I know that I’m not the only one struggling with how to take matcha with me when I travel, fortunately manufacturers have begun to take notice as well—there are quite a few who are offering single serve packets of matcha. At first glance these seem like a match made in heaven for anyone who travels, commutes, or wants to take matcha with them during the day so I decided it was time I finally gave a few different brands a try to see if these would solve my matcha woes. Up first: entireTea, a ceremonial-grade matcha sweetened with monk fruit.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with monk fruit, don’t worry, I wasn’t either—it seems to be a fairly new zero-calorie fruit-based sweetener. Not being familiar with it I was taken back by just how sweet it is and the fact that it has an aftertaste somewhat reminiscent of artificial sweeteners. You can tell immediately this drink wasn’t sweetened with cane sugar and it’s so sweet you can barely taste the matcha. Now depending on your tastes that could be considered a good or bad thing. If you’re having difficulty adjusting to the taste of matcha, this might be a good alternative to try, however if you’re a matcha purist or want a drink that is only slightly sweet, this isn’t the product for you.

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I am always interested in swapping so if you see anything in my cupboard that you want to try just send me a message. Please keep in mind that I order most of my teas in sample sizes and may not have a lot to swap. I’m also trying to keep my swaps limited to one a month so I don’t break the bank.

My favorite tea companies to order from are American Tea Room, Rishi, TeaVivre, and Single Origin Teas, however I am constantly lured away from my favorites by a good sale.

Ingredients I love in tea
rose, peach, oolong, osmanthus, vanilla, marshmallow root and peppermint

Ingredients I dislike in tea:
spearmint, chocolate, orange, hibiscus, sage and for the most part lemon.

I am a firm believer that sage only belongs in my thanksgiving stuffing/dressing and absolutely not in my tea.

Cinnamon, Chocolate, Burdock Root, and Goji Berries

FORLIFE Curve Teapot, 24oz
Adagio ingenuiTEA, 16oz
Adagio Iced ingenuiTEA, 32oz
Zojirushi Water Pot, 4L
Libbey Country Fair drinking jars for ice tea
TeaVivre Travel Gaiwan

Rating Guidelines:

100 – 90: Pantry essential and some of my all time favorites that I can’t live without.

89 – 80: You’ll have a pretty good chance of finding this is my pantry on a regular basis, but it isn’t the end of the world if I run out.

79 – 70: I might consider restocking this at some point if the price was right.

69 – 40: Not undrinkable, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it again.

39 – 20: What in the world were they thinking? Probably still finished this just because I hate to waste anything.

19 – 0: Wow, that’s so terrible chances are pretty good I dumped it out and gave away the rest.

My current top five favorite teas:

China Black – Rishi Tea
Earl Grey Cream – Zen Tea
Lemoncello – American Tea Room
Nonpareil Anxi Qing Xiang TieGuanYin Oolong – TeaVivre
White Tea Rose Mélange – Rishi Tea


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