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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Naked Teas Galore’s Organic Mao-feng

Organic Mao-feng by Naked Teas Galore
Green Tea / Straight
$7.70 for 50g

First Impressions

Organic Mao-feng comes in a sealed matte black pouch that is resealable (so great for proper tea storage!). It honestly feels like there’s a lot more than 50g in the pouch because of the fact that this is just such an airy tea and takes up so much space – which isn’t a bad thing because then I know that the leaves aren’t being crushed in a tiny space.

The leaves of this Chinese green tea are wiry – mostly brown with some hints of a dark olive green. The aroma of the dry leaf is primarily dry apricots and some grassy notes. It’s quite appealing and doesn’t smell too vegetal, which is a nice quality of this green tea. The tea is from the Zhejiang Province of China.

Preparation

Naked Teas Galore recommends steeping Organic Mao-feng in 70-80°C (158-176°F) water for 1 to 3 minutes. I used my Breville IQ Kettle to heat the water to 79°C (175°F) water and then allowed it to cool for a few minutes prior to steeping the tea leaves for 2 minutes.

First Taste

Organic Mao-feng steeps to a bright yellow, it’s really sunshine-y and inviting – which I like! There’s light sweetness to the tea, which reminds of apricots again. It’s not overwhelmingly fruity, which is nice considering I’m drinking a straight tea. For the amount of time that I steeped it for, I found that the tea was smooth with no bitterness or astringency.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Organic Mao-feng a total of five times, opting to add an additional 30 seconds for each subsequent steep. I found that the tea steeped a little bit darker each time, and tasted consistently the same as my initial steep of Organic Mao-feng, but did get weaker in flavour after the second resteep.

My Overall Impression

I loved Naked Teas Galore’s Organic Mao-feng. I really appreciated the aroma of the dry leaf and the flavour of the tea. I found it to be pleasant, with a nice amount of sweetness to compliment the natural flavours that remind me of apricots. I think this would be a nice tea option for either cold steeping or for an iced green tea to have over the summer because it does have those light floral and fruity flavors in it.

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Naked Teas Galore’s Organic Dragon Well

Organic Dragon Well (Lungching) by Naked Teas Galore
Green Tea / Straight
$9.45 for 50g

First Impressions

Naked Teas Galore has a cute storefront in Langley, BC. I wandered in one day and had a lovely time shopping. Each tea had a little sample jar for you to see and sniff the teas, as it all came prepackaged. Organic Dragon Well was one of the first teas that I wound up picking out because I love a good, classic Chinese green tea and this certainly fit the bill.

Organic Dragon Well came prepackaged in a sealed matte black pouch that is resealable. There’s coloured labels on the front and back that describe the tea and provide steeping instructions. Organic Dragon Well is described as being a certified organic green tea that is “imperial grade” from Zhejiang Province, China. The leaves themselves are long, flat, with a green colour to it. There’s light grassy notes, with a hint of roasted cashews.

Preparation

Naked Teas Galore recommends steeping Organic Dragon Well in 70-80°C (158-176°F) water for 1 to 3 minutes. My initial steep was in 79°C (175°F) water for 1 minute.

First Taste

Organic Dragon Well steeps to a light yellow. It has a sweet grassy fragrance to it. The tea itself is sweet, has a slight grassy flavour to it that serves to highlight the nutty flavours in the tea that are more towards the tail end of each sip. I found it to be quite pleasant with zero astringency or bitterness when steeped for 1 minute.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Organic Dragon Well four times (five steeps total), adding an additional 30 seconds for each subsequent steep. I found that the tea became more golden yellow in colour with each steep. The flavour profile stayed consistent, getting strong with each steep.

This may be a good tea candidate for the gongfu method of steeping since it would benefit from short steeps.

My Overall Impression

I loved Naked Teas Galore’s Organic Dragon Well. I appreciated the easy to understand labeling on the packaging, and the packaging itself. The tea was pleasant to drink and had a well-balanced flavour profile that stayed consistent throughout, which made for a nice drink. I would definitely recommend resteeping this one as the leaves do beautifully in being resteeped.

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