Hey there Teacups.. Happy Matcha Monday! I’m back today with a let’s talk tea review and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Twist Teas’ – Beetroot Acai Matcha. As I’m sure you’ll all know not too long ago Twist Teas very kindly gifted me on of their Matcha Tasting Menu sets to try out (apart from the turmeric & the cacao turmeric as I can’t have turmeric) and so far I’ve enjoyed all of the different ones that I’ve tried they have been well balanced and delicious. But I’ll be honest I did leave this one till last for a very specific reason, the beetroot. I’m not a fan of beetroot at all and the fact that it’s one of the main ingredients on this matcha did put me off trying it at first, because I was worried that it was going to be too strong and the beetroot would take over everything but I couldn’t have been more wrong and this matcha really did shock me.
Before I get into my review though here is what Twist Teas themselves have to say about this matcha over on their website: ”Made with premium grade Japanese leaves, our matcha contains a host of super nutrients said to help drinkers anti-oxidise, energise, concentrate, rejuvenate, stay calm and lose weight (as part of a balanced diet). It tastes great too! It was said in Roman times that when a man and a woman eat the same beetroot, they are bound to fall in love with each other. A great reason to share a cup!”
Ingredients : Beetroot (55%), Japanese Matcha Green Tea (34%), Natural Flavouring, Acai Berries.
Tea Tasting Notes
For this tasting session I tried this matcha three ways: on it’s own (hot), with honey added (hot) and as a latte (hot). The cup of this I made on its own was earthy, vegetal and did have a somewhat sweet berry note to it that reminded me of fruit winders (a snack we have here in the UK | I think they are called fruit roll ups in the US). The matcha was present but I could pick up its vegetal notes straight away but it was a little bit overshadowed by the earthiness of the beetroot did pair well with the earthiness of the beetroot much better than I thought it would.
I was so surprised that I enjoyed it this on its own because I was set on the opinion that I wasn’t going to enjoy this because of the beetroot but from the first sip I really enjoyed this. However I do wish that the matcha element could be a little bit stronger. But, if you do want to only drink this on it’s own you can balance it out a little more by adding a little bit of normal ceremonial matcha. You only need a round half a matcha spoon though so make sure you don’t add in too much.While I did enjoy the cup of this that I had on it’s own, the cup of this I tried with a little honey added was much more my cup of tea, adding in a little bit of sweetness calmed the beetroot earthiness which allowed the berry note to come through a little bit more and also sweetened that note which did balance this out a little bit, however the vegetal matcha note in this was still a background note and ideally I would have liked that to be stronger. That may be perfect for some people who want the effect of the matcha but not the strong vegetal taste, but I love how matcha tastes. However like I said I was easily able to fix that by adding in half a matcha spoon of normal ceremonial matcha into this and mixing them together.
Because I’ve never had a matcha with beetroot or acai berries in it I was a little bit worried about using this to make a latte as I didn’t know whether or not either of those elements would end up causing the milk to split or curdle. But I went against my worries and tried it out anyway and the resulting latte turned was absolutely delicious.
Just when I thought that my favourite way to have this matcha was just with a little added honey I tried it as a latte and instantly changed my mind. I’m so glad I went against my worries because if I didn’t I never would have gotten to try this in what I now consider as the best way to prepare it. The milk added a nice creaminess which paired really well with the berry notes in this and gave it a nice berries and cream like taste and the earthiness of the beetroot was much more in the background which for me was perfect. The vegetal notes that were present before however do not stand up very well to the milk and all but disappear but if you take my earlier advice and simply add half a matcha spoon of normal ceremonial matcha it adds just enough of that delicious vegetal note but doesn’t through anything off balance.
What this particular matcha has shown me is that sometimes its okay to push yourself out of your comfort zones if you can. You’ll never know if you are going to like a tea or tisane unless you try it. Letting your worries get in the way and not trying new things could mean that you don’t end up trying something you might have loved. So take a leaf out of my book and push yourself out of your tea comfort zones every now and then… you never know what might happen. This is a matcha I will continue to repurchase for as long as Twist Teas sell I can not wait to experiment more with this in the future.
Overall Teacup Rating: 4.95/5 | This would have gotten a 5/5 from me if I hadn’t had to add in ceremonial matcha to be able to get that vegetal matcha note to come through a little more. Other than that this matcha is amazing and I highly recommend giving it a try.
If you want to find out more about Twist Teas and purchase some of this matcha for yourself, you can do both here. 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 do my best to answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley
*The tea featured in this post was gifted to me for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own and have not been paid for*