These are teabag-sized packets of powdered sencha green tea (not instant) with natural blueberry flavor. I bought them on a whim today at the grocery store on closeout sale, thinking they’d be a good substitute for those instant drink packets that can be dissolved in bottle of water (my hubby uses them sometimes).
It is a fine green powder, similar to matcha. The tea dissolves pretty well (stirred into a cup of cold filtered water with a few cubes of ice) with only a bit of reside. It comes out a murky olivey green. At least it looks natural instead of dayglo artificial green! The blueberry scent is strong, and the flavor is present but balanced. It does not overpower the green tea completely, but gives it a nice natural sweetness. (There is also maltodextrin in here which may be providing some sweetness?) I slurped this down pretty quick and thought about making a second glass. It’s a quick way to make refreshing iced tea without brewing/cooling/flavoring your own.
I do wish the bags were thinner and maybe held enough for 16oz worth of tea, so they could easily be used in a water bottle or reusable thermos. Oh well, using two (and opening/pouring carefully) wouldn’t be that hard.
The box says: after mixing, refrigerate and consume within 12 hours. So I guess I won’t be making a whole pitcher at once. Also it directs one to the Stash website for green tea ice cream and smoothie recipes. Cool! This would be great in a fruit smoothie.