I feel like it’s been a while since we had new fruity matchas from DT. I mean, what was the most recent matcha released? It’s always hard for me to mentally keep track because I’ve seen behind the curtains so far in advance, but I think it might have been the Glitter Matcha? And before that the other winter flavours…
We’re full force into the summery matcha offerings now, though! Today’s launch had one returning matcha (Berries & Cream) and four new ones: Banana, Watermelon, Green Apple and an unsweetened version of our Peach Matcha. New tasting notes for all of them eventually, but I’m starting today with the two that I have in my personal stash, and have for quite some time that I’ve been eagerly chomping at the bit to talk about!
Banana can be a really polarizing flavour and I suppose that’s why it’s taken DT so long to put out a banana matcha, but I’ve been personally dying for one to be in the collection since even before I started working at DT as a seasonal tea guide many, many years back. Way back in the height of Red Leaf Tea’s flavoured matcha offerings, the Bananas & Cream Matcha was one of my very favourites of their offerings. If you are a fan of that very sweet candy-like banana flavour then you’ll know exactly what that matcha tasted like and what this one tastes like. A banana matcha for the banana lovers.
I’m definitely paraphrasing (poorly) here but I read something recently where someone described how it pains them that there’s no word in the English language for when you’re just meeting someone for the first time while simultaneously feeling like you’re two old friends/kindred spirits reconnecting after a long time separated. They said it really beautifully, and it reminded me of something similar I’ve experienced where trying new foods/flavours can trigger a feeling a nostalgia for something that you’ve not actually experienced. I mention it because the moment I first tried this tea it left me feeling both of these distinct things. It’s was so incredibly nostalgic tasting and even though it was my first sip I felt like I was greeting a long forgotten friend.
I personally think this is as classic and delicious of a banana matcha as we could have possibly gotten, and I can only hope that when others try it they’ll experience even one of the two feelings I’ve just described. It’s just wicked delicious, and I’m happy to have such a flavourful and full of life banana matcha in my tea stash now!
(PS. It’s great hot and iced, but it’s ESPECIALLY good as a hot or iced latte. Tastes like banana cream pie!)
Tea Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/Cfo3CESOAcj/
Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1lfiy2_m3U
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