I was recently sent the most lovely little parcel from Williamson Tea, to try out their new purple matcha. As you might have read on here, I love testing out new tea flavours and the more unusual the better. I’m not really a fan of typical British ‘builders’ tea – I like to be able to taste the flavours of the tea and I think that milk can often ruin this. It feels a bit sacrilegious!
Williamson Tea is a fifth generation tea farming business, with over 140 years of experience, committed to growing the highest quality sustainable teas to the benefit of Kenya, its communities, wildlife and environment. They have four farms in the heart of the Kenyan highlands – Tinderet, Kaimosi, Kapchorua and Changoi. I hadn’t actually tried any of their products before, so I was excited to give this a go.
The matcha was sent in an adorable little elephant caddy (I’m a sucker for great packaging and containers) along with a traditional bamboo whisk and a little bag.
Matcha (a type of green tea) is something I first discovered last year but I’d only tried the green variety. The purple matcha is grown on their Changoi farm, which is known as the ‘solar farm’ due to the high levels of sunlight it receives. With a nutty, almost caramel flavour, purple tea leaves are stoneground to produce it. Only the highest quality tea leaves are used, whose slow growth has concentrated the bushes’ naturally occurring antioxidants and polyphenols to very high levels.
The traditional method of preparing this tea is to whisk it into freshly boiled water until a fine coating of uniform bubbles are formed, allow it to cool to taste and enjoy. So this is just what I did!
You could taste the quality of the tea, it was lovely! I was actually expecting it to be a bit more purple than it was, but that obviously had no effect on the taste.
What I hadn’t really thought about previously was that you can add matcha to a number of other things too, other than just drinking it as a tea, such as whisking it into smoothies, fruit juice, porridge or sprinkled on yogurt, so I’ll be trying all of those too.
If you’d like to try it out for yourself, you can order it from the Williamson Tea website here.
I was sent samples to review by Williamson Tea, but did not receive any payment. All views are my own.