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I bet a lot of you are looking at the title of this and saying “what on earth is a sea buckthorn?” I didn’t know either until I went to Mongolia and saw bottles of orangey-yellow sea buckthorn juice in the grocery store with depictions of a cluster of berries of the same color on the label. I have sort of a penchant for foreign fruits, so I bought a bottle out of curiosity and totally loved it. I also looked for a sea buckthorn tea in the somewhat vast selection of teas in the Mongolian grocer’s, but it was a no go. So when I saw that, out of all of the weird flavors they have, Red Leaf offers a sea buckthorn matcha, well I knew I had to try that one. I ordered the basic matcha with a robust flavoring level, from here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/sea-buckthorn-matcha.html

This is one of my favorite matchas that I’ve tried, which is totally a surprise. And it’s one of my favorites because Sea Buckthorn is a flavor that seems like an extension of the natural matcha flavor, not an addition. When I opened up the pouch and smelled it, it really just smelled like straight up matcha, and I was kind of skeptical. However, as soon as the water hit the matcha I could smell the tart, acidic aroma coming out of the bowl. I always find it hard to describe a flavor in terms of other flavors; sea buckthorn is tart, almost apple-pear-ish, in a berry way, if that makes any sense at all. There’s no mistaking, though, that this matcha is sea buckthorn, and very well done. I don’t even know what artificial sea buckthorn would taste like (I suppose it would at least be a big chemical), but this one tastes all natural to me, like the sea buckthorn juice I gulped in Ulaanbaatar. It doesn’t need sugar, for sure, but it is more matcha-y without it. The sugar doesn’t make it sweet, but somewhat ironically brings out the tart, delicious sea buckthorn a bit more.

If you like tart flavors and are looking for an unusual matcha flavor you should consider checking out this matcha. It’s also a matcha I would consider springing for a higher grade on in the future, not because this one is bad, but because it is so prevalent, even in the robust flavoring level, that you would really notice.

Veronica

How interesting! I’ve never heard of sea buckthorn, so of course I had to google it. Love learning new things! :)

ashmanra

Wow! So glad you reviewed this! I would never have looked at it since I had no idea what a sea buckthorn was, but now it sounds very interesting.

Azzrian

I have had sea buckthorn shisha before. Its good stuff!

Cedes

Lol I use sea buckthorn oil for my ache works amazing! Lol I know its nothing about tea but just thought I;d throw it out there.

CHAroma

Sea buckthorn? Hmmm, maybe I’ll check it out. Thanks for the review!

Dinosara

Wish it was more common here! I really like it (and apparently it’s pretty good for you!)

DaisyChubb

very cool! What a great find for you :D

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Veronica

How interesting! I’ve never heard of sea buckthorn, so of course I had to google it. Love learning new things! :)

ashmanra

Wow! So glad you reviewed this! I would never have looked at it since I had no idea what a sea buckthorn was, but now it sounds very interesting.

Azzrian

I have had sea buckthorn shisha before. Its good stuff!

Cedes

Lol I use sea buckthorn oil for my ache works amazing! Lol I know its nothing about tea but just thought I;d throw it out there.

CHAroma

Sea buckthorn? Hmmm, maybe I’ll check it out. Thanks for the review!

Dinosara

Wish it was more common here! I really like it (and apparently it’s pretty good for you!)

DaisyChubb

very cool! What a great find for you :D

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

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