631 Tasting Notes

96
drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
631 tasting notes

I’ve had this sample in my cupboard for an embarrassing number of years. I’m craving something sugary sweet and terrible for me, so I opted for this tea instead of the real thing. The flavor is vanilla and cake. The rooibos is pretty tame, which is good for me because I’m not a rooibos fan. The base is probably why I’ve avoided this tea for so long.

I added a bit of Truvia and now it is a real cake-y dream tea. Ohhh yeaaah! This is like liquid cake batter! I’m so glad I can enjoy this calorie-free, guilt-free tea to satisfy my craving. Yum yum yum! I’ve been all about the dessert teas lately and this is perfection.

Flavors: Cake, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Fjellrev

I would probably have this more often if it weren’t for the base!

CHAroma

The base really isn’t bad! And I normally really dislike both honeybush & red rooibos. I like that it’s caffeine-free. Most dessert teas use a black base and while that tastes great, it’s not conducive to late night drinking.

Fjellrev

I agree that it’s pretty good considering it’s a rooibos, as I also don’t care for it, normally. But I wonder how it would fare with green rooibos instead? Either way, I looooove the maple icing flavour in this. :D

Kristal

One of my favorite teas to make a lattee out of :)

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96

The first infusion of this tea took my breath away. It’s even better than a premium Dragonwell! It’s buttery and sweet with notes of honeysuckle. This tea exceeded my expectations. I’m pretty sure I’ve tried a previous year’s harvest and wasn’t too impressed. But this year’s harvest is INCREDIBLE! Everything from the aroma to the flavor to the mouthfeel is tranquil, relaxing, and exactly what I needed after several frustrating days of dealing with a fussy teething baby. There’s something truly special about Verdant Teas. One sip transports me to my happy place, every time without fail. I’m in tea heaven. Oh, and this is my 600th tasting note!

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Flavors: Butter, Honeysuckle, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 5 OZ / 147 ML
Kristal

I remember getting some Verdant tea in a tea swap about 6 months ago. Perhaps in the future I should order from them.

CHAroma

Verdant Tea is probably my favorite tea company. They’re great people who offer truly magnificent, unique teas. I highly recommend them!

Kristal

I just took a look at their website. In terms of actual tea (i.e. not herbals/tisanes) I basically only drink greens and their green teas look divine. I’m not purchasing any more tea until September but I may be looking them up next month.

CHAroma

They have a great offer called 5 teas for $5 for new customers only. You should check that out too.

Kristal

That might be a good idea!

tea-sipper

Previous harvests have been my favorite greens, so if you like this one this much, I’m dying to try it! :D

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76

This one tastes of roasted mate and a hint of pecan. No caramel or cheesecake to be found. Sad but this is what I’ve come to expect of 52teas’ cheesecake blends. They used to be so good a few years ago but alas, they are no longer. That said, it’s not a bad tea. It’s naturally sweet on its own and doesn’t need any additional sweetener. I like the roasted mate flavor. Not sure if there’s a lot else going on in the cup though.

Flavors: Roasted, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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72
drank Blueberry Fruit Tea by Teavivre
631 tasting notes

How is it already August 8th? Time is flying! My daughter is over six months old now. She’s getting her first two teeth. They’re coming in together and I think it’s causing her a lot of grief. They’re taking their sweet time too. Only the tips have been visible for the past few days.

I held on to this tea for years thinking I could enjoy its caffeine-freeness during pregnancy. Well, pregnancy came and went a while ago and this tea is still around. There’s no time like the present! Might as well enjoy the rest of this now.

The brewed tea aroma is mouthwatering and tart. Yes, I can smell the tartness. It smells like blueberries, raisins, and hibiscus. The flavor is SUPER tart! Think about the tartest hibiscus tea you’ve ever tried and this is probably tarter. The flavor gets stronger the cooler the tea is. This is somewhat wine-like too.

On another note, I’ve finally started to lose weight after the birth. I’ve lost 20 lbs so far and have about another 20 to go to be able to fit back into my wardrobe. I’ve hit a big milestone this week. I’ve lost enough weight that I can wear my wedding rings again! Yes, I was literally so fat that my rings didn’t fit. I forgot how beautiful my engagement ring is. I really really missed it! I can’t stop staring at it. Now that I can wear my wedding rings again, I feel so much more like my old self. Losing weight is a necessity for me. I’m so glad I’m halfway to my goal!

