695 Tasting Notes
Wow, this is really nice! I want to say this is the first not matcha that I have tried from Red Leaf. It is light, well balanced and has almost a fragrance like flavor; present, but not full on. It has a fruity/floral way about it that changes and morphs through the sip with a smooth aftertaste that makes me think of candied cherries. I could see buying this someday.
This is weird. I think I taste a touch of hibiscus on the edges of my tongue. It isn’t overdone, but I still don’t appreciate it’s presence. After the hibby tang passes, there is a brief moment of an alkaline taste which is washed away by a fruity perfume like aftertaste. After the sip I’m left with a slight sour taste in my mouth. Even if I did like the flavors, the oolong base seems strange. The whole thing is unbalanced, which I have come to expect from the majority of Teavanna teas, but I keep trying them anyways when they pass by me in a traveling tea box.
Trying some of this from the Matcha TTB.
The first thing I notice is an almost earthy grain taste, but it is gone before I can pin point it. This tea is smooth with a very light taste. I’m not a huge fan of oolongs, but I’m trying to understand them better. This one doesn’t captivate me, but is a nice cup none the less.
I *think * this may be the tea I’m drinking. Traveling matcha tea box sample that came in a metallic blue bag and no name on it. It has a bit of sweetness on it’s own. I’m drinking it with some soy creamer which amps up the sweet and creamy. It’s really nice for an American public take on matcha. The front of the sip is a mellow on the matcha taste, but then come in stronger later in the sip and aftertaste. I can see how this would be a good one to add to smoothies and shakes without feeling like you are abusing finer top quality matcha.
Matcha Traveling Box
I must have made this too strong at first because I got a bitter perfume unpleasantness. After adding a little creamer it was much better. I get a little bit of popcorn on the sip with some mild caramel. The popcorn is a little more present in the after taste. It is a fun flavor, but not one I’m compelled to run out and pick up. Glad to have gotten the change to try it!