Endurance-Citrus Mint from Sportland Tea Co. . . A Unique Twist on Matcha

 

Matcha has always been such a hit or miss tea for me. I either adore and devour the matcha (typically a latte) that I make or it is just way too vegetal for me. But this is the year I plan to step more and more outside of my comfort zone for tea, so I prepped up my water and set to checking this tea out properly.

Endurance Citrus Mint is a blend of matcha, ginger, ginseng, and mint with a few other inclusions here and there. The mint is the aroma you really get when you first open up the package.

The ratio of matcha to spices/inclusions weighs heavy in the matcha’s favorite so I wasn’t sure what to expect from my first sip.  Gorgeous notes of mint, citrus, and ginger mingle lovingly with a vegetal base. This tea turned out to be simply amazing and I couldn’t get enough. I was thrilled with the flavor profile of this tea. The way the spices mingle with the vegetal base and create this wonderful tone for the tea,-just delicious.

From the first sip to the last, this tea delivers this unique flavor that I can say I haven’t had before.  I haven’t tried this tea as a latte yet but I can’t imagine how lovely this tea would be with a touch of cream added or even yogurt to make a fantastic smoothie. With how wonderful all the flavors mingle together, there are so many different ways to make this tea even better.

This is one of those blends that could go wrong quite easily but the way this tea is blended is perfect. I honestly can’t get enough of this tea and have loved drinking it in the afternoons to give myself a little boost for the rest of the work day.

Endurance Citrus Mint is the perfect balance of vegetal, citrus, and spices with a kick of mint to smooth everything out. Well balanced and definitely well loved by yours truly.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Matcha
Where to Buy: Sportland Tea Co.
Description

Sportland Tea Co.’s Endurance Blend is a unique mix of matcha green tea and herbs. With ginger, mint, and ginseng. This blend is an invigorating option any time of the day.

Drink approximately 15-30 minutes before a workout, run, or when you are having a long day at the office. Try it over ice for an even more refreshing and hydrating option!

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

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!