Leaf Type: Green (Matcha)
Where to Buy: Red Leaf Tea
Kiwi Matcha’s rich acidic undertones make it a delectable delight when added to many foods and drinks around the home. Its sweet and tart taste make it a great food or drink enhancer because it enlivens the taste buds and makes partaking of the food much more enjoyable. It is an excellent flavor when making culinary delights exciting and more delectable. Its lingering flavor makes many foods and drinks very delicious and appealing.
Learn more about this Matcha here.
This is pretty tasty, although, I must admit that I’m just a tad underwhelmed by it. I was hoping for more of a true to the fruit flavor with this Kiwi Flavored Matcha from Red Leaf Tea, but, it tastes a bit more like candy. It still tastes kiwi-like but it’s more like an artificial kiwi flavor than a authentic fruit-like taste.
That’s not to say it tastes bad … it’s certainly enjoyable. But, it tastes more like it was flavored with kiwi flavored candy … rather than kiwi fruit, if that makes sense.
The fresh, “green” taste of the Matcha lends some balance to this bowl of traditionally prepared Matcha, though. It has a bittersweet, slightly vegetative, slightly buttery taste. The texture is smooth and creamy and I’m glad to report that it is not gritty. (Yay!) It even stayed mixed all the way to the bottom of the bowl.
The kiwi has a sweet, fruity taste, but as I mentioned before, it is not a true fruit kind of taste … more like a fruity candy taste. It definitely does taste of kiwi, though. And there is a trace of “chemical-y” taste to this as well, but, I didn’t find it to be a powerful or overwhelming flavor, and after the first couple of sips, the artificial-y/chemical-y taste began to subside.
I prepared this traditionally, as I said, but I used slightly cooler water than I normally would, because it’s warmer out these days, and I wanted a cooler drink. While it terribly hot, it was warm and I enjoyed it that way. It’s also quite good when added to smoothies!
My specifications for this Matcha were my “usual” – the classic grade of green Matcha, flavored with a distinctive level of kiwi flavoring. This time around, I think that the kiwi slightly overpowered the flavor of the green tea, so you might want to go with the delicate flavoring with this particular flavor. Or … perhaps try a higher grade of Matcha (which is what I’d recommend!)
Good … but, not my favorite flavoring for the Matcha from Red Leaf Tea … but I’m still really glad I had the opportunity to try it, and don’t regret ordering it because I do love the flavor it adds to my smoothies, especially since I do enjoy kiwi fruit but it’s not a fruit I typically keep on hand. A teaspoon and a half of this Kiwi Flavored Matcha gives my smoothies a nice hint of kiwi!