Tokyo from Harney & Sons. . . . .

I’m trying to class myself up. I’ve purchased new clothes, almost figured out how to style my hair, and am going to conquer matcha tea. You don’t care about my clothes/hair, so let’s talk about matcha, which is so bitter and weird I can’t get in there to like it.

I thought maybe what I could do is SIDLE UP TO MATCHA. Maybe like attack approximations, getting closer and closer.

So I bought “Tokyo” by Harney & Sons, which had a bunch of small green leaves, plus a bit of sesame seed and caramel. The dry smell is heavenly. When I put it in my gravity steeper, the whole shebang turned bright Kermit green, just like matcha. (“I AM SO SMART,” I thought smugly.)

The taste itself *IS* sort of matcha-like. It has a bit of that roasty, bitter flavor.

But the caramel balances it out. It’s like “hey guys, this has a vegetal sting, but no worries, I’m ON THIS.” You get the caramel running on a parallel track to the green, not masking it. You can experience both at the same time. It’s more like a salad than a smoothie.

If you want to try it out, Harney & Sons has this nice “sample size” option. What I love to do is drop like $30 on different samples, including ones I’m not sure I’ll even like. It’s a fun growing experience.

I would say that I am one step closer to leveling up in my tea expertise, and you can be, too!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Green
Where to Buy:  Harney & Sons
Description

Japan’s capital city of Tokyo inspired our delightful green tea blend of Bancha with toasted sesame seeds and caramel flavors. Recalling our many visits there, we wanted to create a taste reminiscent of the city’s impeccably presented desserts.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

SuperStarling

"Hey, everybody! I'm Leah, a graphic designer from Pennsylvania, United States. I live with my husband and rescue mutt in a house with colorful walls. I love fonts, colors, animals, flowers, novels, illustration, geeking out, and -- obviously! -- tea. I've only been heavily into tea for about a year, but I've found I tend to prefer loose blended black dessert teas. I normally drink them hot western style without anything added; if I add in some vanilla almond milk or honey, I promise I'll mention it! When I'm not blogging here, I'm blogging at leahlucci.com/starling or posting to Instagram (super_starling), so come say hi!"

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