732 Tasting Notes

Ehh. I don’t know guys. This one is alright, but it’s nothing compared to Strawberry Cream. I’m not huge on mint anyway. Mint equates to sick for me. I’m picky about it in my regular teas. I forget where it came up now, but I hope they come out with a orange cacao. That would be awesome.

I had the best intentions to get 2-3 smaller assignments done tonight… then I discovered Vine, and more importantly “Dem White Boyz”. I felt old for not knowing what Vine was (I definitely got stuck at 20 and the last few years evidently just haven’t happened), but more importantly I spent the last hour watching the videos of these guys and laughing. Not productive school-wise, but awesome nonetheless.

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It was another long 12-hour day at school. I’ve only gotten 4 hours of sleep the last two nights because I’ve been working on conservation, and tonight will be the same. But tomorrow night I will be able to get at least a full night of sleep. Now to just make it to then…

I came home and wanted something comforting and thought of this tea. Breakfast teas are amazing, and although I love black teas, I haven’t too many straight ones around. And the ones I do have are special ones that I don’t want to drink all the time. Thats where this tea comes in. Comforting? Check. Black? Check. Not too unique that it will be ruined by drinking it too often? Check. Thank you Northwest Breakfast.

You know, I may need to add this to my cupboard.

TeaBrat

hang in there!

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This one smells so deliciously buttery, gah. This one will be a permanent fixture in my cupboard. I am loving it. It may be time to go through and rate some of these matchas. I so rarely rate things, but every so often I feel I should.

I meant to have this one last night, but in my attempt to keep my caffeine levels consistently high, I went a little overboard and had to burn off some adrenaline in the form of exercise at 11pm because I felt like I had rocket fuel coursing through my bloodstream. But, despite that, I managed to register for both spring and fall courses and got into all the courses I needed. YAY!

This is also my 500th tasting note. Certainly a great tea for it.

__Morgana__

Congrats on 500!

MissB

Woot! Congrats!

Stephanie

Woohoo 500! I think I might have to try this matcha, sounds great!

keychange

Delicious note! and woohoo on registration and 500!

VariaTEA

Yay! This note makes me happy on so many accounts. For one, I am so happy my excitement over this matcha didn’t lead you to buying it and then hating it. Also, it is so rare for people to get into all the courses they need without a bit of a headache (at least that’s how it has been at McGill) so yay for that. And finally, 500 tasting notes is awesome so congrats!!

OMGsrsly

Yay 500! :) That’s pretty awesome you got into all your courses. And also weird to me that you register for more than one semester at a time! :)

Fjellrev

Happy 500!

Courtney

Thanks!

VariaTEA it was definitely a great option. I always stress over registration for that very reason. Especially in the higher level courses.

OMGsrsly It is bizarre! At Dal, we registered for both fall and winter at once. Then when I moved to AB, I was only registering for one term at a time, right up until this time. Strange.

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This one came in the Hapa-tite swap I signed up for via Nicole.

First off, look what a pretty colour it is! The camera didn’t quote do it justice, but you get the picture.
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This one smells just like Forever Nuts, Brioche Free, etc. I have a pretty good feeling it will taste similar. Although, it does have popcorn as an ingredient.

What a shock – IT DOES! Haha. I do enjoy the taste of all these teas, but I can’t drink them all the time. This was nice surprise though, since I haven’t had Forever Nuts in ages. Probably close to a year. This is a great herbal in between my matchas.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML
hapatite

So glad that you got some good teas in the swap!

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When I initially bought this one in my first Red Leaf order over a year ago, it was my least favourite. Little did I know, it would sneakily grow to become my favourite of the four I picked up.

I’m happy I picked up more because it is a delight. I’ve been drinking so much matcha today, but I’ve been trying to keep my caffeine levels consistently high so I can stay awake for registration. I’m having this one now, shaken with cold milk. I didn’t let it sit, but I’m sure it tastes the same as if I had. The French Butter Cookie on the other hand, is still sitting in the fridge for later. Yum.

You guys, I just got this order in on Friday, and I was already on the Red Leaf site and chose my next 5+2 order. There’s a screenshot saved on my desktop. Oh dear.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Fjellrev

Nice to see that this one turned around for you. :) I’m going to order this next time. Seems popular enough that you really can’t go wrong.

Courtney

This one is awesome. I would definitely recommend.

VariaTEA

What are you thinking for your next order?? Wait for me!!

VariaTEA

Oh also, this one has grown on me too. It is definitely a tasty treat :)

Courtney

Haha! My mood tonight decided on more Banana & Cream, Coconut, and French Butter Cookie, then also Strawberries & Cream, Caramel Popcorn, and Peanut Butter Pie. all at the next flavouring level.

VariaTEA

These all sound like something I would drink…Maybe we should order together haha. Also, French Butter Cookie, Strawberries & Cream, and Caramel Popcorn are all good at delicate so I would be worried about having them distinctive. I haven’t tried the others though. I wish you could specify a flavor level for each tea in the buy 5+2.

