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Disheartened after my first experience with matcha, I did not feel up to writing a tealog for Strawberry Matcha last night. I think I can safely say that matcha is not my cup of tea, which makes me frowny-faced since I was so excitedly looking forwards to this tea arriving and a bit surprised since I’ve more than liked all the other new-to-me tea types I’ve tried.

Sight
Powder: Light olive.
Tea: Dark green, slightly olived.

Smell
Powder: Strawberry marshmallows in kid’s cereal or strawberry Nestle’s Quick.
Tea: Less strong, strawberry flavored syrup (like they use in coffee drinks).

Taste
Powder: (Yeah, I tasted it.) Not much taste, a bit bitter.
Tea: BITTER! Strong, strong essence of green tea, like green tea concentrate. I can catch a hint of strawberry. Not enough to be able to tell if it’s as fake tasting as the smell or if it tastes closer to real strawberries.

I don’t think I’m going to rate this tea. I’m clearly not a matcha fan. So I have no idea how this one would compare against other matchas. And I don’t think it would be fair to rate a tea company badly because I ended up not liking a type of tea I’ve never tried before. I will try it once more to see if it grows on me at all, which I doubt. And I might try latte-izing it like Sophistre did. But I imagine I’m going to be offering the rest of it to someone here on Steepster in the near future.

Edit – I forgot to put in that my preparation method was 1 tsp in 5 oz water.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C
LiberTEAS

Don’t feel bad. Matcha is not for everyone.

Cofftea

I find a scoop (about a gram) in 8oz water to be light, creamy, but still a bit grassy and vegetal like you’d expect. Or at least I enjoyed the mandarin matcha that way. It could get a bit chalky in texture if you don’t use enough water.

Karsh

I just got some of this same matcha the other day, but haven’t prepared it yet. Think I’ll try it tomorrow based on Cofftea’s suggestion.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Matcha is not for chrine. =)

Cofftea ~ If 1 gram is about 0.21 teaspoons, than I used WAY too much matcha. (I know that’s an inexact weight to volume conversion but I don’t have a scale.) So I’m going to try a 1/4 tsp matcha to 8oz water. Possibly tonight after dinner.

Cofftea

Different matchas have different densities so 1g may be more or less of a percentage of a tsp.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

I’m still thinking that might be closer to what you drink though? And therefore a better representation to what matcha should taste like than what I did before? It’s definitely quite a bit less than 1 tsp in 5 oz.

LiberTEAS

This might be a really good matcha to try with yogurt (as Cofftea suggested in another post).

Now… I think I want some Matcha. Two days in a row… hmmm…

Cofftea

LiberTEAS… the matcha flavor in yogurt is very faint so it’s my personal opinion that I wouldn’t want to waste this one.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

And plain yogurt is already kind of tart. I think the flavor of the matcha might be lost in vanilla or strawberry yogurt, like cofftea said. Or you’d have to use quite a lot and then you’d be all hopped up on caffeine. Unless you want to be hopped up on caffeine.

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LiberTEAS

Don’t feel bad. Matcha is not for everyone.

Cofftea

I find a scoop (about a gram) in 8oz water to be light, creamy, but still a bit grassy and vegetal like you’d expect. Or at least I enjoyed the mandarin matcha that way. It could get a bit chalky in texture if you don’t use enough water.

Karsh

I just got some of this same matcha the other day, but haven’t prepared it yet. Think I’ll try it tomorrow based on Cofftea’s suggestion.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Matcha is not for chrine. =)

Cofftea ~ If 1 gram is about 0.21 teaspoons, than I used WAY too much matcha. (I know that’s an inexact weight to volume conversion but I don’t have a scale.) So I’m going to try a 1/4 tsp matcha to 8oz water. Possibly tonight after dinner.

Cofftea

Different matchas have different densities so 1g may be more or less of a percentage of a tsp.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

I’m still thinking that might be closer to what you drink though? And therefore a better representation to what matcha should taste like than what I did before? It’s definitely quite a bit less than 1 tsp in 5 oz.

LiberTEAS

This might be a really good matcha to try with yogurt (as Cofftea suggested in another post).

Now… I think I want some Matcha. Two days in a row… hmmm…

Cofftea

LiberTEAS… the matcha flavor in yogurt is very faint so it’s my personal opinion that I wouldn’t want to waste this one.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

And plain yogurt is already kind of tart. I think the flavor of the matcha might be lost in vanilla or strawberry yogurt, like cofftea said. Or you’d have to use quite a lot and then you’d be all hopped up on caffeine. Unless you want to be hopped up on caffeine.

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I’m 33 years old, studying pharmacy, and have a surly cat named Bin. I love tea, coffee, beer, wine, and most things food and beverage related. I also love music, movies, reading, writing, and learning new things.

I’ve drank tea all my life but about five to six years ago, my close friend Spautz got into tea and got me more into tea. I drink black teas and tisanes/herbals most. Since receiving a variable temperature kettle from my parents for Xmas this past year, I’ve been drinking more greens, oolongs, and whites. I’m very very new to puerh. That is, I’ve had only one.

Ratings scale:
90-100 Awesome
80-90 Great
70-80 Good
60-70 Nice
50-60 Decent
40-50 Drinkable
30-40 Meh
0-30 Awful

Would I order this again ranking:
5 – definitely
4 – likely
3 – maybe
2 – neutral
1 – no

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