When my mom was a kid, all medicine was grape flavored. To this day she can’t have any grape candies/sodas/etc, because no matter how well done it is, it reminds her of medicine. I am very much the same way with cherry: anything with real cherries (jam, ice cream, etc) is fine but candy… bleurgh. It could be the best cherry flavor in the world and I by association wouldn’t like it. However, I LOVE black cherries, so I took a risk and got this matcha anyway when it went on sale. As a side note, kids today are lucky: medicines are grape, orange, cherry, even mint! So they can pick the flavor they’ll grow up loathing for the rest of their lives.

My matcha was a small (30g) with the classic matcha base and the delicate level of flavoring. I wasn’t too sure how much I’d like this, so of course I went with the smallest flavor level! Also, it was a stand-alone order that I didn’t have a certificate for, so I kept everything basic. I do have 5 fancier matchas on my kitchen table right now waiting to be tried! But first, me versus my dislike of cherry. Start battle!

Okay, in the pouch this smells really nice and fresh, but I am still getting some weird medicinal vibes. Don’t get me wrong: the flavoring isn’t artificial or medicinal in the least. It’s just my stupid brain! I decided to make this iced in a tall glass of cold water (though I did the hot water + whisking base first along with sugar—what, I like my matcha a little sweet!). I thought this would be the best way to deal with my medicine associations.

Well… it is really good. It tastes like fresh, ripe black cherries. But. Ah, I hate that there’s a but! I am having a REALLY hard time getting over my cherry = medicine thing here. I think iced was the wrong choice, so I am going to go with a latte next time and for now I am holding off on a rating. Because I know this matcha will be fabulous if I just make it the right way! And if you don’t have a secret hatred of cherries you will adore this matcha, I think it’s by far one of the best of their fruit-flavored ones (that I’ve tried, of course!). You can get it here:

http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/black-cherry-matcha.html

DaisyChubb

“So they can pick the flavor they’ll grow up loathing for the rest of their lives.”

I loled. :D

BoxerMama

I hate bubblegum flavour for that reason.

Mercuryhime

I have the same cherry = medicine association. I find it a bit crazy that cherry is such a popular flavor but hey, that’s just me. Grape and medicine though, that reminds me of Dimetapp and that stuff was delicious! My friends tell me it was discontinued for being somehow harmful. Oops. Still tasty though!

BoxerMama

LOL! I used to love the banana medicine. Pretty sure it was anti-biotics, but it was darn good!

softrevolution

I hate cherry flavours for the same reason. But that banana medicine..BEST.

Nik

Mmm…Dimetapp. I was so sad when that grape-flavoured yummy medicine disappeared. Cherry medicine tastes so unlike cherry to me that my brain never made that association. Medicinal cherry flavour is just that, medicinal, and anything that tastes like it is awful. But proper cherry flavour is just sweet and juicy and cherry-y, and—luckily for me!—my brain does a good job of compartmentalising and keeping them separate.

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DaisyChubb

“So they can pick the flavor they’ll grow up loathing for the rest of their lives.”

I loled. :D

BoxerMama

I hate bubblegum flavour for that reason.

Mercuryhime

I have the same cherry = medicine association. I find it a bit crazy that cherry is such a popular flavor but hey, that’s just me. Grape and medicine though, that reminds me of Dimetapp and that stuff was delicious! My friends tell me it was discontinued for being somehow harmful. Oops. Still tasty though!

BoxerMama

LOL! I used to love the banana medicine. Pretty sure it was anti-biotics, but it was darn good!

softrevolution

I hate cherry flavours for the same reason. But that banana medicine..BEST.

Nik

Mmm…Dimetapp. I was so sad when that grape-flavoured yummy medicine disappeared. Cherry medicine tastes so unlike cherry to me that my brain never made that association. Medicinal cherry flavour is just that, medicinal, and anything that tastes like it is awful. But proper cherry flavour is just sweet and juicy and cherry-y, and—luckily for me!—my brain does a good job of compartmentalising and keeping them separate.

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Tea has always been a passion of mine, though I got away from it during college. A lack of cupboard space and a constant influx of people into my suite made me pretty much abandon my teas at home. But now that I’m done with school, it’s definitely come back with a vengeance—to the point where I’ve purchased about 65 different kinds in the past 3 months!

I like most kinds of teas—yes, even peach, which I used to think I disliked!. Oolongs are definitely my favorite, and I’m an avid fan of earl grey, floral teas, and chai blends along with anything melon. The only kind of teas on my “no” list are rooibos blends (which gives me headaches) and banana flavored ones since bananas are public enemy #1 in my mind.

The best thing about tea for me is how you can be passionate about it and still have it integrate into all of your other hobbies. I like a lot of things: writing, video games, books, sewing, figure collecting, astronomy… it’s a long list. But whatever I’m doing, I can have a cup of tea in hand!

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