Kappa Matcha from Wendigo Tea Co. . .Heaven in a Cup!

It is no secret.  I adore, love, and admire all things Wendigo Tea Co.  From the moment I first saw their website, I was hooked.  After trying their tea, I was in love.   From the high quality teas to the crazy adorable tea names to the amazingly created art work for each of the teas, this company has always been one of my favorites from the start.

Recently, Wendigo Tea announced they would start selling a high grade ceremonial matcha.  Once I saw the adorable artwork for Kappa Matcha, I was smitten.  But I will be the first to admit, I have not always the best of luck with matcha.  Maybe it was how I was prepping the matcha or maybe it was that I just didn’t have the right matcha.  Regardless, I had high hopes this go around.

I prepped my water right around 180F, scooped half a teaspoon of matcha in my bowl, added in 6 oz of the prepped water  and went to work whisking away.    After whisking for a few moments, I was ready for my first sip.

Right away you notice this gorgeous smooth creaminess that flows right to the very end.  There are notes of a very subtle vegetal tone here and there.  I eagerly gulped the matcha down and set about to make another cup.  Not something I’ve traditionally done in the past with matcha.

This go around, I wanted to try I topped my matcha with a froth french vanilla creamer and after taking a sip, I was in instant tea heaven.  That rich smooth matcha became this incredible matcha latte.  After having one sip, I guess I sighed and said “Heaven in a Cup”.  My husband just looked at me and laughed.

Kappa Matcha is insanely good.  No other way to really say it.  I have drank so many variations of different matcha drinks over the last few days, I think I’ve lost count.  This will be a staple in my tea cabinet going forward and part of my daily routine for sure.

So what I’m trying to say is that Sky (owner of Wendigo Tea Co.) has once again offered us another amazing tea to enjoy every day.  I’m quite obsessed with Big Foot, Nessie and Yeti.  Now I can add Kappa to that list!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Matcha
Where to Buy:  Wendigo Tea
Description

Welcome! I am the incredibly smooth Kappa Matcha.

This elegant beast is one of the highest quality Ceremonial Grade Matcha teas produced in Japan. I am organically grown close to the river, where the soil is very fertile giving me a mellow and deep taste, then am kept in shade the last 20-30 days until being stone ground and sealed with Nitrogen to give you the freshest and cleanest matcha possible. You can taste the difference. It is perfect for Koicha (thick and strong matcha) and Usucha (thin and weak matcha).

Compare me to any other matcha.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Bigfoot from Wendigo Tea. . . .

The leaves of this black tea are extremely dark. When I saw the tea, I immediately though “that needs to be for a rough morning,” as I was anticipating a very strong flavor. When I opened the tea, I noticed a few flavor scents including a floral scent. !hen I brewed this tea, there was a wonderful musky flavor. The flavor is prominent, but not overwhelming as I had anticipated. It reminds me of the smells from camping with my father when I was a kid. There’s this beautiful smoky aftertaste in this blend, and I love it!

I was able to get three quality brews out of one serving of tea leaves. I have a toddler, and I often end up having to walk away from my cup only to come back to a lukewarm morning cup. To my delight, this tea’s flavor and body were still present at room temperature and still made for a delightful flavor profile! I typically take sugar and cream in my tea, but for this one, I drank it straight. When I added tea, it did was still a good cup, but I preferred the flavors without the sweetener.

This is definitely a tea I would love having in my cabinet!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black
Where to Buy:  Wendigo Tea
Description

Hey I’m Bigfoot! I am a pure black tea whose leaves are naturally sweet.I am a shy yet powerful beast, with a musk full of fruits, nuts, and trees. What you imagine when someone says “black tea” is a pale imitation of my beastly quality.

Want to get personal with me? I am an Imperial Grade Golden Monkey from a tea workshop in Fuan county in the Fujiang province of China. I get my name from my leaves, which look like long brown curly monkey hair and are so powerful that you can repeatedly steep them up to 6 times for pot after pot of aromatic bold tea to share with family and friends. Or just keep me all to yourself.

