Hey there Teacups.. Happy Matcha Monday! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Adagio Tea’s – Blueberry Matcha. I thought it was about time I review this matcha seen as I think it’s the only flavoured Matcha on Adagio’s UK website that I haven’t reviewed yet (aside from the Mocha one but I can’t review that as coffee / coffee flavours are a huge migraine trigger for me). So until Adagio make the decision to bring some more of their flavoured matchas to their UK website this is going to be the last Adagio flavoured matcha review for a while, which does make me quite sad to be honest as I’ve really enjoyed all of the other Adagio flavoured matchas. I just hope they decide to bring more of their flavoured matchas & matcha products over to the UK website either this year or during 2021.
Here’s what Adagio themselves have to say about this matcha over on their website: ”These forest-dwelling berries make for a perfect accompaniment to the spring tea leaves of our high-grade Matcha. A hint of natural blueberry brings new life to this Japanese delicacy – perfect alone or in a delicious latte.”
Ingredients: Matcha blended with Natural Blueberry flavouring.
Tea Tasting Notes
I’ll be honest with you all here, I’m not a huge fan of blueberry which is why I left trying this particular matcha till last. Because I was worried about trying it and not liking it as sometimes blueberry especially when provided through natural flavourings can be over used and far to artificial. Blueberries aren’t a bad fruit they just aren’t for me I’m not a huge fan of their texture and the only thinks I really enjoy them in is muffins and pancakes. For this tasting session that I conducted over a few days I’ve had tried this matcha in the following ways: on its own (hot and iced), Sweetened with honey (hot and iced), as a hot latte (with soya milk and honey) and iced with apple juice (no sweetener added). Out of all the ways I’ve tried this I definitely prefer it iced (sweetened) and iced with the addition of apple juice. I enjoyed the other cups I tried but for me those two cups I just mentioned were by far the stand outs. Because the blueberry is provided by a natural flavouring I was expecting it to overpower the matcha but that wasn’t the case at all.
It’s definitely present don’t get me wrong but it doesn’t outshine the matcha and actually pairs pretty well with it. The dry matcha smells just like blueberry muffins which definitely eased my worries a little bit. The matcha used for the base is one I am used to from Adagio so I knew what to expect, it’s vegetal (grassy with a subtle seaweed notes and a natural sweetness), fresh and smooth which makes it really easy to drink. It also froths really well even with the addition of a flavouring which never normally happens.
For me the blueberry notes just didn’t sit well in the hot cups but that definitely a personal preference of mine. Fruity notes are something I can never stomach hot for some reason so I wouldn’t have this hot again just because of that. The latte was nice but because the blueberry isn’t overly strong (which I love) the milk does overshadow it so I wouldn’t recommend using this to make lattes unless you are too fussed on the whole blueberry front (though if that’s the case I would recommend buying adagio normal matcha for a better cup). Apple and blueberry paired together in drinks and desserts has to be one of my favourite spring/summer combos so I had to try this iced with apple juice to see if it would work. Luckily it does work and unlike the milk, the apple juice just pairs brilliantly with it providing a nice sweet yet somewhat sharp base for the blueberry and matcha to stand on.
If you are going to have it with apple juice though I recommend using a little more matcha than you normally would as to not loose any of the matcha & blueberry notes. All in all though surprisingly to me I really did enjoy this matcha and I’m looking forward to experimenting with it in different drinks throughout the summer. It’s also (just like the other Adagio matchas) one I would definitely consider buying again.
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
If you want to find out more about Adagio Tea and purchase some of this Matcha for yourself, you can do both here (for the UK) and here (for the US). As always if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram and I’ll do my best to answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley
*The tea featured in this post was gifted to me for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own and have not been paid for*