Review: Williamson Tea Purple Matcha

I'm sure you know all about the health benefits of green tea and I bet you've even heard of matcha, a super power green tea. But have you heard of purple matcha? I hadn't until Williamson Tea got in touch to see if I'd like to try their purple matcha tea. Grown on their 'solar farm' in Changoi, East Africa, the purple tea is packed with antioxidants which provide natural, relaxed alertness.


Williamson Tea have been tea farmers since 1869 and pride themselves on their bush to cup transparency. The fifth generation tea farming business is committed to growing high quality teas that are sustainable and benefit Kenya's communities, wildlife and environment. By growing their teas on their own farms they are able to control the quality of their tea right from the bushes through to the cup in your hand. Williamson Tea can offer complete traceability and because their teas come from one source it means that their carbon footprint isn't increased by transporting different teas from around the world to make their blends.

The health benefits of drinking tea is something we've known about for hundreds of years. Tea contains very high levels of antioxidants called polyphenols which can be useful for boosting circulation, improving the skin, aiding digestion and helping to stimulate the mind. The unique growing conditions found on Williamson Tea's Kenyan farms results in some of the highest levels of polyphenols found in teas across the world and it is their purple teas in particular that are being researched for their health benefits.


Williamson Tea Purple Matcha comes in one of their distinctive mini elephant caddies. The tea is made from purple leaves which have been stoneground to produce a matcha powder. The tea can be drunk traditionally, by whisking into freshly boiled water then allowing to cool, or by adding to fruit juice or smoothies or even sprinkling over food. You can also buy match whisks and even a full matcha tea kit which makes for a great gift.

The tea has a strong, nutty, earthy flavour which gives my tastebuds a real kick first thing in the morning. I'm someone who drinks their tea with milk and sugar usually, so the taste is quite strong for me. I've discovered matcha latte made with soya milk, maple syrup and nutmeg which is really delicious way of enjoying it. and I have seen baking recipes which use it so I am keen to try that, too. Ian on the other hand enjoys his tea black and without sugar, and is a fan of plain green tea, so drinking purple matcha the traditional way is perfect for him.

Available from williamsontea.com and Harvey Nichols, Purple Matcha is £25 for 30g.

Have you tried purple matcha? What's your favourite way to enjoy matcha tea?




*I was kindly sent some Williamson Tea Purple Matcha to review.

16 comments

  1. I'm a huge tea fan but I've never heard of this! It sounds really interesting and I love that elephant tin. Going to investigate further :)

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  2. I have heard such good things about Match tea, have not tried it though!

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    1. It's packed with health benefits x

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  3. Those pots are gorgeous - this would be a perfect gift for my Mother in Law. I'm more of a coffee or breakfast tea drinker myself but she loves this kind of tea :) H x

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    1. I think they're a really great gift idea x

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  4. I've never heard of this! It looks interesting. I'm more a standard breakfast tea drinker. xx

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    1. It's a really nice change from regular tea x

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  5. wow, i've heard of green matcha but not purple matcha before. i'm on to drink my tea black too so i'm sure i'd love this purple matcha. really informative post :)

    - Cydney x

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    1. Ooh yes you'd definitely love it if you drink black tea x

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  6. I love the sound of this as I never really get on with green tea (I have to put loads of sugar in it which I'm sure defeats the point ha!) x

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    1. Hehe I am the same, I think you'd like the matcha latte though x

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  7. I have never heard of it but I am always big on trying out these new healthy drinks so will be sure to take a look! x

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    1. Matcha is very trendy at the moment!x

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  8. Huge huge tea fan and as purple is my favourite colour I feel I should definitely invest!! Sounds lovely! x

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    1. I hope you like it if you try it!x

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