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I’m so confused by this tea. I wanted to fall madly in love like everyone else seems to have. But I’m trying to figure out if I even like matcha, let alone vanilla-flavored matcha. I’ve only had matcha one other time, and it was in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. It was part of my Japanese Civilization class in college. I think I liked it back then, but that was a long time ago…

Anyway, back to this matcha. It’s good. It’s spinachy and grassy. It’s noticeably vanilla. It’s very naturally flavored. There’s no weird aftertaste or funk. So, why don’t I love it? I tried it straight. I then added a tiny bit of sweetener. Then I tried frothing it in my milk frother. Finally, I added a little splash of skim milk. All of this tweaking helped squelch the grassiness. I’ve never really been of fan of green tea grassiness.

I think I would love this if I used it in cooking/baking. I can imagine amazing vanilla-flavored matcha icing on cupcakes (see DaisyChubb’s killer recipe here: http://www.daisychubb.com/recipe-chocolate-cupcakes-with-matcha-buttercream-chocolate-ganache/). I bet vanilla-flavored matcha scones would be good too. But this matcha by itself? Hmm, I think it’s something I’d have to learn to love. I don’t love it right now. I like it, and it’s definitely interesting. But it took me a good hour of slowly sipping on it to finish the cup.

Big thank you to Ninavampi for sharing her beloved matcha with me! I’m glad I got to try this before investing in a 30g bag. I think I’d enjoy a fruit flavored matcha more. So I’ll probably buy the strawberry one next with the strongest flavoring it comes with, which I believe would be “There’s matcha in there?!” I’ll let y’all know how that turns out, whenever I’m allowed to buy tea again that is. ;)

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Bonnie

I hear ya! I just use it in a blender to make macha smoothies with fruit!

Missy

I have some naked matcha I drink and I would say it’s an acquired taste. It could just be you aren’t big on matcha. I think it’s pretty strange that I like it, because I’m not big on green teas in general. I’m interested in how your next matcha experiment turns out. :D

CHAroma

Thanks, Missy! I’m hopeful that matcha will continue to grow on me. I love all things Japanese, so it’d make me sad if I couldn’t enjoy it. It took a good year or two for sencha to grow on me, and there are still some senchas that I find too grassy. But I’m able to enjoy most of them now! :)

Kittenna

Almond milk latte. I swear by it! I think the fruit one are better though; green apple blew me away!

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Bonnie

I hear ya! I just use it in a blender to make macha smoothies with fruit!

Missy

I have some naked matcha I drink and I would say it’s an acquired taste. It could just be you aren’t big on matcha. I think it’s pretty strange that I like it, because I’m not big on green teas in general. I’m interested in how your next matcha experiment turns out. :D

CHAroma

Thanks, Missy! I’m hopeful that matcha will continue to grow on me. I love all things Japanese, so it’d make me sad if I couldn’t enjoy it. It took a good year or two for sencha to grow on me, and there are still some senchas that I find too grassy. But I’m able to enjoy most of them now! :)

Kittenna

Almond milk latte. I swear by it! I think the fruit one are better though; green apple blew me away!

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Having discovered this website at the end of July 2011, I’m so excited to share my tea adventures with all of you! I grew up with my grandmother serving Twining’s English Breakfast with cream and sugar.

But on a trip to Seattle in 2010, I stumbled into a Chinese teashop and tried my first oolong tea. I was forever changed! I embarked on a startling new love for green and white teas.

With a world of teas to discover, I was inspired to keep a tea journal to record my thoughts and new favorites. Let’s get brewing!


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