DavidsTea’s Raspberry Matcha

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

First Impressions

Another Monday, another matcha review! Raspberry Matcha comes in a sealed, resealable silver pouch. I just mentioned my opinions two reviews ago about the labelling colours and text, so I won’t flog a dead horse here (but feel free to read my review on DavidsTea’s Earl Grey Matcha for more opinions…). I love a good matcha blend, and the idea of a Raspberry Matcha intrigued me, so here we are!

The aroma is very fruity and does remind me of berries, but not necessarily raspberry. If anything, it reminds me of blue raspberry candy (which is also pretty much acceptable in my eyes). The powder itself has a bit of a olive green colour to it, and I can see the sugar crystals from the cane sugar so I am expecting this one to be on the sweeter side. Raspberry Matcha consists of: cane sugar, matcha green tea, and natural raspberry flavouring.

Preparation

DavidsTea recommends whisking Raspberry Matcha in 85°C (185°F) water. I followed the preparation instructions for this matcha drink mix.

First Taste

Raspberry Matcha mixes up to a dark green, easily forms a layer of bubbles on top when I whisked it up using a hand held frother. The aroma is very much a sweet, fruity/berry aroma, and it screams blue raspberry candy to it rather than a natural raspberry aroma. The flavour is (very) sweet and has that blue raspberry candy taste to it. I think it may almost be too sweet for me, which isn’t necessarily a terrible thing as I can still turn it into a tea latte (which I did), but it’s too sweet for me to drink straight.

Raspberry Matcha takes to being turned into a tea latte pretty well. The addition of frothed milk helps temper down that cloying sweetness from all that cane sugar in the blend. It definitely reminds me of drinking candy when straight, but as a tea latte it reminds me of a dessert because it’s not nearly as sweet.

A Second Cup?

As it is a suspension, as all matcha are, there were no second steeps with the same Raspberry Matcha powder.

My Overall Impression

I liked DavidsTea’s Raspberry Matcha. I did find it to be on the overly sweet side, which is why I think I just had to dock some points there. I love sweets of all sorts, but there’s sometimes just too much and that’s what I found here when I was drinking Raspberry Matcha straight. Once it was a tea latte, I found it delightful, like drinking liquid blue raspberry candy. I do wish that there was more of a natural raspberry flavour to it – more fruity, less candy-like, but it does make for a nice dessert-esque cup of tea.

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DavidsTea’s Earl Grey Matcha

Earl Grey Matcha by DavidsTea
Green Tea (Matcha) / Flavoured
$9.98 for 50g

First Impressions 

Have you ever come across a tea that you needed to try – not because you actually thought it might taste good, but because you hoped it would? This is one of those teas. I love Earl Grey and I love matcha – what could possibly go wrong? Well, I’m sure a lot. I didn’t really get this tea with a lot of high hopes because I was anticipating it being not that great. I had high hopes, but low expectations. Part of this is because sometimes flavoured matcha mixes can often just fall short, or I’m just super picky – take your pick.

Earl Grey Matcha comes in a very similar sealed, resealable silver pouch. It has the green label on the front – with the same pitifully difficult to read white text on a green background (again, nobody asks my opinion before committing to print something, but I’ll still mention this from an accessibility point of view). The matcha drink mix (as it is called) has a really nice aroma to it – very bright citrus notes that do make me think of bergamot and a hint of black tea, perhaps, lingering in the background. There are some grassy undertones to this matcha blend from the matcha base itself. Whatever was used for the Earl Grey flavouring, it smells right.

Earl Grey Matcha consists of: cane sugar, matcha green tea, and natural Earl Grey flavouring. Not sure what is in that flavouring, but the aroma is spot on and I’m a bit impressed about it over here. The colour of the powder drink mix itself is a light grassy green colour. I can definitely see the sugar crystals in the light from the cane sugar, so I am expecting it to be sweet (and hopeful that it’s not too sweet).

Preparation

DavidsTea recommends whisking Earl Grey Matcha in 85°C (185°F) water, and that’s what I ended up doing.

