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drank Matcha Drink Mix by DAVIDsTEA
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Had the last of my package today. In comparison to my unsweetened-matcha-with-1/2-tsp-sugar, this was REALLY sweet. Because of that, I probably wouldn’t buy it again. However, if you’re just getting into matcha and like the Sbux green tea latte, this is a good introduction to making them at home.

Preparation
Iced

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So I had fun the other night and picked out all the licorice pieces that I could positively identify. (I like sorting…?)

The tea is much better now. Even more better with a squeeze of lemon juice and a healthy spoon of honey.

The licorice taste is in the background, and I can deal with it for the rest of the bag.

However… I got some fresh turmeric to dry to make my own version of the tea! :D So excited to play around with that. I might use fennel instead of licorice, because I like the flavour, not the aftertaste.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Matcha by Unknown
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(PS. The one I have isn’t the one pictured. But it’s still unknown! I can’t read Japanese!)

Decided to try this again today, as I am doing an online CV thing, and it is horrible and I hate it. Obviously it wasn’t designed by the people who need to use it. If only there was an Excel form that I could fill out and upload into the database as a CSV. Gah.

I mixed 1 tsp matcha with 2 tbsp almost hot water, and whisked it. Then I added 1/2 tsp sugar, soy milk, and ice. Shook it in my cocktail shaker, and only spilled a little while pouring it into my canning jar glass.

Yes, it’s a touch bitter. It was cheap, so that’s to be expected. But it is also sweet and grassy and green tea flavoured, and it goes so well with the vanilla sugar and plain soy milk. It’s more matcha-y than a sbux green tea latte, but a similar flavour to the unsweetened ones. Not as green, but this is totally cheaper.

I have hardly any lumps today, so this probably needs to be dissolved in hot water before mixing in other stuff. Not a problem, really. My kettle is almost always warm. :)

Preparation
Iced

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drank Carrot Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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Nomming a giant mug of this sans any additives. I can taste the roasty oolong better this way. I think it’s more comforting with cream/sugar, but it’s delicious this way as well.

Almost time to move on to another favourite tea…

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Yum! A nice strong breakfast tea with soy creamer to go with my ridiculous birthday breakfast (2 eggs with Korean chili pepper, 2 gluten free toaster waffles with yogurt, Happy Planet smoothie, water… although the smoothie might come to work instead).

I’m blaming my hangry state on the fact that I forgot to eat yesterday when I went to Langley, and that when I finally did eat I ended up with a tummy ache. So far today, so good.

Anyways, the tea. Rich, malty (oh, can I ever taste that today), smooth, delicious. This is my favourite Irish Breakfast blend.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
MissLena

Happy bday!! Hope you have an excellent day full of tea! :D

CrowKettle

Happy Birthday! :)

Chiyo

OMG Happy Birthday, SRSLY!

Shmiracles

super totally happy birthday!!! pop pop!

canadianadia

Happy birthday :D

OMGsrsly

Thanks everyone! Apparently I wasn’t feeling as great as I thought, as I just got up from a nap and have to deal with work emails now! First thing I did when I got up was put the kettle on. :D You know you love tea when…

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drank Matcha by Unknown
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I picked up some matcha powder (for $7!) at the H-Mart out in Langley today on my shopping expedition.

This is actually the best random unknown matcha I’ve had. It smells sweet and grassy in the bag. I made a latte with about 12 oz soy milk, 1 tsp matcha, 1/2 tsp sugar, and ice. I shook it fairly well, and sieved the matcha but it still clumped. I’m drinking with a straw to avoid the floaties.

All in all, this is fairly decent. I will probably use it in morning smoothies and iced lattes, but maybe I’ll whisk it with a little milk or water before shaking, just to avoid the clumps!

(I also accidentally purchased some of the matchaccino mix from Red Leaf. They have custom flavours! I got coconut! So excited!)

Cavocorax

Ooooh! The coconut sounds great! I ended up grabbing the caramel!

OMGsrsly

My BFF doesn’t like caramel, so I got coconut instead. Not that it was a hard decision, as both flavours are incredible.

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Had this today while I was stuck in Surrey waiting for rush hour to subside enough for me to get home. Such a delicious tea, even though it is truly light on the tea and heavy on the dried blueberries.

Moral of the story: Take the freaking bus to Langley instead of driving. Less work, less hassle, less money.

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Mmm, this is a good tea tonight! I steeped 1 tbsp in 16 oz water while I went out for a walk with a friend. When I came back, I added 1/2 tsp cranberry honey (I know!) and it’s delicious.

Someone else mentioned pine notes, and that is totally true, but the little bit of sour honey brings out the cranberry and apple more. So good.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Black Manas by Teajo Teas
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Resteeped mine from yesterday. I had done 2 tsp tea in ~15 oz water for 3 mins. Today I did the tea in about 8 oz water for 4 minutes. It’s actually really good. All the strong (bitter or astringent) flavour that one might get from one of these teas in the first steep is gone, and it’s a lot smoother and more floral and sweet.

Yum!

This is a tea I’ll need to remember to resteep. I don’t often resteep teas, but I feel like I should start exploring it more since I’m looking for work. :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Black teas are my favourite, although I do drink the occasional green tea. I am exploring herbal and fruity teas for summer icing and winter evenings, and oolong and pu erh are new and exciting… although I do not like a tea that tastes mostly of seaweed.

No: Spearmint or peppermint, licorice root, gluten (cookie bits, wheat, rye, barley, I’m OK with oats)

After sending my first box to the USA, bubble-envelope swaps are where it’s at.

When I rate, my ratings are based on the little faces, and depend on what face I make when I sip the tea! :)

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