Majestic Matcha Chai Latte/Pukka. . . .

I really like Pukka tea but I find it a little hard to come by in the US. I originally started drinking the brand on my first visit to the UK and they got me hooked on good greens. My Target carried it for about two months and I poured boxes into my basket every trip but for some reason they stopped carrying it again. All that to say, when I get to the UK I go to Tesco and I buy a bunch of boxes of Pukka tea.

This time they had bags of latte mixes across from the tea, with the coffee. I’m hooked on matcha anything and can and will spend $4.60 on a grande matcha latte at Starbucks every morning so I grabbed a bag of the matcha mix.

I just now grabbed the bag to make one and noticed that’s its actually called “Majestic Matcha Chai” which is great because I also love chai lattes, although I feel like they missed an opportunity for “Matchai” but anyway.

It says “a velvety blend with cinnamon and cardamom” but it’s really like “a kinda grainy blend with mostly cardamom”. I like cardamom so that’s okay. The mix is vegetarian /vegan/no added sugar /dairy free/soya free/gluten free which I feel like makes it convenient if you’ve got dietary preferences. It’s sweetened with licorice which in this case is basically unsweetened. I’m okay with that because I feel like the Starbucks stuff is a little too sweet.

The instructions say 2 heaped teaspoons per 250mL hot milk and that is too much. One is fine. This is a good thing I feel like because now the bag makes that much more. It’s very cardamommy. This makes it more chai than matcha but the matcha is still there.

It’s drinkable as is but after half a cup I felt like the cardamom was making it kind of strong so I added a small amount of sugar and then it was great. I think honey would have been even better and I’ll try that next time.

My only complaint is the graininess of the spices. At the bottom of the mug were veritable chunks of cardamom and maybe cinnamon. Other than that it was very nice and will be a nice replacement for my morning Starbucks (until the bag runs out).


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Leaf Type:  Matcha

Where to Buy:  Pukka

Description

The purest emerald green organic matcha nourishes the heart of this delicious herbal latte. Spiced with cinnamon and cardamom and naturally sweetened with licorice, it’s a majestic matcha moment. Welcome to a greener world.

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Super Premium Matcha Tea/Kenko Tea. . .

Matcha. . .another variety of tea that I don’t seem to find myself enjoying enough of.  Being the huge green tea fan, you’d like I’d drink matcha regularly but I always seem to forget about it.  Recently I finally gave myself the pep talk of this is the year I’m going to get into shape and be healthier. As it stands right now, I’m not unhealthy but I could be in way better shape and take better care of myself.

One of the first changes I’ve recently made is to cut back my coffee intake. I LOVE my coffee. Especially in the morning with some steamed almond milk. . .just puts me in the right frame of mind to take on my hectic days. Today instead of reaching for that next cup of joe, I went for a matcha latte instead and that was absolutely the right call for the day.

Kenko Tea offers a Super Premium Matcha Tea that became my co-pilot for the morning. I whisked up the matcha and sat myself down to enjoy.  And enjoy I did. The matcha provided a sweet and vegetal note all at the same time that I instantly fell in love with.  I didn’t add in any kind of cream or sweetners.  Just delicious bright matcha.

And I will be perfectly honest, I did find myself to have more energy during the day today and I didn’t find myself reaching for a lot of snacks.  But again, I’ve been working on my eating habits and trying to lose some weight so the matcha really just fit well into my efforts.

After I got back from the office today, I actually ended up making myself another cup.  Same as with the first cup, I was not disappointed with how the matcha whisked up (quite easily) and delivered a wonderful flavor. . . delicious.  The flavors actually reminded me of spring which is perfect since today was the first day of spring!


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Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy: Kenko Tea

Description

One month supply of Kenko’s Premium Ceremonial Grade Japanese matcha green tea powder.

Our premium ceremonial matcha tea is a high-quality matcha made for daily consumption. This ceremonial grade tea is an intense jade green powder with a delicate sweetness, grassy overtones, and very light astringency. It whisks to produce a creamy froth, and is ideal for a morning energy lift or a calming afternoon treat.

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Organic Matcha from Kiss Me Organics. . .

I’ve always had an affinity for matcha, but in recent months, I’ve become a bit obsessed. Like many of my tea-loving sisters, I stash the hot brews away for the summer as soon as it starts to warm up, but there’s still a part of me that longs for a tasty, un-iced cuppa from time to time. Black teas seem too heavy for this distinction in the summer, but fresh and vegetal matcha hits the perfect notes.

