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I have two of these straws, I believe they came from TeaTiff originally. I guess I’d just forgotten I had them because this is the first time I’ve tried one. There is no English on the packet, so I read the Steepster description to find out how much water I was supposed to use. I mixed it up in a glass with 16 ounces of water. I must say, the powder did not want to dissolve easily – I often have the same problem with Crystal Light mixes and that sort of thing. It would probably work better if it was done in a water bottle so it could be shaken. Eventually, it dissolved, but there is definitely a little layer of sediment at the bottom of the glass that settles after you stop stirring it.
The flavor is actually quite good. It tastes similar to a mild sencha – vegetal and somewhat grassy but with a little bit of natural sweetness. I could definitely see myself drinking these straws if I had a busier lifestyle and was out running errands or going to school a lot. They would be very convenient!
Flavors: Grass, Spinach, Sweet, Vegetal
I’ve loved the different teas that I’ve tried from ShiZen. Prepared “traditionally” (as I would prepare Matcha), the surface of the tea was very fluffy and frothy.
This is also great served cold (measuring out a couple of scoops into a water bottle and shaking vigorously) – it’s a delicious alternative to the sugary RTD teas … LOVED it like this.
Creamy and sweet, notes of savory bitterness, and a delicious nutty background. Really good.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/11/12/organic-genmaicha-powder-with-matcha-from-shi-zen/
Yes I know that there is also an “organic” Japanese green tea powder from ShiZen, but they are different products.
I really like these green tea powder packets from Shi Zen. It makes tea on the go so easy. I don’t really care much for RTD teas … I mean, there are some that are alright, but, they are generally too sweet for my liking. These are just right. Just the right amount of natural sweetness, and I like that I’m tasting green tea and not the sugar, syrup and flavoring that is in most of the “to go” kind of tea drinks.
Tasty, sweet, vegetative … and after a good, vigorous shake, the tea powder stays incorporated in the water. No gritty sediment.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/08/27/pesticide-free-japanese-green-tea-powder-packets-from-shi-zen/
Even though this is not a matcha, I prepared it the same way I would a matcha, in my chawan, whisking it with my chasen. I was surprised at how much froth the powdered sencha produced! It resembled a high-quality matcha! Impressive!
Sweet, vegetative (this side of grassy) and buttery, with creamy notes, there is some bitterness to this, but I like it. It offers a nice contrast to the sweet notes and gives the overall bowl a sort of savory quality.
A very invigorating tea! Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/07/22/organic-green-tea-powder-from-shi-zen/
Different? Definitely! But different is good.
This Matcha froths up really nicely, it has a strong vegetative taste. What’s interesting about this Matcha is that it is actually blended with the powder of the cherry blossom leaf, so you get some authentic flavors there. This isn’t flavored via crystals or flavoring.
I really enjoyed it.
Here is my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/07/12/sakura-komachi-green-tea-from-shi-zen/
I really like these green tea powder packets from ShiZen … it’s great for on the go. When we go for a road trip or something, I always put a few of these in my purse so that I can buy a bottle of water and have some green tea that doesn’t taste like the over-sweetened RTD teas that they sell at the convenience stores. With these, you just tear open the little pixie packet and pour the powder into the bottle and give it a really good shake, and wa-lah! Tea that tastes like tea not sugar.
Refreshing and invigorating.
Here’s my full-length review of it: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/07/03/japanese-organic-green-tea-powder-packets-from-shi-zen/