Review: Red Leaf Tea The Sugar Destroyer Matcha – Organic

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Thumbs up!"The aroma was also no different than regular matcha - grassy and slightly sweet."
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Gymnema sylvestre is an herb native to the tropical areas of southern India. It has a two-thousand-year history as a treatment for diabetes. The herb is still under study as a symptom-reliever for Type II, as well as an eliminator of sugar cravings. Efficacy is still in the inconclusive stages. Red Leaf Tea aptly dubs this matcha blend "The Sugar Destroyer", given the reputation of this key ingredient.

I was pleased to see that the powder still looked like actual matcha. In some blends, key ingredients didn't pulverize properly along with the tea leaves. Strawberry seeds, for instance. Another issue - often - was the quality of the powder. This, however, looked like the normal, mid-grade Royal Matcha that Red Leaf put out.

In typical fashion, I prepared this as I would any normal matcha - 4 chashaku (bamboo spoon)-fuls of powder placed in a miso soup bowl, pre-whisked with cold water and a chasen (bamboo whisk), then poured over with 165F water, and whisked again for forty-five seconds.

After the vigorous whisking, the liquor frothed up to a mid-bubble but quickly dissipated. It was an even moss-green like the Royal Matcha should be. The aroma was also no different than regular matcha - grassy and slightly sweet. The taste was also pretty typical of the Royal except in the initial foretaste where there was a distinct herbal bite to it - a bit jarring. Other than that, it was fairly enjoyable.

— To purchase Red Leaf Tea The Sugar Destroyer 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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