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I just plain love Red Leaf Tea for their bundling options. 30 grams of this matcha, Goji Berry (found here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/goji-berry-matcha.html), is 15.99. However, if you bump it up to large (60 g), it’s only 8 dollars more (23.99) for twice the matcha! Love. So much love. It makes it really easy to just buy a sample and then get a great deal on the ones you love.

I took this one to work with me today and it just about saved my life. It gave me the much-needed energy to deal with with busiest doctor in our practice. It was light and sweet and painfully refreshing. I had some while it was hot, but by the time I was able to find time for finish my thermos-full, it was cold. Even better! My thermos is vaccum-sealed, so I carefully shook it to mix it up again and downed the rest…oh yes. This will definitely be an amazing addition to my summer smoothies. Never mind that it snowed today. Anyway, the berryness of this was just right, not overly sweet or fake, just amazingly delicious. I’m only familiar with goji berries in tea, but this is the best goji flavored tea I’ve ever had. To be honest, I kept taking sips and being surprised by how good it was. I have the memory span of a goldfish, so it was like I given a gift of amazing tea every time I took a sip. If you’re a berry fan who isn’t really into strong greens, this might be the tea to get you into matcha. It wasn’t overwhelmingly bitter like some matchas can be, it was just a smooth, tasty sip for a long workshift.

I am very impressed with their matcha, I have to say. My wife recently bought me a matcha whisk (so much easier!), but I was making it with a regular whisk in a cereal bowl and I have yet to encounter a clump. Like someone else said about their matchas, it’s not flavoring added to cover an inferior product. I really like, though, that you can choose which grade of matcha you get. I’m a matcha newbie, the cheapest grade is fine with me, but for those with more refined tastes, you can have Imperial grade matcha that tastes like goji berries!

You can also choose the level of flavoring! Gah! It’s like the choose your own adventure book of the matcha world. I see these matchas becoming a very big addiction for me. I’ll just be sitting in the corner with 100 tins of matcha labelled “Delicate Vanilla” “Robust Cinnamon” “’There’s Matcha in This??? Goji”. I would never sleep again because of all the matcha I was drinking, but hey, you gotta make some sacrifices, right?

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MegWesley

What does goji berry actually taste like? It sounds interesting.

Kittenna

A regular whisk in a cereal bowl. Awesome! I bought my first matcha at DavidsTea today and she wanted to try and sell me a whisk and whatnot… but I only bought 14g! Don’t want to invest in equipment if I don’t like matcha (ok, I probably will, but I’m wayyy overbudget already). I do have a regular whisk though, so thanks for the suggestion!

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@Meg I dunno, but it’s a berry flavor that isn’t quite like any other berry I’ve had.

@Krystaleyn I was the same way, I had a few cups of matcha at work before investing in some. I whisk the sugar into the matcha before I add water, it dissolves easier that way. The matcha whisk is easier, but in a pinch, a regular whisk will do. And y’all know how much I love DT, but you can find matcha whisks much cheaper elsewhere.

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MegWesley

What does goji berry actually taste like? It sounds interesting.

Kittenna

A regular whisk in a cereal bowl. Awesome! I bought my first matcha at DavidsTea today and she wanted to try and sell me a whisk and whatnot… but I only bought 14g! Don’t want to invest in equipment if I don’t like matcha (ok, I probably will, but I’m wayyy overbudget already). I do have a regular whisk though, so thanks for the suggestion!

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@Meg I dunno, but it’s a berry flavor that isn’t quite like any other berry I’ve had.

@Krystaleyn I was the same way, I had a few cups of matcha at work before investing in some. I whisk the sugar into the matcha before I add water, it dissolves easier that way. The matcha whisk is easier, but in a pinch, a regular whisk will do. And y’all know how much I love DT, but you can find matcha whisks much cheaper elsewhere.

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“You can forgive a murder, but never a mistake while preparing tea.” Chinese proverb

Labels? Here you go: Femme, Wife, Lesbian, Homemaker, Happy. Don’t forget tea fanatic!

Ah, tea. My love for you is ever changing. At my last update, I was all about the rooibos and now I hardly drink it. I only occasionally had an oolong and now I have one just about every day. I’ve learned the art of resteeping and coldbrewing and kombucha. I have a lovely little tea pet named…well, I haven’t decided on a name for him yet. I also have four live pets, a tabby cat named Rosabella Francis (Bella for short), a ginger cat named Orange Julius Pekoe (Pekoe), a white and grey cat named Earl Jean Grey (Earlie), and a red foot tortoise named Da Hong Pao (Pao). So if you see me referring to my girls, I don’t have kids, just animals.

As for tea, I love oolongs, herbals, and black tea. Since I am no longer working, I no longer feel the constant need for a mate energy boost, though I do still reach for it from time to time. I also drink less matcha, though I do throw a spoonful or two in when I’m making smoothies. Most of my tea I drink coldbrewed, and since I discovered coldbrewed rooibos was giving me headaches, I’m drinking less and less of it. Straight pu-erh is not a thing I enjoy, but there are a few flavored blends I like. Greens are still too finicky for me to bother with hot, but they make great cold brews.

I am by no means a tea purist. I greatly enjoy flavored teas and I put sugar in all of my teas. It’s just how I do.

I think I’m going to name my tea pet Mr. Turtle. Even though he’s a tortoise.

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