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Whoa, this was a lot better than expected. I was originally getting a regular latte with my French Cruller but the marketing hype for Dunkin’s new matcha lattes nudged me to order this instead. I rarely order matcha drinks from cafes and bubble tea shops because they are never to my liking. Either they’re super sweet like Starbucks, taste weird, or made from poor quality matcha. However I enjoyed every slurp of this drink aside from the few clumps of undissolved matcha powder. Nice bright green tea flavor, not too earthy, with just the right amount of sugar to give it a subdued sweetness.

There was nothing fancy to the preparation of this drink at all. They literally just dumped matcha powder in with cold milk and ice and gave it a little stir. That’s it. No fancy whisk or hot water. It’s kind of embarrassing how this ridiculously simple preparation tasted better than the fussy methods I use at home to make matcha lattes. It never occurred to me to add matcha directly into cold water.

So with some inspiration from Dunkin, I’ve been making my own iced matcha lattes at home and dare I say they taste better than Dunkin’s. I start by dissolving a teaspoon of matcha powder in a little room temperature water inside a mason jar. Then add a small squirt of agave or sugar followed by milk. Put on a lid and shake everything till well blended. Drop in a few ice cubes and sip directly from the mason jar. Easy peasy. Soo good and no bitterness either!

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gmathis

Generally speaking, I’m not a matcha fan, but I’ve got some sample packets that need to be used or pitched…you’ve inspired me! (Especially with warmer weather on the way.)

LuckyMe

@gmathis, I don’t care for matcha on its own either but I love it in drinks and confectionery. Mixing it directly with cold water or milk though really makes for a smoother drinking experience.

tea-sipper

Oh gosh, I don’t seem to like anything at Dunkin except munchkins. This doesn’t sound bad though!

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gmathis

Generally speaking, I’m not a matcha fan, but I’ve got some sample packets that need to be used or pitched…you’ve inspired me! (Especially with warmer weather on the way.)

LuckyMe

@gmathis, I don’t care for matcha on its own either but I love it in drinks and confectionery. Mixing it directly with cold water or milk though really makes for a smoother drinking experience.

tea-sipper

Oh gosh, I don’t seem to like anything at Dunkin except munchkins. This doesn’t sound bad though!

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My Rating Criteria:

95 to 100: Top shelf stuff. Loved this tea and highly recommend it

90 to 94: Excellent. Enjoyed this tea and would likely repurchase

80 to 89: Good but not great. I liked it though it may be lacking in some aspects. I’ll finish it but probably won’t buy again

70 to 79: Average at best. Not terrible but wouldn’t willingly drink again

60 to 69: Sub-par. Low quality tea, barely palatable

59 and below: Bleh

Fell into tea years ago, and for a long time my experience was limited to Japanese greens and a few flavored teas. My tea epiphany came a few years ago when I discovered jade oolongs. That was the gateway drug to the world of fine tea and teaware.

With the exception of a handful of lightly scented teas, I drink mostly straight tea. I love fresh green and floral flavors and as such, green tea and Taiwanese oolongs will always have a place in my cupboard. After avoiding black tea forever, Chinese blacks are beginning to grow on me. I’ve dipped my toe into a few puerhs now but it’s still relatively new territory for me. I also enjoy white tea and tisanes but reach for them less frequently.

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