512 Tasting Notes
Oh. So THIS is what ceremonial grade matcha is like.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Ah gingerbread. Is there anything more comforting than a chewy ginger cookie around the holidays? Well yes, probably (haha realism!) but that is definitely one of my favourite things! My simple pleasure. One of my other simple pleasures is a perfectly golden brown grilled cheese! Hmm all of my simple pleasures soon to revolve around food… I digress!
Simple pleasures in matcha form! Way quicker than to bake a cookies, cheaper than buying a batch, and I can drink it! YES! I am very pleased with this matcha. : )
The first time I tried it was shaken in a waterbottle! This was not the way to go haha. It tasted like ginger water – definitely tasted like it was good for me! Just not too palatable.
Whisking it up hot with a pinch of brown sugar is definitely the way to go! Holy moley that’s good! Sweet and gingery (VERYgingery) with the depth of molasses. I tamed the ginger with a splash of cream and was more than happy with the result.
This is another of many amazing offerings from Red Leaf tea! (http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/gingerbread-matcha.html) Unique and delicious flavours! I will definitely take my cue from aisling of tea and bake up a batch of green zombie gingerbread men this Halloween! Thanks for the awesome idea – I might even have to make some zombie santas for Christmas too ; )
Mint mint mint! This is my review of how to love mint matcha!
First of all – they’re both green! That helps with that feeling of “I’m drinking a strawberry flavoured drink but it’s green instead of red! Ow my brain!”
It freshens your breath! Don’t do what I do and make your matcha way too strong – otherwise associations of swallowing mouth wash come to mind. Oops!
It’s classy! Think of crème de menthe. Okay crème de menthe way be a little old fashioned, but it still hits the spot when you sip from crystal glasses. Drink this matcha from a crystal bowl! Now you’re fancy too!
It’s great for cookies! Peppermint shortbread is one of my favourite Christmas cookie flavours. Nobody will blink at a red and green cookie – so go for it!
It’s a perfect mixer! I know this is a strange and unorthodox review, but this is finally the part when I drink the matcha and love it! Chocolate mint my friends. I mixed a healthy dose (1/2 tsp) of Belgium Chocolate matcha with a small amount (1/4 tsp) of mint matcha! The mint is quite strong, but after experimenting I’ve found this to be my favourite mix. For an extra treat I add the matcha right into warm milk and froth it up!
It is delish and reminds me of an After Eight hot chocolate. If that’s not a treat, I don’t know what is!
Here’s where you can pick up some minty goodness, but be careful, it’s STRONG! (http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/mint-matcha.html)