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I’m back in NY, and disappointed to find out my house still doesn’t have power. Unfortunately I have an electric stove, so I am SOL when it comes to trying to make tea at home. Also it was freaking cold last night (low of 33°F overnight), so my now-unheated apartment was not pleasant.

I schlepped all my matcha-making equiptment in to work today (it’s where my variable-temp tea kettle is anyway), except of course my almond milk, which sadly did not make it in my fridge. I got a package of Red Leaf matchas not long before I left last weekend but I never got around to trying them because I was so busy, and then they just sat on my table. I brought this one in today to try.

I chose this one to try out the black matcha base because I was intrigued by it and figured hazelnut would pair well with a black base. I got this one with robust flavoring, because that’s how I roll. You can find it here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/hazelnut-matcha.html

When I opened the pouch on this one I immediately smelled hazelnuts and black tea, but then an odd fruitiness crept in as well, almost like I might expect if this was a green matcha. When I whisked it, it produced the thickest, most luxurious foam I’ve ever had for any matcha I’ve tried. I sipped it while it was still hot and didn’t taste much, which could be more to do with the hotness of it than anything else, but I still went ahead and put in about a tsp of sugar. The result is nutty and smooth and delicious. There is maybe a hint of fruitiness but I am unsure whether that is a quirk of the hazelnut flavoring or the black matcha. I am enjoying the black matcha base and will probably get it on any future matchas that are chocolately flavored. When I got down to the bottom of the bowl it was a little grittier with a little more fallen pieces of tea than the green, but it really wasn’t bad at all. Can’t wait to try this one as a latte (eventually).

gmathis

Sorry to hear about the dark and cold. That’s just miserable. I’m glad you are able to have a little warmth at work.

cteresa

Really sorry to hear about that, hope all goes back to normal soon!

TeaBrat

sorry to hear about that, I hope you get some heat soon!

ashmanra

Oh no! Blessings to you, may you get power back SOON!

Bonnie

Still now power! Glad you can have heat and tea at work! Hope you have a wood stove or something and that the job is helping out people like you.

Kashyap

black matcha? powdered black tea? isn’t that like ‘fannings’…interesting

Nik

Did you say you’re out on LI? (Nassau or Suffolk?) Hope yesterday’s storm didn’t make things too much worse for you. =(

Dinosara

Nik – Suffolk, yeah. It doesn’t appear that the storm affected our power, but it has been really horrible outside and driving around is certainly no fun!

Nik

Ugh. =(

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gmathis

Sorry to hear about the dark and cold. That’s just miserable. I’m glad you are able to have a little warmth at work.

cteresa

Really sorry to hear about that, hope all goes back to normal soon!

TeaBrat

sorry to hear about that, I hope you get some heat soon!

ashmanra

Oh no! Blessings to you, may you get power back SOON!

Bonnie

Still now power! Glad you can have heat and tea at work! Hope you have a wood stove or something and that the job is helping out people like you.

Kashyap

black matcha? powdered black tea? isn’t that like ‘fannings’…interesting

Nik

Did you say you’re out on LI? (Nassau or Suffolk?) Hope yesterday’s storm didn’t make things too much worse for you. =(

Dinosara

Nik – Suffolk, yeah. It doesn’t appear that the storm affected our power, but it has been really horrible outside and driving around is certainly no fun!

Nik

Ugh. =(

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-85: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
84-80: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.

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