When I was asked whether I’d like to try the new Teapigs matcha drinks I was torn – I’m a big fan of Teapigs but I’m not completely sold on green tea. Nevertheless I thought I’d give them a go.
The packaging is gorgeous, cute, bright and importantly, healthy looking. It’s more of an iced tea kind of vibe, with fruit flavouring.
When Mr LTT read the back he asked me whether 1g of matcha would really make a difference? I started reading around to try and find out more about matcha and what kind of positive effects it could have on your health, and here’s what I discovered:
- One cup of matcha is the equivalent of 10 cups of regular green tea in terms of nutritional value and antioxidant content. (Source)
- Could increase metabolism helping us to keep trim (Source)
- Matcha contains an amino acid called L-theanine which can help us to stay calm (Source)
- High in flavinoids, matcha might protect our bodies from free radicals (Source)
And what does Teapigs matcha they taste like I hear you ask? Surprisingly, not very green tea-y (?) at all. Which is alright by me. My favourite was the apple and if I have a juice choice, it’s apple every time. The elderflower was potent but not overbearing and I definitely found this a very relaxing flavour to drink – probably more for the evening, whereas the apple and grapefruit flavours were more lively up-and-at-em kind of drinks!
If I’m honest the grapefruit one wasn’t to my personal taste – whilst it’s full of delicious citrus flavour, there’s no added sugar (in any of the drinks) so naturally it’s a bit more tart than the other two. It was quite subjective though as I’d already had a sip of the other two which are a little sweeter in taste.
You can order Teapigs matcha from the Teapigs website, but they’re also available from Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, Whole Foods and Planet Organic.
Disclosure: I was sent Teapigs matcha to review but all opinions are my own.