Latte Matcha from Teanobi

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

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.

Taster’s Review:

The first time I prepared this, I did so using the package instructions:  1 cup of steamed milk to 1/4 tsp. Latte Matcha.  It was good, but, to be honest, I wanted the Matcha flavor to be a little stronger.  I felt like I was tasting too much milk.  So, the second time I prepared it, I used a little more Matcha (not quite 1/2 a tsp.) and this was perfect for me!

The flavor is so rich, creamy, and smooth.  Yes, it’s vegetative, but, that’s to be expected.  This IS Matcha!  It has a wonderfully mild sweetness.  There is no bitterness to this Matcha, which I found kind of odd, because I always expect a light bitterness in the background.  Perhaps its the milk that offsets the bitterness?  I don’t know.  Anyway, for those of you who often find Matcha to be too bitter for your personal taste, try it as a Latte using this Matcha!  I think you’ll be surprised at how good this one is!

I have blended this using my bamboo whisk (a chasen) and I have blended it using my handheld frother.  Both work just fine, although I prefer the handheld frother for the latte.  It becomes more frothy and creamy – just like a coffee shop green tea latte.  One big difference, though, is that this one hasn’t been sweetened, so you can decide if you want sweetener in it or not.

I really enjoyed this Matcha.  It’s not only great for making a Matcha Latte, but it also is quite nice in smoothies too.  Here’s my recipe:

  • 8 oz. of yogurt or Kefir (I prefer Kefir, coconut Kefir if you can find it!)
  • Banana
  • 1 cup (or more if you desire) of frozen fruit of your choice
  • 1/2 tsp of Latte Matcha (or more if you prefer)

Blend until creamy smooth.  Enjoy!

Now, I warn you, this smoothie will not have the most appetizing color.  But it is delicious, and it makes for a very satisfying (and healthy) meal replacement.

This is a great Matcha – at a great price!

Black Matcha from Pure Matcha

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:   Black

Where to Buy:  Pure Matcha

Product Description:

During the Song Dynasty in 11th century China, tea was consumed in powder form. Centuries later this innovative way of drinking black tea has been reinvented with our natural 100% Black tea powder or Black Matcha. Consumed just like traditional Green tea Matcha our Black Matcha is made from the finest Darjeeling and Assam tea leaves of India, and has a robust rich flavor. Higher in natural caffeine than a traditional cup of black tea, rivaling that of a cup of coffee. Except with Black Matcha there is no jittery crash. When you drink Black Matcha you get almost ten times more anti-oxidants and vitamins than a regular cup of tea, where the leaves are thrown away after brewing. Black Matcha is great for a healthy morning wake up.

Taster’s Review:

Now, I know what some of you Matcha purists out there are thinking… Matcha made from black tea leaves?  But don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!

This is delicious.  It tastes like a very strongly brewed Assam/Darjeeling blend, heavy on the Assam.  It has a lot of GUSTO.  It has the maltiness that you would expect from a good quality Assam with a hint of muscatel in the background that is desirable from a Darjeeling.

There is a faint savory bitter note to this, but I’ve got to tell you that I really expected it to be very bitter in a not-savory-but-bad-bitter way.  This isn’t like that at all.  It does, however, have a fair amount of astringency to it.  It is robust with a well-rounded flavor.

It is very creamy and when that is combined with the biscuit-y quality of it and the malt – well, it becomes rather rich and decadent!  But, make no mistake, this is A STRONG TEA… so if you’re sensitive to caffeine, or even if you aren’t, you should be careful not to drink this too late in the day.  However, if you are one who finds yourself dragging a bit in the morning (um… that would be ME), this is the Matcha for you!

There is also a whisper of spice in the background that I am finding rather intriguing, and a very nice undertone of sweetness that I enhanced a little sprinkling of raw Turbinado sugar. A really delicious – and DIFFERENT! – Matcha!

