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So that last time I got some matcha from Red Leaf, I asked my sister what flavor she’d like. She chose this one. Then, even though I bugged her for one, she never wrote a review so we can have more matcha! I finally bribed her with promises of coconut and English toffee. haha It’s a never ending cycle! So without further ado, my sister’s review:

One summer, at a farmer’s market, my sister and I tasted bee pollen for the first time. The nice man at the stall showed us how he liked to eat it – dusted over some honey. He dipped a toothpick into the honey, and then dipped the toothpick into the bee pollen. We ate the honey and pollen mixture daintily as he told us about the health benefits.

I remember all we could really taste was the delicious honey because it just dominated, but the texture of the pollen was interesting – it felt chewy and looked like little yellow dust balls. It might have tasted better to me because it’s a super food: it contains 40% high-quality protein and a huge list of vitamins and minerals. Vitameatavegamin, anyone?

So I was actually pretty excited about trying the bee pollen matcha, hoping to get a clearer sense of what bee pollen tastes like. The powder is a fine, golden green – I imagine from the natural color of the bee pollen. I added about a half teaspoon to a cup of hot water and stirred it until frothy. It smelled very much like my usual matcha, a bit like the sea, fresh and comforting. The color of the tea was more golden, like it appeared in the container. It reminded me of the color of new spring buds.

My first impression was that the matcha was mild with a very subtle hint of honey. I had wanted to taste the bee pollen more clearly, but the matcha was definitely the dominant flavor here, as it was with the honey at the farmer’s market stall. Still, I imagined that I could taste a little bit of the pollen’s sweetness. At the bottom of the cup, I found the flecks of pollen floating about. I didn’t want to waste something that’s so good for me, so I drank it all up at once, not realizing that it would feel like I was guzzling pollen. Be careful because it can be a bit gritty when you get to the dregs.

All in all, it was a rather pleasing experience, but don’t expect to recognize the flavor of bee pollen distinctly. The bee pollen is probably there more for its health benefits and for the pretty color, than for flavor. Speaking of the health benefits, how much do we need consume to really take advantage of this super food? According to the following site, there are different recommended dosages for maximizing the benefits, but the author consumes just one to two tablespoons a day: http://www.bee-pollen-buzz.com/how-much-bee-pollen.html. This page from the same site talks about some of the possible side effects and reactions someone may have from consuming all the different types of pollen in bee pollen: http://www.bee-pollen-buzz.com/side-effects-of-bee-pollen.html.

Happy sipping!

Bee Pollen Matcha to be found here:
http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/bee-pollen-matcha.html

Azzrian

I have a giant container of organic bee pollen on my fridge. When I first got it I was religious about eating some every day but I had to choke it down. I myself did not take well to the flavor. To me it is very distinct. Its not nasty, its just a strong flavor to me. I like it best however on yogurt. This has nothing to do with the tea however … just sayin. lol

Mercuryhime

Did you notice any health benefits? It really was pretty good mixed with honey. I wonder if you could try disguising it in a smoothie?

Azzrian

For me its hard to disguise but I will try that! :) Thanks for the suggestion.
I did notice more energy for sure but honestly I didn’t stay “religious” very long. I will try to get back into it.

Mercuryhime

I hope you learn to enjoy it! I would hate to have something good for you go to waste! Put some strong tasting fruits in that smoothie! :)

Red Leaf Tea

Please note that our line of Matcha + Herbs is mostly done for it’s health benefits rather as flavor. Some of the herbs are really not quite tasty and not really noticing the flavor of them may be a good thing. As for seeing health benefits, I think it will have more of an affect of taking vitamins – no sudden changes, but steady intake will make you feel better. That’s why we have arranged to have matcha mixes to help people with stomach problems, energy, vitamins and many others. Try to find the matcha with herbs that can help with what you are looking for. Check out the Matcha filters on right side. You can narrow your search pretty fast. We try to make it as easy as possible.
Please note that for those that don’t really like some of the herbal flavor, we have created “2in1” matcha where you can mix matcha with some herbs and fruit flavor to cover the herbal flavor.
Let us know if you have any suggestions. We welcome any input :-)

Mercuryhime

Thanks for the info. :) I actually submitted a bunch a flavor suggestions on your site’s contact box. I dont know why, but I really do think a sweet buttery flavored matcha would tasty! And red matcha base option! I know I said it already but it really would be awesome. :)

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Azzrian

I have a giant container of organic bee pollen on my fridge. When I first got it I was religious about eating some every day but I had to choke it down. I myself did not take well to the flavor. To me it is very distinct. Its not nasty, its just a strong flavor to me. I like it best however on yogurt. This has nothing to do with the tea however … just sayin. lol

Mercuryhime

Did you notice any health benefits? It really was pretty good mixed with honey. I wonder if you could try disguising it in a smoothie?

Azzrian

For me its hard to disguise but I will try that! :) Thanks for the suggestion.
I did notice more energy for sure but honestly I didn’t stay “religious” very long. I will try to get back into it.

Mercuryhime

I hope you learn to enjoy it! I would hate to have something good for you go to waste! Put some strong tasting fruits in that smoothie! :)

Red Leaf Tea

Please note that our line of Matcha + Herbs is mostly done for it’s health benefits rather as flavor. Some of the herbs are really not quite tasty and not really noticing the flavor of them may be a good thing. As for seeing health benefits, I think it will have more of an affect of taking vitamins – no sudden changes, but steady intake will make you feel better. That’s why we have arranged to have matcha mixes to help people with stomach problems, energy, vitamins and many others. Try to find the matcha with herbs that can help with what you are looking for. Check out the Matcha filters on right side. You can narrow your search pretty fast. We try to make it as easy as possible.
Please note that for those that don’t really like some of the herbal flavor, we have created “2in1” matcha where you can mix matcha with some herbs and fruit flavor to cover the herbal flavor.
Let us know if you have any suggestions. We welcome any input :-)

Mercuryhime

Thanks for the info. :) I actually submitted a bunch a flavor suggestions on your site’s contact box. I dont know why, but I really do think a sweet buttery flavored matcha would tasty! And red matcha base option! I know I said it already but it really would be awesome. :)

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I came from a tea drinking family, but I never appreciated the different qualities and varieties of tea until older. All that time wasted! But I guess I needed to be mature enough to appreciate the tea experience. :)

My favorite teas are green oolongs and white tea. I also love greens, especially gyokuro. I have a huge appreciation for rooibos and honeybush as they are often that only thing I can drink in the evening. I am a relatively new convert to black teas. This is unfortunate for my wallet but extremely wonderful for my palate. :)

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