Review: Red Leaf Tea Black Matcha – Organic

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Thumbs up!"Elements that I tend to appreciate in a yunnan tea - a husky, sweet, sort of smoky and sort of caramel-y flavor - come through beautifully. And at the same time, the curiously viscous, bittersweet creaminess of matcha come through as well. "
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Red Leaf Tea is perhaps unique in its treatment of matcha offerings. Far from offering "just" a few grades of matcha for purchase, they actually offer dozens of varieties of matcha, running the gamut from matchas blended with herbs, fruits, and even other teas. The tea I am reviewing today is an organic matcha blended with powdered black tea.

I have to admit that my first thought when I opened this tea for sampling was somewhat dubious. I wondered why one would bother blending these two types of teas. It seemed strange to me. Perhaps it is a little strange. But this matcha grew on me rather rapidly. Before I knew it, I was looking forward to my next sampling of it. So go figure!

The matcha in this sample is not the traditional bright green that you would expect, but rather a bright brown. The scent of the black tea certainly shines through with a sweet yunnan presence that bodes well.

I used a bamboo teaspoon of powder and heated my water to 165 degrees, following my typical matcha preparation standards. Adding four ounces of water to the pre-whisked powder, I was able to quickly whisk this up to a beautiful, frothy brown tea with some pleasing viscosity and a good "yunnan plus" scent. (I should say that the black tea used in this is not specified. It reminded me of a yunnan but I may be off base). So far so good. My first sip was a bit strong in taste for me. I added a bit of sweetener as I seem to be sweetening most of my teas lately. This made the cup just right for me.

The taste that grew so quickly on me is sweet and smooth. Elements that I tend to appreciate in a yunnan tea - a huskily sweet, sort of smoky and sort of caramel-y flavor - come through beautifully. And at the same time, the curiously viscous, bittersweet creaminess of matcha come through as well. This is truly very unique. What seemed a little odd to me at first quite won me over. This is a fine "matcha" offering for those who like to experience new and different things and are not opposed to non traditional tea offerings. I can highly recommend it. I found it a perfect afternoon tea when I wanted a quick, delicious drink that left me happily satisfied for taste and pleasantly awake and alert after drinking.

— To purchase Red Leaf Tea Black 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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