Smoothie matcha for this morning. Since I am still working with coconut milk and it changed the flavor of my last matcha so drastically, I tried whisking up a small portion in water (not my preferred method for matcha!) for flavor sampling purposes. I found it didn’t produce much froth, but at least integrated nicely without a weird texture in the mouth. The dark olive-green liquour had a very umami/seaweedy taste to the matcha itself, rather than sweeter grass, but it was prominent and not covered completely by the flavoring. Of the flavoring, I pretty much just tasted the citusy orange note; it was a bit pithy and orange peel like, and I couldn’t taste the passionfruit well, mainly just a sort of “tropical fruit punch” taste that came as an aftertaste after the sip.

Oddly enough, when it was added to the blender with the coconut milk, yogurt, and some strawberries and mangoes and blended up, I am getting a strong presense of the passionfruit flavor from the blended smoothie! It’s a tropical, slightly bitey flavor, which would almost be “sour” if it weren’t for the sweetness of the smoothie itself softening the edges so it works. Some sips, the citrus orange really pops, but mostly I think the citrus is adding to the passionfruit taste.

This works fine in a fruit smoothie, but I’m not sure how I feel about it otherwise… it actually might be one that I would like okay in a coconut milk latte, since that sweet milk seems to compliment these flavors okay and take a little of the edge off. But outside of creating a “tropical” smoothie taste? I think I prefer B&B’s Orange Matcha, which works nicely in smoothies but also is good in a latte with vanilla to create a “creamsicle” effect. The flavors aren’t that much different and I think the Orange one is a little more versatile… especially since taken plain in water, I wasn’t getting the passionfruit flavor to really pop much.

Flavors: Citrus, Fruit Punch, Orange, Orange Zest, Passion Fruit, Seaweed, Tart, Tropical, Umami

Iced 5 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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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, coloring books, simulation computer games, Japanese culture, and cats. Proud genderqueer asexual (she/they) 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:
-Sweet/licorice root/stevia
-Bergamot (in moderation)

Disliked Flavors:

There are not many flavors or ingredients that I don’t like. These include:
-Bananas/banana flavoring
-Hemp/CBD teas
-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)
-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.

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.


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://tinyurl.com/xjt9ptx3 . I am open to tea trades (within the United States only!) at this time. Note that I will not trade teas that I currently have in a quantity less than 50g (samplers, 1oz packages, etc.) or any teas that are currently still sealed/unopened in my cupboard.

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