Vanessa’s Teaview Snapshot
|"This tea has a strong presence that commands your attention. The bold flavor embodies oolong tea, but it also has a black tea flavor as well. "|
Red Leaf Tea's Organic Oolong Matcha Tea is the first matcha that I have had that was made from something other than green tea leaves. As its name suggests, this matcha is made from ground up oolong leaves. As a result, the powder, although similar in appearance to standard green tea matcha, is a bit browner or drabber in color since the leaves used to make this matcha tend to be darker in color. I would describe the powder as being a dull, mossy green. I added 185-degree water to my powder and whisked vigorously. It took a good whisking effort, but I was able to produce a respectable froth. The prepared tea is a dark olve green color and the liquid is entirely opaque. While the appearance differences were interesting, I was obviously far more curious about how the flavor of this tea would differ from the more common green tea matcha. This tea does have an interesting flavor profile and is clearly different from your standard matcha. The first thing that hit me was that this tea has much more 'bite' or 'kick' to it than what I am used to getting from a matcha. The flavor is actually more comparable to a black tea rather than an oolong tea. Whatever it is, though, it is certainly different from traditional matcha. When I refer to this tea having a little 'bite' this should not be taken to mean that the tea is bitter or unpleasant. What I mean by this is that it has a strong presence that commands your attention. The tea has a bold flavor that does embody oolong tea, but also a black tea flavor as well. Further sips of the tea revealed a sweet finish with a pleasant medium-strength body. I really enjoyed this tea, and more so than any of my other Red Leaf Tea matcha samples that I have sampled to date. This product excels at offering a very unique and novel flavor in a powdered tea form. It is unexpected, and therefore very enjoyable. I would recommend this one to those that like darker oolongs and black teas, as well as those who love matcha and are looking for a twist on their standard matcha.
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