4 Tasting Notes
When I first got this, I wasn’t sure how I was going to like this. Opening the package, I could smell a more butterscotchy scent than caramel. (I’ve had people say it smells like vanilla cupcakes and bubblegum.) The fragrance is very potent. It does change a bit when adding warm water to it, but it doesn’t last.
When I first tried this, I added about .5-1 teaspoon to a bottled water and shoot it up. The butterscotch scent was still there, and there was a bit of a weird aftertaste to it? It might have just been me, It was a bit caramel, but still vegetal.
Second time, I made a latte. I had only used about… a teaspoon, used water from my keurig (didn’t have time to properly heat it), whisked, and then added some soy milk. It was either too much milk or not enough matcha, but it was very milky with a light hint of the match lingering in. I wasn’t too impressed with it at this point, but I was still willing to try. After all, I’m still new at making this. This was just an error due to the user. (It would turn out that would be the problem.)
A few tries later, I made another latte. This time I used a rough tablespoon sifted, then added a few tablespoons of hot water and whisked excessively. Added a bit more water, ice cubes, few splashes of skim milk (soy has been out because of the potential of damaging effects of it, whoops), and mixed again. I think I might have found the perfect way to make this. It’s sweet, and doesn’t have an overbearing taste to it. The caramel is mixed just right with the match so it masks the flavor of it. Over all, I just really like this. The original scent scared me at first because of how strong it was, but it has evened out really nicely in the end. Personally, I think I’ll be using this more for lattes than as regular tea.
I’m kind of excited for summer to be able to add this into smoothies and try out different combinations with this.
This is my go to green tea because I’m cheap and it’s pretty fool proof. I’ve left the bag in my cup for hours, and it hasn’t gotten bitter on me or changed the flavor. I use my Keurig to heat the water, let it cool for a few seconds, and then dump a bag in, add honey (or a teaspoon of sugar) and go. It has a light taste to it that I like, and don’t get sick of. I don’t think I’ve ever had a scent problem with it like I have had with others. Overall, I just really like this tea.
I can drink this, but I have to force myself to. I like my green teas plain, and the citrus is too overbearing for me and leaves a weird taste in my mouth. It also doesn’t work well with honey, which is how I like to sweeten green tea. Aside from the taste, it is smooth and pretty fool proof to make. I’m pretty lazy and usually use my Keurig to brew my hot water. I have experienced some bitterness when I leave the bag in too long (which I’m too lazy to take it out, especially when I go out).
Maybe I’m just not a vanilla tea person? Or I just haven’t found the right way to brew it. I’ve made this once, added a little sugar and milk, and I just couldn’t get past the smell of it. It was very…. popcorny-coconuty. I’m not sure how to describe it. It’s just a scent that I’ve always associated with too much vanilla, and I cannot get past it. I took maybe two sips before it became overbearing and I had to dump it. The taste of it was simular to the smel, or it might have been because of the scent that filled my nose with every scent. I might try to give this another try once I figure out a way to mask the smell of it all.