This tea was disappointing after the enjoyable regular matcha I got from Got Matcha. I haven’t tried it with milk yet (it’ll be soy, almond, or rice milk when I do try it), but I’m not sure it would improve it much anyway. I don’t like that it’s pre-sweetened, the spice blend isn’t as nice as some chais I’ve had, you can hardly taste the matcha, and you get to drink gritty sediment by the time you get to the end of the cup because the spices haven’t been ground finely enough.

Also, don’t even bother trying to sift it through a strainer and prepare it like regular matcha: you’ll be left with spices that won’t fit through the strainer, and it doesn’t froth at all with a whisk.

I’ll up my rating if it tastes better with milk, but I’m not holding my breath. I’m also reluctant now to try the pumpkin matcha that also came with the package. Thank goodness the full-sized regular matcha was excellent!

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I’ve been in love with tea since I discovered the awesomeness of loose-leaf tea about four years ago.

In general, I prefer black, green, oolong, and matcha teas. I’m not a big fan of flavoured teas, but every so often I come across one I like. I also like peppermint, but that’s about it for tisanes.

I recently tried matcha for the first time, and it’s seriously growing on me.

My favourite tea accessory is my chasen holder, hence my profile pic, and my favourite teaware is the shudei kyusu I got from Den’s Tea for 99 cents. I use it both for cooling water and steeping tea. Probably the best 99 cents I’ve spent. :)


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