Instead of using a traditional bamboo whisk, I ended up using a handheld milk frother. I find that drink mixes, because they’re not pure, unadulterated matcha, they tend to mix easier in warm water and don’t require sifting as often. So I did skip that step as well. If you are preparing a traditional matcha, I highly recommend sifting to help get rid of the clumps before you begin. Head over to my post on The Basics of Preparing Matcha for more tips and tricks on whisking up your cup of matcha.

First Taste

Earl Grey Matcha whisks up to be a dark grassy green colour. It does still have the Earl Grey aroma, the nice bright citrus notes of the bergamot flavouring are quite evident in the tea when prepared. The things that I noticed when sipping this is that it’s quite sweet, almost too much for me and I have a sweet tooth. There’s some pleasant grassy undertones in the flavour profile, but primarily I do taste the sugar, bergamot notes, and just something about that flavouring that was used that reminds me of the robustness of a strong Earl Grey.

Because I did found it a bit sweet when drinking it straight, I ended up trying out Earl Grey Matcha as a tea latte because… why not? I found it to be pleasant because the addition of frothed milk allowed the cane sugar to be more diluted and help temper down that sweetness, plus the extra level of creaminess from the milk just helped elevate the drink as a whole. Not a necessary step in enjoying this tea, however.

A Second Cup?

As Earl Grey Matcha is a matcha, there are no second steeps with the same matcha drink mix.

My Overall Impression

I loved DavidsTea’s Earl Grey Matcha. I found myself impressed with the level of Earl Grey aroma and flavour in this matcha drink mix because it is at a strength that I really appreciate. There’s just a nice sunshine brightness with the bergamot, and something in it that hints of being black tea. I do think that the amount of cane sugar could be less, but I’m not overly fussed about it because I know a lot of people don’t pick up a matcha drink mix expecting it to be health food product. I do recommend having it as a tea latte though, because you might as well go all out and treat yourself properly.

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Naoki Matcha’s Ujitawara Special

Ujitawara Special by Naoki Matcha
Green Tea (Matcha) / Straight
$24.99USD for 20g

Naoki Matcha has provided me with Ujitawara Special for the purposes of writing an honest review.

First Impressions

Ujitawara Special came to me from Naoki Matcha in a sealed, resealable pouch. It’s described as being part of their Masters Collection and being a ceremonial grade matcha. This particular blend of matcha is from Uji, Kyoto, Japan. I was quite pleased to get the chance to try this because I’m always wanting to explain my knowledge of matcha and I feel like every experience comes with something new.

The aroma of Ujitawara Special is a mix of grassy and watercress to me. The colour is an amazingly vibrant green that just looks very fresh and inviting – like someone just plucked new leaves off a plant and ground it up in front of me. Giving the tasting cup a small shake and most of the clumps that came out of the packaging that way just fell apart.

Preparation

Naoki Matcha didn’t have specific instructions for Ujitawara Special, but their website does have a lot of information on how to prepare matcha.

What I opted to do: heat water to the lowest setting on my variable temperature kettle (the green tea setting 175°F/79°C), sifted Ujitawara Special into my bowl, whisked with a bamboo whisk (in an M or W motion), and then topped up with a bit more water. I had this one straight.

First Taste

Ujitawara Special has an interesting flavour that was hard for me to pinpoint at first. There was the froth from the top of the matcha first, so that was just a bit bubbly. Then followed umami flavour, grassy notes, and then almost a sweet floral that was just kissed the taste buds before it was gone. It has a nice smoothness to it that makes it pretty pleasant to drink.

A Second Cup?

As with all matcha, there are no second steeps.

My Overall Impression

I loved Naoki Matcha’s Ujitawara Special. It was a treat to experience and drink from start to finish. The vibrancy of colour, to that subtle grassy and watercress aroma to the deep green whisked up matcha and just how it easy it was to drink definitely made for a pleasant matcha experience. I had this one straight (so not as my usual matcha latte), and you could certainly opt to do that with this as well, it just might make for an expensive matcha latte given the price – but a good quality matcha will usually run you at least $1 per gram, and if you want to drink a really nice matcha latte, shouldn’t you be using something good?

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