Only a few of these advent matcha samplers left! Full packet wisked in plain oat milk, cold.

I thought the Gingerbread Matcha tasted like buttermilk pancakes, and I think this one tastes like gingerbread! I have had a Pumpkin Spice matcha from Heavenly Butterfly, but it was a pumpkin spice matcha, ergo, a spice blend. I wasn’t getting much of a spice element in this one… or what was there was just countered so heavily by the sugary sweetness that I think that’s why my brain went to gingerbread cookies. I do think calling it “Pumpkin Pie” is accurate enough given the level of sweetness and more subdued spice note, but I still expected a little more of the spice element to “pop” from pumpkin pie, I guess? I did like what I was getting… a sweet cakey/cookie with a mild and very sweet spice note in the background. Still can’t taste the matcha!

I definitely liked the Pumpkin Spice matcha better for terms of smoothie blending. This flavor holds fine as a solo latte, but tastes a little weird trying to mix it with anything else. Since the spices were the main element in the other matcha, I could put it in smoothies with pumpkin, apple, or peaches and get a pretty bomb smoothie. This sweet cakey flavor mixed with peaches is a little distracting… it’s like I’m getting peach cobbler in one bite, pumpkin pie in another.

Only Salted Caramel and Cherry Blossom to go! I think I can safely say at this point I prefer the “floral” flavors the most, followed by the “sweet/desserty” flavors, since the heavy sweetness used in these just works for me better in those. However, I prefer (most) of the desserty flavors as straight lattes, while enjoy the fruity flavors as smoothie mixers. I don’t really jive with the fruity flavors as plain lattes, since they come off a little too sweet for me.

Flavors: Cookie, Creamy, Pastries, Spices, Sweet

Iced 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 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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