Ah… now this is lovely! I haven’t come across many flavored Matcha teas. I do come across a flavored blend of teas that includes Matcha every now and then, but it is far less common to find a flavored Japanese Matcha tea – with Matcha as the sole tea in the blend.
So I was very excited to try this flavored Matcha from Zoomdweebies | 52Teas. And I am not disappointed. The mandarin orange flavor is a nice pairing with the vegetative qualities of the Matcha. The orange flavor is not strong and does not overwhelm the cup. I would say it’s more of an accent flavor to the sweet Matcha. There is also an agreeable bitterness to the Matcha. I generally prepare it a little thick, because I like the way it coats my palate.
Zoomdweebies had this to say about their Mandarin Matcha
Now THIS is a special treat! Japanese Matcha with real freeze dried orange sections (we pulverized them in an attempt to make the pieces as fine as the matcha, so you might not be able to see them, but we promise, they are there) and natural orange flavoring.
If you’ve never had matcha before, it is a stone-ground Green Tea from Japan, traditionally served in Japanese tea ceremonies. Preparation involves whisking the powder into hot (NOT boiling) water to create a frothy green tea.
As with all of our Tea of the Week blends, this is a limited edition blend, and it’s likely to go FAST, so get yours while you can!
For those of you who have read some of my reviews in the past, you might be scratching your head right now and wondering what I’m doing drinking Matcha… after all, I’ve proclaimed more than once that I really don’t care for grassy-tasting green teas, and Matcha can definitely taste grassy! Well, it is true that I generally do not like a strongly vegetative green tea, I make an exception when it comes to Matcha. The sweet flavor of Matcha is so enchanting, and I love the slight twinge of bitterness it leaves in the aftertaste. Plus… it’s really fun to whisk it up and drink out of my beautiful chawan that I purchased on Etsy from PatsPottery!
As I write this, there are just three 2-ounce packages of the Mandarin Matcha left, and I don’t know if they’re planning on reblending it – so, if you’re a fan of Matcha, you better hurry and procure your own pouch of mandarin goodness! You’ll thank me!