In a word, incredible.
Mmm. Chocolate. I look like Homer Simpson with chocolate matcha trickling out the side of my mouth right now. This is an amazing tea.
I am a great chocolate lover. I have to have some every day or I go a little psychotic. When I was little, I hated creamed spinach so much that I would sit for hours just staring at it, until my grandmother had the oh-so-excellent idea of spiking the spinach with my favourite substance (the only thing I would willingly eat at the time, really) – chocolate. I know that sounds gross, but it wasn’t to me. And thinking back on it now, I think I should just start slathering any good-for-me foods with chocolate just to get them down…So there is really no question as to why I picked the Chocolate Matcha from among Red Leaf Tea’s countless (and multiplying) selection of matchas. The only question is why it took me so long. This really should have been my first flavoured matcha. But I wanted to be adventurous with my flavour choices, and I had some doubts about the chocolate-matcha combo, despite the fact that I’ve actually had matcha cream filled chocolates in Japan and they were super delicious. At any rate, I’m glad I finally tried this tea.
I love the fact that Chocolate Matcha contains absolutely no flavouring, natural or otherwise. Its only constitutents are matcha and cocoa powder. The cocoa gives the tea a somewhat darker colour, which is nice because it allows me to personally verify the fact that it contains actual cocoa powder. It smells chocolatey too. Mmmm. I am starting to feel like all these tea places (and increasingly Red Leaf) are like purveyors of some sort of illicit substance. This stuff is so addictive. Just sniffing this Chocolate Matcha makes me a little giddy.
I love chocolate milk. That should come as no surprise given my chocolate addiction (i.e. daily chocolate requirements), so I decided to try this matcha in cold almond milk first. Not surprisingly, it tastes very much like chocolate milk. But there’s a nice vegetal background from the matcha, which is only slight. I got the Robust flavour (as usual, though I think I should have gone with the “There’s matcha in there?” option), so the matcha flavour is lighter than the chocolate flavour.
I really appreciate the endless blending options Chocolate Matcha offers. I ordered this matcha along with my Strawberry Matcha from Red Leaf, with the intention of creating a chocolate-strawberry piece of heaven. But I think it would be great with banana matcha (chocoalate-banana…mmmm), vanilla matcha, and caramel matcha (chocolate caramel….mmmm mmmm) as well. Actually, it would probably be great in anything! Maybe even spinach matcha ( ^ V ^).
You can find this tea here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/belgium-chocolate-matcha.html