Motion Matcha

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drank Sweet Matcha by Motion Matcha
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Had a couple of single serves of this from an old Sips by box, so I prepared one this morning au lait style.

Nope, this is gross. The monk fruit sweetener has an artificial and cloying sweet flavor, similar to stevia. And I’m getting a weird, almost chemical ashy flavor, not sure if that’s from the chicory fiber or the monk fruit?

It’s getting dumped.

Flavors: Artificial, Ash, Powdered Sugar, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 12 OZ / 354 ML
derk

I’ve had a similar sweetened matcha stick. Nasty.

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Good morning! Once again, the DAVIDsTEA matcha advent has a matcha-infused product instead of a powder, so I found another single serve stick to sip down instead! :D I believe this one was from a past Sips by box. The instructions call for 8-12 ounces of water, and I stopped at 8 after tasting it.

It’s okay. The matcha is very grassy, like I straight up feel like I’m drinking grass clippings. It’s a very fresh grass flavor at least! I do get a hint of umami as well, though it’s a little more on the marine side than I prefer. There’s also a fairly big hit of bitterness at the end of the sip. I do enjoy the strawberry lemonade flavor, the strawberry tastes very authentic to me. The lemon is also good but perhaps a touch more candylike.

What I really don’t enjoy is the monk fruit sweetener, it tastes artificial and cloying and is a really strange combination with the bitter aftertaste… So that’s kind of a dealbreaker for me.

Anyway, so I have two spreads today. The jam from Bonne Maman is Pineapple-Passion Fruit Spread and it’s really fun. It does taste more like canned pineapple or perhaps pineapple gummy bears to me than fresh, but I suppose that makes sense given the pineapple has to be cooked. The passion fruit is there in earnest as well, adding a delightful luscious and almost floral tropical hit. Yummy, love this one!

The DAVIDsTEA advent selection today is Honey with Matcha. I will say, I am not a fan. I’m not sure whether mine crystallized or if it’s just meant to be this way, but it’s so thick and gloopy. I actually heated it a bit to be able to spread it on toast in a reasonable manner. I think they just put way too much matcha in it, as it has an overpowering vegetal and bitter matcha flavor and then mostly just the sweetness of the honey. I’m thinking it’ll be interesting to use in baking.

(today’s advent teas: https://www.instagram.com/p/CIgMNjsgAZc/)

Flavors: Artificial, Bitter, Candy, Freshly Cut Grass, Grass, Lemon, Marine, Strawberry, Sweet, Umami

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Just Matcha by Motion Matcha
81 tasting notes

a few of these were included in my latest sipsby box and because I’m obsessed with iced matcha for breakfast, I decided to try one out this morning and it’s okay. I’ve been spoiled with the various offerings from Material Matcha Uji and ehhh. I do like the packet though, I’m pretty dead in the morning and just dumping the contents into my travel mug was nice.

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I am assuming this is the base Matcha used for all the flavored blends, though judging by the brownish green color which was much browner than the other Matcha, maybe not. Sadly this one was not at all to my liking, it was a classic very bitter, very dry culinary grade Matcha that really should only be used in baking or smoothies where there are enough other ingredients and sugar to mask the bitterness. I have had enough culinary grade Matcha as a drink rather than food to last a lifetime. Overall I was pretty lukewarm on these Matcha, I think if you are wanting to just drink for the caffeine tossing these into a smoothie or latte could be great, but if you are like me and only want to drink for the flavor this might not work for you.

Blog: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2016/06/motion-matcha-collection-of-matcha.html

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This was the one I had the most trepidation about, mainly because pomegranate is a bit tart, and usually things labeled just ‘berry’ can be either really tasty or really sour. The aroma of this tea is pleasantly sweet and very berry, a combination of pomegranate, blueberry, and raspberry. I think I have to say this was my favorite, it was very sweet, a bit of an artificial taste, but blueberry flavoring is one of the few flavorings I like (you should see me tear through a box of blueberry waffles) and at the finish there is a bit of mouth puckering sour. My only complaint with this one is there is a bit of a burning mouth sensation (and this was present with all of the flavored ones, but stronger with this Matcha. I am assuming it is the citric acid since it can have that affect on me.) Oddly I can barely taste the Matcha in this one, there is a bit of a grassy undertone and that is about it.

Blog: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2016/06/motion-matcha-collection-of-matcha.html

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Ooh this one smells yummy, both before and after adding water, strong notes of strawberry with just a touch of citrus with an underlying green Matcha note. Ok, this one I like, it is sour like lemonade (very lightly sweet lemonade, kinda like unsweetened lemon koolaide now that I think about it) and tart strawberries with a slight bitterness from the Matcha. I do wish this one was a little less tart and sour and a little more sweet, but that is easily rectified. It has a long lingering aftertaste of sourness, and honestly reminds me a bit of summer, a very specific memory of staying hydrated while working with my dad as a kid using watered down only barely sweetened lemon koolaide. So that little bit of nostalgia was kinda fun.

Blog: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2016/06/motion-matcha-collection-of-matcha.html

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Smells very much like orange vanilla candy, like those swirly orange and vanilla life saver things. The taste is very similar, very strong artificial orange with light vanilla and a bitter undertone. It has a bit of a sugary sweetness, though it does not really counteract the bitterness from the (judging by the color) culinary grade Matcha. Sadly this one was not much to my liking, though I did notice this was one of the Matcha with flavoring only rather than oranges, so that could be why. I notoriously dislike orange flavoring, like seriously, it is the candy that always gets ignored, right there with lemon and green apple.

Blog: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2016/06/motion-matcha-collection-of-matcha.html

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