Bourbon Matcha Crunch Review

Bourbon Matcha Crunch product is made from Japan. I tasted this candy a few months and I find it really good. A company called Bourbon makes this delicious snack. I checked their website and it has the Japanese and English version. It is a good sign that this product came from a legitimate company that has quality standards.

This chocolate treat is crunchy and tasty. No wonder they call it matcha crunch. The thick chocolate cover makes this unique to someone who wants to enjoy matcha and chocolate at the same time. Someone like me! Kids would love this Bourbon matcha crunch because it’s delectable.

Inside it is a matcha flavored creme with rice crispies. Matcha filling covered with rice crispies and chocolate finish will definitely want it for more. I love matcha and chocolate too. The best of both worlds on a candy. I could not ask for anything more.

If you’re concern about snacking and the calories associated with it. It has only 30 kcal for one chocolate serving. Not too bad. The ingredients are artificial and contain milk, nuts, wheat, and soybeans. Sounds commercial thought it would not harm you just try it. This snack is great for anyone. Snack in moderation.

I mean there are a lot of snacks that have matcha filling. You got to try this one. I don’t have really an idea where to find this snack since it was given to me. I can’t give you a sample since it ran out. I saw some sites that sell the product. Try Amazon. It doesn’t have a lot of reviews and it is out of stock. Try to read the labels first before digging in. Not every package has natural flavors. For people who are allergic to nuts. This chocolate crunch may not be for you.

Maccha Uji No Sato

I purchased this Maccha Uji No Sato from Maiko Japan Online Store. I made a regular drink without whisking it. What you need to know about Uji No Sato is a thin or usucha type of matcha tea. With its name Uji, it refers to the region it came from Uji, Kyoto Western Honshu Japan.  This is a superior type of matcha “maccha” tea.

In Japan, they call it Maccha & not Matcha. Long before maccha was introduced as a healthy beverage to countries like the USA and Europe. Maccha is commonly used in Japan and soon was changed into Matcha. The spelling is different though the pronunciation is the same. Most people use Uji type of Matcha Tea for ceremony practice.

Japanese creates different terms and varieties for the matcha they make so nothing is the same. The matcha that I bought is organic. It does not cost much to try this type of matcha. Matcha for tea ceremonies at Tea Houses is expensive and sometimes hard to find. They are regulated by Tea Masters who are certified from level I-IV recommends the flagship products for use.

Maccha Uji No Sato is the good tea for you to drink and enjoy. It is refreshing, aromatic and light. Overall, I like this tea. I gave it a rating on 8/10. The quality of the Uji No Sato is good. I like Uji for drinking. I can tell the tea leaves used to make this tea are slightly old. Stone grind and machine grind matcha tea even have its own differences when it comes to their taste, texture, and color. That is what I learned throughout my journey.

You may find other matcha tea quite expensive. Uji No Sato is a good way to start your matcha tea experience. If you are at the experimental stage, I suggest you buy this type of matcha tea.

 

Kyoto Direct Shizuku Organic Matcha Review

Kyoto Direct Shizuku Organic Matcha

Kyoto Direct Shizuku Organic Matcha from Japan is created to be different from the rest. First, it is an organic matcha. They have different kinds as what you can see on the images. Standard, Premium, Deluxe, High Grade and Supreme. Let me tell you the differences of each kind.

 

Kyoto Direct Shizuku Organic Matcha Standard, a good Usucha tea great for everyday drink and practice ceremony. I open the sachet and like what I smell. Made a simple matcha shot and whisk it for a minute. I was not impressed with the taste. The astringency of the matcha is strong. It was too organic for my taste. I would give it a rating of 6/10.

Kyo Direct Shizuku Organic Standard Matcha

Kyoto Direct Shizuku Organic Matcha Premium, one of the best tasting matcha from the product line. The powder smells good and fresh. After the product pictorial, I drink it all up. The taste was sweet and there is less astringency. It has a rich texture to it. I would rate it 10/10.

Kyo Direct Shizuku Organic Premium Matcha

Kyoto Direct Shizuku Organic Matcha Deluxe, this matcha is strong. The texture, after I whisk, become smooth and creamy. I love the texture. What I did not like about this type is the strong after taste and its leaves a slightly bitter taste on my tongue. I would rate it 8/10.

Kyo Direct Shizuku Organic Deluxe Matcha

Kyoto Direct Shizuku Organic Matcha High-Grade, this tea is great for tea ceremony practice. It is slightly sweet with medium astringency levels. It has a strong after taste which I did not drink it all up. I would rate it 8/10.

