18 Tasting Notes
I ordered this for fun, and I have to say it is “fun”. A good little tea for cuddling up in the blankets and watching a late night movie. It is a bit sweeter than I like, and would probably not be a good iced tea. It is a good tea for guests and friends who are not big tea drinkers that do not want caffeine.
I have to agree with the other review, this is better than I thought it would be. I do not really think it has an acai flavour, which I would have liked, but it is still better than I thought it would be. I picked it up on clearance. I am a decent fan of the brand, and managed a tin for a dollar. Not a badly spent dollar!
Not a great “meal” tea, but certainly a decent bed time tea. I did, however, find it makes a decent ice tea. Brew it with a bit more water than you think you should, and you get a light hint of flavour that can make a hot afternoon a bit nicer.
Amazingly, this stuff isn’t bad. I drink a lot of tea and a good bit of it on the go. This is a decent tea available in most marts and vending machines here in Japan. While I won’t rave about it being great, I will say that, as far as prepackaged teas go, this is not a bad choice. It has a decently earthy flavour, and is not sweetened. If you need some tea on the run, this is a good choice. It is typically available cold, and honestly tastes a bit nicer that way.
I got hooked on this while studying tea ceremony. Matcha is one of those products that is good no matter how cheap you buy it, and yet you KNOW when you have a pricey cup in your hand. This is a moderately priced one, a tin of 30g is about 30 to 40 dollars American. (Well, if you buy it in Japan. I do not know about getting it in other countries)
It has a really lovely smell and a lighter color. If you make it using a chasen (whisk), you can get a really nice, fluffy froth on top. Not too bitter but still has a true matcha bite to it.
Personally, I find this stuff to be a crime against matcha. The one you can get in Japan is a bit better than the US one, as it is less sweet. However, all the cream and such just is not necessary. The one I got in the US actually made me feel sick.
Unless you have a serious sweet tooth, I would suggest you avoid this. If you want a matcha dessert, add the powder to some fairly plain ice cream or yogurt instead. You can even buy some decent matcha ice creams that maintain the bitter but tasty matcha flavor.
This is personally one of my very favorite teas. The vanilla is strong when you open the tin and warm in your cup. I find Mariage Freres never lets me down. Sweet and with a lovely color, I find it is wonderful alone or even with a snack. I even made a very nice iced tea out of it. I do not suggest a hot cup for a heavy meal, but it can be a great dessert tea. The iced tea can actually make a nice friend for a sandwich or picnic on a sunny afternoon.