Review / Tg Matcha Powder & Ginger & Lemon Zest Tea

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Tg Matcha and Lemon and Ginger Tea

I’ve been lucky enough to try some Tg teas before, from both their hot and cold ranges, so when the lovely ladies at Tg asked me if I wanted to try some of their matcha*, I couldn’t say no! Knowing that plenty of people are put off by the naturally bitter taste of green tea, and inspired by ancient Chinese traditions, Tg’s Sophie and Hua of developed their tasty, healthy teas to have a hint of sweetness while still retaining all of the goodness that green tea is known for. As well as teabags for hot brews, they also do bottled iced green teas for on the go, and of course, matcha.

Matcha is a tea I know well from my time in Japan; it was first brought there from China centuries ago. For a semester while I was living there, I actually took a tea ceremony class in Kyoto and learned about how to properly prepare and serve it according to Japanese tradition. A tiny wooden spoon called a chashaku is used to scoop up and pop the powder (you hardly need to use any at all, a little goes a long way!) into the teacup/bowl or chawan, and then a specialised bamboo whisk called a chasen and specific whisking motions are used to mix the tea with hot water. The attention to detail and motion involved in the entire ceremony is artful and precise, and the tea itself is wonderful but not to everyone’s tastes.

Matcha is an extremely concentrated green tea, and when you consume it, you’re essentially eating or drinking ‘raw’ dried tea leaves rather than just water infused with them, which produces a very distinct and bitter flavour compared to your average green tea. That concentrated, raw nature of matcha means that it comes with a lot of health benefits though, such as plenty of vitamins and minerals and a high concentration of anti-oxidants compared to other green teas. To actually get the health benefits of matcha, it’s better to drink a cup of it plain, but using matcha in lattes, baking, even to colour and flavour noodles like soba and many more uses are also very popular nowadays.

Tg sent me one of their 30g pouches of organic matcha*, which comes in a tightly resealable bag – so tight I keep struggling to re-open it, which while a pain for me is good for the matcha to keep it as fresh as possible! The matcha powder is a vivid green, and extremely flavourful. I’ve used this quite a few times now in various different ways including as a hot, plain tea and I’m really pleased with the quality of it. Some of the matcha I’ve bought and tried in the UK, while still tasty, was perhaps not the finest quality as it was prone to clumping and you needed way more of it to get the full flavour than you should’ve done. Tg’s matcha on the other hand, is true to tradition and you only need about a quarter of a teaspoon of it to make a nice cup of tea or add some matcha goodness to a smoothie or oatmeal, and it’s easily mixed without any troublesome lumps.

I love drinking matcha plain, but I also enjoy it combined with other things too! One of the most popular modern ways to drink it is in the form of a latte, so I thought I’d share a very quick, easy vegan matcha latté recipe that I’ve been drinking. You can check this out at the bottom this post!

Tg Lemon & Ginger Teabags

As well as their delicious matcha tea, Tg also sent me a pack of their Green Tea with Ginger & Lemon Zest*. I love lemon and ginger tea, I love green tea, what’s not to like about the two together?

Just as I’d suspected, I adore this green tea. Packed in a resealable, non-transparent pouch to keep the tea fresh, this contains 15 pyramid bags full of dried pieces of green tea leaves, lemon, ginger and the best surprise for me is that the taste reminds me a lot of genmaicha, which is my favourite type of green tea that’s made with roasted rice as well as tea leaves. As well as the zing of the lemon and ginger, this green tea has a wonderful, earthy warmth to it that I can’t get enough of. It’s a delicious, modern take on a traditional classic and it’s both comforting and refreshing.

I’m very impressed with both of these products and I genuinely look forward to them every time I have them now. Their matcha is available from their website for £15.99 which, yes, seems expensive for a tea but due to how concentrated it is and how little you need to use, this is totally normal for matcha. Don’t trust really cheap matcha powder, because it’s almost certainly going to be less flavourful and lower quality. The lemon and ginger green teabags are available for £4.15. Lucky for us, they have a sale on right now so you can nab the matcha for only £9.99 and packs of teabags for only £3.99 so check them out while you can!

Now, on to the recipe!

Vegan Matcha Latte
EASY, VEGAN MATCHA LATTÉ

INGREDIENTS (serves 1)
  • ¾ cupful of your preferred non-dairy milk
  • ¼ cupful of hot water
  • ¼ teaspoon organic matcha powder
  • ½ teaspoon of your preferred sweetener
  • A tiny pinch of vanilla essence or vanilla bean paste (OPTIONAL)

METHOD

1. Heat up ¾ cup of your favourite unsweetened non-dairy milk. I’ve tried soy and almond with this and both are delicious, but rice milk would also compliment the flavours well.

2. Boil some water, and leave this to cool for a moment – I find green teas of all kinds taste best with very hot water rather than water straight from a rolling boil, as boiling water can compromise some of the flavour. Add ¼ cup of hot water to ¼ teaspoon of matcha powder and whisk thoroughly until fully combined and frothy.

3. Add your sweetener and, if desired, a very tiny amount of vanilla essence or vanilla bean paste to taste and whisk again. Vanilla and matcha work wonderfully together in a latté but you don’t want the vanilla to be so strong that the matcha can’t shine through.

4. Add your non-dairy milk to the hot water mixture and stir well. You may want to use a whisk again or a frother as matcha is often served frothy, but this is up to you.

5. Enjoy!

Have you ever tried matcha?

* This review is not sponsored and has not been paid for, however the products were sent to me free of charge. All views and opinions expressed are my own.

2 comments

  1. I've been meaning to try matcha for quite some time now; would you say it's a similar taste to Spirulina? This one sounds lovely.

    Abby | Eärendil

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  2. Ahhh I want to try the vegan Matcha Latte! Sounds so yummy :) I've never heard of Matcha before but I love a herbal tea so will check them out xx

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