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Not crazy about this matcha, now that I have others and am somewhat proficient at making it correctly. Not recommend buying. The color as you can see is a yellowish-greenish-tan, NOT A GOOD COLOR for matcha! It should be a bright, vibrant, Jade-Kelly green with an aroma to fresh spinach and grass. It did not foam all that well, then again, I was new at whisking it and the taste was just plain dull and boring, it did not have that WOW! factor. After a couple of weeks, because I didn’t finish it, I went back to it and it had lost all of it’s taste…you can’t keep matcha fresh for long, but that was ridiculous.
Republic’s Darjeeling is surprisingly decent, but not up to par as far as all the other Darjeelings I’ve tasted. It’s a blend, which rarely sits well with me. It’s rounded, which is good for most drinkers, but lacks the punch I look for in most Darjeelings. It’s the only Darjeeling I’ve considered putting honey in; all others I drink straight.
Obtained in a (non steepster) tea swap. This is a loose tea, not the bagged tea pictured.
I think the recommended 5 minute steep time is too long, it was bitter. I didn’t taste any mango, just bitter black tea. I’m going to try again later with a shorter steep time and see how that does.
It smells very chocolaty, but I had to add a teaspoon of honey to bring out the flavor. I think that’s just me, though, and not the tea; I have to add honey to most of my teas for me to taste something other than water. Otherwise, it’s a nice, smooth tea that’s good for a mild chocolate craving or a little mood therapy.
At first taste this tea is definitely more pomegranate than green tea. However, with consecutive cups, it definitely is more balanced (i don’t know if that’s just the tongue assimilating to the citrus of the blend). I also had this with a cilantro chicken salad and it was an awesome pairing. The tea goes down very smooth and has a slight tinge of cherry (like that weird zing… stop me if i sound crazy).
I had this tea iced and enjoyed it very much unsweetened, but i feel that the addition of the sugar would help bring out the sweetness of the pomegranate and override the cherry-esque-ness.