I was fortunate enough to be sent some Matcha Green Tea from teapigs earlier this week. Because I have been busy with presentations and tonsillitis, I have only just got round to writing my review on this tea! As you may know, I do record tea reviews on YouTube and I will attach it at the end of this blog entry! I also have a discount code for all my readers to get 15% off when buying from http://www.teapigs.co.uk! So exciting!
(c) from teapigs website
Matcha tea, according to the lovely little leaflet that was included in my package of tea, is 100% ground green tea leaves that has many health benefits. One cup of matcha is the equivalent to 15 cups of regular green tea in terms of nutritional benefits and vitamins. teapigs claims that matcha tea can boost metabolism and reports is to be the winner of the best slimming and fitness product of 2011 (voted by "Your Healthy Living" readers), so it's perfect for those of you who are desperate to get your beach body!
The leaflet also boasts of Matcha's "antioxidant power", stating that this tea contains more antioxidants than some of nature's healthiest superfoods, including spinach, blueberries and gojiberries! Matcha tea is also claimed to give you more energy throughout the day and to also relieve you of stress, which would be perfect for me at the moment, while I'm revising for exams!
I could tell you what other people reported when teapigs asked them to sample Matcha everyday for two weeks, but teapigs does it a lot better.
All images taken from teapigs website
So when I tried the tea, I made a cup of it and followed the instructions that were sent to me. I put half a teaspoon of the fluorescent green powder into my awesome cup. I then added a little hot water to it and whisked it until it was smooth and proceeded to top up with more hot water at 80 degrees.
The initial smell of the tea put me off a little bit and I was apprehensive to try it. It smelt like a mixture between seaweed and boiled spinach, but I had no reason to be worried as the tea itself didn't taste like this at all! I have a sweet tooth so I think I would prefer the tea if I added it to a smoothie or to juice, like teapigs also suggests, but the taste of the tea itself isn't too bad at all. It's not sweet enough for my taste, but because it has so many claimed health benefits, I could cope with the lack of sweetness! On the teapigs website, it is also suggested to make the matcha into a shot and to knock it back in one every morning for the health benefits. I would much rather do this too and had I known to do that before doing my video, I would have probably tried it like that in the first place!!
Matcha tea by teapigs gets a thumbs up from me! I'd like to try it in smoothies and juice too and when I do, I will make another blog post about that experience and how it differs from drinking it as a normal tea.
If you would like any more information on matcha tea, teapigs has a wonderful section dedicated to it on its website: http://www.teapigs.co.uk/tea/matcha_shop#matchatab-intro
To claim your 15% off at http://www.teapigs.co.uk, all you need to do is use the code BLOGGERS12 at the checkout when you make your purchase! Unfortunately this discount doesn't apply to gifts or to special deals due to the fact they're already discounted!
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