It prepares just like “regular” green Matcha:  First, I sifted the dry tea (which looks a bit like dry hot chocolate mix).  The water was slightly hotter than I would with a green Matcha.  The water wasn’t boiling, but, it was just under a boil, whereas with green Matcha, I bring it to just about 145 degrees F.  Add the water and whisk, and this froths up just like a green Matcha!

I think this would also be quite nice as a latte, in fact, I think I shall have my next cuppa with steamed milk instead of water to see how that works out!   I will update in the comments when I try it!  In the meantime, you should try this tea!

PRODUCT REVIEW: Chai Matcha Latte from Matcha Mountains

Where to Buy:  Where Matcha Mountains Products are sold

Product Description:

Spice up your life this season with our chai matcha latte made from organic freshly ground spices cardamon, cinnamon, cloves… and japanese matcha. Accent our chai with a cinnamon stick or dollop of whip cream and enjoy hot or cold.

Taster’s Review:

THIS IS SO YUMMY!

This is a perfect Matcha Latte … and a perfect Chai Latte for that matter.  It is so good.

This is gently spiced – not something I would categorize as spicy.  More like warm and soothing.  It is sweet but not cloying.  It is smooth, rich and creamy.  The combination of adding steaming milk and the Matcha make for a very foamy, frothy beverage.

The Matcha base tastes vibrant.  It has a light vegetative taste.  It isn’t as vegetal as a typical Matcha.  Perhaps that is because it’s a latte mix, or perhaps it’s because the spices cancel out some of the grassy tones, or it could be because the milk offsets the vegetative qualities of the Matcha.  But if you’ve tried Matcha in the past and found that strong vegetative taste to be a little off-putting, try this!

I absolutely LOVE this Matcha Latte.  I love it so much, in fact, that my cup is empty!  I don’t usually finish off the cup before I finish writing the review… but, in this case, it tasted so good I couldn’t stop!  It’s a yummy treat!

PRODUCT REVIEW: Original Matcha Latte from Matcha Mountains

Where to Buy:  Where Matcha Mountains Products Are Sold.

Product Description:

Our original mix is ideal for getting you going in the morning or as an afternoon “pick me up”. Our original mix is for people who like the taste of green tea, although a few drops of vanilla extract or syrup is great. Simply mix with hot water and add your favourite frothed milk product. This product has the highest portion of matcha per serving and has a thick creamy texture.

Taster’s Review:

Yum!

I love Matcha and have been drinking it for years (although I will say that in the last year or two I have been drinking more than I had in the previous years), but I must admit that Matcha Latte drinks are a bit new to me, having only tried my first Matcha Latte in the last year or so.  But, since that time, I’ve been hooked!

This Matcha Latte mix has a sweetness to it, but it isn’t too sweet nor does it overwhelm the natural flavor of the green tea.  I can taste the distinct bittersweet taste of the Matcha, which I really enjoy.  This is incredibly creamy and energizing.

I love that this product is organic, and I also like that I can choose just how creamy I want this Matcha Latte to be by choosing my own milk – I can go with skim milk for less creaminess or I can really go for it and use half & half for an out of this world creamy experience.  Or if I prefer a non-dairy option, I can use almond milk or rice milk, or even coconut milk!

This is a versatile, delicious treat!   This product may be a little difficult to find since Matcha Mountains does not seem to sell it retail, however, it appears that it is sold in various Cafes and it is well worth the effort to find this latte mix because it’s outstanding!

Savanna Vanilla African Rooibos from Domo

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Rooibos

Where to Buy:  Domo

Product Description:

For hundreds of years the Khoisan people of South Africa have enjoyed rooibos tea, not just for its sweet, delicate taste but for its medicinal value. Now Domo has captured the spirit of the wild with a subtle blend of red rooibos and natural vanilla. Domo Flavour-Infused Rooibos is a whole new way to enjoy tea, and thanks to a high antioxidant count and no caffeine, it’s also one of the healthiest teas you can buy. Try Domo Vanilla-Enhanced Rooibos and rediscover the spirit of Africa.

