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Waiting for the leaves of my strawberry shortcake to dry so I can pick them out of my teapot cover and resteep… ugh… I also needed something w/ a quick steep time because I didn’t want to be away from steepster too long:) so I went w/ one of my Den’s Tea’s samples.
Serving size: 1tsp/8oz water
There were a few ginseng green leaves left that contributed to the liquor but I’m still shocked at how dark brown and coffeeish it is after only 15sec. The aroma is much like genmai cha except darker. Yes, an aroma can be dark lol. The taste is much the same- roasty, toasty, deep, slightly coffee ish even, and gentlemently. Looks like a black tea though, not a green…
I swear to god, dealing with my inner self is like dealing with an ADD-afflicted five-year old. I pointed out that I had open packages of Apple Sencha and Pineapple Sencha, both of which we love. I pointed out that opening tea exposes it to air, which speeds the staling. But my inner self wanted to try the new flavor. Demanded to try it, in fact. So here it is in my cup. And it is a beautiful, sweet. buttery, grape-scented golden liquor. The leaves themselves are beautiful as well, with dark sharp green leaves and sprinkled purple and pink blossoms. It has a very light sweet flavor with the merest hint of butter and grapes. Quite, quite nice. I’m glad I didn’t choose to spank my inner self and tell her to fly straight.
I love the buttery pineapple fragrance and flavor of this tea. I usually do very little resteeping, but these flavored Senchas from Den’s Tea just beg for a good resteep. Also, since they call for very fast steeps (30 seconds to 45 seconds) they last really well over time. Lately I’ve taken to drinking one of these all afternoon with many resteeps.
Th dry dark green leaves express a strong pineapple fragrance. It smells like a fresh ripe pineapple, as opposed to the candy pineapple fragrance that is so common. The beautiful yellow liquor produced by the leaves smells like nuts, butter, and lightly of pineapple. The pineapple comes out more strongly in the taste, but it is still quite light. This is a very nice tea. I think I will definitely be buying more of this.
Free sampler. Tea 1. WOW! I didn’t realize that every Japanese green tea is steeped using different water, tea, and temp perameters! My 1st experience w/ Genmaicha. 1tsp (2.9g) steeped in 8oz boiled water for 30 sec. This is a lighter ratio than I would have prepared (3g/80oz water) had I not known how to prepare Japanese green tea. I also would have only prepared 6oz at a time. The liquor is really fun, IT’S LIME GREEN!:) The aroma is exactly what you’d expect it to be, as is the taste. A good food pairing would be cereal or pop corn. This is a good genmaicha, but I’m just not a genmaicha person. But if you are, you MUST try this- AND 1st time customers can try it for free!:)
1 scoop in my Yoplait light fat free black berry yogurt. Unfortunately the black berry was too strong for me to really taste the matcha, but this is a great breakfast or study break snack for when there’s no time to even make a bowl of matcha. Adding matcha to yogurt adds wonderful health benefits like the amino acid L-theanine, vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber- along w/ a lil caffeine.
Had a 12oz pepppermint hot chocolate yesterday and saved half. Poured it in my matcha bowl w/ 1 scoop of matcha and drank it while watching the season premire of Biggest Loser. Yeah I know, but all things in moderation:) The ratio of hot chocolate/ matcha was perfect… minty… sweet… indulgent… yet savory. The perfect grown up hot chocolate!
Now there’s talk of pumpkin chocolate matcha… yummy! That would be the perfect sweet/savory combo. But alas, I don’t have that. So it’s thick spiced rum matcha today. 3oz water/1scoop matcha/1TB spiced rum creamer. I love the idea of a rum creamer, but not too sure I like the creamy texture of it. Maybe 52teas will come up w/ something. In the mean time, rum extract goes on my grocery list.:)
Must… have… mandarin matcha… I practically had to tear myself away from my mandarin matcha to have this for my 2nd serving of the day. Don’t get me wrong, this is amazing! Made it thick (1 scoop/3oz water) as a palate cleanser for dinner- Wendy’s Asian boneless wings! Smooth, thick, a little creamy, and grassy. Heaven.
White Chocolate Matcha Latte:
*1/4-1/3 cup water
*1/2-2/3 cup milk (liquid amounts depend on if you want a more concentrated 6oz cup or a less concentrated 8oz cup, I made an 8oz cup today)
*1TB- 4tsp white chocolate coffee creamer or shaved white chocolate (1TB for a 6oz cup and either 1TB or 4tsp for an 8oz cup, I went w/ 1TB)
Decided to try a latte since my cold is pretty much gone and the milk is fresh. Combined the water and milk and heated til small bubbles formed on the service. If you have white chocolate, I suggest using that and melting it into the milk and water double boiler style by heating the mixture over a bowl of boiling water being careful that the top bowl does not actually touch the water. I unfortunately don’t have white chocolate so I just went w/ coffee creamer. Added the milk and water to 1 scoop matcha and 1TB coffee creamer and whisked.
Not too bad considering until now the only way I drank milk was in an espresso latte and white chocolate really isn’t my favorite. No milk after taste (the only way I know how to describe it lol) like when I made it w/ pure milk. Maybe that was also in part to the white chocolate creamer? The white chocolate complimented both the milk and the matcha nicely. I think personally I’ll stick w/ my matcha flavored w/ herbal tisanes and drinking chocolate, but anyone who likes milk and white chocolate will love this!
YAY! I’m finally well enough to make my matcha drinking chocolate that I wanted to have for breakfast Christmas morning.
