Latte Matcha Tea from Teanobi

Tea Type:
Matcha (Green Tea Base)

Where To Buy: Teanobi

Product Description:

This Matcha is specially blended for a Matcha Latte. This blend provides a smooth rich texture and deep green tea flavor to make a full bodied Latte, just add milk. This blend dissolves quicker than any of our other products for instant use. Can be used both steaming hot and iced.

Our Premium Latte Matcha is made with a higher grade of gyokuro leaves. This yields a finer texture and more delicate flavor. The aroma is sweeter and the flavor is less bitter than our standard matcha. Both are a delight to drink they just have a slightly different flavor profile.

This tea is made from Gyokuro grown exclusively in the Shizuoka region of Japan. There are no preservatives or additives of any kind. Imported directly from Japan to preserve peak freshness.

  • Imported in small batches to guarantee peak freshness
  • No preservatives, additives, flavorings or sweeteners of any kind.
  • Grown, harvested and processed in Japan

Tasters Review:

Let me start this review off my saying…I’m a rebel child.  I have a hard time following instructions.  Especially with my teas!  I like to do what I call a DOUBLE SHOT – twice the amount for the same amount of time.  I was really tempted to with this but forced myself into following the instructions the first time I tried Teanobi’s Latte Matcha!

Therefore…I did 1 cup of hot milk with 1/4 tsp of this latte powder.  It had a very pale aroma before adding to the milk and afterwards as well.  I will say that the milk/powder color is beautiful!   It reminds me of a “Grasshopper”.  You know like the frozen-adult beverage type.  This powder paired with the milk froths up very nice without much work at all!   All I had to do was stir!  There were a few small clumps which was more my measuring cups fault than this lovely powder and it was fairly easy to take care of with a few more stirs! No Problem!

This is VERY frothy and milky-smooth!  It’s creamy, too!  I noticed as it cools for a little bit at room temperature the flavor was enhanced slightly.  I could taste more of the ‘green tea’ come thru.  The green veggie type green tea that is…much like broccoli and along with the milk it sort of reminded me of cream of broccoli soup!  It’s quite FAB!

I wanted to try this with Almond Milk but I didn’t have any.   I used regular milk.  I am also going to try this without milk and try it with water instead just to see the difference!  And because I am a Rebel Child…will probably try a DOUBLE SHOT just for kicks!

I think this is a very good matcha powder product – I love that it was created with Latte’s in mind!  This is very nice!  And another winner from Teanobi!

Tsumi Sencha Green Tea from Green Tea Lovers

Tea Type: Green Tea

Where To Buy: Green Tea Lovers

Product Description:

Country of Origin: Japan
Region: Kagoshima Prefecture
Grade: Sencha
Altitude: 500 – 1500 ft. above sea level
Manuf. Type: Orthodox
Infusion: Tending green w/depth & body.
Ingredients: Premium green tea
Character: A distinctive rich vegetative taste.

Contains very high antioxidant levels vs 5-6% for mass-market teas.

This Sencha replaces the original Oh-i-Ocha 1500. Its an early-April, first crop sencha harvested from leaves in the Kagoshima region. The growing climate produces a deep rich aroma and taste and a bright green tea color. The first crop of the four annual harvests is considered best when tea leaves are younger and softer. Produced under ISO 14001 Certified Environmental Management Standards.

Hot Tea: This tea is best enjoyed by pouring 176F/80C water over the leaves (2 teaspoons per cup) for 40 seconds (longer=stronger). Don’t remove the leaves. Can be infused repeatedly 2-3 times using higher temperatures & shorter infusions until flavor is exhausted.

Iced Tea: Pour 1 1/4 cups of hot water over 6 teaspoons of tea and steep for 5 minutes. Pour into pitcher while straining leaves, add ice and top up with cold water to make a quart of iced tea. Garnish and sweeten to taste.

Tasters Review:

I usually infuse my green teas for about 3 minutes, but this one suggests 40 seconds!  So I did just that!

It isn’t much for aroma and the color is a murky green but it DOES taste very clean!

The flavor really enhances itself as it cools at room temp for a minute or two. It’s fairly sweet. Tsumi Sencha Green from Green Tea Lovers  is a very nice GREEN tea!  I’m happy I decided to follow the directions on the infusion time…it was JUST RIGHT!!!!

I would agree that if you are a Green Tea Lover you should check out the Green Tea Lovers Company!  They have some wonderful offerings!

 

 

Shizuoka Black Tea from Den’s Tea

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: Den’s Tea

Product Description:

As you may know, 99% of the current tea production in Japan is green tea. However, about 130 years ago Japan tried to produce and export black tea as a government policy.
Tea scholar, Mr. Tada (1829-1896), was sent to China and India to acquire black tea manufacturing skills in 1875.
Upon his return, he established a tea farm at Mariko in Shizuoka and since then, Mariko has been a mecca for Japanese black tea. However, black tea never did become a major industry in Japan as some peopled had hoped.

One tea farmer in Mariko, Mr. Matsumura, has been manufacturing black tea since the 1950’s as well as growing high quality green tea. Our parent company, Shirakata-Denshiro Shoten, has done business with Mr. Matsumura for a long time. Mr. Matsumura even created the manufacturing machine for black tea and is considered the father of modern black tea production in Shizuoka. His tea is made with the tea species “Beni Fuki”. The cup is mild with very little bitterness and is highly aromatic. Its flavor is different from the black teas made in major Asian and African producing countries.

 

Tasters Review:

When I think of awesome Green Tea offerings one company I always think of is Den’s Tea.  This is one of their Black Teas and I must say it’s pretty darned awesome as well!

Shizuoka Black Tea from Den’s Tea is nice and bold and slightly astringent. The aroma is cakey-crust-like…and I just love it!

I can taste a sencha-like comparison and I think it’s lovely and unique.   I didn’t get as much of the oolong comparison they mentioned (in the product description) with the slight fruity notes but it could be because I tend to over infuse the amount of loose leaf too.  I like my teas STRONG.   I’m not worried or bothered by that because I am very excited about the cups I have been drinking of this and am totally jazzed I was able to try this!

This is nice hot or cold, too, which is GREAT because I’m a HUGE fan of strong, black iced teas as well!  YAY!

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