Holiday Tea-son! I’ve been going through some car hell, but I won’t bitch about that here. I’ve been using tea to try to cope, and have sipped down my Coconut French Toast with Cardamom Maple Syrup and my Gingerbread Orange in the last few days as a coping mechanism… at least I got some sipdowns out of it?

So today is the eighth tea from my advent calendar, Ice Cream Matcha. I’m glad to get matcha on a weekend, otherwise I probably would’ve saved it until then anyway (I don’t really have time to get out the milk frother and make a matcha latte before work). I have a small sampler tin of this one, but since I’m such a terrible tea hoarder, I actually haven’t tried it yet. Prepared the same as the last single-serve packet, mixing the matcha in 100ml 175F water in my frother, which I mixed with 200ml vanilla almond milk which I warmed and frothed separately in the frother.

I’m actually getting a very mellow, sweet grassy flavor from this one, beneath a very sweet, sharp, rich vanilla note, with just a hint of something that tastes a little like honey or caramel to me. It’s quite nice, and the vanilla almond milk I use to make my tea lattes compliments this one well, since it seems to be pushing that vanilla note and creamy element and really adding to that “French Vanilla ice cream” feeling. I did notice this one seemed quite thick and there were a few areas in my frother that didn’t seem to mix up quite well, but folks who hand-froth “the proper way” (I, admittedly, have still not learned to do it “the proper way” with a bamboo whisk) may not have that issue.


Flavors: Caramel, Cream, Creamy, Honey, Sweet, Sweet, Warm Grass, Vanilla

175 °F / 79 °C 1 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Hi! I’m Sara, a middle-aged librarian living in southern Idaho, USA. I’m a big ol’ sci-fi/fantasy/anime geek that loves fandom conventions, coloring books, simulation computer games, Japanese culture, and cats. Proud genderqueer asexual (she/they) and supporter of the LGBTQ+ community. I’m also a chronic migraineur. As a surprise to no one, I’m a helpless tea addict with a tea collecting and hoarding problem! (It still baffles me how much tea I can cram into my little condo!) I enjoy trying all sorts of teas… for me tea is a neverending journey!

Favorite Flavors:

I love sampling a wide variety of teas! For me the variety is what makes the hobby of tea sampling so fun! While I enjoy trying all different types of teas (pure teas, blends, tisanes), these are some flavors/ingredients I enjoy:
-Sweet/licorice root/stevia
-Bergamot (in moderation)

Disliked Flavors:

There are not many flavors or ingredients that I don’t like. These include:
-Bananas/banana flavoring
-Hemp/CBD teas
-Smoke-scented teas/heavy smoke flavors (migraine trigger)
-Perfumey teas/extremely heavy floral aromas (migraine trigger)
-Gingko biloba (migraine trigger)
-Chamomile (used in blends as a background note/paired with stronger flavors is okay)
-Extremely spicy/heated teas
-Medicinal flavors/Ginseng
-Metallic flavors
-Overly strong artificial flavorings

With the exception of bananas and migraine triggers, I’ll pretty much try any tea at least once!

Steeping Parameters:

I drink tea in a variety of ways! For hot brews, I mostly drink my teas brewed in the western style without additions, and for iced tea, I drink teas mostly brewed in the cold brew style without additions. Occassionally I’ll change that up. I use the https://octea.ndim.space/#/ app for water-to-tea ratios and use steep times to my preferences.

My Rating Scale:

90-100 – Top tier tea! These teas are among my personal favorites, and typically I like to keep them stocked in my cupboards at all times, if possible!

70-89 – These are teas that I personally found very enjoyable, but I may or may not feel inclined to keep them in stock.

50-69 – Teas that fall in this range I enjoyed, but found either average, lacking in some way, or I’ve had a similar tea that “did it better.”

21-49 – Teas in this range I didn’t enjoy, for one reason or another. I may or may not finish them off, depending on their ranking, and feel no inclination to restock them.

20-1 – Blech! My Tea Hall of Shame. These are the teas that most likely saw the bottom of my garbage can, because I’d feel guilty to pass them onto someone else.

Note that I only journal a tea once, not every time I drink a cup of it. If my opinion of a tea drastically changes since my original review, I will journal the tea again with an updated opinion and change my rating. Occassionally I revisit a tea I’ve reviewed before after a year or more has passed.


My Cupboard on Steepster reflects teas that I have sampled and logged for review, and is not used as an inventory for teas I currently own at the present moment. An accurate and up-to-date listing of my current tea inventory can be viewed here: https://tinyurl.com/xjt9ptx3 . I am open to tea trades (within the United States only!) at this time. Note that I will not trade teas that I currently have in a quantity less than 50g (samplers, 1oz packages, etc.) or any teas that are currently still sealed/unopened in my cupboard.

Contact Info:

Feel free to send me a Steepster PM, or alternatively, check the website URL section below; it goes to a contact form that will reach my personal e-mail.


Idaho, United States



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