499 Tasting Notes


Sil matcha: one serving in a big glass of cold almond milk. It’s a bit like an orange creamsicle with a bit of matcha, which is unfortunately the same flavour as my childhood fluoride treatment (minus the matcha). I’d love to know how people who don’t associate this with an artificial chemical cleaner feel about it because I’m 100% biased.

This might be something that mandarin and orange creamsicle lovers want to check out.. It might be good with some ice cream too.


I haven’t tried this yet but the specific orange scent here reminds me of this gritty orange industrial-strength handsoap my dad used to have for work.


it’s mandarin to me..not orange…but then i haven’t tried orange from red leaf… if it’s similar in flavour profile i might consider it for the orange creamiscle factor..


This sounds like it will get some seriously mixed reviews. Here’s hoping it’s more like orange julius to me!


Oh ick – I remember the flavoured fluoride and I don’t think I could stomach a tea that reminded me of it! The creamsicle part sounds interesting though!

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drank Vanilla Velvet by Teajo Teas
499 tasting notes

It’s on the icing side of vanilla, for me, with a distinctive handful of rooibos. It isn’t quite what I was looking for but I did get a handful of simple evenings out of it. Goodbye, rooibos!

Flavors: Berries, Cream, Vanilla

Boiling 5 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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1 1/2 scoops of this distinctive flavoured matcha, almond milk, half a banana, and chia seeds. I know there’s some maple syrup just below the surface of perception. Sometimes it even emerges from those murky depths, but like an iceberg I know I’m not experiencing the majestic fullness of maple syrup.

I think this is one of the very few matcha flavourings I’d contemplate going with Robust. I’m not keen when Maple dominates thin wispy things like rooibos blends but this is a smoothie! All the other flavours are confident enough in themselves to handle maple. It should let itself go more instead of settling for the vague aftertaste I’m getting. Be bold maple, or hand me the cookies.

In contrast, I actually taste green matcha in my flavoured smoothie, which is an amazingly rare occurrence.

Thanks, Sil! I enjoyed this one.


The notes on this one really have me on the fence about it. I’ve been tempted because I love maple, but I want true maple flavour, that is actually there haha.


it doesn’t taste like maple to me courtney… but if you DO get it…go for robust. even distrinctive wasn’t enough flavouring for me


Thanks for the heads up. :)

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I made the best mistake with this tea the other when I forgot about it for 15 minutes. Instead of turning into a nasty vegetable mouth wash it decided to become awesome instead- finally capitalizing on the full powers of dark leafy mint.

Now I always steep it longer than I’d dare with any other green.. I’ve been reading too much of a certain series lately, and every time I write “green” I simultaneously think “lots of warders”. Not impressed with myself and life decisions right now.

This isn’t fancy, and has the cocoa pieces I’m so skeptical of, but it’s usually comfy and sometimes that’s all I really want anyways.

EDIT: I think my roommate really liked this one too, despite the long steep. She’s a huge After Eight fan.

Flavors: Cocoa, Mint

170 °F / 76 °C 5 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

Don’t you love it when you mess up.. and then it only makes it better ?!?!


I like happy accidents

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Take some plain almond milk, half a banana, half a spoonful of Nutella, and a 1.5 servings of this matcha, and you have one nutty beverage. Indulgent but not as sweet as I thought, which is nice.

Thanks, Sil, for making my day a little richer!




Wow, Nutella in a smoothie? That’s dangerous. I refuse to have that dangerous stuff around. :)


Your smoothie sounds amazing!

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drank Mocha Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Chocolate almond milk, a bit of mocha greek yogurt, and a generous scoop of this equals a delicious Starbucks drink. Add some softened chia seeds and you have chocolate sprinkles. So good.

I thought Sil was crazy for having three coffee based matcha flavours (Mocha, Coffee, Tiramisu) but they are turning out to be good things. :)

Flavors: Chocolate



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I made some up in a blender with chocolate almond milk and chia seeds, which was decent. Then I decided warm some of it up and use an electric frother. Even better.

It was still a bit watery, and I added a bit too much cold milk after which didn’t help, but the creamy sweet chocolate mocha vibe is good enough even when not perfectly prepared.

Thanks Sil!

Flavors: Chocolate, Cream


I love this one as a hot latte….


Yes, this was really good warm, which I wasn’t expecting!


How did the frother work?

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There’s nothing very special about today, except that I’m drinking this tea and that suddenly makes everything unique and noteworthy, albeit short and simple.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Honey

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This one’s from Sil’s super matcha pack. 1 scoop, 8oz of almond milk, half a banana.

This was unfortunately not a hit with the two roommates. Roommate A said it was too sweet and then proceeded to guzzle down a huge mug of black coffee (she’s of that alliance). Roommate B said it tasted floral, almost like soap, and then asked for a cup of black coffee from Roommate A, which she added a lot of sugar to. It was a landslide win for the coffee party today.

Although I liked this more than the roommates I found it kind of sweet too. While I know what butterscotch hard candies are (roommates don’t) and I can taste it, I’m unfortunately not a fan of said candies. I think I’ll put this one aside when I’m feeling more inclined.

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I wasn’t expecting to like this one, but I’m a sucker for butter and florals. I’m not well acquainted enough with grass, veggies, and green teas to say where this one falls but it’s good and that’s good enough for me.. One of the roommates likes this as well, so two recommendations!

Flavors: Butter

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

The name is cool, too.

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I started my Steepster loose leaf adventure back in 2012. I can’t say I’m completely new anymore, but I still view oolong as a magical, extraterrestrial creature that unfurls in water.

Tea Preferences: My absolute favourites are the floral inclined oolong and white teas. I also enjoy unflavoured green and black teas. Puerh is a hit or miss.

Fruit, cedar, anise, and vanilla are good. Black licorice, bergamot, and cheap chocolate are less good. Jasmine, cinnamon, and hibiscus are usually too strong in teas for my taste, but otherwise I like these flavours!


95-100: A Personal Favourite; I’m never without this tea.

90-94: Great! I’ll try to keep a small amount around.

80-89: Enjoyable; I may buy more at some point.

70-79: Nice, but not something I’d drink often. I may have a few problems with it.

50-69: Something about this tea falls flat for me. Still drinkable.

30-49: This isn’t a particularly pleasant cup.

1-29: There’s no way to put it nicely..


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