I got this matcha in the mail two weeks ago and haven’t reviewed it. Why? Because I’ve been all kinds of sick (cough cough) and I didn’t want to soil my tea-drinking experience with those nasty cold germs.
I had high expectations for Red Leaf Tea’s Strawberry Matcha. I’ve had incredible experiences with each and every other tea I’ve ordered from them, so I knew I was in for a great tea-drinking experience with the Strawberry Matcha. Most of the teas I’ve tried from Red Leaf so far have been flavored with “natural flavoring” rather than the fruit or substance itself, so I was looking forward to trying something even closer to nature. This is also my first fruit-flavored matcha!
I should mention I don’t really like strawberries. “So why did you get a strawberry matcha you silly little girl?” you may wonder. Well, my relationship with strawberries is a little more complicated than that. Growing up with fresh garden-picked fruit and vegetables, the lack of tasty strawberries was the biggest food disappointment I found when my family moved to Toronto. All the strawberries here taste like cardboard to me. BUT, I do love anything flavoured with strawberries. Strawberry milk? I’m there! Strawberry ice cream? Yes please! Strawberry shortcake? Well, I could go on and on. Needless to say, my past records with food were pointing me in the direction of strawberry matcha and that was the direction I followed. And am I ever glad I did!
I love this matcha. I could rave on and on about the multitude of ways it can be served and the multitude of health benefits it offers. First, I tried it in cold water. Delicious. There’s a real freshness from the matcha and a strong strawberry aroma and flavor. It tastes like a strawberry juice. Next, strawberry matcha in cold almond milk. Mmmm. This was excellent. It really brought out the strawberry milk flavour I’ve adored for as long as I’ve been aware of its existence. Really tastes like a strawberry dessert. Love it! Then, I decided to try it in hot water. It’s still great! It seems a bit strange to drink what tastes essentially like hot strawberry juice and like it, but I deceive you not, my palate found it quite appealing. And finally, in hot almond milk? Mmmm. Very comforting. Warm strawberry milk.
I can see myself really enjoying this matcha daily in a million ways. I plan to try it in milkshake form. I’m going to get some vanilla ice cream (of the alternative milk persuasion as cow’s milk offends my digestion) and blend it up with some of this and a bit of almond milk. Then, I’m going to try blending strawberry match with a frozen banana and some almond milk, and maybe a bit of honey. Then, I’m going to bake it into muffins along with some strawberries. Mmmmm. I can’t wait to exploit this matcha to its fullest potential. I can’t believe I deprived myself of its goodness for nearly two weeks. But it was worth it. I love this! LOVE!
This tea can be found here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/strawberry-matcha.html