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9 Tasting Notes

100

This is the best tea that ever existed.

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 2 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

It IS very good and I found it to be a very comforting tea. It makes a little happy place inside.

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75

I had to add this thing but I know I’m not the only one of you nerds who tried it so maybe I don’t actually know what it’s called. Once again, don’t add more than a half teaspoon per 8oz of milk or it gets bitter. I add a half teaspoon of sugar. It’s lightly chocolatey. If you added cocoa mix to it you’d never know it was there. Good stuff. Not as good as the pumpkin pie spice one but what is?

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 0 min, 15 sec
ashmanra

A. We are not nerds, we are geeks, so are you.
B. It is listed, just under Belgium Chocolate, which drives me crazy but that is the official name of it. LOL!

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46

The trick to this matcha is do not. Do not. Add more than a half teaspoon per 8oz of milk. And a little extra sugar won’t hurt it. It’s creamy and a tad spicy in the right amounts, but go a hair over and it tastes like Pine-Sol.

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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88

Intriguing. Gingerbread is my thing after pumpkin spice, I like them at least equally but as soon as the Starbucks Gingerbread latte gets in I get that instead of pumpkin spice for the rest of the season. Also, Bath and Body Works gets a candle in that is gingerbread scent and it’s amazing. So this stuff, the ingredients are “cinnamon, ginger, roasted chicory, roasted barley, natural flavors (contains soy lecithin) and luo han guo.” Luo han guo, as best I can decipher, is a sweetener sort of like stevia. It’s not very strong but I think with two bags it could be if that’s what you want (which is what I want and what I’m going to do next time). It’s sweet and cinnamon-y and ginger-y. I bet if I made it in hot milk (with a little sugar and vanilla? hm!) it would be delicious. I don’t like tea generally but I swing this pretty well, well enough that I will try the Apple Cinnamon one I almost got with it. It’s a nice way to feel festive without any calories which I can totally get on board with. Steeping it for a looong time in hoooot water seems necessary to coerce the flavors out.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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100

It’s pumpkin. It has to be good. Alone, sort of shot-style, it’s spicy, not like hot-spicy but like pumpkin spice spice-y. I stir it into hot milk and then it’s creamy and pumpkin-y. Overall it’s hella better than green tea and hella healthier if what they’re telling me is true. Absolutely rivals the pumpkin spice latte in my opinion due to the fact that it is creamier, lower calorie, and much healthier. I’ve tried two of the other matchas (the berry and the caramel) and this one is better than both to me, however I am a sucker for pumpkin and just finished a big container of roasted salted pepitas from Lowes Foods in three days. When I make it, I pour about a quarter cup of milk into a mug and heat it in the microwave for about twenty seconds, and then whisk a half teaspoon of the matcha powder into it with a fork. Then I fill the mug the rest of the way up with milk and add about a half teaspoon of sugar (naughty, I know, considering plain green adds no calories or sugar to my diet) and then heat it up. It’s very warm and cozy but different from a cocoa and healthier than cocoa, which is a good switch for me because I really go for my cocoa in the wintertime.

Here’s the stuff. It’s worth a shot. At the worst you get some hot rich anti-oxidants. But it’s really good. It’s pumpkin, how could it be bad.

http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/pumpkin-pie-matcha.html

Preparation
145 °F / 62 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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91

I loved this green. It actually has less antioxidants than the regular green which doesn’t make loads of sense since it’s marketed as superfruit but okayyyy. Anyway, it’s fruity and light and I thought it was good. Didn’t try it iced, but I bet it would be great.

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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30
drank 100% Natural Green by Lipton
9 tasting notes

I found this one weird. It’s supposed to be plain green, but it tasted like it had licorice root in it.

Preparation
145 °F / 62 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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14
drank Green Tea by Uncle Lee's Tea
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I got this because it was like a billion bags for cheap at Wal-Mart and I feel like all the cheap green teas should be about the same. They aren’t. I found this one very bitter and otherwise devoid of flavor.

Preparation
145 °F / 62 °C 2 min, 45 sec
LiberTEAS

I can never buy tea from Wal-Mart … or I should say I never will. I was about to buy tea from them and checked out the expiration date on it, and it was almost a year past the expiration date! They do not care about their tea, and I guess I’m a bit of a tea snob (or so I’ve been told) but really, that’s inexcusable, in my opinion.

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85
drank Pure Green Tea by Pickwick
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This is the best green tea I’ve tried, and I’ve tried a lot. Like quite a few. It was a completely random pick-up in a Spar in Budapest, I buy the cheap greens that come a million to a pack because all the health benefits of green tea apparently require ten cups a day. So I drink twelve. Whatever. So the box is in English, I figure it’s easy to get. Right? Right? Nope, the tea I got in Budapest that was in English is not available west of the Danube apparently. There was an unfortunate similar occurrence with a hard cider called Strongbow Gold, which is an English cider common in the UK, found the special edition in Budapest, not available elsewhere when we got back. You can maybe get Pickwick off Amazon in a giant lot. Which might happen. Please note that under “preparation details”, when I drag the little dots I’m thinking “like I know”.

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I am a microbiologist working in a pharmaceutical laboratory. I love to travel! Originally I did not like tea, but I started drinking green tea for the health benefits, and most of them were awful. My mom introduced me to some “better” teas, and here I am.

I still don’t like black tea, but puerh is pretty good even though it tastes like steeped horse and I am finding some greens that I don’t hate more than brazilians. Matcha is working out a lot better to be honest. Pumpkin pie matcha especially…

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