Hey there Teacups… Happy Matcha Monday! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea / Matcha Monday post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Tea People’s Blue Matcha. Before I get into this review I just want to say that yes I know that this isn’t technically not matcha because its not green tea and it’s not grown, picked or prepared in a certain way. But I am reviewing it for this specific series because of it’s name and because it is a powdered tisane, not only will it make it easier for you all to find when searching on my blog it just fits much better in this series than it does in anything else I do here on my blog. When Tea People said I could pick out some things to try for this series this one stood out to me because while I have seen butterfly pea flower used in other blends I have never tried it on or in a powdered form so I was intrigued to see what it had to offer.
Here’s what Tea People themselves have to say about this blend over on their website: ”Naturally caffeine free, sugar free, lactose and gluten free powder made from Blue Butterfly Pea flowers with a floral and earthy flavour which creates a beautiful blue latte when mixed with milk. This also turns everyday smoothies, cereals, cakes and even your G&T instagrammably beautiful.Research is going on with regards to the health benefits of the tea with animal research showing that it can be used as a nootropic to improve memory and alleviate stress and balance blood sugar levels. Historically and in alternative medicine, this has also been used to prevent skin ageing, and is said to be beneficial for hair.”
Ingredients: Blue Butterfly pea flower powder (Clitoria ternatea)
Tisane Tasting Notes
First of all I wanted to address one thing before I get into this review that really did annoy me so much. As you have all seen from my image of the ”blue matcha” above this is less of a matcha powder and more just ground butterfly pea flowers and the reason that that annoyed me is because of the fact that over on the tea people website this looks like a powdered tisane just like matcha but blue and that is not what you receive. The reason I picked this to try is because of the way it looked on their website because it did look like a powder hat I would be able to experiment with and what I got (though it was gifted) is not what is shown on their website.
You can very clearly see the differences between the two pictures below the picture of what I received is on the left and the picture from their website is on the right… its very clear to see that they are not the same thing. For this tasting session I tried this tisane 4 ways: on it’s own (hot), on its own (iced), with lemon juice (iced) and as latte (hot&iced). My favourite way to drink this is with added lemon juice and that is for a few reasons. It On it’s own both hot and iced this was too earthy for me it has a hint of a floral note too it but for the most part is is just overly earthy and really hard to drink. Because this is literally just ground butterfly Pea Flowers and not a fine powered it leaves a horrendous amount of sediment and not matter what you do there is no way to stop that coming through in each mouthful which feels horrid.
I followed the instructions on the website and made a latte with this tisane and added frothed hot soya milk and honey, the resulting latte (both hot and iced) was still too earthy and again the sediment really stops you from being able to enjoy this. I had hoped the added sweetness from the honey would calm the earthy notes and allow the floral notes to be a bit more prominent but it even with that added sweetness it was still far too earthy for me in fact I actually couldn’t finish drinking the latte and I had to pour it away.
Having had a few blends with butterfly pea flower in them I knew that adding in lemon juice or still lemonade to this would not only chance the colour but also make this a little bit more palatable for me. So I made another cup i added a teaspoon and a half of honey, three teaspoons of lemon juice and I iced it. The resulting cup was the best one of them from this tasting session but was still the best of a bad bunch and while I managed to finish this cup I had do a lot of things to this to even make it drinkable for me and even then it still wasn’t great. Again even in this iced version there was a insane amount of sediment at the bottom of the glass and its impossible for it not to make its way into ever sip that you take.
I won’t be drinking what I have left of this but I might use it to bake because I feel like it would be much easier to bake with than it was to drink. There are better ”blue matchas” out there that may be a bit more expensive but they are much better quality and are more than worth the extra money you may spend. The sad thing about all of this is that Tea People actually stock some amazing teas, some of which I reviewed just after starting my blog and I enjoyed them quite a bit. But the quality of this is so low compared to everything else they stock and more than anything I was just really disappointed to have to write a review like this about a brand that I know can do so much better.
Overall Teacup Rating: 0/5
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Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley
*The tisane 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*