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Green March! This is the only matcha in my collection; I ordered it from Matcha Outlet, but from what I can tell, they used to be Red Leaf Tea. I don’t have any “proper” matcha gear yet (I finally ordered some today with my b-day funds!) so I’ve just been frothing it up in my milk frother (eh, it gets the job done in a pinch). I like it latte-style, so usually I froth the matcha up in a bit of water first, move it to a mug, and then froth up the milk and add it second.

The matcha is quite thick, rich, and very grassy in flavor! I find that it has some sweeter floral notes just beneath the grassy taste, and a very subtle fruitiness, with a bit of a vegetal astringency on the finish. When prepared as a latte, the almond milk removes that astringent bite on the finish, and brings out more of the sweetness in the cup, as well as adds a lovely creaminess, and since the grassy flavor is very rich and strong, it holds up well through the almond milk.

This was a beautiful, rich creamy green cup on a rainy St. Pattie’s Day!

(For the record, this matcha also makes a delicious pumpkin spice latte during the winter months, too!)

Full Review: https://teatimetuesdayreviews.wordpress.com/2017/10/17/tea42/

Flavors: Astringent, Floral, Fruity, Grass, Sweet, Thick, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Lexie Aleah

I only have a whisk myself. Do you use an electric hand frother?

Mastress Alita

It’s an electric milk frother, but it’s stationary and has an option to heat the milk as it froths inside the canister (there is also an option to not heat as well, if you want to froth cold milk). When I use it for matcha, I typically heat the water to the temperature I want in my kettle (since the frother uses a certain temperature for milk) and just use the “cold froth” function just to mix up the matcha and water. Then I move the matcha to a mug, and then do a “warm froth” of the milk to heat and froth the milk at the same time. You can also remove the frothing coil attachment from it to just heat up milk to add to tea, or to mix up cocoas. I use it quite a bit!

This is the model: https://www.amazon.com/Epica-Automatic-Electric-Frother-Heater/dp/B00I8WFKR0/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1521360019&sr=8-3&keywords=epica+frother

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Lexie Aleah

I only have a whisk myself. Do you use an electric hand frother?

Mastress Alita

It’s an electric milk frother, but it’s stationary and has an option to heat the milk as it froths inside the canister (there is also an option to not heat as well, if you want to froth cold milk). When I use it for matcha, I typically heat the water to the temperature I want in my kettle (since the frother uses a certain temperature for milk) and just use the “cold froth” function just to mix up the matcha and water. Then I move the matcha to a mug, and then do a “warm froth” of the milk to heat and froth the milk at the same time. You can also remove the frothing coil attachment from it to just heat up milk to add to tea, or to mix up cocoas. I use it quite a bit!

This is the model: https://www.amazon.com/Epica-Automatic-Electric-Frother-Heater/dp/B00I8WFKR0/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1521360019&sr=8-3&keywords=epica+frother

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Hi! I’m Sara, a middle-aged librarian living in southern Idaho, USA. I’m a big ol’ sci-fi/fantasy/anime geek that loves fandom conventions, RuPaul’s Drag Race, coloring books, simulation computer games, Japanese culture, and cats. Proud asexual and supporter of the LGBTQ+ community. I’m also a chronic migraineur. As a surprise to no one, I’m a helpless tea addict with a tea collecting and hoarding problem! (It still baffles me how much tea I can cram into my little condo!) I enjoy trying all sorts of teas… for me tea is a neverending journey!

Favorite Flavors:

I love sampling a wide variety of teas! For me the variety is what makes the hobby of tea sampling so fun! While I enjoy trying all different types of teas (pure teas, blends, tisanes), these are some flavors/ingredients I enjoy:
-Dessert/chocolate/vanilla/caramel/cream/toffee/maple
-Sweet/licorice root/stevia
-Vegetal/grassy
-Floral/lavender/rose
-Spices/chais
-Fruity
-Tropical/pineapple/coconut
-Bergamot (in moderation)
-Roasted/nutty
-Tart/tangy/hibiscus/rosehip

Disliked Flavors:

There are not many flavors or ingredients that I don’t like. These include:
-Bananas/banana flavoring
-Smoke-scented teas/heavy smoke flavors (migraine trigger)
-Perfumey teas/extremely heavy floral aromas (migraine trigger)
-Gingko biloba (migraine trigger)
-Chamomile (used in blends as a background note/paired with stronger flavors is okay)
-Grapefruit (used in blends as a background note/paired with stronger flavors is okay)
-Extremely spicy/heated teas
-Medicinal flavors/Ginseng
-Metallic flavors
-Overly strong artificial flavorings

With the exception of bananas and migraine triggers, I’ll pretty much try any tea at least once!

Steeping Parameters:

I drink tea in a variety of ways! For hot brews, I mostly drink my teas brewed in the western style without additions, and for iced tea, I drink teas mostly brewed in the cold brew style without additions. Occassionally I’ll change that up. I use the https://octea.ndim.space/#/ app for water-to-tea ratios and use steep times to my preferences.

Currently Sipping Down: Snake River Tea’s Toasted Coconut, Art of Tea’s Tropical Mate

My Rating Scale:

90-100 – Top tier tea! These teas are among my personal favorites, and typically I like to keep them stocked in my cupboards at all times, if possible!

70-89 – These are teas that I personally found very enjoyable, but I may or may not feel inclined to keep them in stock.

50-69 – Teas that fall in this range I enjoyed, but found either average, lacking in some way, or I’ve had a similar tea that “did it better.”

21-49 – Teas in this range I didn’t enjoy, for one reason or another. I may or may not finish them off, depending on their ranking, and feel no inclination to restock them.

20-1 – Blech! My Tea Hall of Shame. These are the teas that most likely saw the bottom of my garbage can, because I’d feel guilty to pass them onto someone else.

Note that I only journal a tea once, not every time I drink a cup of it. If my opinion of a tea drastically changes since my original review, I will journal the tea again with an updated opinion and change my rating. Occassionally I revisit a tea I’ve reviewed before after a year or more has passed.

New Teas Tried for 2019: 79
Sipdown Count for 2019: 121

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My Cupboard on Steepster reflects teas that I have sampled and logged for review, and is not used as an inventory for teas I currently own at the present moment. An accurate and up-to-date listing of my current tea inventory can be viewed here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AvGT1XwgJUTErt3zhjpHbXf6HNS3k_Ym85zoHJPmhX4/edit?usp=sharing . A downloadable spreadsheet version with more detailed information can be acquired here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1D2J0sUMNItRsf0jBRBR6XDFUimm60f0o/view?usp=sharing . I am currently on a tea trading/ordering hiatus to get my collection under control! I cannot participate in any tea boxes, group orders, tea exchanges, or accept any tea gifts at this point in time. If there is something on my spreadsheet that I have in large quantity (50g or higher) that you would like to sample, feel free to contact me about it, as I am open to limited gifting (USA only!)

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