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I knew after my matcha OJ on Saturday I’d only have 12oz left so I skipped it yesterday and had 12oz today as I knew I wouldn’t get to the store yesterday. Added 2tsp and shook well. I prefer a 1tsp:8oz ratio, especially with stronger matchas, but as this one is lighter, it worked well.

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drank Ti Kuan Yin by Adagio Teas
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A double post… made 2 24oz infusions (4 heaping tsp/195degrees steep for 3.5 min 1st infusion, same temp 4.5 min 2nd infusion.) Had both w/ Subway- last nite and today for lunch. Tuna sub w/ pepper jack, banana peppers, extra pickle, tomato, lettuce, chipotle south west dressing, and light ranch on Italian Herb & Cheese. 1st infusion was clean, crisp, and smooth, a bit hay like. 2nd infusion was less hay like, more brothy… maybe even a touch buttery. Now if only I had a white tea brownie for dessert:)


It does taste a bit hay like, I would agree with that.


Only the 1st infusion thankfully. I live in a rural area so it’s a smell I’m familiar w/… not one I like though.


I live in NYC and I like the smell of hay lol

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I’ve had a rough 3 days all around… physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and even sleep wise. Last night specifically my dog got me up in the middle of the night cuz she had to go to the bathroom and I was awake early… but luckly Madison, my dog, let me lay in bed for quite awhile. At 9am my phone rings and it’s my best friend Irina. She’s never called me in the morning before so I instantly know why she’s calling. Yep, I was right! As of last night, she and her boyfriend Brock are engaged! Seeing as she loves all things organic and drinks matcha frequently (although unfortunately just for the health benefits… she hasn’t found her love for it yet), I made a full chawan of this- 16 ounces! I haven’t had a full chawan at once since I got it back in Jan. This is also the best I’ve gotten it to froth- almost EXACTLY like at the cafe I had matcha at for the 1st time. It’s a great day! Congrats Irina and Brock!

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Went after a career fair that ended up being a disaster (wasting 5 hrs of my time does not make me happy.) One of their nutritional boosters is matcha! Even if this is sweetened like Starbucks’ “matcha”, I’m fine w/ it- and I need matcha right now… so what to put it in? I was taking forever deciding (letting people go ahead of me of course) and the person at the counter asked, quite impatiently, if I was ready to order. I politely said I had it narrowed down between two and she asked which. I said I was debating between the chocolate chiller (chocolate and yogurt) w/ matcha or the strawberry beach (strawberry and yogurt) w/ matcha. She suddenly turned up her nose, made a face and said, “Well… um… matcha is green tea and it has a flavor, I don’t think it would be good with chocolate” Sigh… breathe… smile… I politely replied, “I’m well aware of what matcha is and drink it several times a day- and I love the combo of matcha and chocolate. Matcha hot chocolate is the best.” I decided to go w/ that since I don’t really like yogurt based fruit smoothies and was hoping the chocolate would cover the yogurt taste as I don’t like the yogurt/matcha combo either . (I think it would have been good though cuz it ended up tasting like frozen yogurt) and it was amazing! And chocolate in any from before 8am is absofreakinlutely amazing! =D After a few sips I thanked her again for the smoothie and told her it was very good. The shock on her face was almost as much as when I ordered it. Why must people not only insult your tastes but imply (or come right out and say) you don’t know what you’re talking about?

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I know what you mean and I am happy the matcha turned out well but sorry the career fair was a bust.

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drank Razzleberry Green by 52teas
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Same as w/ lunch- GREAT tea… just no fruit. On the up side the butteryness is also less.

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drank Razzleberry Green by 52teas
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Had 24oz of this w/ my favorite lunch: a plum, 2 vanilla Fiber One yogurts, and tortilla chips w/ 1/2c. corn, 1/2c. homemade salsa, 5 sliced green olives, topped w/ 2TB each mashed avacado and Smart Balance™ Reduced Fat Sour Cream. It’s not as bland as it was this morning, but still no fruit.

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drank Razzleberry Green by 52teas
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OK… WHO took my raspberries and black berries?! Cuz I’ve had 16oz of this cold so far today and, unlike yesterday, there is NONE. :( I’ve never had cold tea deteriorate like this over nite before…

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I got mine today! It took exactly 5 weeks vs. the estimated 4. Although I feel a lil jipped cuz a lady on their FB page said she got hers in only 4 days- oh well, I’m not gonna be petty- it was just an observation. I’m just happy that I got one of my top flavor choices.