Taster’s Review:

This is completely and utterly YUM!  Like dessert-treat yum!

This rooibos comes as a powder similar to green tea Matcha (only it is a reddish-terra-cotta color).  I prepared it the same way I would green tea Matcha except that I used hotter water (almost boiling) as rooibos tends to respond better to hotter water, but I used the same Matcha tools to prepare the Savanna Vanilla African Rooibos.

The result is a rich and creamy chawan full of sweet goodness!  But, be warned, this IS sweet.  And it tastes so creamy and vanilla-y that I almost feel like I should be eating it (like eating ice cream) rather than sipping on it.

The rooibos is not extraordinarily distinct in this – I can taste notes of nut and wood but not a lot of rooibos aftertaste (which is good!)  The dominate flavor is the vanilla – and it tastes like it was sweetened with vanilla sugar!  Yes, it is that sweet … if you don’t care for sweet drinks, this may not be the ideal beverage for you.  But for the rest of us – this is so deliciously decadent that it will help curb any sweet craving you might have!

I love this!

Genmai Matcha from Shizuoka Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Shizuoka Tea

Product Description:

Genmai Matcha is a very tasty combination of Sencha, Genmai (toasted brown rice) and Matcha (high-quality tea leaf powder). The Genmai gives the Sencha tea a wholesome, nut-like flavor. The Matcha gives it a deep green color and very pleasing aroma.  This combination makes Genmai Matcha one of our best selling teas.

Taster’s Review:

I really enjoy Genmaicha teas, and I also enjoy Matcha, so when these two are brought together in one blend – well, you know that old commercial about two great tastes that taste great together?  Yeah, the commercial is about a candy bar, but it works here too.

I steeped this Genmai Matcha in my gaiwan.  I don’t usually steep Genmaicha in my gaiwan, but I don’t know why!  I think I may start though, because, I am finding it to be the perfect vessel for this tea. 

The flavor is sweet, nutty and toasty.  There are hints of bitterness from the Matcha which enhance the overall profile of the tea – this tea seems to please the whole palate with its complex collection of flavors.

The Matcha coats the palate softly with a delicious, almost powder-like feel.  There is a pleasant level of vegetative taste to this cup.  It doesn’t taste too grassy.  The toasted taste of the Genmaicha gives the cup a more “roasted vegetable” flavor rather than a grassy tone.

This is a very energizing cup, it is a great choice to sip later in the day to help offset that sluggish sort of feeling!  It not only excites the palate but invigorates the body and helps to clear the mind!  What a splendid tea!

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!

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!

Red Matcha from Pure Matcha

Tea Type: Matcha
(Rooibos Base)

Where To Buy: Pure Matcha

Product Description:

Rooibos, which is grown deep in the heart of South Africa, is a deeply rich, aromatic, and flavorful tea. Naturally caffeine free and full of anti-oxidants and vitamins. 47% more than any green tea. Our Rooibos is stone ground into the finest powder. Allowing you to consume the whole leaf, just like traditional Matcha. By consuming the leaf, you absorb almost 10 times more anti-oxidants and vitamins than the regular method of drinking Rooibos, where the leaves are removed after brewing. This results in a stronger, richer, and naturally sweet flavor you will never forget. Our 100% Rooibos Powder will leave your body and mind completely revitalized and rejuvinated.

Tasters Review:

Red Matcha is a plain rooibos base made into a powder so there is no flavoring to really comment on other than it DOES smell and taste exactly like Rooibos and what you think it would and should smell and taste like.

Having said that…

The real notable thing to mention here is the QUALITY.  It’s top-notch as far as Rooibos quality goes…in matcha form the rooibos is very clean tasting but semi-murky in the water…it looks like a latte, however, and that makes sense!

It’s smooth and sweet and I think it’s very good as-is (plain) but I am sure you can get creative with it just as easy!  If you are into Matcha Powders – give this a whirl!

