Naked Teas Galore’s Matcha Latte

Organic Matcha Latte by Naked Teas Galore
Green Tea (Matcha) / Flavoured
$3.25 for 25g sampler or $14.95 for 227g

First Impressions

Organic Matcha Latte was a little packet I picked up when I was at the Naked Teas Galore retail location in Langley, BC some time ago. I really appreciated that their flavoured matcha selection was available in both sample packets as well as much larger bags (25g vs 227g!). I opted for a few 25g packets so I could get a couple cups to try before committing to a larger bag or tin. Organic Matcha Latte comes in a sealed, resealable foiled bag. The front label tells me the name and ingredients, the back provides preparation instructions.

Organic Matcha Latte isn’t as green as I expected, nor bright. The colour reminds me of a shade of green I might find in some moss or something like that. There is a considerable amount of cane sugar granules, so I really wasn’t able to sift the powder when preparing it. Organic Matcha Latte consists of: organic cane sugar, organic matcha, and citric acid. The powder blend smells a bit sweet, I can’t really smell the matcha.

Preparation

Naked Teas Galore provides preparation instructions for making this either hot or cold. For hot, it’s mix with a hot milk of your choice. For cold, it’s to add the powder blend to a shaker cup, and then add ice and milk. I didn’t sift the powder, because the cane sugar granules are so large, and I mixed this with heated unsweetened organic soy milk directly in the cup.

First Taste

Organic Matcha Latte doesn’t really colour the soy milk too much – soy milk is naturally a bit of a cream colour, and the Organic Matcha Latte just gives it a slightly dull green colour. Organic Matcha Latte does taste sweet – I can taste all that cane sugar! I found that the matcha flavour was very mild – I didn’t note any grassy or umami flavour notes in the profile of the drink, with just a hint of matcha flavour at the tail end of each sip.

A Second Cup?

As always, matcha cannot be ‘resteeped’ because you drink everything all up.

My Overall Impression

I didn’t like Naked Teas Galore’s Organic Matcha Latte. I think this blend was just disappointing to me from the get-go. From the lack of green in the powder, to the colour of the drink after mixing it – it just wasn’t what I was expecting it to smell, look, or taste like because it lacked the flavour profile of matcha for me.

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Oteas’s Organic Pure Matcha

Organic Pure Matcha by Oteas
Green Tea (Matcha) / Straight
$8.99 for 12g (12 packets)

Oteas has provided me with Organic Pure Matcha for the purposes of providing an honest review.

First Impressions

Organic Pure Matcha comes individually portioned “single serve sticks”, which each contain 1g of matcha. This makes it ideal for the matcha lover on the go since you don’t have to fiddle with spoons and whatnot – although I made this at home so I definitely bothered with the spoons and whatnot.

Organic Pure Matcha consists of 100% organic Japanese green tea leaves in powder form. The packet was easy to open because of the notch at the top of the packaging. It comes out of the packaging easily. The matcha powder has a light grassy aroma and is a nice bright green colour.

As a side note, the packaging says that the tea is handpicked – which is important to note because all the good matcha is. Being mechanically picked means that there’s often sticks/twigs and other unwanted vegetal matter that winds up in the mix.

Preparation

Oteas recommends mixing 1 single serve stick of Organic Pure Matcha with 80-90°C (176-194°F) water and to whisk until it becomes a “smooth, creamy consistency”. I used 85°F (185°C) water and whisked it in my matcha bowl until I got a layer of bubbly foam on top.

First Taste

I found that Organic Pure Matcha becomes a nice dark green when whisked with the water. There a light grassy aroma from the matcha. When I drink it, I note that there are some grassy and vegetal notes – it reminds me a lot of spinach and other dark green leafy vegetables. There is a bit of salty/savoury quality to the matcha that hints to some lovely umami notes.

A Second Cup?

As always, matcha cannot be resteeped.

My Overall Impression

I loved Oteas’s Organic Pure Matcha. I really enjoyed the travel-friendly nature of these pre-portioned ‘serve sticks’ -i it just makes for an easier time making matcha wherever I go. I don’t work in an office setting, so I don’t have a designated desk where I can keep a cup of tea or tea stash at work, so I’ve tucked a packet of matcha into my lunch bag in order to make a quick cup of matcha during my break and it’s just so handy. I really enjoyed the flavour of this straight matcha. If you’re not as big of a fan of the salty qualities of matcha, I would recommend turning it into a latte with a bit of sweetener and milk to help temper the salty notes (and maybe add some ice for a real summer treat!).

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DavidsTea’s Cherry Blossom Matcha

Cherry Blossom Matcha by DavidsTea
Green Tea (Matcha) / Flavoured
$9.98 for 50g

First Impressions

Cherry Blossom Matcha was a tea that my local DavidsTea shop was promoting the day that I went in, so I gave it a sniff and opted to buy a small amount to try at home. Like with previous matcha blends that I have purchased from DavidsTea, this one is also a drink mix with the first ingredient being cane sugar. It is a bit disappointing because there’s so much education and information out there about the obesity epidemic out there regarding how much sugar people are taking in on a regular basis. That said, moderation is key!

Cherry Blossom Matcha comes in a silver foil bag that is resealable. The printed label has the information for the matcha blend – including the description, ingredients, and steeping instructions. The powder itself has a light floral aroma to it, and I can smell the matcha. The description suggests that there’s a cherry flavour but I can’t smell that at all. Cherry Blossom Matcha is a pretty green colour and has a light sparkle to it that comes from the cane sugar. The ingredients for this matcha blend are: cane sugar, matcha green tea, and natural cherry blossom flavouring.

Preparation

DavidsTea recommends preparing Cherry Blossom Matcha with 85°C (185°F) water. I opted to sift the powder into my matcha bowl prior to preparing it with my bamboo whisk. If you need some tips for preparing matcha, click here for my Basics of Preparing Matcha article.

First Taste

Cherry Blossom Matcha whisks up very easily, and it was quick to produce a layer of foam on top of the matcha. There’s a sweet, floral aroma from the tea. The first thing I noticed when drinking it is the sweetness. I would say that is very sweet, and the floral notes come in second. There is a touch of grassy flavour from the matcha base, but the sweetness from the cane sugar is the most prominent flavour.

I think Cherry Blossom Matcha would be a great option to have as a matcha latte, as the milk would help cut down on the sweetness.

A Second Cup?

As Cherry Blossom Matcha is a matcha (suspension!), there is no ‘second cup’ with the same powder.

My Overall Impression

I thought that DavidsTea’s Cherry Blossom Matcha was just okay. I’m beginning to think that I need to stop buying the disappointing matcha ‘drink mixes’ (although the Chai Matcha – which is now discontinued – is still a favourite of mine as a latte). I think they did a great job on making sure that the matcha didn’t come across as being too floral or perfumey – I’m not sure why the description suggests “ripe, juicy cherry” for this blend when cherries are not the same thing as cherry blossoms, and cherries are not mentioned in the ingredients list at all. I’ll be finishing off the rest of this small bag as a latte, most likely, to help temper the sweetness of all the sugar in it.

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