Leaf Type: Green (Matcha)
Where to Buy: Shanti Tea
Matcha tea is kind of like a super-powered green tea—since you’re ingesting the whole leaf instead of just the brewed beverage, you get up to ten times the antioxidant effect and nutritional value of your standard green. Matcha’s rich in antioxidants, as well as chlorophyll and fiber, and has been found to have natural mood enhancing effects. All in all, matcha’s got no match when it comes to healthy teas.
Learn more about this Matcha here.
I could smell the berry in this as soon as I opened the package! I knew I was in for a treat!
I prepared this the way I would most Matcha, except that I didn’t sift it. I’ve had bad luck with sifting flavored teas in the past, so I leave the sifting to pure Matcha. Instead, I used the back of a spoon to help break up any lumps (there were only a couple) and then added some hot water to my chawan, and used my chasen to whisk the Matcha into a thick paste. Then I added a enough water until the Matcha reached the desired consistency. I don’t usually measure any more, I’ve been making Matcha long enough that I can just eyeball it.
The Matcha whisked up nice and frothy, and has a thick, creamy texture. It tastes buttery and vegetal and sweet. I was happy to find no chalky taste to it, not even in the aftertaste or when I reached the bottom of the chawan!
The berry flavor is sweet and tart, with the tartness tingling on the tongue in the aftertaste. It tastes kind of like a combination of blueberry and blackberry – sweet and juicy! YUM!
The berry flavor started out rather subtle, much more subtle than I expected with the strong berry fragrance that the Matcha possesses. But with each sip, the flavor intensified, and by the time I reached the last bit of Matcha in my chawan, the berry flavor was delicious and strong without being so strong that the flavor of the Matcha was overwhelmed.