Leaf Type: Green (Matcha)
Where to Buy: Red Leaf Tea
From the castles of 18th century French royalty, comes the delightfully delicious Bavarian cream. This vanilla flavored treat also makes an excellent accompaniment to many other desert favorites like fruits, nuts or even coffee. It is also wonderful with chocolate and many other coatings and fillings for cakes. Its warm and creamy taste refreshes the taste of any great tasting treat making it an easy choice for all family members. The very young energetic ones would love its well known and loved vanilla essence in the mouth while the senior citizens would adore the way it melts in the mouth. It is the palate’s dream come true.
Learn more about this Bavarian Cream Matcha here.
Red Leaf Tea has two vanilla flavored Matcha: French Vanilla Matcha and Madagascar Vanilla Matcha. And while looking for a vanilla-y tasting Matcha to include in my line up of Matcha flavors, I found myself debating about which of these to try first. Then, I noticed this Bavarian Cream Matcha! And while it probably isn’t as strongly VANILLA as either of the previously two mentioned flavors, this may be just what I was looking for on the blending front.
You see, these flavored Matcha from Red Leaf Tea aren’t just great tasting on their own, but, they also open up a whole world of flavor blending possibilities. Sure, Red Leaf Tea does offer a service where they’ll create a custom blend for you, I think it’s fun to experiment on my own, and trying different flavor combinations. For example, recently, I tried blending some of the Watermelon Matcha with the Strawberry Matcha with great success. I blended it at a 2:1 ratio (2 parts watermelon to 1 part strawberry) and this brought out the best of both flavors. The sweet, juicy flavor of the watermelon was perked up, brightened with the delicious tangy note of the strawberry, while the sweetness of the strawberry was not overshadowed. This was a serious bowl of Matcha deliciousness!
But, let’s get back to the flavor at hand: this Bavarian Cream Matcha. Just imagine the possibilities of flavor blending with the creamy, custard-y flavor of Bavarian Cream! I’m already envisioning how it will taste with the Strawberry Matcha, or the Boysenberry… or my yet to be tried Hazelnut Matcha!
On it’s own, this tastes amazing. It is sweet, creamy and custard-like. The fact that it is paired with Matcha adds to the rich and creamy taste and texture of it. It tastes like a dessert! And I found myself thinking, as I marveled over how good it tastes … how on earth could this be healthy? But it IS! Matcha is one of the healthiest teas out there because it’s pure leaf. You aren’t extracting the properties of the leaf via infusion, you’re getting the whole, pure leaf in every sip. You’re consuming the whole leaf and all of its beneficial properties!
For this package of Bavarian Cream Matcha, I went with my go-to “default” settings, which is Basic/Starter Matcha – this classic Matcha is delicious and rich, and while there are higher quality Matcha available from Red Leaf Tea, I find that this Matcha works well with the flavors, offering a pleasing balance between delicious Matcha and flavor. I also selected the “Distinctive Flavoring” as I usually do, because I think that this setting allows me to taste a strong, distinctive flavoring without overpowering the flavor of the Matcha. I get a good balance of both with this choice.
I don’t know that this is necessarily my favorite Matcha flavor from Red Leaf, mostly because I’ve tasted quite a few by now and it seems like I’ve enjoyed every one of them – some more than others – and it’s become too difficult to determine a winner from them all. My favorite thing about this is that with Red Leaf Tea’s Matcha incentive program I have the ability to try them all without going bankrupt!
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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