Leaf Type: Green (Matcha)
Where to Buy: Jade Monk
Leave It to Tanuki, the mischievous raccoon-dog of Japanese folklore, to mix the subtle spices of Indian chai and the powerful health benefits of Jade Monk
®matcha green tea. Chai Spice captures the playful, unexpected spirit of Tanuki with a hint of sweetness and a balanced taste of cardamom, cinnamon, and clove. Lurking behind the complex flavor is the enhanced antioxidant power of Jade Monk
®matcha, ready to help fortify the body and clarify the mind. Keep the legend alive-celebrate Tanuki and Jade Monk
®, with a cup of Chai Spice, hot or cold, today.
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Since my most successful samplings of the Jade Monk products have been when I stirred the finely ground powder into cool water, that is what I chose to do this time. I think that the stevia tastes better when it’s cold than when it’s hot … and after a couple of conversations with other tea drinkers, I’ve discovered that I’m not the only one who feels this way.
First impression: this is sweet. Beyond the sweetness, though, there’s a pleasing set of spices. Leading the spice charge is cinnamon, followed by the cardamom and clove. I like this simple list of spices. I think that this would have been an interesting drink if there were some ginger – it would have given the flavor a bit more of a peppery spice. As it is, the spices here seem to be on the sweeter, more exotic side. That’s enjoyable too, but, I think a contrast with some ginger-y heat might be nice.
I don’t taste a lot of the Matcha, here, but, I guess that’s the point. Matcha tends to be an acquired taste – not everyone is as crazy for it as I am … and I’d consider myself to be moderately crazy for it. There are some people who MUST have their daily matcha, while I can go a day or two … sometimes even a week or two without really thinking about it. But lately, I’ve been on a bit of a Matcha kick – I love the energizing effect it has on me.
And THAT is the point of this powdered tea mix. Energy! These Matcha drink mixes allow the drinker to enjoy the benefits and energizing power of Matcha without the strong vegetative tones that some people find off-putting. So, while I do find myself missing the flavor of Matcha here, I know that there are those that will find this tea to be right up their alley.
As for me, I found it enjoyable. It goes down easily, tastes good, and motivates me to get the things done that need to get done! (And I’ve got a lot of stuff that needs doing!) So, for this burst of energy, I have to thank Jade Monk!
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!
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