I’m writing this try-all-the-teas write-up with my other great love keeping me company – Jamie Oliver. He’s currently talking about filthy, gorgeous pork burgers on his latest show “Quick & Easy Food.“. Oh Jamie, I do love you so!
Hmmm. I wonder how Jamie feels about tea… *ponders*
OK, get with the try-all-the-teas program Melanie!
Today, you lucky folks get a try-all-the-teas twofer.
Number 1: a T2 Vanilla Matcha. Which, on perusing their websites matcha page, it looks like they maybe don’t do anymore? It *has* been on my tea shelf for a while… anyway, shame, as I rather enjoyed it. They do seem to still do a chocolate and a cinnamon matcha though.
As one of my previous green tea posts explained, I 100% know how good green tea is for me (which matcha is a powdered form of) but I 150% do not love the taste of green tea all that much. I am partial to green tea flavoured with other things, hence vanilla matcha. I know, theres a tea purist clutching their tea leaves in horror at this abomination, but … *shrugs*
This one was delicately flavoured with vanilla, and was still that glorious, vivid green when you brewed it. It tasted just like a vivid green tea, but with a gentle, sweet edge.
I brewed it using T2’s matcha flask. Again, not winning any favours with that tea purist I’m sure, but it was a whole lot easier to make – pop the matcha powder in the flask, pour the 80 degree hot water into the flask, screw in the lid that has a handy little whisk built in, and then shake, shake, shake! Open said flask gently, pour in a little warm almond or soy milk in my case, one more little shake – DRINK! You can even drink your amazing, good-for-you, tasty matcha on the go, given the handy, transportable little flask thing you got going on.
Tea Number 2: First Edition Tea Co’s Beauty & The Beast blend. Which I think maybe isn’t available anymore either! Oops!
Let’s start at the beginning. The First Edition Tea Co. is a one-woman company, out of Toronto. Stephanie, the one-woman in question, creates wonderful loose leaf tea blends based on famous pieces of literature (like Sherlock Holmes – which is black tea, nettle, honeybush, or “Pride and Prejudice” – which is apple, rosehips, roasted mate, orange pieces, hibiscus, calendula petals.), and sells them on etsy.
I think this B&tB one was also a gift, sometime back. I finally tried it last weekend.
The ingredients? Black tea, cinnamon, rose petals, orange pieces, ground vanilla bean.
It was beautifully fragrant while it brewed, and equally as tasty to drink. You know how sometimes wonderfully smelling teas don’t really taste as amazing as they smell? This wasn’t one of those teas.
The rose petals – which to be honest, I was originally a little dubious of, as I like looking at flowers, but I don’t love ingesting them generally – really gave it that little extra something-something.
Maybe the First Edition Tea Co. will revive this flavour. If they do, give it a whirl!