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Another swap tea!
So I previously prepared this one cold-brewed, and it was pleasant enough. Grassy, as expected, but since I used cold water it wasn’t bitter. The strawberry flavor is extremely artificial, like eating some kind of cheap strawberry candy. There’s also an odd floral/perfumey note to it.
This time I’m drinking it as an iced latte, and it’s also pleasant. Again, I used cold water so no bitterness. The floral aspect of the flavoring is perhaps a touch less noticeable, but it’s still there. It tastes like a delicious artificial strawberries & cream milk tea, heh.
Not something I would ever buy (though 3 Leaf doesn’t offer strawberry matcha for some reason…) but I enjoyed the three sticks I had. Undoubtedly a cheap matcha, but since I drank it iced it didn’t matter much. I’m not in the habit of drinking flavored matcha hot, and I almost never make hot lattes either.
Flavors: Artificial, Candy, Chalk, Floral, Grass, Perfume, Strawberry, Sweet
I’m not sure whence or whither this box came from … but I brought it to work for easy prep purposes. I didn’t use a timer, so I think I may have pulled the bag a little too soon, but it’s a very mild oolong that leans toward the sweet and roasty side. I see “roasted barley” in previous reviewers’ descriptions. From where I sip, that’s accurate.
I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about this one. I love green tea but it’s vegetal and mixing that with vanilla sounded strange to me but I decided to give it a go. This comes in a little tube shaped packet that is filled with matcha powder which you rip open and sprinkle into your mug.
I poured my boiled water in and stirred. Waited for it to cool a bit and took a sip. Not bad! Not my favourite but definitely interesting. The vanilla is unmistakable. I still prefer my green tea plain or with a fruity flavour but it’s always good to shake up your regular fare with something a little outside of what you’re used to now and then.
I likely wouldn’t buy this one again but it’s a nice change of pace.
Flavors: Green, Vanilla
This was my cup this morning before work. I really enjoyed it. Nothing fancy, just green tea with light ginger. Sometimes, all I want is something simple. There was no bitterness and the ginger wasn’t overpowering, very nicely balanced flavours that weren’t competing against one another.
I was lucky enough to find a box of this tea on the clearance shelf at Winners/Homesense for 4 dollars which was a steal!
Flavors: Ginger, Green
I just recently discovered Oolong Tea, mainly because of its health benefits. I don’t really like green tea, but I decided to give this a go even though it’s said to be a mixture of black and green tea. I was pleasantly surprised! The flavour is mellow and smooth, and natural tasting. I have a cup of Oolong after all my meals to help with digestion and metabolism. The only issue I have is that it’s not readily available where I live, so I have to travel to stock up. It’s worth it, though, because I love this tea!
Flavors: Earth, Fruity, Grass
Teabox Tuesday! I grabbed this from the Discovery Teabox; I have never heard of this company, and it appears this flavor has been discontinued. Steeped this up this evening in my small dobin. I usually don’t make green tea in the evening, but I’m at least making this rather early tonight.
It actually smells a little floral to me, oddly enough, though there is an apparent pineapple aroma. The tea is indeed just a bit floral with some tart citrus notes as well, with a fairly forward pineapple flavor, but despite the fruitiness, the green tea, which has a very mild grassiness, is quite astringent in the aftertaste. I get a slight tart/sour feeling at the back of my tongue as a result. Half a teaspoon of honey did help improve the astringency some.
A fairly average cup.
Flavors: Astringent, Citrus, Floral, Grass, Pineapple, Tart
This was the other tea I attempted to make at work on Saturday, and another failure. This time the teabag was left in the hot water for over an hour, and by the time I got around to it was ice cold. I expected extremely bitter tea, and was pleasantly surprised to find that this was not only drinkable but actually not bad. No mango flavour to be found, but the base tea was mild and not at all astringent until the final sip. I gulped it down iced and it was fine.
I drank this hot and iced, but found it much more flavourful hot. I generally like my fruity teas over ice, but this one actually holds up as a hot tea.
The pineapple flavour was authentic, but the green was a bit astringent. I’m going to try brewing this for longer in the fridge and serve it with sweetener over ice. I’m hoping the sweetener will balance out the astringency.
Flavors: Astringent, Citrus, Pineapple, Tropical
Since this tea is usually sold in 1mg packets, and because the strawberry flavor adds a decent amount of sourness to it, I feel this tea is better used in smoothies. The sour aftertaste is very strong and kind of overpowers the earthy flavors matcha normally has.
Flavors: Astringent, Grass, Sour