Flavors: Blueberry, Hibiscus, Raisins, Red Wine, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78
drank Christmas Cookie by Capital Teas
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This one has a funny aroma. I’m not sure what it is, but there’s something odd going on in this cup. Maybe it’s one of the spices? The flavor is softly spiced orange. The base is pretty quiet. This needs a bit of Truvia to wake it up. Milk would squash the delicate flavors at play here so I left that out. I wish I could identify what that odd note is though. It’s really bugging me that I can’t. It’s not bad, just unknown to me.

It smells a bit creamy but I’m not getting cream in the flavor. It is smooth and gentle. This is not a wake-you-up-in-the-morning assertive blend. This is a calm, sweet tea to be enjoyed in front of the fire on a cold night. I’m definitely enjoying this but it’s not what I expected. No real cookie aspects to be found. I’d probably rename it “Orange Candlelight” or something to that effect. That’s what it reminds me of; it’s soft like candlelight. Thank you to TeaBrat for sharing this sample with me!

Flavors: Orange, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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89

This is my fourth sample from the flavored matcha sampler. It’s delicate flavoring with the classic base. The flavor is very subtle. It doesn’t actually taste like flavored matcha. It doesn’t taste like unflavored matcha either. It’s somewhere in between.

This tea is very smooth and less grassy than most other matcha. It’s a little creamy but doesn’t taste like cream per say. I can’t really describe it but it’s good. I definitely recommend getting a higher flavoring level if you want to really taste the cream. Unlike other reviewers, I’m not getting anything even remotely lemon-flavored or citrusy here.

I also tried mixing it with Vanilla Bean Matcha because I thought that would be stellar! Ironically, it wasn’t super amazing like I was expecting. This is a good matcha for people who like smooth, creamy matcha that isn’t heavily flavored. Personally, I think I’ll stick to other flavors for future purchases.

Flavors: Smooth

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C
Fjellrev

I totally know what you mean by a flavoured matcha not tasting flavoured or unflavoured, but in between. I haven’t tried this one, but I swear a few of their desserty ones wind up like that.

ashmanra

I bought this one in Robust I think. I loved it. I think it was one of my favorites, even though when I ordered it I thought all Bavarian Cream was just vanilla flavored. That light lemon taste was so yummy…

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94
drank Cookie by Lupicia
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Thank you to TeaBrat for providing this sample! In my opinion, this is a tea that requires milk and sweetener. A little longer infusion helps too. This definitely tastes like a cookie! I’ve been sipping on it and trying to decide what kind of cookie. At first, I thought caramel, then peanut butter, then thumbprint. Those are three vastly different kinds of cookies! I guess I have no idea what kind this tastes like, but it is delicious. A delicious cookie in tea form! I forgot how much I like Lupicia Teas. This is definitely worth getting again.

Flavors: Caramel, Cookie

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TeaBrat

This is a good one for sure!

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90

This is my third sample from the flavored matcha sampler. It’s delicate flavoring with the classic base. The dry leaf aroma is full of beautiful vanilla goodness. The flavor is gently sweet vanilla bean. The aftertaste is really lovely and the best part of this tea in my opinion. The natural-tasting vanilla flavoring lingers long after the sip.

This is delicious but I think I’d prefer vanilla as a component in a flavoring rather than the only thing going on. I can recommend this one, even in the lower flavoring level. I think vanilla may be one of those flavors that you want to be delicate. Although I’m really on a vanilla kick right now and I almost always prefer for it to be punched up about 100 notches. So that I enjoy this in delicate flavoring level is saying something!

Flavors: Sweet, warm grass, Vanilla

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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98
drank Cheesecake Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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This is my second sample from the flavored matcha sampler. It’s delicate flavoring with the classic base. The dry leaf aroma is as I remember Cheesecake Matcha to be. That’s a good sign. The flavor is definitely light but it is spot on cheesecake. Thank goodness! I’m so glad this is better than the Strawberry Matcha sample. I guess there’s still hope for this sampler after all.