Don’t bother tasting any other Sasquatch. You have found Bigfoot!

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Take A Walk On The Dude Side- King Dragon Oolong fro Wendigo Tea. . . .

When Nichole (Cuppageek) described this tea as “something to behold” in her round-up review of favorites , I knew I had to get on board.

Therefore, when I found this in my packet of samples, I got right on it!

This tea has a rich mineral leather/earth taste. It’s a far cry from my usual sweet teas; this is more of a dudely beef jerky/UFC fighter type of vibe. I daresay it’s MEATY.

In fact, the very first thing I thought upon sipping this was “the manly side of the gym.”

(Sure, you can feel free to say “everyone uses all parts of the gym!” … But when you saw the phrase “the manly side of the gym” you knew EXACTLY what I meant.)

The side with the weights. And the benches. And the anguished grunting. And the veins that are on top of the muscles instead of inside them. (How does that even happen? Do they get, like, evicted from the inside because there’s just too much bro-meat in there?)

The other side is the girls on the cardio machines gallivanting around like gazelles with their ombré ponytails swinging in tandem.

I go to a “no judgement! no critics!” gym (you know the chain). Despite its “everyone is welcome!” attitude, the dude-side is still intimidating.

I crept over to the weights area just this morning, in fact. I lifted some wimpy dumbbells a few times, trying to give the behemoth redhead behind me full access to the mirror to check on his form. I then whisked away, giving all of the powerhouses around me wide berth.

My goals aren’t huge. I just want to be able to carry all the groceries up the stairs in one trip instead of two. I would rather DIE than go back for another load. If I can just beef up enough to consolidate that trip, I’d be good.

(I’d also like to be able to ascend hills without shrieking about my impending death — but one thing at a time.)

If you, like me, are intimidated by the Dude Side of the Gym, try this tea. See how you feel about it. If you like it, you can dip your toe into manliness in real life. I recommend starting with the five-pounders and working your way up.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Oolong
Where to Buy:  Wendigo Tea

Description

All arise for I am King Dragon, an ancient and illustrious oolong tea. I smell of exquisite honey, leather, orchids, and wet stone. My taste is of ripe peaches, earth, and smoke with a smooth lingering sweetness.

As reverence for my exalted nature for millennia I was simply known as “The King of Tea”. I also have been called an Imperial Da Hong Pao Wuyi Rock Oolong or Royal Red Robe, but all you need to know is that if you are to unleash my all-powerful leaves into the water, all other teas must bow before me.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Be wary of the Wendigo …… Wendigo Green Tea

For those of who know the legend of the Wendigo (and those of you who played the video game Until Dawn) know that the tale is a terrifying one. To sum it up, a Wendigo is a creature that has an insatiable hunger for human flesh. Yes, it does sound grizzly but this tea is the exact opposite!

The Wendigo green tea is definitely a lot more pleasant than the creature by the same name.  It has a fresh earthiness to it but it is not too in your face. And since I am more partial to black tea myself I thought this green tea was a nice change of pace. So I believe this green tea will be perfect for black tea drinkers who want a something green but not to the matcha levels of green. And with a teaspoon or so of sugar, this tea had the perfect subtle sweetness to it.

Now on to the price and the steeping specifics of this tea which I believe is pretty fair given the quality of the tea. It is $11.99 for 2 oz and $27.99 for 5 oz.  This is also very quick to steep as well. For 1-2 teaspoons it takes about 1-2 minutes to steep. I recommend using boiling water that is to the point of steaming and not to where the kettle whistles. That is about 170 degrees Fahrenheit for all of you perfectionists out there.

