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As I have been curious about matcha, I saw this and thought that maybe it would help me determine whether I would like matcha. This tea has a nice green tea color with several specks of matcha that fell through the tea bag. The taste is very smooth and earthy. Some green teas I have had were really grassy, but this one isn’t. Yum!!
I tend to steep white tea longer than most…5 minutes give or take a half.
I was a little afraid of this, it ended up getting pushed to the back of my cupboard.
My first sip was reminiscent of my coffee drinking days. The initial taste was familiar—vanilla soy latte. The after taste is definitely coconut.
I’m on the fence.
The vanilla and almond flavors mask the natural taste of the decaffeinated tea, which remains but is barely perceptible. The tea leaves are mixed with a light powder of vanilla beans and almonds, and this clouds the cup.
The taste of almonds is very strong and might remind you of the smell of the"McCormick Almond Extract" that can be found in the “Baking” aisle of your grocery store. The vanilla flavor is clearly present, but not as strong. The tea is free of bitterness, although it has a dry aftertaste as a result of the added flavoring. Neither bad nor good; heavily flavored.
I haven’t yet been able to try this tea with milk and sugar. I suspect its true virtue lies there.
This tea is decaffeinated by a CO-2 process.
It is unconventional to blend Keemun, a black tea, with Oolong tea, because Oolong steeps better in water that is below boiling.
I prepared this tea with a pre-heated teapot and boiling water, and it turned out to be really good. It is an unusually interesting tea, earthy, sweet and slightly spicy, starting strong and finishing smooth and mellow. It makes a dark orange liquor, does not need to be brewed any longer than three minutes, and has a very appreciable flavor without milk or anything else added. It has no bitterness at all.
A very good tea. Save it for when you have time to drink it slowly and enjoy the flavor.
I used one teabag in a liter of water and steeped it for four hours… or so in a thermos. When I finally got to drinking it, it was absolutely divine. A rich almond aroma came from the cup, a vanilla flavor ran across my tongue and a deep, sweet almond flavor remained on my palette. Must remember not to take this to class, it distracted me from running my nuclear magnetic resonance spectra.
My second time trying this tea. This time I tried it with honey before adding ice, and though I am not a fan of ice tea or fruit flavored tea, I might occasionally do so once summer comes. Still mostly peach, and ginger is more of a supporting role, cutting the sweetness from being unbearable. Not my favorite tea, but something I might have once in a while for a change, especially since my local bakery cafe (Panera Bread) carries it.
I love the color of this tea. I like to drink this on the ship but tend to forget to take the little baggies out of my cup. It has that wonderful matcha scent and taste until it turns bitter. This is my first and only experience with matcha and I am sure it is an insult to matcha purists. LOL When I lived in San Francisco I would eat green tea ice cream and this tea reminds me how much I miss it. :) So I am off to get an ice cream maker!
I seem to be on a bit of a lemon/ginger kick right now. Anyways this is my last teabag – I don’t think I’ll buy a full canister of this; it has potential as a tea but it also has some glaring faults too. Maybe I’ll try the fully caffeinated version and see how it compares.