Now for some preliminary observations (and, unfortunately, drawbacks). The packaging is a bit misleading- on the front, in a highly visible green circle it says it has “1 combined serving of fruit and vegetables” making it appear to have less nutritional value (save the green tea extract) than regular V-Fusion light. But there’s a small white cross that leads you to the back under the white nutrition facts box that says Each 8 fl. oz. provides 1/4 cup each fruits and veggies, bringing the complete bottle to 1.5 (combined) servings of fruits and veggies… I also don’t like that the white box names a serving as 1 bottle (12oz) instead the normal 8oz serving of juice. I also don’t like that this is only 50% juice. I know there is tea in here, but it’s extract. It’s not like they use steeped and decanted loose tea. I also don’t like that they don’t tell us how much tea is in here.

Ok, sorry about that- but I had to state the facts. Now on to the taste. Now I’ve had several of the regular V8 V-Fusions, including the raspberry. It’s almost as good as the blackberry which is my favorite. Unlike other flavors, there’s virtually no taste from the veggies… so let’s see how this one compares…

SCORE! Strong, smooth, slightly sweet raspberry flavor… no veggies! No tea either. Idea is wonderful, execution is horrible. If this sounds good to you, do your tongue (and the rest of your body) a favor- pick up a regular bottle of Raspberry V-Fusion (or any other flavor) so you get 2 servings of fruits and veggies per 8oz, add 1tsp of matcha, and shake!=D


I rec’d mine today, same flavor. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t my first choice. I’ll probably drink & log it tomorrow. It is currently chilling in the fridge after its warm trip here.


This and the pomegranate would have been the only ones I liked. And it tasted amazing- the nutritional value just wasn’t there. I posted my review on their FB page as well.

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Matcha OJ w/ 2 vanilla Fiber One yogurts to hold me til dinner.

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I will ALWAYS pick loose leaf over tea bags. I only drink bagged tea if that’s my only choice or I find a flavor that I can’t find a loose leaf version for. When I do drink bagged; however, I always weigh my bag and am constantly curious as to the weight/flavor ratio- sometimes I am quite surprised by the flavor punch of light bags.

I have a preference for organic and fair trade teas (preferably both), but would never pass up an amzing tea just because it isn’t organic and/or fair trade.

I love savory teas.

I’m currently searching for a chai flavored soy powder or a soy based chai mix (either already mixed or a recipe).

I hardly EVER sweeten my teas. I feel that sweeteners (unless flavored like tea honeys, brown sugar, ice cream topping syrups, flavored coffee syrups, etc) do not add anything to the flavor profile of tea- in fact, I’ve found that they dumb down the flavors.

I NEVER serve my tea over regular iced cubes- I always make tea cubes.

I LOVE cooking w/ tea and making smoothTEAS.

I LOVE tea blending.

I rarely drink herbal teas unless they are mixed with true teas. My favorite herbals to mix with true teas are: spearmint, peppermint, lemongrass, rose hips, and gingeroot.

I can’t stand anything w/ fennel or anise. Hot black teas (except orange pekoe bagged tea that you get when you go out to eat and chai teas) tend to upset my stomach.

I drink matcha daily and love flavoring it. I’m also in a constant search of preflavored matchas.

I’m constantly searching for information on how to prepare tea authentically according to its country of origin.

My Tasting Notes Ratings (edited 8/8/10)
1: I can’t even stand the raw leaf enough to make this (I’ve never owned a tea w/ this rating, but I’ve smelled some before buying resulting in me NOT buying them that were that bad)

2: I steeped this tea but couldn’t stand the aroma enough to get it past my nose

3: I immediately gagged at the 1st sip and spit it out.

4: I manageed to get the 1st sip down, but I tossed the rest.

5: I drank the 1st cup but I can’t bring myself to resteep

6: Made it thru the entire set of infusions but I can’t bring myself to tinker w/ the parameters and won’t be making it again.

7-10: Does not taste anything like the ingredients or name suggests (i.e. Adagio’s Sour apple)

11-25: I can taste some of the ingredients, but the flavor is severely lacking

25-49: Teas that I would not consider bad in their flavor profile, but certainly below average

50: Average.

51-69: Teas above averge, but I wouldn’t go as far as calling them “good”.

70-75: Very good, but still room for improvement

76-85: Above average flavor profile

86-90: REALLY good flavors

91-99: Almost PERFECTLY achieves the goal of the ingredients and name of the tea.

100: Abosolutely perfect teas!

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Favorite Music: ANYTHING Christian. I don’t normally listen to secular music, but I do love jazz and swing.

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Favorite Books: THE BIBLE!!! & My Sister’s Keeper

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“You should always carry burdens, but they should never be your own”- me

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Favorite Foods: fried calamari, lemon chicken, anything w/ buffalo sauce.

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