Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another matcha review and also with a new series/organisation method here on my blog. Today I’m going to be reviewing Davids Tea’s – Raspberry Matcha (very kindly gifted to me by my lovely tea friend KJ @teadious_obsessions (on insta) who has an amazing tea YouTube channel you need to check out). Because Davids Tea doesn’t ship to the UK it sparked an idea in my head to create a way for all of my USA based readers to find all of the Teas & Tisanes I review that are only available in the USA all in one place and thus Stateside Sips was born. I’m putting this new plan into place from today and every tea I review from the US (that is only available in the US) from now on will be under this new title name. All other Teas & Tisanes I review will stay under Let’s Talk Tea.
But let’s get back to this weeks matcha shall we, I was so surprised when I saw KJ has included a bag of this in the box of teas she very kindly sent me not too long ago now, I’ve heard good things about their raspberry matcha and I was intrigued to see if it was going to be anywhere near as good as Adagio’s raspberry matcha which you all know I love.Here’s what Davids Tea themselves have to say about this matcha over on their website: ”We’re taking energising matcha to new heights. Fuel your morning with this fruity and invigorating blend of Matcha Matsu powder, pure cane sugar and the natural flavour of ripe raspberry. Whether you sip it as an iced latte or in your post-workout smoothie, this finely ground flavoured matcha is an easy & delicious way to enjoy the feel-good benefits of green tea.”
Ingredients: Cane Sugar, Matcha Green Tea, Natural Raspberry Flavouring.
Tea Tasting Notes
For this tasting session I tried this matcha two ways: on it own (hot) and then just with milk added. The reason I didn’t try this sweetened is because the first ingredients on this (matcha drink mix) is cane sugar and after I tried this on it’s own it was so sweet that having this with extra sweetener added in would have made it unbearably sweet. I didn’t have chance to try this iced (on its own or as a latte) yet as I didn’t want to have multiple cups of this in one day but I’m sure I’ll get around to trying it iced at some point. Out of the two ways I tried it my favourite way to drink this was actually the cup I had on it’s own. Was it the best matcha /matcha drink mix that I have ever had? No, but it wasn’t the worst. Despite the fact that it’s pre-sweetened which I hate, the raspberry flavour was present but not overly artificial. I personally would have like it to be a little bit stronger but at least it wasn’t overall artificial. The only problem is that it’s more of a background note and if I didn’t know this was supposed to be a raspberry matcha I wouldn’t have been able to tell you what the flavour was supposed to be.
The matcha element of this ”drink mix” has a nice vegetal note to it but I would have like it to be much more prominent than it is. The cane sugar overpowers it and stops it from being a fresh, creamy and smooth which I would normally expect from a matcha even a flavoured one. Adagio’s Raspberry Matcha compared to this is perfectly balanced, the matcha is of a great quality and the raspberry flavour is prominent but not artificial or overpowering. I know I shouldn’t compare that much but I can help it they are at completely different ends of the spectrum. I know this is made for a different market and for the majority of people in that market this tea is what works for them. I have no problem with that because it means more people are learning to love matcha but it definitely carters more to that market than to the matcha lovers world wide who don’t like their tea with a load of sugar in them. For me if they had focused more on the matcha and raspberry and just had this be a normal flavoured matcha without the sugar it probably would have been a lot better. I feel a little too much thought was put into making this palatable to the masses.
Like I said I did try this with milk added in but it was too much for this and pretty much drowned out the matcha aside from a ever so slight vegetal aftertaste, and the raspberry was almost non existent. You could probably make this as a latte hot or iced and make it work but you would have to use 5-6+ matcha spoons at which point the level of sugar would be outrageous so I really do recommend either just drinking this on it’s own or if you are dead set on using it to make a latte add in some ceremonial matcha so there is actually some taste to it aside from the sugar. All in all on it’s own this was enjoyable to drink in small doses (I definitely couldn’t have this everyday) but it’s not one I would purchase and want in my collection again. For me if you are looking for a delicious raspberry matcha without any added sweetener I would go for Adagio’s version. I can see why there are people out there that would love this matcha drink mix but sadly it’s just not my cup of tea.
Overall Teacup Rating: 3.5/5
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Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley
*The tea featured in this post was gifted to me by a very kind tea friend and not by DavidsTea directly. I was not asked to review it. All opinions are my own and have not been paid for*