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Yikes! I’m dangerously close to not even having one sipdown per day! I need to dig into other boxes of samples, and put away the ones I have out – they just don’t interest me right now, I guess. Anyhow, last night was wicked with the baby, and I needed to try and stay awake using caffeine today. Who knows if it worked, but I’m still alive and it’s almost time to sleep, yay! So made up my third latte out of this packet. Made a conscious effort to mix it better, which paid off, and added maple syrup for sweetener and coconut cream (less than previously) for… well, honestly, just to use the darn stuff up. It’s been in the fridge far too long. The result was good; I drank the whole cup mindlessly.
Another cup of this today, to attempt to combat the complete lack of sleep I’m getting as my baby is currently waking every 2-3 hours at night and must be comforted back to sleep by nursing. I’m not sure if it worked, even though I probably used about 3x the recommended amount. I’m just not that sensitive to caffeine. Anyhow, it was better without the coconut cream, but I need to actually mix it properly. As I previously mentioned, it’s very smooth – silky, in fact – but I have done a poor job of fully incorporating it both times. Somewhere, I have a matcha whisk from Azzrian, but as I’m still not fully unpacked (it has been a year and a half, haha), I’m not sure where it is. I feel like I used a shaker bottle + wire ball somewhat successfully at one time, but does anyone have any other ideas? (I know, I really should google.)
One serving size of this one to go, but I found at least a portion of my small matcha stash the other day, so I won’t be running out of the stuff in general anytime soon.
Had a sealed packet of this from ages ago… in fact, it was from LiberTEAS, when I purchased a box of tea samples! Like, 7 years ago. Luckily, it seemed to be just fine! Perhaps even better than fine – it made quite a nice latte! One of the smoothest matchas I’ve had, and great flavour, not overly bitter. I’m not good at reviewing matchas and their subtleties, but I’d definitely have it again. I sweetened it with maple syrup, but then also popped in some leftover coconut cream I had in the fridge (it was already brewed up in regular milk). While I do like coconut cream, I think I went a tad overboard – it was reaaaallly rich. Lesson learned, but I did still drink it. Will use the rest of the packet for a non- coconut latte.
A big thanks to TeaEqualsBliss!
I thought this was such an interesting tea when I saw it! I was a bit frightened because I had NO idea how to brew it. But I opened the little baggie and I smelled a little roasty flavor :] Mm the flavor of this tea is so delicious. It’s very roasty tasting. It has a sweet aftertaste but is still kind of woodsy, too. It has a little bit of a nut flavor. It reminds me of brazil nuts because of the slight buttery taste they have in common. MM I’m so happy I got to try this!
the tea is great, their customer service is dreadful. I had purchased for many months spending several hundred dollars without incident. I had a problem with them charging my card twice I pointed this out and they refunded the entire purchase, then proceeded to “cancel my account” without ever notifying me. I sent many emails non of which they answered. Since they have no phone number listed, or address other than a P.O. box I would be very cautious doing business with them. I’d liken them to the Soup Nazi only “No Tea for You” I’m listing them a don’t buy
Smooth is how I would describe this. Many matcha genmaichas cheap out on the matcha and barely cover the tea at all, but this one doesn’t. There’s a nice coating of powder on the leaves and rice. Some of the rice have popped leaving a few popcorn like pieces. Colour comes out green and vibrant really nice overall.
Drinking it, it goes down very smooth. A little bit watery tasting but easy to go down. The main concern I have with this so far is that the rice far outnumbers the tea leaves in this blend. It really looks like i have a 70% rice, 30% tea leaves mix. So what happens is when you want to make some of this stuff, i don’t imagine a teaspoon of this will get you anything so I end up dumping a whole lot in just so i can get a decent amount of tea. Perhaps the tea is actually at the bottom of the bag but I can’t really tell right now, I just scoop from the top.
Other than that, you can tell this is a quality matcha genmaicha tea. There is a sufficient amount of matcha on it. Teanobi claims it has the Uji matcha it sells on this, which costs like $65/100g. So if it really is, then yay. None the less, this tea doesn’t come cheap at $25 + shipping, I paid over $30 for this bag. It really kills the matcha genmaicha I got from davids but it is expensive. To me an absolute perfect matcha genmaicha tea is one with more tea than rice, but I doubt anyone would do that. Rice is cheaper and heavier to put in a mix.
I forced myself to stick to the direction and did 1 cup of hot milk with 1/4 tsp of this latte powder. It had a very pale aroma before adding to the milk and afterwards as well. I will say that the milk/powder color is beautiful! It reminds me of a “Grasshopper”. This powder paired with the milk froths up very nice without much work at all! All I had to do was stir! There were a few small clumps which was more my measuring cups fault than this lovely powder and it was fairly easy to take care of with a few more stirs! No Problemo!
This is VERY frothy and milky-smooth! Creamy! I noticed as it cools for a little bit at room temperature the flavor was enhanced slightly. I could taste more of the ‘green tea’ come thru. The green veggie type green tea that is…much like broccoli and along with the milk it sort of reminded me of cream of broccoli soup!
I wanted to try this with Almond Milk but I didn’t have any at the moment. I used regular milk. I am also going to try this without milk and try it with water instead just to see the difference!
I think this is a very good matcha powder product – I love that it was created with Latte’s in mind! Very nice!
Another winner from Teanobi!
Full review on SororiTEA Sisters coming THIS WEEK stay tuned…some basic findings and a rating…
Aroma Prior: A cross between toast (non-buttered) and roasted nuts along with a refreshing woodsy smell
Post infusion aroma: a rich toasted/roasted nutty smell…very nice
Taste: Woodsy, Nutty, Sweet, Fairly Smooth
Additional notes: 1 cup hot and 1 cup cold. I have found that Hojicha’s are kind of hit and miss COLD but this one is very tasty cold, too!
Prepare plain with 140 degree (not listed on the slide bar) water and whisked immediately.
I could not get this stuff to froth. Maybe it’s the heavy starch in combination with the powder but I’m not really sure why.
There also seems to be a much heavier consistency that isn’t allowing the tea to remain suspended so I feel the need to continue whisking just to get the particles off the bottom. Which isn’t very fun.
The flavor profile is a little more bitter even with the cooler temp water but I’m going to continue to muck around with measurements hoping to find something awesome.
This tea really does taste like toasted rice tea in powder/it’s kinda matcha form which is very neat.
I just have to figure out how to brew this SOB.