619 Tasting Notes
I tried some of this in the red base in the past and loved it, so I had to jump when it was the sample of the month in the matcha base! Thanks Redleaf for the sample!
The sample came with two fliers explaining ways to prepare it. On one it said to use 1/2 a teaspoon with 6-8 oz milk hot or cold, but on the other flier it suggested using 1 tablespoon for 10-12 oz of a mix of milk, water and ice. I don’t know if it was a typo, but I hesitate to use a tablespoon worth and use up most of the sample in one go. I ended up doing 1/2 tsp in 8oz of a coconut/almond milk. I haven’t tried the milk before, so the taste of the milk was a little distracting. I added a little sugar, but think it could have done with a little more. The matcha is DELICIOUS. I adore this flavor! I haven’t tried many of Redleaf’s flavored matchas, but this one is my favorite so far and I can’t wait to try a few of the different preparation suggestions.
I still don’t have the hang of this tea, but I feel like I’m getting closer with this cup. I bought a new kettle, so I have the right temperature water and I did a short 1 minute steep. This is still a little strange on the sides of my tongue. Tart, edging on bitter. I’m getting strawberry more on the aftertaste than the sip. it leaves my mouth feeling dry, like a rooibos would. I’m adding more sugar and water… and it is tasting much better. That bitter tinge is gone and it is tasting more like strawberry gummi candy now.
Lessons learned: Short steep time, Ignore directions for boiling water that come with the tea, underleaf and over sweeten.
I big huge thanks to Dinosara for sending me a sample of this tea!
I’ll start off by saying that Damman and I don’t get along so well. We rarely see eye to eye, but I’m not one to learn lessons easily and am attracted to anything almondy like a magpie to shiny. I steeped this in less water than normal because DF teas always seem to have meek flavors for me. When hot, this tea was so-so. As it cooled it got better. The almond taste is present on the sip and fades out to leave the black base to hold up the aftertaste. At first the almond seems sort of baked marzipan like, but has a flash of raw almond tang. I’m finding that my favorite almond teas are paired with something else, making a more complex mix of flavors. Chocolate, coconut, rose… things like that. This tea is good (really good if I’m comparing to other DF teas), but I’m not captivated by it.
I cold steeped some of this in the fridge overnight and I have to say it is LOADS better than when I tried it hot. It is still really weird and I still get a ton of baby powder flavor, but the raisin taste has faded and some of the orange and rose has come out on the sip. The aftertaste is still all powder tho. If the flavors from the sip lingered into the aftertaste, I’d have a winner here, but I just can’t get past the powder mouth.
I’m not 100% sure I have the right year for this tea, but I’m reviewing it here anyways!
When I opened the bag and smelled this tea I thought “Whoa, green and super grassy!”. It wasn’t really a good omen since I’m really not in the mood for super grassy right now, but I decided to try it anyways. Once steeped it was really mellow! That green edge is gone and the tea is nice and mellow. It is light, slightly sweet with no green tang to it. The aftertaste has the faintest tingle on the back sides of my tongue like anise would leave, but much less intense. At one point in the aftertaste it is similar to the aftertaste of having had swam in the ocean. It is the point where you are back on the beach laying down, listening to the sound of the ocean and birds, relaxing and the faint taste of the ocean is still lingering. Then the taste is gone and I’m brought back to the reality of standing in my kitchen reviewing a tea on my computer on an overcast day… far from any ocean. Oh reality, you cruel beast!
My preferences lay with flavored teas, but if I was in the mood for something more basic yet still complex, I would reach for this tea!
“Why would they call this swampwater?” I thought. That is a very non descriptive name. Then I steeped it. Oh, that’s why. I’m guessing it is the black sprinkles that turn the water a deep olive color. I’m not sure what the oily stuff floating on the top is, aside from swampy.The rooibos is nice. I think I prefer green over regular rooibos. Unfortunately I don’t get much else from this tea. I taste a slight fruitiness to it, but it is just a light generic flavor. It gets a big old meh. MEH.
It reminds me of a weaker version of Della Terra’s Black Cat and comparing the two, they look exactly the same in the bag! Now I’m going to have to steep a cup of Black Cat and see how the taste compares too!
Despite the meh, thanks goes out to Moraiwe for the sample. :)