Acai Matcha from Shanti Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Matcha (Green Tea)

Where to Buy:  Shanti Tea

Product Description:

Matcha tea is kind of like a super-powered green tea—since you’re ingesting the whole leaf instead of just the brewed beverage, you get up to ten times the antioxidant effect and nutritional value of your standard green. Matcha’s rich in antioxidants, as well as chlorophyll and fiber, and has been found to have natural mood enhancing effects. All in all, matcha’s got no match when it comes to healthy teas.

Taster’s Review:

This is a really good flavored Matcha.  Flavored Matcha is not as common a product as other flavored teas, so it’s an exciting thing to find one.

The flavor is a bit different than other flavored Matcha teas that I’ve tried, I don’t know if that is because this is intended to use to make Matcha Lattes.  The first time I tasted it, I enjoyed it as I would normally prepare Matcha – that is with some hot water in my chawan and whisk with my chasen.  And this results in a pretty tasty tea.

The flavor is smooth and rich, with very little bitterness.  It is a lot less bitter than I usually experience with Matcha (which is typically a little bitter and a little sweet – a delicious contrast).  It is also not quite as vegetative.  Prepared traditionally, what I taste mostly is a creamy, sweet and rich tasting tea with mere hints of a vegetative taste (it’s kind of in the background!) and a tart note from the Acai berry.  It isn’t an unpleasant tartness, though.  I’m really enjoying it.

My Chawan from Koide Studio

But because I didn’t feel like I was truly experiencing this tea as it was intended, I decided that I should also try this as a latte.  I put a few heaping scoops (I used my Chashaku) of the Matcha in my Chawan, and then I made a thick paste using two tablespoons (I eyeball it) of hot (not boiling) water.  Then I added steaming milk and whisked it until blended and frothy.

As a latte, I notice that I get more froth than I did preparing it traditionally.  The flavor is much creamier, and I notice more of the vegetative notes as a latte, but less of the acai berry, which slowly creeps up to the palate in the finish and imparts a lovely tart note.   Not a pucker-y type of tart, just a pleasant, fruity tart taste.

After trying it as a latte, I decided to get a little more adventurous and try it with some orange juice.  So using the same method as before (a few heaping scoops, a little hot water, thick paste), I replaced the hot milk with a little bit of cold orange juice.  This may be my favorite way to enjoy this particular matcha because I like the way that the acai berry and the orange flavors mingle.  There is very little vegetative taste, it is sweet, slightly creamy, and pleasantly tart.

This Matcha is incredibly versatile.  It would also make a great addition to a smoothie, if you’re so inclined!  I like that the acai berry is subtle, but just enough to help smooth out some of the bitter notes of the Matcha.  I really enjoyed my time with this Matcha!

Pecan Pie from Tea Oh

Tea Type: Rooibos

Where To Buy: Tea Oh

Product Description:

A sweet and nutty, dessert-worthy tea.

Tasters Review:

Pecan Pie from Tea Oh couldn’t smell MORE like Pecan Pie!  The aroma is RIGHT ON!  After infusing there is a bit of texture to the liquid.

The taste is VERY nutty with the Rooibos taste standing right by it’s side.  The aftertaste somewhat resembles the pie crust type taste, I suppose.

I have found many “pie” flavored teas and tisanes miss the mark on the “pie” or “Crust” taste but this one is as close as I have come across and for that I am pleased with this flavored Rooibos!

Watermelon Kiwi Green Tea from Culinary Teas

Tea Type: Green Tea

Where To Buy: Culinary Teas

Product Description:

Our Watermelon Kiwi Green tea has a Sencha tea base, which adds sweetness to wonderful flavor of watermelon and kiwi.

Made with all natural flavorings.

Tasters Review:

I LOVE summer!  I LOVE warm weather!  I LOVE Summer Fruit…especially WATERMELON!  I have been waiting a while to try a nicely flavored watermelon tea and that day is finally here!

This Watermelon Kiwi Green Tea from Culinary Teas smells lovely!  It has a little more watermelon than kiwi and It just intensifies as you infuse. What an awesomely flavorful aroma! It looks like a typical green tea.  The taste is wonderful! It’s incredibly juicy and thirst quenching. I can still taste the mouth-watering green tea but it’s almost equally paired with the watermelon/kiwi duo!  The first time I tried this – I tried it hot…my 2nd infusion was ICED and it was just as nice if not better ICED!!!!

LOVE this…Summer, warm weather, watermelon, kiwi, green tea!  LOVE it!

Passion Fruit Black Tea from Design A Tea

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: Design A Tea

Product Description:

Koslanda – Dimbulla blend from Sri Lanka with all natural flavoring

Tasters Review:

I’ve had so much fun sampling the teas I have had the opportunity to try from Design A Tea!  Of course it doesn’t hurt that I am originally from Western New York and Design A Tea is based in Darien Center, NY.

Anyhow… I decided to post a review on their Passion Fruit Flavored Black Tea today.

Passion Fruit flavored products are gaining more and more popularity and TEA that is flavored with Passion Fruit is near the top of that list!  I think this is GREAT NEWS!!!  I have tried several Passion Fruit Flavored Teas and I must say this is probably one of my favorites!

This smells lovely…surely it’s Passion Fruit but you can still smell the Black Tea.  It infuses fairly dark brown.  The taste is juicy with hints of floral undertones to it.  This is a VERY enjoyable cup and a nice flavored black.

Another great Design A Tea Experience!

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