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drank Earl Grey Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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So I am at the point in my tea life where if I don’t like the tea, I am not going to force myself to drink it, or keep it in the cupboard forever in case I decide someday I am going to like it. So I would rather just give it away, or throw it away, or get rid of it somehow.

I tried mixing this one with French Vanilla flavoured matcha and regular matcha. Mixing it helped to blunt the chemical/perfume/soap taste of the matcha, but still not enough for me to enjoy drinking it. I think the matcha itself is good but there is just too much flavouring in it, so it is giving it that chemical taste. I think from reading other reviews, it would have been better with a more delicate flavouring.

So this is on the take away thread if anyone is interested in trying this (after reading my rave reviews of it and all – haha). :P

K S

I know you have already given this away but if it happens again you might try putting the bag in storage for a few months. One company I use micro blends their EG and it is often overwhelming when I first get it. I’ve blended it with other straight teas to tame it but mostly I find it best just to wait it out until it calms down.

Lala

I have actually had this for about 2.5 months already. Although it was kept in the freezer unopened. Thanks for the advice, I will try that next time.

Starfevre

Yeah, as soon as I sort out my tea box offerings for when the TTB-B comes to me, I’m going to go to the giveaway thread because the trade thread means I’ll get stuff back and I don’t know if I can handle any more tea right now.

Starfevre

And I know what you mean by the chemical flavour. One of my early matcha tries tasted a lot like paint thinner and almost turned me off of matcha entirely.

Lala

This is the third matcha I have tried that has a chemical flavour. I am willing to keep trying because I have found lots of flavours that I do like. It is a bit frustrating though because it seems hit and miss for when it is bad tasting.

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K S

I know you have already given this away but if it happens again you might try putting the bag in storage for a few months. One company I use micro blends their EG and it is often overwhelming when I first get it. I’ve blended it with other straight teas to tame it but mostly I find it best just to wait it out until it calms down.

Lala

I have actually had this for about 2.5 months already. Although it was kept in the freezer unopened. Thanks for the advice, I will try that next time.

Starfevre

Yeah, as soon as I sort out my tea box offerings for when the TTB-B comes to me, I’m going to go to the giveaway thread because the trade thread means I’ll get stuff back and I don’t know if I can handle any more tea right now.

Starfevre

And I know what you mean by the chemical flavour. One of my early matcha tries tasted a lot like paint thinner and almost turned me off of matcha entirely.

Lala

This is the third matcha I have tried that has a chemical flavour. I am willing to keep trying because I have found lots of flavours that I do like. It is a bit frustrating though because it seems hit and miss for when it is bad tasting.

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I am a lifetime tea lover.

I did foray into the world of coffee for a period of time, but I returned to my true love. I still, however, enjoy a good cup of java.

My all time favorite tea is Earl Grey, which I drink every morning, the stronger the bergamot the better. I definitely prefer natural oil of bergamot to artificial flavouring.

I mostly like black and dark oolong teas. My current favs are Fujian blacks, Keemun and Assams, and Wuyi oolongs. I gravitate towards anything with lychee in it. I also drink a lot of herbal blends but am wary of hibiscus. I do not favour mate, or pu’erh tea, although I have found a few blends that I like. (I so badly want to like straight pu’erh tea but it all tastes gross to me. I keep trying though). Rooibos, green and white teas fall somewhere in the middle. I find myself gravitating towards heavily roasted oolongs and teas from Paris/France based companies.

I love iced teas and cold brews.

My current tea goal is to make the perfect cup of chai from scratch – almost there…I think.

I am in love with the whole experience of tea.

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