504 Tasting Notes

83
drank Razmintazz by Tealish
504 tasting notes

Yum! Thanks aisling of tea for sending this tea my way!
Tealish is in my top 5 tea shops, even though I’ve never graced it’s doorstep. One day though!
That’s why I appreciate getting to try before I buy!

I made this one iced (I can’t bring myself to try it hot, it’s just so iced tea sounding!) to be my workout drink while I try to burn my matcha energy by playing Just Dance 2!

It’s so refreshing! The mint is perfect – just enough to tingle the tongue, and the fruit is sweet and ohhh the smell is insanely yummy! There’s one thing I don’t like in this blend, and it’s the chamomile! It’s giving me a little tug at the wrong tastebud.. er that doesn’t make sense at all. But I bet when it’s brewed hot it’s a great aspect! I love chamomile, I just don’t dig it in this blend at the moment! It’s such a small aspect though, I really do like this tea a lot!

No worries, I will try it hot soon as well! It’s still delicious and I will probably buy some next time I order. What a great iced tea!

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100
drank KaiMatcha Premium by KaiMatcha
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Okay I seriously have a problem. I’m on my 3rd cup.

They weren’t lieing! There is no bitterness! NOT A HINT!
That means… dun dun dun – zero sugar in my matcha. I thought, from my years of matcha lattes, that sugar was a NEED in matcha.

No. Not all matcha.

Ohhhh it’s so good. I need to stop so #1. I can sleep tonight and #2. I don’t run out of this tin fast!

The taste! Oh the Umami is strong in this one my friends. It reminds me of a big dark salted pretzel! Not the flavour, but the same satisfaction after sipping.

(I’m gonna sprinkle some on my rice too! ee! Okay so the sprinkle ended up dumping like 2 tablespoons worth. Yeah talk about too excited! Don’t worry, I managed to salvage it – and make another drink in the process ;) )

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100
drank KaiMatcha Premium by KaiMatcha
504 tasting notes

Oh. So THIS is what ceremonial grade matcha is like.
WOW.

If I had the money, I would seriously buy a tin of this for each member of my family and force them to become matcha fanatics.

This is intense. Buttery! It reminds me of my aunt who is no longer my aunt (divorce stuff). She was a huge health nut with dreadlocks and a lifestyle I WISH I could emulate! I remember once of the most delicious dishes she made for me was plain white rice with what I think was dried broccoli bits on top. The broccoli was toasted or something and then the little nibs were what we sprinkled on the rice. I think? I have been craving this flavour since I had that dish – ohh I wish I could find out what it really was!

Well, until then, I have this matcha. The depth is amazing, the taste pure and not a bit astringent (I used 175 water). The froth was incredible! The colour bright green, like emerald jewels.

Unlike many of the flavoured matchas I’ve had (which I love as well!), this one does need to be sifted. The other ones you can get away with not sifting, but this one it is important. That’s just my experience so far! (Although once whisked, it remains whisked! Maybe I just drank it way too fast haha, but there was no matcha clumps at all at the bottom of my cup!)

The tin is amazing! I love the pop top technology when you first open it, but that it also has a screw on lid. That way you know it is going to be pure and FRESH.

Thank you KaiMatcha for this amazing experience! I WILL be back to purchase.

ashmanra

I really have to get some of this!

DaisyChubb

it is better than I ever could have imagined!

Babble

Ugh. All these reviews are making me jealous. I hope they run another promotion soon.

DaisyChubb

Well I think I will be purchasing a few tins of this – if I can find a way to swap it and have the flavour stay fresh, I will do it!

Babble

Ok. Keep me posted.

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94
drank Gyokuro by Pekko Teas
504 tasting notes

WOW! THANK YOU Pekko Teas for this sample! I hit the jackpot with this one, ohhh gyokuro – you are my lover.

So refreshing, so tasty.

brb in heaven. I’ll be back with a full review and rating!

BoxerMama

Glad to hear! I got the same thing!

Babble

I still have my package waiting for me at home. I hope I hope I hope I get gyokuro.

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86
drank Rainbow Rooibos by Tealish
504 tasting notes

Um YUM! holy smokes! Thanks aisling of tea for this one, I looove it! Gosh Tealish I have such a tea crush on you.

