Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Tipson Tea’s – Matcha Masala Chai. Tipson Tea very kindly sent me a few of their bagged Matcha blends to try and of course when I opened the box and saw there was a Matcha Masala Chai I knew I had to try that one first. Quite frankly I think I’m fully addicted to Chai especially at this time of the year.
What makes the ‘Matcha’ that Tipson Tea creates unique is they use the unground Tencha leaves that are use to make Matcha and then they dust them in Matcha as well. I’ve not come across many brands that do that so I’m really happy to been given the chance to try these. The whole range looks fantastic but these Matcha Masala Chai bags combine both of my favourite things. My only hope when going into this tasting session was that they wouldn’t fall flat and let me down.
Here’s what Tipson Tea have to say about this blend over on their website: ”Take a trip across Asia with an expertly balanced blend of spices, featuring natural chai, black pepper, ginger, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and cardamom. All blended into our organic Matcha powder for a delicious cup”.
Ingredients :Organic Matcha with organic green tea, organic black pepper, organic ginger, organic cinnamon, organic clove, organic nutmeg, organic cardamom and natural flavour chai (cardamom, clove, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and pepper).
Tea Tasting Notes
I’ll be completely honest with you all when I went into this tasting session the tea snob within me came out and I was certain that I wasn’t going to enjoy this blend because it’s in a paper tea bag and the leaves are quite small, but the tea snob was silenced as soon as I took my first sip. Sure this blend isn’t as fancy as most of the pure teas I drink or the high quality blends that my collection is full of but my god is it tasty. I’ve not tried may green tea based chai’s so the flavour profile of this blend was quite unique to me.
I expected the chai spices & the chai flavouring to vastly overpower the Tencha leaves but it was actually really well balanced and if anything the green tea base was much more prominent than the chai spices, which were much more delicate and understated than I thought they would be. They also provided a subtle natural sweetness to the blend that was more than enough for me meaning I didn’t need to add any sweetener at all. The Tencha is lighter than a lot of green teas I’ve had, the overall flavour is sweet, vegetal, and clean with a light and smooth mouthfeel. One thing you do have to watch out for with this blend though is water temp and steeping time. Because the leaves are smaller, there is much more surface area meaning the tea doesn’t need nearly as long to steep as a full leave tea does so I would only suggest steeping this for one and half to two minutes at most. Anything more than that and you get a weird bitter bit in the aftertaste which isn’t pleasant at all… trust me I learnt that the hard way with this blend. The spices do also leave quite a bit of sediment but in all honestly I really did expect that with the face that they are aren’t whole pieces and mostly powdered.
I enjoy this on it’s own mostly as it is so well balanced and heart warming but it also makes a delicious latte. Normally I wouldn’t dream of making a latte with bagged green tea like this but I had to try it and I’m very glad that I did. With this being a bagged tea I did have to use three bags at once to get the strength I wanted for this latte and I also had to add a little extra cinnamon but it turned out really well and I’ve been having at least one a day since Wednesday. The only element that was lost when I made the latte was the natural sweetness which meant I did have to add just a smidge of honey to bring that back.
Overall Teacup Rating: 4.7/5
If you want to find out more about Tipson Tea and purchase some of this blend for yourself, you can do both here (for the US) and here (for the UK). As always 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 all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley