I definitely over-hyped the apple and cranberry matchas for myself, and I’m worrying that goes for all the 52 Teas teas I bought! I’m regretting spending so much on these two.
The matcha powder looked pretty dull and murky and I didn’t get any scent from it apart from the powdery matcha smell. This translated into the liquid. Very murky-looking. I tried not to let this determine how I felt about it, but I couldn’t sense any apple in it when I started sipping. I finished the chawan with still little taste of any sort, let alone that of apple.
There are also large chunks in the package and many smaller ones that are so hard they don’t seem to want to break up. This definitely needs sifting, but there were a lot of grains of it that I couldn’t break up and just discarded.
I don’t know if this matcha is kind of old at this point or if my palate is not sharp enough or what, but it was just like drinking largely tasteless green chalky powder. Not horrible, but not enjoyable.