At first I confused this with the rooibos I already have, Fairy Dust, but after smelling it and brewing a pot – it is far superior. One of the tastiest, fruitiest, sweetest rooibos’ I have ever had. I am definitely making another online order from Tealish around Christmas time like last year – they have such unique blends and I will need more of this one.

SO GOOD!

Nik

Rooibos is my favourite “tea” and I must try this. Thank you!

DaisyChubb

Oh DO Nik! They did an awesome holiday sale last year – I got over 12 50g teas for 30 bucks

Nik

Sending out résumés…The sooner someone bites, the sooner I can buy more tea. :D

DaisyChubb

Amen to that! Good luck with the job hunt my friend!

Nik

Thank you!

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84

Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for sending some of this tea my way!

I have never had a jasmine with other flavours – I have to say that I NEED more of this combo in my life! Wow this tea is juicy and floral and calming, the green base is smooth but grassy, the blossoms are gorgeous. I love everything about this tea, thanks again for including this one!

Dinosara

Love jasmine-fruit tea blends. Ovation teas has a few really nice ones, including another jasmine passion fruit, and an jasmine-citrus that is very tasty as well.

DaisyChubb

Jasmine-citrus – that sounds so good!

Mercuryhime

I belieeeve David’s has something called Citron Oolong which is really lemony and has jasmine flowers in it. I really enjoy jasmine fruit blends too. :) Also great in white chocolate truffles.

DaisyChubb

Oh yeah Citron Oolong – I only had that once for the iced tea of the day – I should give it another go :)

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79

Yummeh!

I was looking for a tea to make me happy this morning on my last day off for a while – lo and behold, I found the tin of this that I mixed with my last bit of pumpkin cheesecake last year. I really can’t believe it’s been a year… but it has.

Anyways! It was better than I remembered. A hint of maple, a bit of pumpkin, nicely balanced spices all tied together with a smooth black tea. I added brown sugar and milk, and it did indeed make for a happy morning.

tattooed_tea

oh lord. I missed so many yummy teas from 52Teas :(

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100

Ohhh wow.

I have never had a Tieguanyin that tastes so chocolatey! With each sip I take I make sure to breath in deep with my nose. Oh the senses! All my senses are touched and tingling (oh my!). And a touch of caramel! I’ve only just begun with this tea, but it was so good I had to come start writing it down. I never want to forget this experience.

ooo I just smelled the wet leaves. So roasty and smokey, hints of cigar in the smell but not the taste. I could smell this all day – the aroma is hitting the back of my throat and reminding me of my trip to Cuba. Sipping wine and puffing back the most sweet and delicious cigars I’ve ever tasted. I’m also getting some sort of citrus fruit in the smell, like a smokey lime almost. Something spunky.

The taste is all lush though, definitely some floral notes are playing with my buds but it’s like a creamy french dessert. I’m intoxicated! I’m in love.

EDIT: A few (maybe more) cups later and I’m with HyBr1d – I think this is the first tea that has given me a real sense of ChaQi. I’m going to have to try a little more leaf with my puerhs to see what other teas can make me feel this good. To be honest – my face is flushed, I’m feeling an overwhelming sense of calm, but heightened awareness as well. I don’t want to put it into words or over analyze too much, in case it goes away! I’m perfectly content to stay here forever.

Azzrian

AWESOME REVIEW!!!! :) Enjoy your bliss!

Kittenna

Yes, I definitely need to try this one again…

HyBr1d

I’m glad you enjoyed the tea Daisy! It really is an amazing feeling getting “tea drunk” :) I think it has a great taste, and I saw you thought it does have some of the brr “flavor.” I hope you enjoy what you have left! Just so you know, the first time I brewed this, I used 5g of tea with 4oz of water, one rinse, and then short steeps. I love that even if you brew too long, it doesn’t get overly bitter, it seems to be a pretty forgiving tea!

DaisyChubb

Sounds great! I’m doing the same right now, approx 5g in my little gaiwan – I’m combining 2 steeps at a time but keeping them relatively short. Definitely going to try a “western” brew with it too – but tonight I’m feeling like I have the energy to keep my gaiwan goin! :D

HyBr1d

Sounds good :) Personally, I find myself normally doing western steepings with black teas, and the short steepings with oolongs :)

Bonnie

You found your party tea! I have my few too. Amazing when it happens it feels so good. My granddaughter Schey got her first buzz at the Tea Festival in Boulder and was all giggley, like she had too much wine or something walking around sipping samples at all the tea vendor tables. Really funny. Glad you’re having a good time!

