So, we know by now that I’m a big fan of matcha green tea – not only does it taste great, it makes you feel great too. It is, quite simply, stone ground green tea. But the leaves are specially selected, which means that it has 40 times more antioxidants than spinach, kale or acai berries, and a whopping 137 times more antioxidants than regular green tea.
The lovely Teaologists sent me a pack of their matcha to try out. It’s pure, organic, from a single plantation, it’s ethically harvested by hand on a private family estate in Kyoto; and only the finest, youngest leaves are freshly ground. By all accounts, this should make it some of the nicest matcha I’ve tried.
Matcha does contain caffeine, but it’s actually around half the amount of a cup of coffee. It gives you a boost without the slump. I do actually have a slight sensitivity to caffeine, and yet matcha is the only caffeine containing thing I can tolerate. According to the expert Teaologists, this is because of the amino acid L-Theanine which has a calming and soothing effect on the mind. The caffeine is also more slowly released into the bloodstream, so it’s not an immediate rush.
There are loads of ways to use matcha, and I’ve tried them all. You can whisk it into hot water to make tea, you can make a creamy matcha latte with your choice of plant milk; you can make it into a juice shot, or you can add it to a smoothie for an extra nutrition boost. You can even add it to your baking – great for Halloween!
I found that the Teaologists Matcha makes a really smooth drink, however you choose to use it. It’s fine and absorbs/blends really easily. It has a powerfully ‘green’ flavour, if that makes any sense. For those of you familiar with the taste of matcha, this is great – it means it’s fresh and packed with chlorophyll. There was no bitterness at all to this matcha and it’s clearly of a superior quality.
You can buy the 40g bag of Ceremonial Blend Matcha pictured for £19.95 on the website. If you enter the code ‘monsoon’ at checkout, you will get a lovely 10% discount! Alternatively, if you just want to try it out, why not order yourself a Matcha Tea Starter Kit, for just £9.95, pictured below:
I received these items free of charge for review purposes. All opinions are my own.