Crap. I wasn’t thinking when I made this and put 2 scoops in half a bowl. My tongue is happy but my stomach isn’t. It was good til the last sip, then it got chunky. I used a 3rd infusion (1.5 teaspoons/8oz boiling water steeped for 1 min 40 sec) of Adagio’s cocomint green to make it instead of plain water, but w/ 2x the matcha, didn’t taste it. Gonna retry it sometime. Why can’t I get this to foam? Tomorrow I’m gonna try to remember to try it latte style.
865 Tasting Notes
Free sampler. Tea 1. WOW! I didn’t realize that every Japanese green tea is steeped using different water, tea, and temp perameters! My 1st experience w/ Genmaicha. 1tsp (2.9g) steeped in 8oz boiled water for 30 sec. This is a lighter ratio than I would have prepared (3g/80oz water) had I not known how to prepare Japanese green tea. I also would have only prepared 6oz at a time. The liquor is really fun, IT’S LIME GREEN!:) The aroma is exactly what you’d expect it to be, as is the taste. A good food pairing would be cereal or pop corn. This is a good genmaicha, but I’m just not a genmaicha person. But if you are, you MUST try this- AND 1st time customers can try it for free!:)
1/2 a bowl this morning before Prayer + Share because I discovered last nite a full bowl has way too much caffeine. 8oz water/1 scoop matcha. Does this count as breakfast?;)
backlogging, last nite OH MY GOSH! I could just slap myself. My matcha set came a day early than I expected and I didn’t even hear it being delivered! Mom noticed it when she came home. I could have had it long before I should have cut off my caffeine… and I just couldn’t wait! 16oz water/2 scoops matcha. This is the 1st time I’m making this myself. The only other time I had it was Rishi brand and it was lighter in color and had a foam on top… The lack of foam I’m just attributing to my lack of experience whisking. Rich, lucious, decadent, a little sweet yet bitter, and a little grassy finish. YUM!
Calling it quits at 22. 1 hr 40 min. Liquor is light yellow and the taste is light and sweet, but not weak.
21st infusion w/ pot sticker lean cuisine. 1 hr 20 min. The most sweet infusion in quite a while. Balances the insane amount of salt nice.
AH CRAP! This (3rd) infusion proves I love my dog more than I love tea. I forgot all about it playing w/ Madison so it steeped for 10 min. The liquor was a autumnal orange color and the flavor was strong and wonderful… but that makes me think that to be strong enough for a good 3rd infusion this SHOULD have been steeped to heck and bitter…
20th infusion! Steeped for 1 hr. Why won’t this die?
Waiting for the dragonwell to steep for an hr….
Moderate drop off in liquor. Still redish brown. Fairly strong taste for the liquor. Will steep again.
Infusion 19… 40 min… DIE LEAVES DIE! Infusion 20 comin up.
Making a cuppa while I wait for my dragonwell to steep. Ok, so I’ve proven I’m not patient- but at least I get brownie points for being able to make 2 cups of tea simulatenously!:)
Holy frickin packaging! I’ve only ordered from Dr. Tea’s Tea Garden once before and that was a while ago… and the packaging is nothing like this one! There’s a twist off cap… then a pull off lid… then the tea is in a plastic bag inside the tin. This tea could stay fresh in a nuclear war if the bag had been fully sealed! Which brings me to my next point. Be VERY careful when you empty the tea from the bag to the tin. It’s partially open.
As soon as I take off the 1st cover I can already smell the tea… WOW! It smells sweet. Kind of like the berry syrups at iHOP. I’ve never had a tea that’s smelled syrupy before. YUM. I CAREFULLY empty the tea into the tin. I see black tea speckled w/ bright red shriveled berries and blue flecks that are pretty but I can’t identify. I can smell it even better now. Can I eat it raw? lol:)
Unfortunately my heart sinks when I look at it in the tin… the tin is only 2/3 full! Don’t get me wrong, I’m greatful for my tea. But I think that the packaging should be proportionate to the contents… having a much bigger container makes it look like you got jipped. Maybe I did. I’ll email them.
I love his teas, but I hate his steeping instructions. I do my typical steeping method for blacks. 2.25g of tea per 6oz of boiling purified water steeped for 5 min.
The tea’s liquor isn’t quite as dark as I had expected, but more red. Such a pretty color, almost auburn!
The 1st thing I taste is a sweet black tea. Then I’m able to identify the sweetness as berries. Not tart berries though. It tastes like berries in a simple syrup. Then finally the creamy depth of the chocolate.
Conclusions: Weird packaging, WONDERFUL TEA! Does not need to be sweetened even if you normally sweeten your teas. I’d classify this as a dessert tea, but could definitely be drank anytime if you’re looking for just a black tea on the sweet side. Very versatile. Even though there is no reason to sweeten it, it may be sweetened and used in place of plain water for simple syrup. I gotta try that… that’d be good on fruit… cake.. maybe even ice cream and pancakes!:)
18!!! Steeped for 30 long min but it was well worth the wait.
INFUSION 17!!! 25 min.
Infusion 16, 20 min. OK, I’m gonna strengthen my vertue of patience and keep going. It can take it.
Infusion 15, 16 min. This’ll last at least another infusion.
infusion 14, 12 min. A little darker than 13, and lighter than I expected since I bumped the steeping time up by 3 min. A lighter peachy tone. Still yummy!
Steeped for 9 min, infusion 13 is once again lucky number 13. Much darker than the last infusion even though I only steeped it for an additional min.
Infusion 12, 8min. Back to being light, but still good.:)
11th infusion, darker than the past 3.
10th infusion, very light.
9th infusion for my mom.
7th infusion 2 min 40 sec. The liquor really fell off the wagon, but I have a feeling it’ll be back. It’s a light peachy-ish yellow. But the flavor is still very much there. More sweet now that it’s lighter.
6th infusion. The liquor is a tarnished yellow w/ kind of a peachy tint. Nice and clean taste.