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.
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!