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!

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Mao Feng Mountain Green Tea from In Nature

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  In Nature

Product Description:

Alpine Mao Feng is our premium grade green tea. Only the finest and freshest buds find their way into this outstanding product.

This tea brews to give a pale yellow-green colour with a characteristic aroma and rich flavour with a clean and refreshing aftertaste. Words are insufficient to describe its taste, the only way to truly know it is to taste it.

Taster’s Review:

After reading the above description from the In Nature website, I have to say that I completely agree.  Words ARE insufficient to describe the taste of this tea.  I am struggling as I type this to try to adequately describe what I am experiencing as I sip this tea. Definitely a challenge, this tea!

But I mean that in the best way imaginable.  This tea is truly sublime.  It brews to a beautiful pale green color that possesses a very faint vegetative aroma, offering only a hint of what is to come with the sip.

The flavor is delicate.  Beautifully delicate with a crisp, clean taste.  It has a very smooth flavor with a pleasant sweetness.  In the background there is a faint whisper of the aforementioned vegetative notes.  It doesn’t taste grassy, only lightly vegetable-like.  There is also a hint of butter to this cup, but it doesn’t leave your mouth feeling “coated” with butter like some green teas can.

Just before the end of the sip, the faintest note of sour is introduced to the palate.  It is a very refreshing note, it perks up the palate and keeps it from feeling too overwhelmed by sweet tones.  The astringency here is also quite refreshing – cleaning the palate and leaving it ready for another sip.

I love the soft presentation of this tea.  It doesn’t need to be an overwhelming flavor, instead, this tea offers an intriguing mystery that keeps me sipping.  I really have enjoyed this experience with In Nature!

Pure Organic Black Tea/Ji Hong Men from In Nature

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  In Nature

Company Description:

The best Black Tea in the market. Superior taste and aroma. One can drink at any time and even during meals. Unlike with most Chinese Teas, people will often add sugar and milk. It is also known as Red Tea (hong cha).

This tea brews to a reddish-brown colour with an exquisite rich soothing taste and aroma. An Hui region

Taster’s Review:

I’ve been reading all kinds of lovely reviews about teas from In Nature from my SororiTea Sister, Jennifer, but I haven’t yet tried any of them … until now!

This really is a fantastic black tea.  I mean, like FANTASTIC!

The flavor is remarkably smooth and rich.  It has almost a creamy consistency to it and a very toothsome quality.  I can taste notes of malt which lends itself to a fresh baked bread kind of characteristic.

This is truly one of the most delightful black teas I’ve yet to encounter.  It is so delicious it certainly doesn’t need enhancement (aka flavoring) … although it is quite nice with a drizzle of agave nectar and I found that the sweetener brought out some caramel-y notes that I didn’t notice before adding the agave nectar.  I wouldn’t add milk to this just because I’d be afraid it would spoil the amazing complexity to the cup and I find it to be just perfect without the milk… but I imagine it would also taste really lovely with it too.

This is about as perfect as a black tea can get!

Mao Feng Mountain Green Tea from In Nature

Tea Type: Green Tea

Where To Buy: In Nature

Product Description:

Mountain Green – Mao Feng ( Alpine Tea )

Alpine Mao Feng is our premium grade green tea. Only the finest and freshest buds find their way into this outstanding product.

This tea brews to give a pale yellow-green colour with a characteristic aroma and rich flavour with a clean and refreshing aftertaste. Words are insufficient to describe its taste, the only way to truly know it is to taste it.

Pack size: 50g

Servings: 50 cups or more. Full instructions on how to prepare the perfect cup of tea inside each box

Tasters Review:

I love trying different teas from different regions and then learning about the name it’s given and what it means.  In this case Mao Feng means Alpine Tea.  Alpine just makes me think of fresh air and wonder and beauty.

And just so  you know…the box doesn’t lie…this is PURE Green Tea.  It has a nice PURE – VERY ‘clean’ and sweet taste with a very slight hint of veggie taste.

It’s more sweet that anything…I would say a SWEET Surprise!

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