Leaf Type: Green (Matcha)
Where to Buy: Red Leaf Tea
Green apple matcha is a delightful energy drink that has the unforgettable apple appeal and the fine velvety matcha lightness. This drink is ideal as a cold drink for many social occasions where people need to sample a delicious herbal tea that reminds them of everyday benefits. In addition, it can also be taken as a hot brew in those cold winter nights, accompanied by an exciting book or just quietly thinking of life’s twists and turns.
Learn more about this flavored Matcha here.
I really need to get back into the swing of things and start drinking more Matcha again. For a while there, I was drinking it every day, and it did wonders for my energy levels. I don’t know what happened since then, but somehow I fell off the “Matcha Wagon” and I can definitely notice a difference in my energy levels.
This Green Apple Matcha from Red Leaf Tea is really yummy! It is a sweeter version of a green apple, I was expecting a flavor more like a tart, crisp Granny Smith apple and that’s not what I taste here, although there certainly is a tart crispness to the flavor. I am tasting a sweeter flavor … almost like a candied version of Granny Smith (think of the green apple hard candies … yeah, you know which ones I’m talking about, don’t you?)
The Matcha flavor is sweet and creamy, with hints of a buttery smoothness that I think goes along nicely with the tart flavor of a green apple. Perhaps this is why the green apple tastes sweet … because of the Matcha? I don’t know, but, I do know that this does taste a bit more like a sweetened green apple than a fresh, unadulterated one.
My specifications for this Matcha are my “usual” go-to specifications for Red Leaf Tea’s flavored Matcha: the distinctive level of flavoring with the classic grade of green tea Matcha for the base. I think that the distinctive level worked well here, I can taste the apple flavor as well as the Matcha … although I think that the apple flavor IS stronger than the Matcha … so if you want a strong Matcha flavor to come through, you might want to go with the delicate level of flavoring. I certainly wouldn’t go over the distinctive level here, I think the flavor is plenty strong, and if you went robust with this … it might be too overpowering.
My main motivation for purchasing this particular flavor was that I thought it would make an excellent blending Matcha – it would work nicely in a smoothie, giving the usual ingredients in my smoothies a pleasant tartness without getting TOO tart. By the way, in case you’re wondering, my usual ingredients for a smoothie are: plain yogurt, banana, and whatever frozen and/or fresh fruit I happen to have on hand, along with a couple of ice cubes, blended in my blender until smooth. I usually add a healthy scoop of Matcha to the smoothie too (I’d estimate about 1 teaspoon of Matcha) and the result is YUM. It would also work nicely with the Caramel flavored Matcha, or just about any fruit flavored Matcha that Red Leaf Tea offers. (They offer just about every flavor you can imagine!)
Be watching this blog next week for a unique giveaway involving THIS exact Matcha (exact same specifications) plus TWO other Matcha and a bamboo chashaku!
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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