Review: Red Leaf Tea Organic Lemon Matcha

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Thumbs down."Too intensely flavoured, and I'm not a huge fan of the flavouring."
Katie’s Teaview: 1/10
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Red Leaf Tea has really embraced their alternative and flavoured matchas category, and I have had the opportunity to try several. Some of them have been spectacular, some have been less than stellar, and most have been very unique. When I volunteered to sample this, I had an idea of how I expected it to taste, and I figured a sweet, vegetal matcha could pair beautifully with some added citrus flavour. My expectations versus reality were as far apart as the picture on the cover of a T.V. dinner vs. the look of the real thing.

The powder is a dull green colour rather than a bright one, but it's distinctly green rather than grey or brown like a really old or low-end matcha. It smells potent, like pumped-up Lemonhead candies. I put some powder in the bottom of a chawan, add cold water, and stir until I get a clumpless paste. Then I add hot water and whisk. And whisk. And whisk some more. A few bubbles appear then disappear before I can raise the bowl to my lips.

Eventually I give up and drink the matcha, mostly unfrothed. I actually yelled. The flavour is incredibly intense. It's sour, which doesn't bother me, but it's bitter and bracing. If the matcha was sweet enough, it might balance the flavouring out, but the matcha flavour gets totally lost beneath the lemon. The flavouring itself is somewhat artificial and just too strong. I guess it could be compared to Lemonheads, but there's no sweetness to balance the extreme sourness.

It is just too intensely flavoured, and I'm not a huge fan of the flavouring. I drank enough sips to write tasting notes then poured out the rest of my prepped tea. I can't think of anything I enjoyed about this tea experience, but at least it was something unique. Maybe there are lemon-lovers out there who would like this, but despite my love of sour foods, I am not one of them.

— 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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