 

Green Matcha from Pure Matcha

Tea Type: Matcha
(Green Tea)

Where To Buy: Pure Matcha

Product Description:

Matcha, which means powdered tea. Has been enjoyed for over 800 years. Our Premium Ceremonial Grade Matcha is stone ground in the ancient way to produce the finest quality Matcha. Unlike regular green tea leaves which are removed after brewing. Matcha is whisked with water and consumed entirely. This ensures that Pure Matcha drinkers consume almost ten times a higher concentration of green tea anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fibers.

Tasters Review:

All Matcha’s are NOT created equal!  Pure Matcha’s Matcha stands out!

This certainly is another kind of green and I mean that in the most awesome way!

This is a plain green matcha powder but the flavor is amazing!   I used a bit more than suggested but I really like it!

It’s clean and slightly buttery.  It’s a great green. The aroma and taste are both wonderful.

Like I said…slightly buttery but also smooth…almost velvety…and this is without adding anything, folks!

I could only imagine what a Matcha Latte would taste like!!!  I might have to put that to the test and SOON!

Have I mentioned I really like this!?

Vanilla Cloud Matcha from Domo

Tea Type: Matcha
(Green Tea)

Where To Buy: Domo

Product Description:

Our top selling product, Vanilla Cloud has a rich silky texture and a mild matcha flavour enhanced with natural vanilla. Made with organic matcha tea, organic evaporated cane juice, and all natural flavours. Contains no cholesterol and no saturated or trans fats. And it’s good for you!

Contents: 100g of flavour-enhanced matcha (enough for 10 – 12 servings).

Dimensions: 3″W x 5″H

$9.99 CDN

Tasters Review:

Vanilla Cloud Matcha from Domo…you are a friend of mine!

I really like the texture of this one!  Incredibly Silky Smooth!  The Vanilla is almost sugary and a pure delight!  It’s somewhat ‘puffy’ texture-wise so I can understand and relate to the “cloud” connection in this products name!  It’s sweet and smooth and almost candy-like!  I really like this!  I can see why this is one of their top sellers!  YUM!!!

 

Black Matcha from Pure Matcha

Tea Type: Matcha
(Black Tea Base)

Where To Buy: Pure Matcha

Product Description:

During the Song Dynasty in 11th century China, tea was consumed in powder form. Centuries later this innovative way of drinking black tea has been reinvented with our natural 100% Black tea powder or Black Matcha. Consumed just like traditional Green tea Matcha our Black Matcha is made from the finest Darjeeling and Assam tea leaves of India, and has a robust rich flavor. Higher in natural caffeine than a traditional cup of black tea, rivaling that of a cup of coffee. Except with Black Matcha there is no jittery crash. When you drink Black Matcha you get almost ten times more anti-oxidants and vitamins than a regular cup of tea, where the leaves are thrown away after brewing. Black Matcha is great for a healthy morning wake up.

Tasters Review:

I’ve been looking for black matcha powders since having one I enjoyed a few months back!  The one I had then was a flavored one.  I REALLY wanted to taste – and possibly get hooked on – a non-flavored, plain, black tea matcha powder!  I was so excited when I received this one from Pure Matcha!

Pure Matcha’s Black Matcha smells like a creamier-black tea would.  After preparing this I thought  it looked much like a mocha or latte-type drink.

And…you know what?  This tastes JUST like Assam!  That, in itself, had me VERY excited!   The powder dissolved for me perfectly!   There was a natural creaminess to this that I really like.  As far as the strength of the black tea – I would say it was a medium strength black tasting type tea.

This is a product that is SURE to be in high demand!  I enjoyed this very much!

I also want to say that the correspondence from this company is top-notch!  So if you have any questions – don’t be afraid to drop them an email!  Their website is very easy to navigate, too!

Stay tuned to SororiTEA Sisters for more reviews on Pure Matcha and their offerings!