Now if any of you are like me, you would be very curious as to why the name of this company is Wendigo Tea Company. Well, I happened upon the “origin” portion of their site and I was happy to find an enthusiastic man named Sky White.  His reasonings for starting this company were simple: he wanted to drink the very best teas in the world and I can absolutely relate. And if I say so myself, based on my opinions of his Wendigo Green Tea, he is guaranteed to have another customer for I am very curious on what else he has to offer. Now throughout this whole entire section, he doesn’t mention where he got the inspiration to call his company by the name of Wendigo. But I believe that since Mr. White has a desire to be different from other tea companies naming your company after a Native American legend would be a great way to stand out from the crowd.

All in all, I like this green tea and when I run out I will definitely restock. It has a great mellowness and flexibility to it that I can actually see myself drinking this as iced tea as well.

As always I will be posting pictures of this tea and others to my Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram (official_karatics)

See you for the next cuppa!

Kara


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Green Tea
Where to Buy: Wendigo Tea Co.
Description:

I am Wendigo Green Tea -behold my beauty and greenness. Imagine picking up the planet Earth and licking a big green part of it in the middle of spring. That is what you can expect out of a glass of my greatness. Once you have tasted my naturally smooth-yet-complex flavors, you will crave nothing other than to get your hands on more.

My leaves are organically grown, clipped from the highest-quality tea plants, and packaged without any additional flavors or preservatives. Drink me, and you are drinking nature itself.

I am perfect for brand-new tea drinkers, lovers of green tea who want to experience a higher quality than they are used to, and purists seeking something special alike.

You could call me a Premium Grade Pure Organic Japanese Sencha… if you must. But none before me have a taste quite like Wendigo Green Tea.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Bigfoot from Wendigo Tea Co. . . .There has been a sighting!

A classic case of me being drawn in to trying a tea because of the name. I mean…who wouldn’t want to try Bigfoot Tea? I introduce to you…Bigfoot Tea from Wendigo Tea Co.

Why was I so excited to try Bigfoot Tea from Wendigo Tea Co? Well, because I live in one of the supposed ‘hot spots’ in the US for Bigfoot Sightings! It’s true! A local winery even named a wine after Bigfoot. So now I can say I have tried at least 1 tea and 1 wine that were inspired by the mythological simian, ape, or hominid-like creature that is said to inhabit forests.

If you reside in a different country or haven’t heard of this creature it’s American folklore. Bigfoot is usually described as a large, hairy, bipedal humanoid. It’s also known as Sasquatch. The term Sasquatch is an Anglicized derivative of the Halkomelem word sásq’ets. Thank you Wiki!

As for this tea…Bigfoot Tea from Wendigo Tea Co. is flippin’ fantastic! After reading the base for this tea was an Imperial Grade Golden Monkey from a tea workshop in Fuan county in the Fujiang province of China I couldn’t wait to try it. I’m partial to black teas, after all.

Bigfoot Tea from Wendigo Tea Co. gets its name from the leaves which look like long, brown curly monkey hair. The leaves are so flavorful that you can repeatedly steep them up to 6 times according to the companies website! The flavor is fairly bold, woodsy-sweet, brisk, and YUMMY!

I’ve heard from Bigfoot enthusiasts that the beast doesn’t smell very nice but this tea does! Perhaps Wendigo knows something we don’t here in Bigfoot Country! Regardless – I have to say I am a fan of this tea! A nice, sturdy black cuppa!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Black Tea
Where to Buy: Wendigo Tea
Description

Hey I’m Bigfoot! I am a pure black tea whose leaves are naturally sweet.I am a shy yet powerful beast, with a musk full of fruits, nuts, and trees. What you imagine when someone says “black tea” is a pale imitation of my beastly quality.

Want to get personal with me? I am an Imperial Grade Golden Monkey from a tea workshop in Fuan county in the Fujiang province of China. I get my name from my leaves, which look like long brown curly monkey hair and are so powerful that you can repeatedly steep them up to 6 times for pot after pot of aromatic bold tea to share with family and friends. Or just keep me all to yourself.

Don’t bother tasting any other Sasquatch. You have found Bigfoot!

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!