MatchaStick by Magus Brands

Hello Tea Friends,

I adore Matcha and was giddy to be sent this sample to try; I was even giddier to learn that this Matcha stick’s contents are organic. I haven’t tried anything from Magus Brands and I always enjoy drinking from a vendor that is new to me.

The MatchaStick is a handy pocked/bag size that contains “2g of matcha, which contains 70mg of caffeine (equal to a cup of light roast coffee) and 137 times the antioxidants of a cup of green tea.” They have a lovely guide for brewing on their home page for those that are new to Matcha. With two method examples given (Usucha and Koicha) I will be using the traditional Usucha method as I like my Matcha frothy and bubbly.

Opening the stick the Matcha appears a vivid green colour that bares a grassy, sweet pea scent.

Once prepared the Matcha has created a lot of lovely foam (with very little effort on my part) and is a bit lighter than the natural raw state.

Flavour wise the first few sips reveal sweet grass, seaweed and thick umami notes among the light and frothy foam. Slightly bitter but in a pleasant way. The after taste is clean and light which sweetens the grass and umami even further. Half way through the bowl/chawan the flavour remains consistent, also the foam still remains thick.

Overall: This Matcha was a handy packet size and was easy to prepare. It claimed to be of ceremonial grade and organic which from the foam proportion and colour I am inclined to agree with. You could certainly taste the quality and it made for a very nice Chawan of Matcha. The umami in this was strong and I savoured every sip with a smile. For new Matcha drinkers or seasoned fans that like to travel I recommend you consider these fantastic MatchaSticks, they are Matcha-tastic!

 


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Matcha Green Tea
Where to Buy: Magus Brands
magusbrandsDescription: Our MatchaSticks™ are made from the highest-grade, premium organic matcha. We’ve partnered with a network of centuries-old, small family-owned farms who cultivate the tea by hand on the island town of Kagoshima. The island soil creates a vibrant, refreshing strain of tencha, a shade-grown tea that is transformed into matcha.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Chai Matcha Latte Tea from Matcha Mountain

Tea Type:
Matcha
(Green Tea Base)

NOTE:
In the form of a Latte

Where To Buy:
Matcha Mountains

Product Description:
Spice up your life this season with our chai matcha latte made from organic freshly ground spices cardamon, cinnamon, cloves… and japanese matcha. Accent our chai with a cinnamon stick or dollop of whip cream and enjoy hot or cold.

Tasters Review:

This was the very first Matcha Mountains product I ever tried and I must say…I was hooked right away!

Chai Matcha Latte from Matcha Mountains  smelled like a gentle chai with green tea in powder form.   Once I  added it to milk and heated the aroma got stronger!  It had a very nice chai smell to it!  The color after preparing was much like the photo above.

The taste is very satisfying!   The mixture of spices are wonderful…they are both sweet and spicy but not overly done my any means.  I like this very much.  If matcha latte’s could whisper – this one would say “I was made for you!”

Red Matcha from Pure Matcha

Tea Type: Matcha (Rooibos Base)

Where To Buy: Pure Matcha

Product Description:

Rooibos, which is grown deep in the heart of South Africa, is a deeply rich, aromatic, and flavorful tea. Naturally caffeine free and full of anti-oxidants and vitamins. 47% more than any green tea. Our Rooibos is stone ground into the finest powder. Allowing you to consume the whole leaf, just like traditional Matcha. By consuming the leaf, you absorb almost 10 times more anti-oxidants and vitamins than the regular method of drinking Rooibos, where the leaves are removed after brewing. This results in a stronger, richer, and naturally sweet flavor you will never forget. Our 100% Rooibos Powder will leave your body and mind completely revitalized and rejuvinated.

Tasters Review:

I’ve had 2 other Rooibos Based Matcha Powders and I have enjoyed both of them.  Red Matcha from Pure Matcha is just as good!   It’s a plain rooibos base into a powder so there is no flavoring to really comment on other than it DOES smell and taste exactly like  Rooibos and what you think it would and should smell and taste like.

The thing that really stands out here is the QUALITY.  It’s top-notch as far as Rooibos quality goes.

In matcha form the rooibos is very clean tasting but semi-murky in the water…it looks like a latte, however, and that makes sense!

It’s smooth and sweet and I think it’s very good!  I  can only assume that red matcha’s – among other matchas – will grow in popularity…I’m hoping for a WHITE MATCHA soon…if you know of one…let us know!!!

Matcha Sendo from Camellia Sinensis

Tea Type:
Matcha (Green Tea)

Where To Buy:
Camellia Sinensis

Product Description:

This Matcha has an aroma of berries and dark chocolate. On the palate, you’ll be seduced by the rich and full texture, and the surprising notes of Jerusalem artichokes.

Quantity of leaf / 250ml of water
Infusion Time
Infusion temperature 75 °C

Tasters Review:

Matcha is fun to experiment with and Matcha Sendo from Camellia Sinensis is no exception!

I tried a 2nd test right after the first attempt because I was missing the dark chocolate aroma the first time around.

I used 3 tsp for the first cup and it was in a standard size mug.  I could pick up on the berry notes in the aroma tho.

As for the taste…it’s mellow but marvelous!  I could taste the artichoke comparison mentioned in the product description but I was picking up on fruit like tones too!   I really like this!  REALLY like this!

For my 2nd attempt I used 5tsp of matcha powder.

The dark chocolate aroma isn’t loud but it is there.  Oddly…if I try and smell it with my nose right up to the mug I can’t really pick it out but if you take a step back I can smell it.

As for the taste with this much powder it is very vegetal and grassy.   Still pretty yummy but I like the fruity notes I tasted in the first attempt better so I think I will stick with the 3 tsp.

Regardless from one attempt to another I stand firm in giving this Matcha Sendo middle 90’s rating!  It’s really Marvelous!