23 Tasting Notes
I love this because it tastes like Celestial Seasonings’ morning thunder. Some cups of matevana are better than others for me, I think I need to find the perfect brewing temperature/length. Lightly sweetened with milk is the way to go…it’s chocolatey, nutty, and roasted mate-y (well obviously). It doesn’t give me much of an energy boost.
I’m trying to find the perfect black tea to replace my morning bags (PG Tips, Twinings, not the bags under my eyes) so I decided to get a sample of this. Definitely strong, which I prefer because I’m a milk and sugar fan. I’m not sure I would crave cup after cup of this though, but I have enough of it left to change my mind.
Trying this for the first time…..I’m enjoying my morning cup but it’s probably not something I would go out and buy over and over again. I prefer Morning Thunder or PG Tips for bagged tea in the morning. I added milk (as I do with nearly all black teas) and it overpowered the taste of the tea. My water was just “hot” and not freshly boiled though, so that may have something to do with it.
Edit: For my second cup, I steeped the tea with the milk rather than splashing it in once I was ready to drink it. BIG DIFFERENCE! Tasty.
When this tea is steeping, it smells like fruity pebbles. When I go to drink it, it smells like fruity pebbles. I’ll let it be known that fruity pebbles are a guilty pleasure of mine. The tea itself doesn’t taste like the cereal (fortunately, I think that’d be peculiar for earl grey!!). It’s delicious, just like the description….smooooth. I don’t think it needs to be sweetened, it tastes fine as is. I did sweeten it and add milk, but that’s my preference. Dreamy.
Just got this in the mail today and had to give it a try. I have no experience with genmaicha….or loose leaf green tea for that matter, so I can’t give too much of an accurate review. I over-steeped it because I was confused with the color (ridiculously light, I thought something went wrong). It got a little bitter on me but it finally turned to a neon yellow sort of color. The taste and smell can be described in one word: toasty! Reminded me of japanese restaurant tea….toasted.
Edit: upping the rating here, I’ve been enjoying it.