223 Tasting Notes
I have been drinking this a lot lately. I’ve been trying it with different juices. Carrot and apple juices work well with matcha, but I also tried cranberry juice, which, apart from looking REALLY nasty, tasted really, really strange.
Nearly out of this now! :( I don’t think I used enough leaf today though as the taste was even lighter than usual, and I struggled to find the raspberry taste. The juicy watermelon in this is just right – sweet but not cloying and it has the delicious aftertaste that watermelon gives you right after you have swallowed. The taste doesn’t hang around for long though, which is a shame.
I just proofread that last bit and I’m glad I did as I made about a hundred typos in there.
This tastes like foam banana sweets today. I had the first steep plain, and I am now sipping on the second steep as a latte since it is a miserable cold and rainy day here. I have made this as a latte quite a few times and it always comes out very sweet and syrupy, even without the addition of sugar. I was craving sweet today, so I am glad I chose this.
Argh! Today I used too much leaf, and it tastes a little cloying and overpowering. Ah well. I won’t do that again!
Backlogging from this morning – I ran out of juice for my usual matcha OJ, so I dug the (ancient and disused) juicer out of the cupboard and made mango juice because we had tons of mangoes that needed to be eaten. Matcha mango juice is my new morning love! So refreshing, and I loved the sweetness of the mango juice against the slight bitterness of the matcha.
I made a pitcher of this iced – I was in the mood for a non-flavoured black, but it is too muggy and humid here today to enjoy a nice cup of hot black tea. I made a small amount of very strong tea, then diluted it with ice. It went REALLY cloudy though – I have had this happen before, but not so drastic. It looks like I put milk in it.
Anyway, it is very refreshing. I oversteeped it a little, but the bitterness that resulted wasn’t overwhelming and overall it was quite tasty, though I much prefer it hot.
I love the taste of this tea – juicy and fruity – but it is so fernickity. I can’t let it oversteep, even by a little bit, otherwise it gets very bitter, which is sad and a bit of a waste. On the other hand, it is a perfect tea for the warm weather we have been having over here.
This will have to become a cupboard staple. I love how smooth it is, which takes me by suprise every time because the scent of the dry leaf is kind of tart and almost bitter. I even oversteeped a bit today by accident, but it is still just as good as ever!
I ordered this from iheartteas not long ago and I’m always so impressed with the service! Shipping is prompt and I love the little handwritten notes thanking you for your order. It’s the little things that really count.
On to the tea! I made a huge batch of snickerdoodle cookies to have with this when it came yesterday, but by the time I had finished and they had cooled, it was 8 o’clock and way too late for any black tea. So I consoled myself with a few cookies and waited to have it this morning.
I promise, we are really on to the tea now. Out of the bag, this has that zing of freshly ground cinnamon (one of my favourite scents in the world) but also a hint of vanilla that takes the edge off the cinnamon, and calms it slightly. I’m not really sure what my steeping parameters were, I think I might have used water that was quite a bit too cool for black tea and I got distracted while it was steeping. It smells mostly of cinnamon and it is such a homey, warming scent. I love it.
The taste is predominantly black tea, which I wasn’t expecting from the aroma. The cinnamon and vanilla support the tea, instead of the tea base supporting the flavours. This means it is very smooth and soft. Although this isn’t what I expected, it is still really lovely. (and perfect with my cookies, which, if I may say so, were REALLY good).
I thought I would try this iced, seeing as I have just received an iced tea maker from Nothing but Tea! I honestly didn’t think I was going to like this one, I generally can’t stomach ginger in teas. Suprisingly, though, it’s nice! The ginger isn’t too overpowering annd the orange adds a fresh quality to the tea. Overall, it make a very refreshing, summery iced tea!