Kyo Direct Shizuku Organic High-Grade Matcha

Kyoto Direct Shizuku Organic Matcha Supreme. I have high expectations for this tea. I was disappointed with the taste. The tea is bold and aromatic. It has a strong finish and has medium astringency levels. The texture is smooth. I would recommend this for a tea ceremony. Not my favorite kind. I would rate this tea from Kyoto Direct 8/10.

Kyo Direct Shizuku Organic Supreme Matcha

Please take note the rating used in this post where 1 means poor and 10 means excellent.

Kappa Matcha Tea Review

My kappa matcha tea review based on this matcha from Japan. My sister gave it to me last year. It is a different matcha. It has a roasted smell when you open it. I expected the same smell just like the others. I was so surprised.

I took some photos of the product packaging. Also my drink. Yay! This is the second time my sister brought me another kind of matcha. I was excited to check if this is the same match she purchased last Christmas. The next thing I did was to make my usual drink. This time I have my whisk with me. I served two teaspoons of powder in my bowl. Pour in a little bit of hot water then whisk it. While whisking it, nutty smell of the steam evaporates.  I check the color its dark green. Pretty good for a matcha tea.

I tasted my tea. All good. It is very rich, nutty and has a roasted smell. I would say not all matcha are created equal. My sister’s fiancée told me before that every tea house in Japan has their own flavors. That’s a fact. I thought they were all the same. It’s not.

Do not expect that the matcha manufactured from Japan have the same standards, flavor, and quality to it. I would say the best ones are created by the monks. The first matcha she brought for me was created by the monks.
Overall, I would rate this 8/10 for flavor and texture. For the color and smell, it’s 9/10. The packaging is cute and in Japanese. So it’s hard for me to understand it. At the back, they provided a large site information which is great for you to buy their matcha tea online. You can check the site online and see what else they offer.

kappa matcha tea review

Matcha Green Tea and its Health Benefits

Matcha Green Tea, AN ANTIOXIDANT POWERHOUSE

One of the major health benefits of matcha tea is that it delivers a mega dose of antioxidants in every sip. According
to the latest innovation in antioxidant research, matcha is packed with exponentially more antioxidants than any other ‘superfood’.


Matcha Tea Health Benefits

Why is matcha better than loose leaf tea?

Every day, countless people throw away valuable antioxidants and minerals. While seemingly unimaginable,
that’s exactly what happens when you brew a cup of green tea because water can only extract a fraction of green teas
benefits. The majority actually remains unused, trapped in the tea leaves. In reality, the only way to truly take
advantage of green teas full potential is to consume the entire leaf. But that doesn’t mean you need to start eating
tea leaves. The simplest solution is to just enjoy a bowl of matcha. Because matcha is straight, stoneground tea
leaves, matcha provides you with green teas powerful arsenal of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino
acids in a way no other green tea can. In fact, to even begin to match the potency found in a single serving of matcha, you would need to drink at least ten cups of brewed green tea. When it comes to helping you achieve and maintain optimum health, matcha is without equal.

Why is matcha tea considered an anti-oxidant powerhouse?

One of the biggest buzz words in nutrition, antioxidants are naturally occurring chemical compounds that prevent
aging and chronic diseases. Nowadays, a variety of fruits and vegetables are lauded for their antioxidant properties,
leading to a host of products with all kinds of claims. But matcha is unparalleled in comparison. Firstly, matcha is
packed with exponentially more antioxidants according to the latest innovation in antioxidant research.Using the testing method known as ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity), experts at Tufts University discovered that matcha possesses an amazing twenty times more so than pomegranates or blueberries. Matchas ORAC rating is a mighty 1573 units per gram, compared to pomegranates 105 units per gram or blueberries 93 units.

Why does this matter?

Antioxidants are the body’s defense agents. They are chemical compounds that prevent aging and chronic diseases. Put simply, the more you have, the better equipped your body is in the fight against infections and disease.


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Baristas Best Matcha Drink

I bought this instant Baristas Best Matcha drink at 7/11 store because I got curious how Matcha tea would taste in a preserve drink. When I tasted it, the matcha tea flavor was there. Although it was too sweet because of added sugar, lactose, and sucrose. I thought consuming it would be healthy. I was looking at the nutrition facts and the ingredients at the back. I realize since they added some special sweeteners, artificial flavors, and milk which made the taste really good. It was not natural in a way that I would like it.

