Matcha Advent 2018

Day 12 – Bird&Blend Matcha Advent

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Hello Tea Friends!

I’m half way there with the calendar and it’s starting to look pretty empty already.

Let’s see what’s behind door number 12 (my favourite number)….

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Chilli Kale Matcha

Like lightly spiced Kale Chips, in a matcha mug! 

Ingredients: Japanese matcha green tea, kale, cayenne.

It sounds interesting, I can’t actually imagine how this will taste. Picturing it reminds me of some Korean chips I had before that were kale and seaweed with chili flakes, which were delicious. But that in a tea form I’m not sure about.

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In raw form this smells spicy and sort of citrusy. Very dry, it almost made me sneeze. It does smell like a bag of fancy crisps, the type you tell yourself you can only eat half of and before you know it you’ve eaten the whole bag and you’re peeking inside in disbelief whilst also looking for more.

Steeping Parameters: Whisk two scoops with 100ml of 80C water. Top with hot water.

I will be using the mini Matcha whisk that came with the kit.

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Foam 😀 About time! Most of the blends don’t create the level of foam i’m used to with Matcha, not without the help of an electrical whisk that is.

It smells citrus, chilli like again. You do actually get chilli and lemon crisps and it’s very similar to those. The kale is toasty smelling too.

One sip and I was hit by the chilli. It packs a mega chilli punch that fires down the throat and diminishes quickly to leave a reminder of it in the after taste. I can taste the kale, just….sort of….baked and dry but the chilli dominates it.

Some astringency but again it doesn’t last long due to the power of the chilli.

I like chilli, I love spicy food…but in a drink I don’t think it’s for me. Then again I suppose it’s a winter warmer!

Perhaps I will try the rest as a latte to tone down the chilli.

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For now it’s an interesting sip down while I eat some vegetarian sushi.

Join me tomorrow for another Matcha review.

Happy Steeping!

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