I’m not enough of a matcha expert to really be able to tell the finest distinctions between brands, but I can vouch that this one is right up there with some of my favorites: finely milled, fresh, bright and vegetal taste, and blends beautifully into my drink of choice (either straight in water, as a latte, or if I’m feeling really fun– iced!). A bonus– it’s organic! If this is something that’s important to you like it is to me, this is a great choice. If you’re looking for a matcha powder that hits all the right notes and won’t let you (erm– or your cup) down, this is a solid choice.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Matcha
Where to Buy:  Kiss Me Organics
Description

Our Japanese-grown, 100% certified organic, Culinary Grade Matcha powder contains 137x the antioxidants of brewed green tea. Matcha is a potent antioxidant and consuming it can increase thermogenesis (the rate at which our body burns calories) by 30 to 50%. Our green tea powder contains a potent amino acid, L-Theanine, that helps reduce stress while providing a steady energy boost (for up to 6 hours), without the caffeine crash. KissMeOrganics Culinary grade matcha is made from 100% certified organic ingredients and comes in a BPA-FREE Packaging with resealable zipper pouch. Ideal for blending, baking and cooking.

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Mint Matcha from 3 Leaf. . . .

There is (was?) a restaurant in Toronto called Fring’s. It is a joint effort between the rapper, Drake, and the celebrity chef, Susur Lee. This restaurant has been plagued with all sorts of drama but of course, given the owners, it is still popular and still crazy expensive. And by crazy expensive, I mean that one drink is $18 plus tax. Nonetheless, that price tag didn’t stop me from trying their tangerine mojito last time I was there and it is that tangerine mojito that inspired my drink today.

My preferred way of drinking matcha is to drink flavored matcha mixed into a glass of cold milk. This works well with flavors like Berries & Cream, Mocha, or even Caramel Popcorn (trust me on this last one…it. is. good.). However, mint milk just sounds bad to me so I wanted to find another drink to mix with my mint matcha. That is when I remembered the tangerine mojito and the delightful combination of tangerine and mint and all of a sudden the tangerine lemonade in the fridge was calling to me.

I used a half teaspoon of 3 Leaf’s Mint Matcha in 8 ounces of Tropicana’s Tangerine Lemonade. One thing I noticed about this matcha is that it gets rather clumpy and thus makes it difficult to mix in to whatever beverage it is being added to, at least when being added to a cold beverage. Just something to keep in mind.

Given the lack of success I had tasting the matcha through the tangerine lemonade, I decided to try a heaping half teaspoon (and I mean HEAPING) in 8 ounce of water. Unfortunately, this isn’t much more successful because it basically tastes like I am drinking fresh lawn clippings. There is a slight mint to this cup but more than anything it is grass.

All in all, I don’t think this one is for me but it was an interesting introduction from my SipsBy box. I don’t usually drink unflavored matchas and though this is meant to be minty, it doesn’t taste very flavored to me. I have tried other mint matchas that had a lot more mint flavor and a lot less green tea base and those are the ones I will stick to. With that said, for those looking for a more pure matcha flavor, without the sugars and flavoring, this might be one to try.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Matcha
Where to Buy:  3 Leaf
Description

Crisp, Invigorating, Fresh

We took our premium grade matcha and infused it with crisp, fresh mint. Perfect for drinking hot or iced.

INGREDIENTS:

Premium grade matcha infused with natural mint flavor.

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Matsu / Matchaeologist

Finally decided to kick my MMU obsession and try another company. Matchaeologist has a gorgeous website all designed around matcha (obviously). They have four different blends and three different types. Ceremonial, Premium, and culinary, the usual matcha grades. With a coupon on my right clicker I decided to go for the ceremonial grades. On a whim I decided to go for Matsu first. Something about roasty notes just sounds good on winter days. The color of the powder is somewhat unimpressive after the incredible green from MMU but I keep my hopes up. Never had a roasty matcha before. It’s quite nice. Slight chocolatey aroma with interesting roasted notes. Smooth and silky in smell, taste, and feel. Though I didn’t actually feel it, the sensation of softness was given while sifting it into the bowl. The mouth feel is incredibly sleek. No astringency or weird after bite.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Matcha
Where to Buy: Matchaeologist
Description:

Our signature ceremonial-grade matcha is artisan roasted to produce a rich, creamy body and smooth mouthfeel not unlike a perfectly brewed espresso

Boasting the deepest shade of green reminiscent of Japanese pine trees, Matsu™is characterized by its captivating roasted aromas brought to the fore by our artisanal roasting technique handed down through generations of matcha sommeliers. The result is a deeply rich and complex symphony of flavors, with notes of ‘umami’ and savory-sweet undertones that round out the intensity of the roast, culminating in an exquisite blend with a full body and long, creamy finish.

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