Courtney

I also wish that. Le sigh. I wanted to try French Butter Cookie up one level, just to see what it’s like. But not having tried Strawberries & Cream or Caramel Popcorn at all made me a bit wary of that. Caramel Popcorn makes me a bit wary as it is haha, but the reviews have just been so great. We can definitely order together.

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I let this one chill with milk in the fridge all afternoon. This is the delicate flavouring.

Even in a mason jar full of milk, the buttery flavour is prominent in the scent. The taste is vanilla-like and creamy. This one is quite tasty. I’m so happy I took a chance on this one. I might even go the next flavour up to see if it gets more delicious.

I think I will put together another batch right away, and let it sit in the fridge for later on tonight. When I’m battling to stay awake until midnight. :P

Thanks VariaTEA for the idea on this one!

Flavors: Butter, Vanilla

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
keychange

When you mean you let it chill, did you leave the matcha in the milk just sitting there in your fridge? Or didd you prepare it and then leave it in your fridge? sorry, I’m a matcha idiot lol

Courtney

Haha I scooped out the matcha and pour milk on top of it, then I shake it up and let it sit. Lazy matcha making at its best. I’m sure I could drink it right away and it would taste the same haha.

VariaTEA

Yay! I am glad you liked it. I would order this over any of the vanilla matchas any day since I actually get something from this, even at the delicate level.

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drank Pumpkin Spice by Bigelow
732 tasting notes

This is another tea from my swap with EvaGrimm.

For a bagged tea, this actually packs a lot of flavour. The spices are much more prominent than any actual pumpkin flavouring.

So many pumpkin teas taste exactly the same, and not at all like actual pumpkin, but like the spices that would go into a pumpkin pie. This one has all those spices, but they must be in varying amounts from other pumpkin teas, because it seems to be more to my liking. And now I just want to make my pumpkin ice coffee.

Thanks EvaGrimm!

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I’m trying this one hot today. I whisked 1 tsp. of matcha into the tiniest bit of cooled boiled water, then poured heated milk into my mug. It’s creamy, and the chocolate is more apparent. There is a slight, very subtle underlying chemical taste that was also there when I had this as a cold latte that I’m not a fan of.

Perhaps I’ll try it next just in hot water. Too much milk also throws me off my game. Not that that will take away the underlying chemical, but it may just make it more enjoyable overall.

Preparation
1 tsp
Stephanie

Too bad about the chemical taste. I think perhaps if I want chocolate and matcha together I’ll just whisk in a little cocoa powder!

Courtney

I think that’s an excellent idea. It’s not over the top chemically, but enough that it bothers me.

Fjellrev

Yeah, I like the idea of the cocoa. I was discussing that with my mom the other day, how there are just some flavours that can be done realistically. Like why does chocolate extract even exist? If you’re baking, just use real chocolate or cocoa!

Courtney

I agree haha! If I can handle any more milk today I think I’ll mix up some Grand Cru with cocoa actually.

Sil

i don’t like this one…it doesn’t remind me of chocolate…

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I’m having the last of the sample Sil sent my way this morning. I was hoarding it until my own matcha order came in.

This one is so delicious. Banana matcha milk is my favourite. Check out my matchas (in their lovely resealable bags!) lined up so nicely on the bottom shelf on my cupboard.

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I need to stay up until midnight tonight to register for spring and fall courses. Joy. Sometimes course registration is more stressful than exams.

Sil

Glad you liked it :)

VariaTEA

Oh course registration. I would wake up an hour before it opened and had to press refresh over and over again until I got in. Then all the course codes wouldn’t be updated properly and I would end up registering for some advanced hockey course instead of the social problems class the code was meant to be for. Fun times :P

keychange

omg LOL advanced hockey!

hapatite

That matcha sounds so delicious!!

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This is a great breakfast tea. It’s about time for supper, but breakfast teas are my favourite and I drink them at all hours.

This one is just a lovely mixture of black teas. It’s not anything overly special, but it’s got that comforting black tea thing going on, and I would happily pick up some more.

Thanks EvaGrimm!

It looks grey outside, and like it might rain. I love the rain. The smell, the sound. It’s all so calming. But it never rains here. I just checked the weather forecast – no rain. Le sigh.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML
Memily

raises hand I too love everything about rain.

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Lover of tea, animals, the ocean (http://eastcoastbest.tumblr.com/), science, travel, and all things summer.

That’s my mug! I may have a slight love of Star Trek.

I love black teas. I pretty well always drink my tea straight. I’m also fond of herbals, but they rarely make my permanent collection. I prefer my tea hot, but occasionally I’ll cold brew.

Oolongs I enjoy, but I’m not generally in the mood for them. I only truly enjoy subtly fruity flavoured greens. Whites have to be pretty amazing (see Butiki’s White Rhino).

Pu’erhs I’m working on at a snail’s pace, but so far I’m not loving them. Rooibos/honeybush have to be well hidden for me to enjoy them. Mates and are not for me at all.

Likes:
Coconut, creaminess, yogurt, toffee, cacao (true dark chocolate flavour), rhubarb.

Dislikes:
Any smokiness, bergamot, flowers (rose, jasmine, chamomile), hibiscus is hit and miss.

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