I definitely recommend getting a higher flavoring level than delicate though. This is mostly matcha with a touch of cheesecake. The powder seems to have blended better with the water this time too. I can absolutely enjoy the rest of this sample, but I really prefer stronger flavorings in my matcha. If you’re looking for a good flavored matcha to try out, this one is a safe bet. I can confidently recommend it.

Flavors: Cheesecake, Creamy, Sweet, warm grass, Tangy

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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90
drank Strawberry Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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I’ve tried this particular sample three times before writing this note. I bought Red Leaf Tea’s new flavored matcha sampler. In total, I bought 12 teas for $25. This was the first one I tried because I’ve had it before and I loved it back then! That time it was robust flavoring with the classic base. Apparently, the entire sampler is made with delicate flavoring on the classic base. That flavoring level really makes a big difference.

I thought the dry leaf aroma was recognizably strawberry. But the brewed tea aroma was a little gross. Sadly, the first time I tried this sample, it was a bitter yucky mess. I prepared it with 175 degree water in my Nespresso Aeroccino. I waited a few weeks and then prepared it this way again. It was much better the second time so I must have done a better job at getting the right water ratio. However, it still just wasn’t quite right. There’s barely any strawberry flavoring to this at all, which is a huge disappointment. It tastes like the matcha powder isn’t dissolving in the water. So I’m drinking warm water with powder floating around in it. Yuck. I even put it through the Aeroccino twice so it was definitely whisked enough, and that’s the way I’ve prepared it in the past when I did like it and drank matcha frequently.

The third and final time, I decided to try out Red Leaf’s recommended cold latte. I still used the Aeroccino and I didn’t add ice. I also did start with warm water to get a paste going since the matcha dissolving in cold milk could be a problem. It frothed up huge this time, but I actually find the matcha foam off-putting. Drinking the cold strawberry matcha latte is weird. I can taste the matcha about the same as I could in the warm water. There’s no additional strawberry flavoring making itself known. Now there’s just the added flavor of skim milk.

Honestly, I am not a fan. I don’t know if it’s purely to blame on the flavoring level or what. I guess time will tell on that front because I have A LOT more samples to go through. So far, I’m really disappointed though. I spent a lot of money on this sampler and I could have just gotten a couple 30g packages at robust flavoring that I would have actually enjoyed. I think this sampler was a mistake. I’m leaving the rating unchanged from a few years ago, but I cannot recommend this sampler or flavoring level. I would probably rate this a 27.

ETA: I take back my negative review of the flavored matcha sampler. This particular matcha appears to be an outlier. The others I’ve tried are delicious.

Fjellrev

I’ve been rather disappointed in most of their fruit-flavourings so far. Was the very little flavouring you got from it quite artificial? That seems to be my beef with them.

CHAroma

I wouldn’t say it was artificial or natural. It honestly didn’t taste like strawberry to me at all. It was just bitter and gross. Since I’ve had it before in a stronger flavoring level, I didn’t expect to not like it. Maybe my tastes have changed or maybe I got a bad batch? I dunno.

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Entering the sweet blissful world of tea aromas!

Having discovered this website at the end of July 2011, I’m so excited to share my tea adventures with all of you! I grew up with my grandmother serving Twining’s English Breakfast with cream and sugar.

But on a trip to Seattle in 2010, I stumbled into a Chinese teashop and tried my first oolong tea. I was forever changed! I embarked on a startling new love for green and white teas.

With a world of teas to discover, I was inspired to keep a tea journal to record my thoughts and new favorites. Let’s get brewing!


My ratings are completely subjective and 100% my opinion. All ratings are given in relation to each other (ie. teas are rated in the order of my enjoyment of them). Therefore, my ratings will constantly change as I try more teas.


I love swapping!!! If you see something in my cupboard you’d like to try, just send me a message. If you’d like to trade, anything on my shopping list will do or feel free to send something else entirely. I’m willing to try almost anything (although I’m not really a fan of honeybush, red rooibos, pu’erh, Lapsang Souchong, & banana-flavored teas).

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