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drank Matcha Matsu by DAVIDsTEA
2229 tasting notes

Chunky matcha latte round 2! AKA I really need to invest in a whisk.

Pretty delicious, minus the large number of bitter chunks, which is entirely my fault. I did a much better job of mixing it last time. Tried it with unsweetened almond milk this time (which I HATE by itself), and with some agave it was great! Glad to have found a use for the unsweetened stuff, but will probably return to using the “original” version once it’s out of my fridge. A savings of 25 calories per cup isn’t worth the bleck factor.

I really hope this can kick a bit of energy into me – I have literally slept for more than 24h this weekend, and I’m still feeling exhausted. I’d really like a month-long break from life, but unfortunately asparagus season is coming up QUICKLY which means I need to get my butt into gear for harvesting. Wahhhh…

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Ian

I’m the same way with soy milk. I can’t stand it alone but I love it in tea and coffee!

Kittenna

I find almond/soy milk add extra creaminess without extra calories! But yeah, I’m not a fan of drinking either alone if they’re unsweetened, and don’t typically drink the “original” or slightly sweetened versions either – I buy it for cereal :)

Azzrian

Hey Krystaleyn – I got a small wisk from Den’s teas for 5 bucks – search for Hard to Open Travel Chasen-Zutsu (OL11)
or something like that – its in their sale or clearance items.

LiberTEAS

also… check out amazon… found some really good deals on whisks there.

Kittenna

Good to know, thanks guys! There is a little non-DavidsTea shop downtown here that I will glance at first (as no shipping would be a bonus), but I don’t know if they sell matcha. I thought I did own a small regular metal whisk, but it appears that if I do, I left it in one of the boxes at my parents’ place, and the whisk my roommate owns is… just a tad too large. Hopefully my next matcha post will be more successful!

Ptkelo

For the longest time I didn’t have a whisk so i used my magic bullet, if you have one…I’ve heard a regular blender works well too, but there would be more cleanup. I just added in my hot water, a scoop of Matcha Matsu, and the rest warm milk. It froths and mixes and everything and you have a tasty latte that took you like twenty seconds. Also I had a small hand frother that cost me $2 at the dollar store that works fine for when I’m making matcha and I’m not at home (cause I’m the cool kid who’s purse has a travel mug, at least 2 teas, and a hand frother in it at all times)

Kittenna

My roommate has a hand blender – I totally meant to use it! Thanks for the reminder! I’m a student away from home and trying to live light, so I left my blender in my parents’ basement and am trying not to accumulate anything else large, but the hand blender should do! Only downside is how loud it is at 2am…. :|

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Ian

I’m the same way with soy milk. I can’t stand it alone but I love it in tea and coffee!

Kittenna

I find almond/soy milk add extra creaminess without extra calories! But yeah, I’m not a fan of drinking either alone if they’re unsweetened, and don’t typically drink the “original” or slightly sweetened versions either – I buy it for cereal :)

Azzrian

Hey Krystaleyn – I got a small wisk from Den’s teas for 5 bucks – search for Hard to Open Travel Chasen-Zutsu (OL11)
or something like that – its in their sale or clearance items.

LiberTEAS

also… check out amazon… found some really good deals on whisks there.

Kittenna

Good to know, thanks guys! There is a little non-DavidsTea shop downtown here that I will glance at first (as no shipping would be a bonus), but I don’t know if they sell matcha. I thought I did own a small regular metal whisk, but it appears that if I do, I left it in one of the boxes at my parents’ place, and the whisk my roommate owns is… just a tad too large. Hopefully my next matcha post will be more successful!

Ptkelo

For the longest time I didn’t have a whisk so i used my magic bullet, if you have one…I’ve heard a regular blender works well too, but there would be more cleanup. I just added in my hot water, a scoop of Matcha Matsu, and the rest warm milk. It froths and mixes and everything and you have a tasty latte that took you like twenty seconds. Also I had a small hand frother that cost me $2 at the dollar store that works fine for when I’m making matcha and I’m not at home (cause I’m the cool kid who’s purse has a travel mug, at least 2 teas, and a hand frother in it at all times)

Kittenna

My roommate has a hand blender – I totally meant to use it! Thanks for the reminder! I’m a student away from home and trying to live light, so I left my blender in my parents’ basement and am trying not to accumulate anything else large, but the hand blender should do! Only downside is how loud it is at 2am…. :|

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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