Leaf Type: Green (Matcha)
Where to Buy: Amoda Tea
This is a sweet treat The powder smells peachy, that’s for sure. The first whiff caused fear that we were soon to be drinking fuzzy peach candies, but the green tea aroma comes out once you add water. Slurp it to get a full taste of the matcha flavour. It’s the rich vegetal character of matcha that balances the sweet peach flavour. Juicy hot or cold.
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I’ve had a few things to say about Amoda Tea and their Tea Tasting Box subscription … some good, and some not so good. For example, when I receive my monthly box and it contains mostly tisanes, I’m a little perturbed. And then, sometimes, I receive a box that has three teas … and I’ve not tried any of the three teas inside it. That’s when I do the happy dance. And even the months when I’m just a little disappointed, I still find myself thoroughly enjoying the teas and/or tisanes that were included in the box. So, really, even though there are moments of disappointment, overall, I am really VERY thrilled with the monthly boxes that I receive from Amoda Tea.
This month when I received my tasting box, I did the happy dance … because, check it out: Not only is there an Earl Grey variation (which I will review later this month) … but there is MATCHA! This Peach Matcha Green Tea Blend from Naked Teas Galore that I’m sipping now! Yay! MATCHA!
The insert with the teas this month suggests to me that this month’s box is based upon cravings – sweet, salty and sour. OK … I get those kind of cravings now and again, so, I can appreciate this month’s approach. This Matcha tea is a sweet craving. It is the first tea from Amoda that I’ve received that is pre-sweetened. I don’t usually sweeten my Matcha teas – even the flavored ones – because I think that Matcha has a sweetness to it that doesn’t need to be overpowered by the addition of sugar. And the sugar in this blend does make this rather sweet … like peach candy! I’m not finding the sweetness to be too much, but, it is rather startling because I’m so used to not having the sweet there. Does it overpower the Matcha and its natural flavor? Maybe a little, but not so much that I’m finding myself put off by it.
I do think that the sweetener here does affect the product though … as I had a hard time achieving any kind of froth with this Matcha. Not a huge deal, of course, but, I do think that if you’re going to introduce tea drinkers to Matcha (which is what Amoda Tea seemed to want to do with this, their first Matcha offering in their monthly box) they should choose a tea that will froth up. Maybe it’s just me, but, I love that foamy, light froth that sits atop my bowl of Matcha!
The peach notes are really wonderful here. Sweet and yes, like I said before, peach candy-like. It reminds me of peach Jolly Rancher candy. But I like that I can taste the slightly vegetal tone of the Matcha as well. It is somewhat subdued in the presence of the strong flavoring and the sweetness of the cane sugar, but, it’s still there. The citric acid is also noticeable, especially in the aftertaste … I taste a tangy note at the end. Like peach slices that have been sprinkled with a little bit of lemon juice to keep them from browning. The flavor is still primarily peach, but there is just a touch of citrus that is noticeable toward the end.
Overall, this makes a sweet, creamy treat … and I can see how this fits within the sweet craving category. Very enjoyable, and I’m glad that Amoda Tea has decided to venture out in Matcha offerings as well … I look forward to what they’ll include in the future as far as Matcha goes!