Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Matcha review who would have thought that I would be doing two different Matcha reviews in a month I haven’t done that for a while have I, but this will be the first month of a few in which I will have two different Matcha reviews going up and I’m honestly thrilled about it. Speaking of Matcha if you haven’t heard about it yet over on my Instagram on the 13th of this month I started doing #matchamonday and each Monday I’ve been talking all about Matcha and asking people to do the same so if you follow me over on Instagram join in and let’s help each other find new Matcha to try. I’m hoping that it will result in more interaction within the tea community and help people who are new to Matcha learn about it. (Remember to include the #matchamonday in your posts and tag me (@teaisawishblog) as I’ll be sharing any posts I see on my insta story as frequently as possible)
Anyway, let’s get back to today I’m going to be reviewing Pure Chimp’s Original Matcha. They very kindly sent me their full range of matchas to try and I thought that the best place to start would be with their original one. Their Original Matcha is ceremonial grade and is 100% pure ground green tea leaves it’s as natural as you can possibly get and completely vegan friendly. (I miss the days when I didn’t have to tell you all if a tea/tisane/blend was vegan friendly or not everything has changed to much in the last few years)One thing that made me very happy from the moment I opened the package they sent is that the match was in small glass jars and not sachets, so I can reuse the jars to hold other teas in the in the future. I’m trying to do everything I can to make sure I’m not creating crazy amounts of waste (I would love to be able to live a zero-waste lifestyle one day), so these will help immensely with that. Each jar contains 50 servings, so I personally believe that for £11.95 that is an incredibly good deal and one of the most affordable matchas out there right now. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now you will never normally see me taking about price (hence why I always link you directly to their company website) but with the price of this Matcha being incredible I had to include it in my review.
Vegetal – Creamy – Sweet – Ever So Slightly Nutty – Light | Bright Green in Colour
Ingredients: Ceremonial Grade Matcha (100% Ground Green Tea Leaves) (V)When I first tried Matcha I couldn’t really pick much out of its aroma, but I’ve learnt over time that, that’s probably because the first Matcha I tried probably wasn’t the best Matcha out there and that I was well versed in Matcha back then. Over time though through attending a Matcha masterclass at T2 and doing some intensive research I’ve slowly learnt all about what to look for and what makes for an amazing Matcha. The dry aroma of this Matcha is Vegetal, Creamy, Sweet and ever so slightly nutty and honestly one of the best (not blended) Matcha aromas I’ve ever come across. Normally I can’t pick nearly as much out of the dry aroma of a Matcha but this one is so vibrant and full of life and you notice that from the moment you open the jar. The note that intrigued me the most in the aroma was the nutty note you don’t tend to get that in a Matcha unless they it’s included in a blend that nutty and I hoped more than anything that it would come through in the taste.
Tea Tasting Notes
After the dry aroma of this Matcha being mostly sweet and creamy I was really surprise once I added the water and the aroma that came from it was much more savoury and heavily vegetal. From that initial aroma I was worried that I wasn’t going to enjoy this Matcha and that it was going to be far to savoury and vegetal for me but it was the complete opposite and when I look my first sip I was honestly taken by surprise because it was so much creamier and smooth than I thought it would but and the sweetness I thought it had lost from the dry aroma was definitely still present as well as that nuttiness which was much more of a prominent note than I thought it would be. It also builds one of the best froths I have ever seen a Matcha build/hold which I honestly put down to the strong creaminess it has. Because of both of those aspects I knew before I had even tried this Matcha I knew I was going to love it.I tried this both straight (on it’s own) and in a latte and for once when it comes to Matcha I think I actually enjoyed this on it’s own much more the oat milk I used to make the latte only enhanced the creaminess and it was almost too much for me, don’t get me wrong it was still tasty but I felt like it didn’t shine as much in a latte as it did on it’s own and it lost a few of it’s light bottom notes once the milk was added including that nutty note that is honestly to die for. If you are going to make a latte with this I would half and half it with water and milk just so it’s not overly creamy and this Matcha is naturally sweet, so you will not need any sweetener at all it’s just not need it and honestly it would completely ruin it.I would probably go as far to say that this is probably the best Matcha I’ve ever tired (if you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ll know that, that’s a big thing for me to say). I’m so glad I was given the chance to try this and it will no doubt sit in the number 1 spot on my (Unflavoured / non-blended) Matcha list. It will take something phenomenal to beat this on and if this one is anything to go by I can’t wait to try the other 3 (flavoured) Matchas Pure Chimp sent I’m sure they are going to be just as amazing.
Overall Teacups Rating: 5/5
If you want to find out more about Pure Chimp and purchase this Matcha for yourself, you can do both here. As always Teacups if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – K