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Traditions/Good Young Co.

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A very disappointing tea. The aroma of both the dry leaf and the brewed tea is very soft to the point of being non-existent. Since this is a lavender tea, I expected more from the aroma but didn’t get it.

The barely there aroma translates to the flavor too, that is to say that the flavor is barely there. I don’t taste much lavender or green tea. I don’t taste grassy or vegetal, I only taste very subtle notes of a buttery-like taste. If I focus on the sip, I taste a whisper of lavender.

Very disappointing, as I said. Not something I’d recommend, not something I’d drink again … not even something I’d want to pass on to someone else … just … tea gone horribly wrong.

Christina

Do you like lavender tea? Because I have some lavender Earl Grey (Golden Moon’s Tippy Earl Grey) that’s far too heavily scented for me. I can send it to you if you’d like.

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Still throat-scratchy and a little achy; still sticking with antioxidant-heavy choices. This one is such an opaque green-beany/guacamole color, even with a scant 1/4 teaspoon of the powder to the cup, it has to be good for me, yes?

This particular powder needs a light touch, it’s very vegetably. But not unpleasant.

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Well, after my last experience with this one, there was nowhere to go but up. Tried more like a 1/4 teaspoonful to a cup of water. It’s still thick green like pea soup (I guess that’s just the personality of this stuff?) but the flavor is pleasant spinach-salad leafy green now. Makes me feel healthy and noble drinking it. If I back off the powder just a nootch more next time, I may have something I can relax and enjoy.

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http://www.goodyoung.com.tw/tc/p3-product-detail.asp?PKey=aBWUaB34aBMXaB31 There it is. I can’t get the picture to load.

Now, matcha experts, don’t laugh at my complete “fail.” (Okay, laugh all you want.)

So…after all the matcha love, I decide it’s time to broaden my horizons a little. This inexpensive matcha sports the same label so as my favorite summer love strawberry black tea. So it can’t be bad, right?

I have no proper matcha equipment. Rummaged around the kitchen for an oversized soup mug and (whisk…whisk…whisk…uhh….) a chopstick. Because I don’t read Taiwanese characters, I had no idea about proportions, so I measured out my favorite perfect teaspoonful. And stirred. It looked like liquefied green spackle and tasted like eau de asparagus.

Blech. Straight down the drain.

Too much powder? Advice?

Ineptly yours,

Me

DaisyChubb

uh oh! I think too much powder haha, that sounds intense! And down the drain is a good place for it maybe ;)
I would try maybe 1/2 a teaspoon or even less to start – it can be quite powerful and grassy sometimes. :3 That’s my 2 cents – I think a chopstick would totally do the job (or a fork) ! :)

Hesper June

Ha! this mimics my first taste of Matcha almost exactly.

Michelle

I feel sick to my stomach if I put too little matcha in, as well as too much. But it’s so hard to get right. I’d try maybe 1/2 teaspoon for 8-10oz, like Daisy said. Good luck!

LiberTEAS

First of all… are you sure it is Matcha at all? not all “green tea powder” is actually Matcha in the purest sense, that is, made from the Tencha leaf. Some companies use Japanese Sencha and label it “green tea powder” rather than Matcha, because that’s what it is… green tea powder and not Matcha. The powdered Tencha definitely tastes different than the powdered Sencha.

But don’t despair, even if this is powdered Sencha – it is still tasty when prepared properly, although I wouldn’t gauge my like or dislike for Matcha based upon my like or dislike for powdered Sencha.

A “scoop” of matcha is about the size of an almond… and a general measurement rule of thumb is 1 scoop for just over 1 ounce of water. As far as whisking, I would probably suggest a fork rather than a chopstick only because it would make the job slightly faster (3 – 4 prongs vs 1 chopstick = a bit more whisking ability?)

gmathis

Fork was on my short list…don’t know what madness prompted me not to reach for the most sensible option.

DaisyChubb

Great advice LiberTeas!

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This tea is definitely different, but its also very good!

The liquid is sour at first, with a dry bitterness. Hold on though, it quickly changes into a sweet roasted corn flavor. This taste lingers for quite awhile. There are some similarities at first to Genmaicha, but you certainly can taste the difference of the roasted barley in this one (verses the rice).

Honestly, it reminds me a lot of Honey Smacks once you get past the first bite of sharpness of the sip. There is a lot of sweetness in this tea. No question – its worth trying!

Edit:

I forgot to add, that there is a small amount of black tea that is added to this Barley Tea. Just enough to blend a little extra goodness. I’m not sure what type of Black tea since the Barley is the dominant flavor. I will have to keep trying this one a few times, to possibly pick up more of the added black tea characteristics.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
gmathis

I’ll be on the hunt for this. (What color is the box, if you don’t mind? My favorite strawberry black is in a red-and-white box you can’t miss on the shelf.)

Pureleaf

The box is covered with golden colored barley grains, as well as a white plain teacup and saucer filled with tea on the front left-hand side of the box. I’ll keep looking for a picture to add so that you can have a better visual. I wasn’t successful the first time around on finding one. Now tell me about this strawberry black in the red-and-white box that you like so well. :)

Pureleaf

Oh wow, I’ve seen this one around. I will definitely have to try it! Thanks for the heads up on that tea. Sounds delish!

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