Leaf Type: Black Tea (Matcha)
Where to Buy: Red Leaf Tea
For those with an unrepentant and unwavering sweet tooth, there is no better tea than sweet caramel matcha. This fine tea blends the eastern traditions of matcha with the modern caramel flavor to brew a delectable tea that is sweet to take as a mid-morning snack, before lunch aperitif or after dinner relaxing drink. The toned-down caramel matcha is ideal for those who need a sweet tea without adding any extra sugar.
Learn more about this flavored Matcha here.
Do you ever have one of those kind of mornings where it feels like no matter what kind of tea you drink, you just aren’t going to be awake or alert enough to get going on the things you need to get done? I’m having one of those days, so I decided to take a break and have a Matcha latte … but not just any Matcha latte. I used this Caramel Flavored Black Tea Matcha from Red Leaf Tea. YUM!
The base of this Matcha uses a bold, rich, malty tasting black tea which is powdered in the same way that green tea Matcha is powdered. The result is a very ENERGIZING powdered tea leaf. This has the gusto I need today! I’ll be bouncing off the walls in NO time! haha!
I know I’ve said how much I love Red Leaf Tea’s flavored Matcha selections before … I love the versatility. This tea exemplifies that versatility. Instead of the green tea, I chose black tea, and instead of a moderate level of flavoring, I chose a robust flavoring because black tea tends to be stronger than green tea … and I wanted to taste the caramel! And for this flavored Matcha, my selections have proved to be right on target.
I am getting a delicious, creamy caramel flavor – sweet and decadent! And together with the black tea … the malty tones of the black tea meld beautifully with the caramel notes. I think I just may like this black tea Matcha flavored with the caramel better than the green tea Matcha flavored with the caramel! (But both are absolutely amazing!) I am loving how the black tea works so well with the caramel notes.
To make my Matcha latte, I used a 1:1 ratio of milk and water. I brought the water to a gentle boil, and poured the water over my pre-measured and sifted Matcha (Red Leaf Tea now pre-sifts the Matcha for you, saving you this step!) and then I whisk it until the tea is completely incorporated in the water (it’s rather thick at this point!) Then I add the steamed milk, and I use my hand-held frother to whisk the milk into the already whisked Matcha. (I don’t like to use my chasen to whisk milk into my Matcha as I fear that this can encourage bacteria.) Once the tea is fully incorporated into both the milk and the water, I enjoy! It is sweet, creamy and sinfully delicious! You don’t have to use milk, of course, you can just use this Caramel Flavored Black Tea Matcha to make Matcha in the traditional way … but I like the way the milk enhances the creamy notes of the caramel.
However you decide to serve it, this Matcha flavor is a winner! Definitely one of my favorites!