3 Leaf Tea finally opened and extended their online shipping to Canadian customers sometime in February, but I didn’t find out until early this month. As much as I enjoy sitting down with a bowl of freshly whisked matcha, my matcha origins began drinking the flavoured version, and I really love getting to try new ones whenever possible. 3 Leaf sells such unique, flavour options, like Lavender, CBD, and the ones I tried the other day in my recent post. Today I’ll be trying and discussing the other half of my order, which are conveniently all fruity: Banana, Lemonade & Blueberry! Again, these matchas are gluten free, all-natural, vegan, and no sugar added.
3 Leaf Tea packages their Banana, Lemonade & Blueberry matcha in foil pouches, with the option to re-seal. Inside, each matcha looks pretty much identical; a finely ground powder with a bright, lime green colour. The listed ingredients are the same for all: 100% pure Japanese matcha and natural insert flavour here. Compared to Tuesday’s round up of flavours, these three matchas are severely lacking where aroma is concerned. Banana Matcha gives me some faint banana bread vibes, while Lemonade Matcha smells a lot like regular, traditional matcha to me. Grassy, vegetal, but nothing that really screams tart and/or citrus. Blueberry Matcha is probably the most “potent” of the three, but that’s not saying a whole lot. It reminds me of a watered down version of another Blueberry Matcha that I love.
My favourite way to enjoy matcha is as a latte, so that is how I prepared Banana, Lemonade & Blueberry.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.
Banana Matcha has a scent that still reminds me of baked goods, like a thick piece of banana bread/loaf. There’s a good amount of the flavouring added, not too much that it overwhelms the matcha base, and not so little that it fades into the background. I’m really liking how authentic the banana tastes, and how nostalgic it makes me feel. Not only am I being instantly transported back to my childhood, I’m also being reminded of how much I love bananas in general.
Lemonade Matcha redeemed itself as soon as I picked up on its fresh, citrus scent. Even though lemonade was the intended flavour, all I could really think about was lemongrass. Having this matcha with milk added, made it into that much more of a creamy, lemony treat! There is just the slightest hint of a pucker mixed with the vegetal notes in the matcha that make for an interesting sipping experience overall. No sugar necessary.
Blueberry Matcha has a slightly stronger smell than it did originally. I love the sweet, grassy matcha paired with the flavour of juicy, ripe blueberries. It’s such a great balance, and I am in love with the lingering blueberry finish. This version of Blueberry Matcha is comparable to the one sold at DAVIDsTea (which also happens to be my favourite flavoured matcha from them), except somewhat lighter in flavour and much less sugar!
Another three matchas that have left me in a state of awe, in the best way possible, no less. The aromas of each were incredibly tame, barely there, but once hot water was added, each flavour really came to life and wowed me! Which is just further proof that you can’t judge a book by its cover. Lemonade was the one matcha I was the most skeptical about, but ended up being quite enjoyable. My overall favourite from this entire bunch has to be Blueberry, hands down. I love how well the flavour was executed, and how it excels any way it is prepared. I honestly can’t wait to make a follow-up purchase to try another handful of matchas from 3 Leaf Tea, and I think you should look into doing the same!
Which of these matcha flavours would you be the most likely to purchase? Sound off in the comments below!
Stay tuned for the beginning of National Iced Tea Month!
Until we steep again…