Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder Culinary Grade from ZenTei Matcha

One thing I LOVE when I first smell Matcha powder is when it smells of a heavy green savory veggie. Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder Culinary Grade from ZenTei Matcha had just the first sniff I was craving!

Another thing I enjoy is when a Matcha froths up nicely – again – Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder Culinary Grade from ZenTei Matcha did just that!

Oh! But Wait! There’s More! Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder Culinary Grade from ZenTei Matcha was vegetal-tasting, yes, but it was also VERY naturally creamy!

So that means – if you are keeping score – this Matcha already has 3 UPs on some other Matchas I have tried recently!

I guess I will just have to come out and say it…Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder Culinary Grade from ZenTei Matcha…is one of my FAVORITE straight-up Matcha’s I have tasted this year! YUM! I really can’t get enough of this!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Green Tea/Matcha
Where to Buy: ZenTei Matcha


Culinary-Grade Matcha has a stronger tea flavor than a traditional Ceremonial-Grade and allows the Matcha flavor to shine through even if mixed with other ingredients.  Traditionally whisked into a frothy beverage, Matcha can be blended into smoothies, green tea lattes or green tea lemonade.  Matcha is also perfect sprinkled over fruit or yogurt, added to salt to create a savory seasoning, mixed into baked goods recipes or added to ice cream.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Apple Spice Tea from Culinary Teas

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Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Culinary Teas

Tea Description:  

Our Apple Spice Tea takes our apple tea and add a dollop of cinnamon – excellent fireside tea.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

What a lovely autumnal tea, this Apple Spice tea from Culinary Teas.  It’s got a rich and flavorful black tea base, deliciously sweet apple notes and warm cinnamon tones.  Culinary Teas has captured the essence of autumn in a teacup!

To brew this tea, I used 1 bamboo scoop to 12 ounces of boiling water and I let it steep for 3 minutes.  This produced a coppery colored liquid that smells as good as it tastes.  The aroma of cinnamon is so cozy and delicious and just beneath the cinnamon I can pick up on notes of apple.  Mmm!

The sip starts out sweet and immediately I start picking up on the cinnamon notes.  It’s a warm cinnamon.  This tastes like the kind of cinnamon that’s in your spice cabinet, not the kind of cinnamon that you’ll find in the candy aisle.  You know, those spicy cinnamon gummy bears?  Yeah, this doesn’t taste like that kind of cinnamon.

This cinnamon warmly accents the apple, bringing the sweet, juicy flavors of the fruit forward.  There are hints of tart to the apple too.  It’s more sweet than tart, but there is just enough tartness to offer contrast.

The black Ceylon base is bright and brisk.  It’s got a smooth, crisp character.  It’s moderately astringent.  The aftertaste is clean with mere traces of the cinnamon that had been there during the sip.

This is delicious served hot – it’s a comforting, soothing drink.  I drank it straight up, but I think it would take the additions of honey well, and it might be quite delightful with a splash of milk.  (A La Mode!)  But, I found this tea to be quite nice served iced as well.  It would make a refreshing alternative for your holiday beverage.