Review: Red Leaf Tea Organic Lemon Matcha

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Its OK"The matcha over-powered the lemon flavor, which was really just a faint component of this tea. I would have appreciated a much greater lemon contribution."
Vanessa’s Teaview: 6/10
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Red Leaf Tea's Organic Lemon Matcha is the second flavored matcha that I have sampled. According to the Red Leaf website, this tea contains only pure organic matcha and lemons. The webpage for this product covers extensively the health benefits of lemon, which I found to be a little overkill, but perhaps will be informative and/or influential in decision-making for some customers. I followed the recommended preparation guidelines, using simmering water and briskly whisking my matcha. I obtained a respectable froth, then went in for my first sip. Even though I had used 170-degree water, I found the green tea flavor was very astringent, a property I notice most often when green tea has been incorrectly prepared using too-hot water. The matcha over-powered the lemon flavor, which was really just a faint component of this tea. I would have appreciated a much greater lemon contribution, and to be honest, if I hadn't known the name of this tea beforehand, I am not sure I would have picked out the lemon flavor. I guess I could forgive the weak lemon flavor if the matcha really delivered, but I found that the bitterness just gave the impression of a lower-quality matcha. I have had other matchas that were so fresh they were literally bursting with flavor, but this offering was rather dull and flat, on top of being bitter. This is a tea I wouldn't enthusiastically recommend, but at the same time, if it was offered to me again, I would probably drink it.

— To purchase Red Leaf Tea Organic Lemon Matcha, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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