This is my first EVER matcha. Thanks to Sil who threw this into the first round of the Great Canadian Travelling tea box. I also grabbed Red Leaf’s cola matcha out of the box which I still have yet to try, but it smells amazing.
The travelling tea box came around a couple of months ago and I just got around to trying this today, but I have been nervous to try a matcha. One, because I have read that they can taste bitter and I hate bitter, and two, because I am not a big fan of greens in general, especially vegetal greens. But I know matcha has a lot of health benefits so I was determined to give it a shot. I tried the Chocolate Mint matcha first because I really wanted an iced matcha latte and I didn’t think cola would work well with milk. I love lattes so I thought that it may soften the blow of the bitter green flavour.
I have never made matcha so I had no idea what I was doing but I read in someone’s review that they dissolved the matcha in a little bit of hot water and then added the milk after, so this is what I did. As I do not have a matcha whisk or even a small whisk, I threw it in my to-go mug and shook it up. After adding the milk, I took a sip and while it wasn’t as bitter as I was expecting, it was still a little too bitter for my taste buds. I decided that I should heat up the latte in the microwave and add some agave.
OH MY GOD, what a difference! It was really love at first sip. Chocolate mint would not be a flavour I would choose for myself, considering all the interesting flavours that red leaf carries, but it is sooooo good! Although the flavour level was distinctive, the flavour wasn’t overly strong and the matcha itself was able to outshine the chocolate mint. After I was finished, I just had to have another cup immediately.
I was so excited about matcha that I made an order tonight. I can’t wait to try some of their other flavours. You can purchase this matcha here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/mint-chocolate-matcha.html