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MATCHA MADNESS DAY is almost over. Hawaiian Honey was next in line from my order of five different kinds. This matcha smells very floral. I am crazy for honey so I could not resist ordering this wonderful matcha.
My first impression of this matcha… I opened up the pouch, preparing it for the tin that will keep it fresh. The small size fits perfect in the tin with a little wiggle room…enough to be able to get the measuring spoon in. I was hit with a strong floral scent. I do love floral teas, but this was not what I was expecting. I find it very hard to detect any honey scent. Now I was worried, the floral smell did not meet my expectations. I’ll admit, it was almost a chemical smell.
I always make sure to warm up my bowl and chasen under a bit under water, sitting in the bowl. My matcha does not cool down as fast when warming the bowl. All items ready…bowl, chasen, matcha, water and my sifter! I’m officially a matcha pro now. I could not get a good froth going no matter how fast I whisked my chasen. No worries though, froth doesn’t make the match in my opinion.
First I mixed 2 oz of water with about 3/4 perfect teaspoon of matcha. I was scared of the floral so held back on adding a full teaspoon until I could see if I could drink it. Once that was properly mixed I added a bit of sugar (sorry, can’t do without a touch of it) and 7 oz of water. As with the Jasmine Matcha the matcha itself is light and vegetal. Actually, it’s probably even less vegetal than most.
The smell of this matcha once mixed with water stayed the same, in your face chemical floral smelling. I did purchase the robust so would probably recommend Delicate when ordering this for the first time. The flavor is nice and smooth! This matcha is very hard to describe for me. I still do not really get honey flavor but a floral flavor. If you took the chemical edge off this I think it would be better. The quality of the actual matcha is very good. This is definitely one you need to try for yourself.
In the current flavor I would not order this again. I would play around with this more, maybe Delicate with White Matcha. I’d love for the honey to come through more so I think I’ll try it in a latte and add honey to the top. I don’t want to add honey while hot and gum up my chasen. This could very well be good iced too!
Here is how I ordered my Hawaiian Honey Matcha from Red Leaf Tea:
Size: Large
Quality: Starter (Basic Grade)
Flavor: Robust
Storage: Air tight refill flat pouch – would definitely recommend purchasing a tin for your matcha to keep it fresh. I did not order one this time since I already had a tin.
To try Hawaiian Honey Matcha from Red Leaf Tea visit here:
http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/hawaiian-honey-matcha.html

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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