Just when I think Trader Joe’s has done it all. And just when I think Trader Joe’s has exhausted all of their tea options, or maybe I thought I exhausted all of their options, the gems just keep on coming. I love it and hope it never ends. TJ’s has been a big part of this blog, and I hope that trend continues with periodic write-ups for a long time to come.
My regular tea adviser suggested I go back and try out their brand new Matcha Green Tea Packets. They’re new as in released only a couple of weeks ago. So I feel thrilled to be one of the early guinea pigs (not not really) and one of the first on my block to try out something new, something special, and a different take on the traditional bags and loose leaf variety.
Matcha is one of my favorite teas to begin with. It just has this natural and rough (in a good way) taste, that didn’t take long to grow on me. If you’ve had it then you know what I’m talking about. It’s distinct, it’s natural, and it’s authentic. And the aftertaste lingers for a while. And that’s what you want with a tea and that’s how a tea becomes memorable.
This was memorable.
The trend of pouring powder into a beverage is way past the point of it being a trend. It’s just become what it is. But this might be my first time ever having green tea in powder form. If my memory serves me correct it may be the first time I’ve had any kind of tea in this form.
On the day I was to try this concoction, the sun was beaming and the weather was just becoming all out gorgeous. The universe looked out for me and I decided to have a sample of the Matcha Tea in hot and iced form. It may have been too sooner for the latter but Spring has shown up much earlier in the Maryland area than usual. No complaints here.
In heated form this is terrific. It has the exact taste you’ve come to expect when drinking Matcha. I’ve never been to Japan and hope to one day, but this is something I can enjoy on a regular basis there or of course at home. It just feels out of this world and always feels like an honor to try. The tannin level felt higher than a tea I’m used to. But that’s Matcha and this is a tea I want to keep getting used to.
How about that color? Just the visual of brewing thing was a treat. This is real.
And when the sun in shining the way it is, and it’s still just a little a chilly enough to truly appreciated a hot tea, this was one of my favorite experiences. Actually any great tea sipping can be a a favorite experience. But this was up there. And then the only ingredient is Matcha Green Tea Powder, you know you’re getting the real deal.
The iced version is more of a work in progress for me. That harsh and natural taste (which I only mean in the nicest way) doesn’t translate as well when it’s chilled. I let my heated tea kettle cool for a while, put in some iced cubes, poured that cooled water, and then my Matcha powder, and stirred it for a while. Stirring is necessary or the powder will not dissolve properly. I had a little leftover after my hot cup.
I first tried my chilled version with no sweeteners added and it tasted a little bitter. This is one that need a little honey or sugar. I added just a little bit to the former and now we’re getting going. But for me, this version is more of an acquired taste. And even in the instructions, mentions pouring it into a water bottle and shaking it until it’s blended, without mention of adding anything sweet. But of course we can create it the way we want it. I’m a big believe in less is more but adding a little more will go a long way here.
The chocolate from Trader Joe’s as well worked perfectly with both teas. Actually chocolate just works well with everything. And at my local store they were placed right next to each other. I don’t think that was an accident.
At $7 this was well worth it, even if there’s only seven packets per case.
I will be having more of this in the future and would love to write about it again if the circumstance, the situation (oh wait that’s the same thing as circumstance), and opportunity to share it with others in a different setting presents itself.
I highly recommend this and I continue to be impressed with all the great new products Trader Joe’s continues to deliver. Well done.
Absolutely well done.