Few days ago, I received the nicest email from a person wanting to offer me free matcha. Seriously, I’m not kidding, I was offered free matcha. The email read something like this ‘I’d be happy to send you some matcha tea samples to use in your recipes.’ and continued with ‘I’m trying to get some honest feedback on our products.’ So I thought ‘Sure, I’ll ‘sacrifice‘ myself in the name of (awesome) product testing.’
And here we are today, premium quality matcha tea safely stored in the fridge, empty glass of matcha drink on the table and one happy hippo trying to put together few thoughts on a white piece of
paper screen about what seems to be my first official product review. Now, I’m not a pro at this, so I’ll just give you an honest initial opinion or two about it.
First of all, the product I’m talking about is Kenko Tea. You can read more about it here.
Second, the packaging is brilliant! I love the way it looks and it perfectly meets the needs of properly storing matcha – vacuum packed and airtight tin that can be kept in the fridge and protects against strong smells, to ensure maximum freshness. The tin also helps preserve the exotic bright green color and taste for longer. And it’s environmentally friendly too – the label can be removed (I haven’t tried yet but it looks like it can be removed) and the tin can be reused to store other small pantry items. Big like!
Third, the smell of the green powder is fantastic. Yes, I sniffed it. And yes, it smells just how premium grade matcha is supposed to (not that I’m an expert, but I can compare to other premium quality brands I’ve had the pleasure to sniff & indulge in).
And last but most important – taste. Well, it just screams ‘wake up and smell the grass’! It’s fresh and (obviously) grassy, faintly sweet and mild towards bold in flavor. So far, I only had the chance to use it in an energizing afternoon drink. I used 1 regular teaspoon for 2 medium-small servings and the taste of the drink was pleasant, not bitter nor harsh. Now I’m quite eager to brew my first cup in the morning and to come up with a worthy raw dessert recipe for it. I will of course let you know how that works out.
- 1 orange, peeled and pitted
- 1 mandarin, peeled and pitted
- 3-4 strawberries
- 3 TBSP lemon juice
- 1 tsp matcha
- few mint leaves
- 1.5 cups water
- Whiz it up in the blender and serve fresh.