Happy Friday! For this week's Foodie Friday feature, I wanted to review two of Adagio Teas' brand new flavoured matcha's which you can use to whip up a delicious iced matcha latte with a twist.
I've mentioned Adagio Teas on here before as they make some excellent artisan loose teas in a huge variety of different flavours - seriously check out their online shop - so much tea! I particularly love some of their classics like English Breakfast and Earl Grey, as well as some of the more unusual and exciting flavours such as Candy Apple, Oriental Spice and Coconut.
They've been selling pure Matcha for a while, but have only recently released a new range of flavoured matcha's which I got very excited about. If you've tasted plain matcha, you'll know that it's quite strong (similar to very, very, very strong green tea but still with its own unique taste), so the idea of adding in another natural flavour to it definitely appealed to me.
The new Adagio Teas Matcha's that I've tried out were Peach and Chocolate, and they also have Mocha, Raspberry and Cinnamon Apple options - all of which sound equally amazing! The matcha's come in 57g metal tins and they are filled to the brim, so be careful when you're opening them up.
Both the Peach and Chocolate natural flavourings are quite subtle, as Matcha is such a strong and dominant flavour anyway, but there's enough to give you more than a just a hint if that makes sense? I found that the extra flavouring helps to tone down the Matcha just a tiny notch, and gives it a much more pleasant, less bitter aftertaste. I preferred the Chocolate over the Peach, but I am a chocoholic after all!
Matcha is a very versatile ingredient - you can use it in baking and blend it with virtually anything. I like it in both hot and iced matcha lattes, so check out the recipe below if you fancy trying it out.Quick & Easy Iced Matcha Latte recipe
- 200ml milk or milk substitute (I used Alpro Coconut & Almond Milk)
- 1/2 tsp of your favourite flavoured Adagio Teas Matcha
- 1tbsp of hot water (not boiling as this makes the Matcha taste bitter)
- handful of ice cubes
- 1tsp of honey or other natural sweetener (optional)
1. Add 1tbsp of hot water to your 1/2 tsp of Matcha in a glass or mug and stir until it turns into a paste.
2. Pour your milk/milk substitute over the Matcha, add the honey/natural sweetener if desired, and stir until combined or use an electric milk frother for a creamier, smoother texture.
3. Add in a couple of ice cubes and enjoy!
Health benefits of Matcha
Matcha has been long admired and respected in Asia, especially Japan, for its array of health benefits and has been rightly called a 'superfood' in the West. It's high in catechins, a type of powerful antioxidant that has been linked to fighting cancer, viruses and heart disease. It also gives you an energy boost but has a much lower caffeine content than coffee so you can the boost without the shakiness, jitters or headaches afterwards. Matcha is deemed healthier than standard green tea because it's made up of whole green tea leaves so it has more antioxidants as a result.
Adagio Teas new Flavoured Matcha* (57g, £15 each) are available to purchase direct from their online shop: adagiotea.co.uk - samples are also available!