Matcha from Zhi Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Zhi Tea

Product Description:

Our special grade Organic Green Tea powder from Japan.

Exotic, potent, and very flavorful. High in antioxidants. Versatile and healthy.

Try our Matcha in creative recipes, too.

Taster’s Review:

I love Matcha, but, it is a tea that I do not indulge in very often.  The issue is not the cost as much as it is the tools (gadgetry) that are required for the preparation.  I’m not big into ritual when it comes to making tea – I’m all about keeping it as simple as possible.  And, while making Matcha IS simple enough, it does require a few extra tools that I don’t ordinarily use when I make tea.  This, of course, means a little extra clean up… and all these little extras add up.

But I do try to have some Matcha at least once a week.  It is incredibly good for you, and more than that, it’s incredibly delicious.

What makes Matcha so much better for you than other tea types is that you’re consuming the entire leaf.  You aren’t simply steeping the flavor out of the leaf.  Instead, the tea leaf (usually the shade-grown Gyokuro) is ground into a very fine powder and then whisked in hot water to dissolve.

This delicious Matcha from Zhi Tea is a very fine quality Matcha.  The flavor is rich, vegetal, and sweet.  There is also a bitterness to the Matcha that gives the flavor a very pleasing balance.  As long as it is mixed in the proper proportions and is whisked thoroughly, it doesn’t taste or feel chalky.  It has a very smooth, creamy quality.

I don’t add anything to my Matcha – no milk or sweetener – although, in the summertime, my favorite breakfast food just happens to be a Matcha Smoothie!  I simply blend together some yogurt (or Kefir), a fresh banana and an assortment of frozen fruit pieces, along with a tablespoon of Matcha.  The color of the smoothie is a somewhat strange pea-soup green, but, the flavor more than makes up for what it lacks in visual appeal.  It is refreshing and satisfying.

Organic Genmai Matcha Powder from shizuokatea.com

Tea Type: Matcha (Green Tea)

Where To Buy: shizuokatea.com

Product Description:

ORGANIC GENMAI MATCHA GREEN TEA POWDER
JAPANESE LANGUAGE BULK PACKAGING

Price: $10
Organic Genmai Matcha green tea powder is the combination of finely ground organic whole leaf Sencha tea leaves, organic Genmai (toasted brown rice) and organic Matcha (high-quality tea leaf powder). It has the same outstanding taste as our Organic Genmai Matcha loose leaf tea. Organic Genmai Matcha green tea powder has been produced according to the strict guidelines of the JAS (Japan Agricultural Standard) and is certified organic.

  • 40 grams (1.4 ounces)
  • Makes 40 100 ml servings of tea
  • Instructions: Add approximately one gram of powder to 100 ml of water and stir. A measuring spoon is included.

Please Note: Organic Genmai Matcha green tea powder dissolves immediately in hot or cold water with very light stirring. In cold water you may notice small beads of undissolved powder at the top, which are not bitter tasting and very healthy. If not consumed right away, some of the powder will settle to the bottom or your cup, so simply stir again if desired.

Tasters Review:

The very first time I tried this terrific matcha – I immediately thought of Veggie Booty.  What IS Veggie Booty?  It’s only the BEST puffed rice/corn you’ll ever taste in your life!

  • Baked puffed rice & corn
  • Spinach, kale, broccoli, cabbage, parsley

In a nutshell these are the things that make Veggie Booty great!  To find out more about Veggie Booty go here.  As for how this all connects to this specific tea…here goes!  This matcha smells like veggies and popcorn.  The aroma and the taste BOTH remind me of Veggie Booty…one of my all-time favorite snacks!  Now…if you are looking at the ingredients and comparison and scratching your head – don’t knock it – ’til you try it!  Just think buttery popcorn and veggies – more specifically leafy greens.  Add a smooth finish and aftertaste and there you have it!  Organic Ganmai Matcha Powder!  This really is a wonderful tasting matcha!

