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Matcha, matcha, MATCHA!

That’s what I was chanting when my first order arrived from Red Leaf Tea this morning. I’m sure my husband thought I was crazy as I ran back into the house to tear open the package that contained both boysenberry and caramel matchas! Let the matcha fest begin! =D

LiberTEAS mentioned a few days ago that Boysenberry reminded her of her home in SoCal – Same with me! My family lived about 20 minutes from Knott’s Berry Farm during my high school days. If boysenberry isn’t already, I think it should be the official berry of Knott’s! So needless to say, the boysenberry flavored matcha Red Leaf Tea offers has a little nostalgia for me – that and the fact that it was on sale – win, win!

I purchased a 30 gram pouch of the Boysenberry Green Matcha, basic grade with robust flavoring.
http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/boysenberry-matcha.html
I like my teas to be bold!

As I poured the matcha from it’s pouch into the small metal tin RL offers for a nominal price, I became giddy! This smells soooooo good! Whiffs of sweet berry start swirling in the air around me. I could nearly taste the boysenberry! I already have a feeling I’m going to regret getting a small tin of this…

For this particular review I’m sticking to a basic preparation – matcha and water. I usually like to enjoy my matcha latte-style, but I want to get a taste for what it’s like at it’s most basic preparation.

First, I sifted a teaspoon of matcha into my glass mug. Then adding 2 ounces of warmed water, I wisked it with the matcha with my electric frother. There was a nice layer of freshly formed foam atop of the liquid. Looking through the bottom of my mug, I could see there were no clumps of unmixed matcha to be seen. (Yay!) I added the rest of the water (6 oz.) and stirred.

Wow – this is really quite good! I like that the boysenberry doesn’t completely mask the matcha, but it does a good job of detracting from the grassiness green matcha has. (Remember, I did go all out and use “robust” flavoring!) This is really drinkable without sweetener, but I have a feeling adding it would just take this over the top into crazy good territory. So for now I’ll refrain.

I bet this is gonna be awesome iced! Can’t wait to play around with this and make fruity smoothies with this too – the ideas are endless!

Now I’m curious about trying the Boysenberry White Matcha – I think that’s going to be on my next order, which will be very soon! :)

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C
LiberTEAS

This would be really good I think with a bit of half & half and some ice cubes, and then blended with the blender. I did that with the strawberry a week or so ago, and it was so incredibly yummy!

Will Work For Tea

Oooo – that sounds like a delicious idea! Thanks for passing that along. :)

Bonnie

Knott’s Berry Farm! I first went there in 1955 or 56 (about the time Disneyland opened)…when there were not really rides other than the stage coach and scenic train. It was rustic and cool. The berries were the deal! And…the jam! I’ve taken my son and daughter berry picking and my daughter has taken her kids and made jam just because of Knott’s I think. Yum!

Sil

Mmmm this sounds good too damn you all!

LiberTEAS

OH… and not just the berries, but, the FRIED CHICKEN from the restaurant. OMG my dad would take me there for dinner, and we’d stand in line for an hour or more, but it was worth it. Best fried chicken ever! I don’t know if they still put all the effort into their fried chicken or if they’ve changed in an effort to streamline and update things … if they did that, it’s a shame, because the fried chicken when I was a kid… OMG so good.

Will Work For Tea

Oh, man LiberTEAS – you’re making my mouth water! You’re right, those chicken dinners were awesome!

DaisyChubb

My best memory from Knotts (we went to Disney too but I preferred the GhostRider @ Knotts woo!) was the giant pickles, panning for gold, and definitely the GhostRider! Of course, berries on everything as well ;)

Will Work For Tea

DaisyChubb – I think I still have the tiny vial of gold we panned at Knott’s 20 years ago!

DaisyChubb

Wow what a great memory and a great keepsake! That’s SO wonderful that you held on to it! Good times, would love to go back <3

Red Leaf Tea

Any chance we can ask to get the rating for this tea?

Will Work For Tea

RLT – you twisted my arm. =D

TeaBrat

was it purple in any way?

Will Work For Tea

laughs No, it wasn’t purple – that’d be pretty awesome if it were! Green’s my fav color anyway, so I’m just as happy. :)

LiberTEAS

Oh… purple Matcha. Now that would be really cool!

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LiberTEAS

This would be really good I think with a bit of half & half and some ice cubes, and then blended with the blender. I did that with the strawberry a week or so ago, and it was so incredibly yummy!

Will Work For Tea

Oooo – that sounds like a delicious idea! Thanks for passing that along. :)

Bonnie

Knott’s Berry Farm! I first went there in 1955 or 56 (about the time Disneyland opened)…when there were not really rides other than the stage coach and scenic train. It was rustic and cool. The berries were the deal! And…the jam! I’ve taken my son and daughter berry picking and my daughter has taken her kids and made jam just because of Knott’s I think. Yum!

Sil

Mmmm this sounds good too damn you all!

LiberTEAS

OH… and not just the berries, but, the FRIED CHICKEN from the restaurant. OMG my dad would take me there for dinner, and we’d stand in line for an hour or more, but it was worth it. Best fried chicken ever! I don’t know if they still put all the effort into their fried chicken or if they’ve changed in an effort to streamline and update things … if they did that, it’s a shame, because the fried chicken when I was a kid… OMG so good.

Will Work For Tea

Oh, man LiberTEAS – you’re making my mouth water! You’re right, those chicken dinners were awesome!

DaisyChubb

My best memory from Knotts (we went to Disney too but I preferred the GhostRider @ Knotts woo!) was the giant pickles, panning for gold, and definitely the GhostRider! Of course, berries on everything as well ;)

Will Work For Tea

DaisyChubb – I think I still have the tiny vial of gold we panned at Knott’s 20 years ago!

DaisyChubb

Wow what a great memory and a great keepsake! That’s SO wonderful that you held on to it! Good times, would love to go back <3

Red Leaf Tea

Any chance we can ask to get the rating for this tea?

Will Work For Tea

RLT – you twisted my arm. =D

TeaBrat

was it purple in any way?

Will Work For Tea

laughs No, it wasn’t purple – that’d be pretty awesome if it were! Green’s my fav color anyway, so I’m just as happy. :)

LiberTEAS

Oh… purple Matcha. Now that would be really cool!

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I’m a native Midwesterner (Iowa, specifically) who was happily uprooted to California twice. SoCal is what I consider home, even though I currently don’t live there. I hope to return home again!

Tea has really come to fill the void of my current displacement. My husband & I (with our two tiny weenies) moved to Indiana hardly knowing a soul. It’s been a tougher transition for me than I’d thought it would be. I have amassed a cupboard of teas to keep me company until I feel more familiar in my newer surroundings.

I will refrain from giving numerical values to teas because I am a faddist. My likes and dislikes are constantly changing. Flavored blacks are what I gravitate to the most. Having said that, I do enjoy a wide variety of teas – you name it, I’ll try it. I may not like it today, but I might revisit it later and love it.

Flavor note: I prefer my teas to be bold in flavor. I am starting to come around to drinking tea without additives. But I do like to dirty my tea with rock sugar/simple syrup and sometimes with half-n-half/milk. Unflavored greens are unsweetened, but flavored greens I usually add rock sugar. Lately I have been favoring flavored guayusa and matés.

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