Review: Red Leaf Tea Pu-Erh Matcha – Organic

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Its OK"If there's anything this tea has been, it has certainly been interesting."
K’s Teaview: 6.5/10
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Red Leaf Tea recently came out with a whole collection of milled teas. They call it their matcha collection, and I've decided to begin my exploration of them with what I'd consider the bravest of the unflavoured ground teas: The pu-erh matcha.

I sift 1.5 teaspoons into a preheated chawan and add three ounces of simmering water. The tea whisks up surprisingly well, but the bubbles disappear almost instantly. No matter how hard I work to whisk it, the froth is gone the second I try to take a sip.

The muddy liquor smells like a hefty shou. I'm not in love with the texture - it's a bit gritty. The flavour is heavily earthy and fishy, which means that combined with the texture, this is a bit like drinking mud. It's not as bad as that sounds, and I often enjoy a nice earthy flavour in my cooked pu-erhs, but it's an odd experience, to say the least. While the texture is harsh, the flavour is surprisingly smooth. It doesn't get bitter until the bottom of the cup where the sediment has settled. It's also much harsher as it cools, astringent and bitter.

To ice, I add 1/2 teaspoon per 8 ounces and refrigerate. It's surprisingly refreshing, but I find myself wavering between thinking it's kind of tasty and kind of gross. I probably won't make it iced again.

Cheaper cooked pu-erh is already so bracing that when it's ground, it makes for a unique, heavy cup. If there's anything this tea has been, it has certainly been interesting, and I look forward to trying more of Red Leaf Tea's Matcha Collection. That being said, I don't think I'll be keeping this one on my shelf any time soon.

— To purchase Red Leaf Tea Pu-Erh Matcha – Organic, 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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