Black Cherry Cream from GreenTeaHP/Green Tea Pros

TEA PRODUCT REVIEW

Product Description from Company:

Black Cherry Cream Green Tea by GreenTeaHP

Optimisim is Always in Fashion. And Flatters Every Figure. Memorable Melody. Click of heels. Clank of glass. Familiar Stangers. Overheard Insights. Laughter is Contagious.

One box of BLACK CHERRY contains 60 pixies of BLACK CHERRY GreenTeaHP. For best results drink a minimum of two pixies every day, one during breakfast and the other during lunch. Mix each pixie in 12 – 16 ounces of cold water.

The ultimate Anti-Aging Antixodant Alliance
GreenTeaHP contains a proprietary formulation of complementary antioxidants designed to work together to boost bioavailability and maximize EGCG and other antioxidant absorption and benefits.

EGCG: a powerful antioxidant exclusive to green tea clinically proven to help reduce the risk of chronic disease, improve overall wellness, and promote weight loss

Açaí: Rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids, açaí has been prized for centuries for its healthful properties

Noni Juice: Polynesian cultures have used noni for ages for vitality, strength and general health

Pomegranate Juice: Contains potent antioxidants linked to cardiovascular health and mental clarity

Resveratrol: One of the most promising anti-aging ingredients, resveratrol is the antioxidant found in red wine

Trace Minerals: Derived from sea water, trace minerals provide key nutrition to facilitate proper cellular function

Plus: Polyphenols( flavonoids), l-theanine, vitamins, amino acids, minerals, fibers, and more

Use: GreenTeaHP comes in convenient single serving pixies that you can take on the go. Open a pixie and pour it into 12-16 ounces of water then shake it up. We recommend using one pixie with breakfast and one pixie with lunch.

Difference between GreenTeaHP and other teas? GreenTeaHP contains the right amount of green tea antioxidants in each pixie which contains 1250mg of green tea extract and 200mg of EGCG. GreenTeaHP comes in the right form which provides convenience and the best delivery system. The optimal way to harness the power of green tea antioxidants is to mix them with water to allow for maximal absorption. GreenTeaHP also contains the right blend of complimentary antioxidants. GreenTeaHP provides the right taste which makes it a great fit for any healthy lifestyle.

Other Ingredients: Green Tea Extract (Camellia Sinensis), Noni Juice, Açaí, Resveratrol, Pomegranate Extract, L-Theanine, Bioperine, Orange Fruit Powder, Cherry Powder, Mango Powder, Lemon Powder, Peach Powder, Pineapple Powder, Strawberry Powder, Fructose, Citric Acid, Beet Root Powder, Matcha, Natural and Artificial Fruit Flavors, Xylitol, Malic Acid, Lecithin, Ascorbic Acid, Tartaric Acid, Beta Carotene, Tumeric Powder, Roboflavin-5-Phosphate, Sodium Copper Chlorophyllin, Ace K, Silicon Dioxide, & Sucralose. Mocha flavor contains fat fee dry milk.

Tasters Review:

Today I am writing about Black Cherry Cream from Green Tea HP/Green Tea Pros which is a product that includes Green Tea as its base.  Here at SororiTEA Sisters we have reviewed a few of these already and have more on tap!

Before adding this powder-pocket to my bottled water I thought it smelled like Chocolate Covered Cherries…which is perfect timing because almost every year I get my mom Chocolate Covered Cherries for the holidays!  She just LOVES them!  This was a great reminder as well as a healthy alternative for a sweet tooth, too!

Afterward I added it to the water it was basically a sugary smelling Black Cherry type aroma.

The taste is a little tart but that makes sense considering it’s Black Cherry Flavored…it DOES taste like Black Cherry! As for the cream connection…I guess I can also make that out a little…it is sort of reminiscent of black cherry ice cream.

Where as this specific flavor isn’t my favorite from Green Tea Pros it’s still pretty good and I am VERY excited I got to try it!