Baristas Best Matcha Drink

I drank the whole bottle, I felt it was too commercial. I love the Matcha tea flavor added on the drink. Overall, this drink fell short on the natural level and its sweetness. Personally, this could have been a really good drink without too much sugar in it. I feel this drink is good for teenagers not for someone experiencing sugar issues. They must have made this drink specifically for the younger demographics. For people who really love the sweet instant matcha drink, you will love this. Otherwise, if you are the type who doesn’t like too much sugar. Just take it easy on this drink.

Honestly, this Baristas Best Matcha drink is not good for people who want to go natural. It’s a bottled drink preserve for people who want to drink on the go and made to last longer on the shelf. Practically, I preferred the natural matcha without too much sugar and additives. If you want a natural drink, try Koicha (thick) or Usucha (thin) matcha tea from credible sources from Japan. You can find them online. Check for reviews before you buy them. Otherwise, you will end up buying the wrong product. Do your research and learn how the Japanese prepare and drink matcha for tea ceremony practices.

 

10 Health Benefits of Japanese Matcha Tea

In Japanese culture, Matcha Tea is widely known and accepted drink. Back in the Tang Dynasty in China, tea leaves were steamed and formed into tea bricks for storage and trade. It became popular in the Song Dynasty where the method of making powdered tea started. Then it became a necessary part of the ritual by Chan or Zen Buddhists.

One of the Zen Buddhists brought Matcha Tea to Japan in 1191 by monk Eisai. In Japan, it became highly integrated at ceremonies by Zen Monasteries and people. From there, Matcha green tea was born. Let us read more about how Matcha Tea can benefit your health.

1.) It helps improve your mental focus because of its high Theanine content. It gives you that surge of energy when you work.

2.) It gives an energy boost without the typical jitter and acidity associated with coffee. Once we get older, our body acidity goes high. Consumption of coffee may give you stomach pains, acid reflux, and complex acid reactions. It is better to have an alternative to coffee the reason some people drink Matcha tea.

3.) It makes your skin look younger.

4.) Matcha has Catechin EGCg, most widely known for its cancer-fighting properties.

5.) Enhances your nerves to make you feel calm but alert.

6.) Boosts memory and concentration.

7.) Increase your endurance up to 6 hours or more. From my experience, it even makes feel active all throughout the day. The endurance makes you even more productive especially if you have two jobs.

8.) Improves your metabolism and helps to burn calories in your body. Personally, drink Matcha Tea before you exercise. It will help you meet your fitness goals X2.

9.) Detoxifies our body from chemical toxins from the food that we eat.

10.) Fortifies the immune system and balances our cholesterol levels.

You get a lot of benefits from Matcha Tea. The list could go longer. I have only 10 on the list. I will keep you updated for more. If you are reading this post and you drink coffee, you should try Matcha Tea. It will give you more than what coffee could offer.

The Quality Of Matcha Green Tea

It is difficult to tell which Matcha Green Tea has a ceremonial grade to its quality especially if you are a beginner. In the market, there are products sold on the internet for the same type of Matcha tea powder. The quality is worst compared to products that are known for their quality. The issues of the quality to get everyone’s attention. Including the specific grades of the powder to use.

How can you tell you purchased a quality Matcha tea? The grade of Matcha is defined by many factors:

1.) Location of the Tea.

2.) Premium quality has strict requirements when they are made. This means young leaves are carefully selected to make the premium tea powder. The treatment of the tea leaves. Before processing, the leaves are not exposed to sunlight. This type of process makes the powder color appear vibrant green.

3.) The treatment of the tea leaves. Before processing, the leaves are not exposed to sunlight. This type of process makes the powder color appear vibrant green.

4.) The texture, quality, and density.

5.) It is made from stems or leaves. Teas made from stems have different flavor and aroma. They are not bitter. Though tea stems used for drinking. Stems are byproducts of making Matcha. While the leaves selected for Matcha production.

6.) The fineness of the powder.  According to my research, Matcha green tea powder from Japan has a darker color compared to China made tea powder.

7.) Tea leaves made from granite stone mills have the best quality. Compared to Matcha Tea made from machines. Granite stone mill is the best for attaining the freshness, texture, color, and density of the tea leaves.

8.) The oxidation of the leaves. Tea leaves exposed too much oxygen becomes dull and appears brownish green. You will know if it has the right amount if it smells like hay.

The internet has a vast selection of Matcha Green Tea and their specific type of grade (which I will cover in my next article). The only way to know what type you are going to buy is to read the labels. In addition, do not be enticed by lower price products. High-quality Matcha Tea is generally expensive above $20 or more.