I was given the opportunity to try two products from RedLeafTea.com. The Caramel Matchaccino and the Naturally flavored Eggnog Matcha. I've never heard of either products, but I was excited to try them. Here's my thoughts in the Caramel Matchaccino.
First things first, I had no idea what Matcha (maccha) was, but after reading the Red Leaf Tea website and doing a little online research, I learned that:
"The health benefits of Matcha tea exceed those of green tea because when you drink Matcha you ingest the whole leaf, not just the brewed water."
"One glass of Matcha is the equivalent of 10 glasses of green tea in terms of its nutritional value and antioxidant content." (from www.matchasource.com)
They provide a natural energy boost
I have a good tolerance for caffeine and only experience headaches occasionally after drinking tea, so I had no reservations about trying this. I mixed 1 tablespoon of the Matcha with 8 oz of milk and a few ice cubes in the blender. Blended for a few seconds and I was ready for the taste test!
I noticed the smell of caramel as soon as I opened the packet. The scent was great, it blended nicely and the color wasn't as green as in the photos. I was a little nervous about the taste, because I usually like my drinks to be watered down. I'm the type of person who mixes water into any juice I drink...even extra water in sweet tea. I was happy when I tasted the drink and wasn't overpowered by a sugary taste. However, I didn't notice much caramel either. It was more of a caramel after taste.
Lattes and frappes I've tried were always strong and sweet, which makes me stay away from them. For people like me who do not like sweet drinks, this is a great option. Not only because of the potential health benefits, but because it's different. I had no weird side effects, headaches, etc. afterward. It was just a delicious drink choice. I wouldn't mind having this again!