With Thanksgiving coming up later this week I'm knee-deep in prep work for our holiday feast; it also may have slipped my mind that my little guy doesn't have school tomorrow and I won't have a three hour block of time without my mini-tornado running around. Knowing that the next few days will be busy and I'm going to need a bit of an energy boost to get everything done, I decided to pull out some of the matcha samples Full Leaf Tea Company sent me earlier in the month. I'm rather intrigued by their offerings, especially since they have several flavored varieties of matcha that rely on natural ingredients rather than flavorings—something I haven't seen very often.
I have several samples to choose from, but I wanted to start with the Organic Sweet Matcha with Cinnamon—'tis the season of pumpkin spice lattes after all! I found that opening up the tin was a bit frustrating as it doesn't adequately seal in the matcha and I ended up with little trails of green all over my kitchen, but I was immediately greeted with the pleasant aroma of cinnamon. I scooped some into my matcha bowl, went to the fridge for some milk, and remembered that I'd used the last of it making mashed potatoes earlier in the day. This is a good reminder of why mise en place is so important when you're cooking! Since it's two days before a major holiday I opted out of a quick trip to the store and made a bowl of matcha the traditional way instead. The balance between the cinnamon and sugar is spot on, it's not too sweet or too spicy, although you only get the barest hint of flavor from the matcha. This is great if you're new to matcha and struggling to appreciate the flavor, but it's also a plus if you want to make a latte or smoothie that doesn't taste predominately of matcha.
Would I order this again? Yes, I could find a ton of uses for this in my everyday cooking and baking; I even see myself adding a heaping spoonful to my daily bowl of apple oatmeal to liven up the flavor while giving me a much-needed boost of energy.
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Suggested Brewing Tips
Serving Size: 1 teaspoon per 4 ounces
Water Temp: just shy of boiling
Steep Time: 3 - 5 minutes
In an effort to be open with my readers I want to let you know that Full Leaf Tea Company has provided me with a sample for review purposes. As always, all opinions are my own.