Stay tuned for more Product Reviews from The SororiTEA Sisters!

Product Review: Matcha Tea-Infused Chocolate Truffle from Arbor Teas

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Where to Buy:  Arbor Teas

Company Description:

A healthy dose of our organic Matcha Green Tea give the white chocolate center of this milk chocolate truffle a vivid green color and rich green tea flavor.

Taster’s Review:

Editor’s Note:  This review represents part 3 of 6 reviews, one review for each of the six flavors in the truffle collection available from Arbor Teas

Absolutely delightful!  Divine!

Of the three that I’ve tried thus far, I think that this one is probably the best representation of the tea with which it has been infused.  In fact, if you don’t care for Matcha, you just might (might!) not find this truffle as enjoyable as I do.

The Matcha flavor here is strong – but not overwhelming. I can feel the slightly chalky grit to the Matcha.  That is not to say that this does not have a smooth, creamy ganache center, because it is very smooth and creamy.  However, because there is actual Matcha powder blended with the sweet white chocolate, there is going to be some grittiness to it.  It isn’t off-putting though… it is more like a reminder that this is Matcha that you’re tasting!

The flavors here are so perfectly matched.  The milk chocolate is sweet, the white chocolate is mild, and the matcha is fresh and vibrant.  I’ve tried a few Matcha chocolates in the past, I think that this might be the best one yet!

I highly recommend picking up a box of these fantastic chocolates.  They’d make a terrific gift for the tea lover on your list, too!  (Even if that tea lover is you!)

Acai Matcha Tea from Shanti Tea

Tea Type: Green Tea (Matcha/Powder)

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.

Tasters Review:

Acai Matcha from Shanti Tea is a deep, dark olive green color when you add the liquid to it.  In this initial attempt I just did it plain with water specifically to taste the natural green flavors without additives.  It smells like leafy green tea when dry and a different sort of a veggie aroma after adding the liquid – almost buttered.

This is much more smooth than I thought it would be and pretty darn good.  Many Acai flavored drinks I have had in the past have been either bitter or tart and not smooth or sometimes just plan hard to handle and not very tasty.   But not this!  This is tasty.  Acai Matcha from Shanti is more of a strong green than most flavored matchas I have had and the acai is very much in the back ground and I like that in this Matcha.  I like that the Acai is NOT overbearing.  This is bold and strong and brothy and I like it.

Sencha Yuzu Green Tea from Rishi Tea

Tea Type: Green Tea

Where To Buy: Rishi Tea

Product Description:


A variety of citrus rarely found outside of Asia, yuzu is a classic ingredient in Japanese cuisine. Yuzu has a complex citrus flavor and floral aroma that pairs well with our refreshing blend of first flush green tea and matcha. We developed a unique drying process and blending technique that captures the fresh essence of yuzu without the use of added flavors. This entirely natural blend is refreshing and pleasantly sweet with citron flavor and offers an aroma of roses and geraniums.

Ingredients: green tea and dried yuzu citrus fruit. / Origin: Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.

Click Here to read about our 2009 World Tea Championship winners!

Tasters Review:

This morning…I am in the presence of greatness!  That’s according to the World Tea Expo!  Rishi’s Sencha Yuzu also known as Yuzucha is a 2009 World Tea Expo Winner!

I must say this is truly unique…and I like unique!

It looks to have the powdery Sencha along with Yuzu pieces and lemon grass in the blend.  The aroma is a lovely but not over-done citrus.

I did two infusions of this.  As suggested my first attempt – I infused for 2 minutes and it was great!  I could taste the citrus and true green tea.  It was a little vegetal and a little sweet and grassy but then also citrus!

As for the 2nd infusion I also went with their suggestion of a minute to infuse and it was still very good – a very high quality solid green tea taste…sweet grass and vegetal, indeed.  But the Yuzu Citrus Fruit Flavor wasn’t as bold as the first infusion.  However, what I could taste of the Yuzu was still quite good.  Both infusions seem to leave a toasted-nutty sort of taste which was unexpected yet tasty.

