Even though my tea-loving sister has talked up matcha for a while now, I never got around to trying it until recently. While she was making matcha bread, I was sticking with what I knew in Earl Grey. However, this past weekend I decided it was time to see what was up with matcha fever, so I bought my first canister, choosing Harmony Organic Tea’s matcha powder.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Green tea is a regular visitor to my tea mug, or even cold glass, but matcha is powder, not a tea bag. Will I have to strain out lumps that don’t dissolve? Will my last sip be grainy or thick, like with hot chocolate? I had so many questions!
When I opened the canister, the matcha was sealed in a silver bag. I cut off the top and took a whiff.
It smelled like…spinach? Not raw spinach, at least from what I remember since I don’t eat it, but like cooked spinach. Now, I’m not a big fan of cooked spinach either. I have to be in the mood for it, otherwise it tastes nasty to me. Still, I trucked on.
I spooned half a teaspoon into my hot water, apprehensive at the small lumps I saw in the powder. As I stirred, the powder dissolved perfectly, and an earthly, spinach smell rose to my nostrils. Hmmm…maybe this wasn’t such a great idea, my stomach said.
When I tentatively took my first sip, I was pleasantly surprised. Yes, to me it still tasted a bit like spinach. Not strong, and maybe a better description would be plant-like, or vegetal as others describe it, but it was still there. It was smooth, lightly bitter, and delicious! In fact, I immediately started dreaming up matcha recipes. It got in my head so much that I even looked in the cupboard…and had spinach for dinner the next night.
Me saying that it tastes like spinach may turn others off, but please don’t let it! That’s just the best way I know how to describe it. I would highly recommend matcha to tea lovers!