Happy Chinese New Year to all my non-Gregorian peeps.
Sometimes a tisane comes along that’s surprisingly good. I’m doubtful today’s product falls into that category. Good Earth’s Matcha Maker isn’t quite a full tisane as it does have regular green tea, matcha and tea extract, but they’re simply three of many ingredients blended into a very enticing solution. I very much appreciation Good Earth listing all of those ingredients on their sales page.
All told, Matcha Maker is comprised of Green tea, licorice root, orange peel, chamomile, orange oil, natural flavor (not thrilled by how high that is on the list), ginger root, natural orange flavor (^^;;), with other natural flavors (okay, what the hell…), lime oil, citric acid, stevia, Matcha, tea extract. No Google Map today–your guess is as good as mine as to where any of these ingredients come from.
In aroma, Matcha Maker is predominantly orange peel and lemongrass (quite wonderful) with spicy notes. The liquor color resembles a vibrant pale ale so well that I decided to throw it in a beer flute for photos. ;) Matcha Maker’s flavor is unlike anything I’ve had exactly. The closest comparison might be Light of Day Organic’s Rest Assured? It’s very sweet and fruity, mostly orange peel, but with definite licorice notes. Sadly I can’t really detect the matcha (but I’m sure for sales purposes that’s probably for the best). I believe it’s sweetened with stevia, and considering matcha and tea extract are the last two ingredients, it’s doubtful there’s much actual tea going on in this one. The texture is also quite the astounding tingle fest.
- Aroma – 96
- Taste – 96
- Texture – 94
- Spunk – 95
- Rarity – 94
- Availability – 90
- Appearance – 88 (Are you seeing this Macro?! *runs to the washroom*)
- Organic/Fair trade – 90 (“Good Earth” has all of one organic product, and this ain’t it)
Mean score – Rounds to a 93, but I’m not sure I’d recommend it for anyone except people who just want great tasting and smelling “tea” and really don’t care about the rest. But let’s be honest, how many of those people are reading this blog?
Not gonna lie. If i don’t like a product, the photography takes a nosedive. ^^;