I really like this offering and understand why it has won awards!


Organic Ginger Matcha from Art of Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where To Buy:  Art of Tea

Company Description:

An essential blend in any chef’s kitchen. Sweet Green Matcha with freshly ground ginger. Also great as an ice blended beverage.

Taster’s Review:

This is a delicious flavored Matcha, one of several different teas from Art of Tea that I’ve been enjoying lately (more reviews to come!)

Because this is not a ceremonial grade Matcha, it does have a little more bitterness to it than a ceremonial grade Matcha, but, with the spicy bite of the ginger, that bitterness seems to work well.  The natural sweetness of the matcha also curbs some of the bitter flavor as well.  It is a very delicious combination of flavors.

What really makes this Matcha stand out is the ginger.  It offers a nice kick of warm spice to the cup (err… chawan), yet it doesn’t overwhelm the sweet-bitter Matcha flavor.  And, if you like ginger (and I do!) every once in a while, I come across a tiny piece of ginger in the cup.  Bite into it for a peppery punch!  Yum!

The description of this tea provided on the Art of Tea website (above) promotes it as an ingredient for cooking as well as a beverage.  Here’s a simple but delicious smoothie that I made with this Matcha:

  • 6 oz. vanilla yogurt (I used organic yogurt, and I have also used Kefir instead of yogurt and it is also quite delicious!)
  • 1 medium sized banana
  • Frozen Peach slices  (I used 5 slices of frozen peaches)
  • 2 scoops (heaping chashaku scoops) Ginger Matcha from Art of Tea

I first blended the yogurt and peaches together to ensure that the peaches were adequately blended throughout the yogurt, and then I added the two heaping scoops of Ginger Matcha.  It does blend up to be a funky green color, sort of like split pea soup or maybe baby food peas, but, if you can look past the color of the smoothie, you’ll be in for a treat.

Strawberry & Vanilla from Lupicia

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Lupicia

Company Description:

Green tea with matcha is flavored with sweet fragrance of strawberry and vanilla.

Taster’s Review:

This tea is delightful!

The dry tea smells amazing – it smells a lot like strawberry milk!  It has that same creamy, strawberry scent.  The brewed liquor offers a softer aroma, but, it still smells positively delicious.

This is a green tea blend that contains Matcha, which is noticeable upon opening the package with a light powdering of green “dust.”   It is this addition of Matcha that makes this strawberry green tea so special.  The Matcha adds just the right amount of fresh, sweet taste.  Amazing!

Lupicia Tea does not indicate on their website what kind of green tea (other than the Matcha) is used in this blend.  But it is light and bright in flavor, and provides a good base for the strawberry flavor, which is slightly sweet, and a bit tart, and very much like biting into a ripe strawberry:  juicy and delicious.  The vanilla is softer in flavor, and softens some of the stronger strawberry notes… much the same way that whipped cream softens the flavor of a strawberry.  The result is a cup of smooth, sweet, creamy berry goodness.

This light-bodied tea is outstanding served hot, but, I think it would also be quite good chilled too.  The Matcha does somewhat settle to the bottom of the cup, so, do yourself a favor and keep a spoon nearby to stir it.  The Matcha really adds a beautiful flavor to this cup, so it’s worth this little extra effort to keep it incorporated in the tea.

This tea needs no sweetener.  Most flavored teas need just a little sweetener to bring out the best flavor in the cup, but, this one is an exception – it is pleasantly flavorful with a sweet-tart attitude that comes through without the addition of sweetener.  However, you might find that the slightly sour qualities of this tea are a bit too sour (it is *almost* too sour for me, but not quite) and you might want to add a little sugar to curb that.  If you like sweet-tart candy, you’ll like this tea!

Moreover, if you like strawberry green teas – you MUST try this tea.  It is astounding!

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