A large majority of the flavoured matchas in my personal tea collection, unfortunately are pre-sweetened with a ton of sugar, which makes me that much more grateful to be taste testing product from 3 Leaf Tea. This New York based company focuses on selling premium grade matcha, imported exclusively from Japanese farms in Uji and Shizuoka, with over a dozen different flavours to choose from! (Note: Each and every one is gluten free, all-natural, vegan, and no sugar added.) Ultimately, I purchased six flavours: three flavours that I was more inclined to like, as well as three “wild cards”. In today’s review, I will be talking about Coconut, Cardamom & Birthday Cake. The other three matchas will be discussed in my next post in a couple days!
3 Leaf Tea packages their Coconut, Cardamom & Birthday Cake matcha in foil pouches, with the option to re-seal. I like the accents of green and the imagery used on each label. Inside, each matcha looks pretty much identical; a finely ground powder with a vibrant, lime green colour. The listed ingredients are the same for all: 100% pure Japanese matcha and natural insert flavour here. Coconut Matcha pulls off an unbelievably natural scent, smelling both sweet and creamy. It definitely does not sit in the background, it commands attention. Just like Cardamom Matcha, which is not only distinctly aromatic, but comforting and warm. While Birthday Cake Matcha perfectly embodies a slice of vanilla cake. The resemblance for all three is truly uncanny. I’m honestly impressed.
In terms of flavoured matcha, the way I enjoy it the most is as a latte, so that is how I prepared Coconut, Cardamom & Birthday Cake.The following instructions are given to prepare 3 Leaf Tea matcha into a hot/cold latte: Sift a teaspoon of matcha into a bowl. Add 2 ounces of water heated to 175°F and whisk in a zig zag motion until frothy. Top up with 6 ounces of warm or cold milk, and sweeten to taste.
Once whisked up, the matcha produces a healthy amount of froth, with an emerald coloured liquid underneath.
Coconut Matcha retains its initial scent; still super creamy and sweet smelling. For someone who is not typically a fan of coconut, I really enjoy how well this flavour has been executed. There is a nice balance between the grassy matcha base and the coconut flavouring. And prepared as a latte/with milk added, the overall creaminess of this matcha goes through the roof. It makes for a drink that is silky smooth and incredibly delicious.
Cardamom Matcha is as potent in scent as ever, albeit somewhat toned down. It translates perfectly into the matcha, I love how robust and complex the cardamom flavour is, and how easily identifiable it is… from the first sip to the lingering aftertaste. It doesn’t completely overpower the green tea either, I can still taste some vegetal notes from the base.
Birthday Cake Matcha loses nearly all of the sweet, dessert-like aroma that I smelled when it was still in its powdered form. Unfortunately, it is now incredibly faint. I anticipated to taste notes of vanilla, but instead, picked up on an interesting amount of butteriness. Although not as prominent as I would have hoped, I suppose this could be considered “birthday cake” like in flavour.
Trying this first set of matchas honestly surprised me in more ways than I imagined. Of the three, cardamom was the flavour that I expected to fall in love with instantly, and although I do enjoy how it tastes… At times, it felt like a bit too much to drink in one sitting. While on the other hand, I found myself truly savouring the Coconut Matcha. It is not a flavour that I typically like or gravitate towards, but I can definitely see why it’s 3 Leaf Tea’s best selling flavour. It really delivered. Birthday Cake Matcha took me on a roller coaster of emotions, because I went into tasting with low expectations, was intrigued by its sugary scent, but ultimately let down. Overall, I feel pretty satisfied with my 3 Leaf Tea experience so far, and I’m anxious to try the other three flavours!
Which of these matcha flavours would you be the most likely to purchase? Sound off in the comments below!
Stay tuned for the other half of this matcha review!
Until we steep again…