Indigobloom

I haven’t had tea buzz for ages! it’s an amazing sensation :P

Sil

So need to try my sample of this when i get home :)

DaisyChubb

It really is amazing! Man tea is a life changer.

Charles Thomas Draper

This is what we look for in our Tea….

James R

How many seconds did you do each brew?

DaisyChubb

I started at 2 seconds and added 2 seconds to each subsequent brew – until I got to about 10 seconds – then I did 10, 20, 30 second steeps and so on!

HyBr1d

Hey Daisy, how’s it going? Last day of the season at work today, so ill finally have tons of time to spend on tea!!! I don’t know if you saw the new thing Verdant is doing, being able to vote on which blend they will make!!! Hopefully if it goes well, David will let us vote on straight teas, which I think would be really cool!

Btw, I’m stringing out my aged TGY, while I’d love to drink it every day, I think I may go through some serious withdrawal when I eventually run out :( Anyways, have a great day!

DaisyChubb

Hey! I did see that – I definitely voted. I can’t wait to see where it takes us!

I’m baking a bunch of stuff for a friends Thanksgiving supper today – so I think I might join you and have a session with this tea to relax and re-energize. Well, now that you have me thinking about it, I think I need it! haha! You have a great day too :)

HyBr1d

That is what I think is so nice about the tea, it is a very relaxing brew! I don’t know if ill have some tonight…depends on how many steeps of Laoshan Black I have at work today. Then tomorrow, I’m going to be brewing some white leaf Dancong, which was a private reserve sample that I can’t wait to try!

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98

Ohhhh I got my oolongs in the mail.

Let’s talk this tea. I smelled the dry leaf of the Spring TGY and it reminded me a little of the raw butternut squash I had cut up recently. THEN I opened this one up! Now THAT is squash! No, deeper! Definitely pumpkin. Pumpkin and spiced rum and oolong and yeeeah I’m drinking this one tonight.

I’m sure it comes as no surprise that this tea just gives and gives. The flavours evoke so many autumn feelings – I love it! I definitely want to don a knit sweater with a thermos full of this and go apple picking.

My first experience with this tea was with my gaiwan. I just love to get on the boat and take a ride through the flavours as they change. When I see the reference to simmering oatmeal, this tea really evoked a memory of a recipe I have for slow cooked steel cut oats with pumpkin puree and spices, topped with whipped cream. Ah, fall! How I love thee!

Also, let’s not talk about rain. I guess it goes hand in hand with fall here – I only like it when I don’t have to go out in it – and the grey depresses me so! That said, with a tea like this to keep me warm, I think I’ll be okay :)

Easily one of the best TGYs I have ever had the opportunity to taste.

MissMylin

When I moved from Regina to Vancouver, the rain got to me too. We Prairie folk need our sunshine! But teas like this will definitely make it more bearable :)

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91
drank Bamboozled by DAVIDsTEA
504 tasting notes

I don’t drink this one too often, but I’m going to miss it when it’s gone!

I actually preferred it hot, although it also makes an amazing iced tea. I have my second steep cold brewing in the fridge – I’ll probably leave it in there for a few days to get the most flavour that I can.

Yummy and peachy with a hint of pineapple! Just like juice, but needs NO sugar. Love it!

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You can call me Daisy.

I’m a 24 year old (not so budding) thespian – just moved to the Maritimes from the Saskatchewan Prairies. I’m way too polite, aka Proud to be a Canadian. I love it here by the water – it must remind me of tea or something ;)

My favourite tea companies are DavidsTea and Verdant Tea. They please my palette in different ways – and I love them both for it.

My rating system is as follows:
95-100: I will stock it as soon as I can, if I haven’t already! Permanent collection worthy.

86-95: I would stock this tea if I could, but my collection is just too full to warrant it. But it is that good.

76-85: This is a tasty tea and I will have many cups and share with friends, but won’t go out of my way to keep it stocked.

50-75: It was alright! It was… alright! Not horrible, but I might not re-steep.

25-50: Ew. But I will finish the cup.

1-25: Please no, I want to dump it.


The Steepster community is my safe place. Thank you to all my tea friends!
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