slices of frozen peaches)
- 2 scoops (heaping chashaku scoops) Ginger Matcha from Art of Tea
I first blended the yogurt and peaches together to ensure that the peaches were adequately blended throughout the yogurt, and then I added the two heaping scoops of Ginger Matcha. It does blend up to be a funky green color, sort of like split pea soup or maybe baby food peas, but, if you can look past the color of the smoothie, you’ll be in for a treat.