Posted: Jan 20, 2016 at 12:33 PM
(Last Updated: Jan 22, 2016 at 2:07 PM)
Blending peach juice (from concentrate) with ceremonial grade matcha isn’t a combination that naturally whets the palate. Fortunately, it’s a successful flavor pairing and this flavor of MatchaBar’s ready-to-drink line is quite enjoyable. Unlike the Original variety, this one doesn’t have any added sweetener. Instead, the peach juice acts as both a flavoring and a sweetener. The company didn’t skimp on the peach juice either, with the product consisting of 71 percent juice. That being said, there’s a hefty note of peach that hits your tongue almost instantaneously, while the matcha provides more of a grassy undertone than a primary flavor. Added sodium copper chlorophyllin adds to the green color, so the product still very much looks like what you’d expect from a matcha product. In the realm of tea drinks, this approach is certainly not standard, but given how strong matcha is by itself, we appreciate that the company added an adequate amount of juice such that it’s a key part of the product’s flavor profile. The only downside of all of this is that the calorie and sugar content is a fair amount higher than the Original variety (90 calories and 15g of sugars). Visually, we feel that the packaging is one of the best looking matcha products that we’ve seen to date. The 10 oz. bottle is both attractive looking and appropriately portioned, while the label, which has an orange background, has a positive, modern, and polished look to it. This is a nice contrast to MatchaBar’s competition, many of whom are going with themes that speak to the Japanese tradition of matcha. Overall, a very nice tasting product that will definitely stand out on a store shelf.