3TB drinking chocolate mix and 1 scoop matcha in my bowl. 1/3 cup milk heated just to the point where small bubbles started to form on the top. Mixed completely. Do not use your chasen.
YUMMY! Rich, smooth, creamy, chocolatey… and way too much fun to drink hehe;) I do taste the matcha in the very back, but I’m thinking that might only be because I know it’s in there. I was hoping the matcha would come thru more due to the small amount of milk I used. Does anyone have a better recipe? Oh well. Even plain drinking chocolate drank out of a matcha bowl, especially for breakfast, is definitely a bright spot in my day.:)
I’ve known this for as long as I can remember, but just got confirmation of a very important lesson- God gives you exactly what you need exactly when you need it.
Even though she’s sick, mom decided to go grocery shopping tonite. We had planned to have something for dinner that required grocery shopping (eggplant parmigana w/ homemade chard and herb pasta) until she got sick. So we were just gonna make due, no big deal. But then she decided at 5:30 to go which means dinner would be insanely late.
I was starved and, since I hadn’t had my daily matcha, I decided to have half a bowl to tide me over. Mom walks out the door and I prep my matcha. I no sooner get it whisked (still no foam dang it) and my mom calls. She’s not going grocery shopping. My grandpa (who has emphazema and Parkinson’s) got the h1n1 vaccine before Christmas and since has had trouble breathing (even though he’s been on oxygen 24/7 for years), sleeps almost constantly, and isn’t eating (which for him is like me not drinking tea lol) so my grandma called an ambulance to take him to the hospital and wanted my mom to meet her there. It’s not enough for me to be delt crap, but now my family? So I did the only thing I could do. Told satan to go back to where he belongs and found comfort in my matcha. If I had my matcha earlier in the day, which is what I normally do, I wouldn’t have had this comfort literally in my hands when I needed it most. I love God’s timing.
Whoa… kinda wrote a book here… sorry… If there’s anyone still reading at this point to apologize to. If people still are and if you pray, please do. And go drink some matcha from a fun bowl- it’ll make you smile even when life makes you scream. Although I can’t hold my empty matcha bowl too long or I’ll be tempted to throw it lol.
Will things ever look up? I ended up wasting about a half hour of my time this morning just because people are ungreatful. On the upside, I’m feeling much better- especially after a hot bath. I had a bag of Get Relaxed! from the other day so I made the 2nd infusion (8 min, 6oz boiling water) and used that to make my matcha. Yum! I wish I could drink this all day.
Holy crap! I haven’t had matcha since Wed.! I was going to have some earlier, but while my congestion is a lot better, my stomach was kinda off… so don’t ask me why I decided to prepare it per the website directions. 3oz hot water/1 scoop matcha.
Surprisingly, it’s not incredibly chunky like I thought it would be. On the contrary, it’s very good. I even got it to foam a little bit. Makes me wonder if this is a serving size of matcha, why is my matcha bowl so big?
Still sick. Was craving a matcha latte, but I don’t want my congestion to get worse so no dairy for me. I think I’ll make chocolate matcha! Chocolate always makes people feel better. My friend gave me a tin of drinking chocolate for Christmas so I think I’ll use that.
1 scoop matcha, 8oz water, and 1tsp drinking chocolate mix. I backed way off on the chocolate mix (1/6th of a serving) and 2x as much water (it originally calls for milk) so it’s 12 times as thin as it should be, but that’s ok- I wanted to make sure the matcha came thru. A nice balance. Although I think it’d be better w/ at least some milk in it. anywhere from 1/3 water to 2/3 milk to all milk.
Grrr… today is the kind of day you don’t want to be around me unless I have tea or coffee in my hand. Dealt w/ a very immature person that I used to care very much about last nite and woke up not feeling any better, emotionally or physically, than yesterday. Matcha always makes me feel better so I that’s what I went to this morning. My matcha better not talk back to me today.;) Got my new PINO kettle yesterday so used that to heat the water. The C/F conversion they gave me didn’t have every value so I’ll have to look up the complete chart online. I hate the US school system, it’s caused me to be very annoyed w/ temps that aren’t farenheight. Grrr… oh well. So I get it all set up, and read the directions. Well TRY reading them. The author of this doesn’t know English. Incomplete sentences and poor grammar. Then I couldn’t get it to work because it didn’t work quite the way I think the directions were telling me it was supposed to. I’m starting to understand why this product is discontinued… but I just can’t justify or afford paying an extra $30 for the newer model. Finally got the water heated. I thought this was gonna make preparing tea EASIER. I really didn’t have the patience to flavor it by this point. Heating all that water just for a cup is a pain. So I add the water to my matcha and whisk… and it seems weak today. Both in flavor and color. And the matcha seemed to separate from the water immediately… I just may burst into tears before the day is over… It’s a bad day when even my matcha disappoints me…
Holy cow. Woke up w/ a HORRIBLE cold. Coughing, sore throat, sneezing, sinus congestion. Definitely gonna make my cold soother blend later. But 1st, my morning bowla matcha. Pine matcha today.
40 chopped pine needles steeped in 8oz boiling water for 25 min. Decant and reboil. Add to 1 scoop matcha and whisk. Wow… I’m shocked. The pine is VERY faint. It’s in the very back of the sip, but I don’t think I could identify it if I didn’t know it was there. Oh well. Plain matcha is nothing to complain about. It sooths my throat and lifts my spirits.