713 Tasting Notes

drank Deluxe Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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I wish matcha came with better instructions on how much to mix with how much water. I had to add creamer to mellow out the bite I was getting, which I think is a result of adding to much matcha. Once I work through that issue, I’m getting a fairly decent cup. The aftertaste might be my favorite part. It lingers with a pleasant fragrance. The sip is pretty mellow and smooth with a light matcha flavor. I get the floral notes on the sip. It is really nice, but I’m not head over heel for it like I am with Red Leaf’s cheesecake matcha.

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drank Pina Colada Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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I keep doing the same thing and making my matcha to strong! I end up with a bitter mess of flavors and have to add some creamer to mellow and even it out. Once I get that issue worked out, I can taste the pina colada. I also pick up on a little bit of soapiness which I’m wondering is the coconut flavoring going bad. I’m trying this from a traveling tea box, so there is no way to tell how old this sample is. I can’t really pick out the matcha flavor, but I bet this would be great in a vanilla smoothie.

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drank Orange Matcha by 3 Leaf Tea
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When I opened this bag I was greeted by the strong fresh scent of oranges! It reminded me of my parent’s house in California where there is a grafted tree that produces oranges all year round.
My first sip was concentrated and unpleasant, but after the addition of some creamer to dilute it, it turned to a really nice creamsicle type flavor. The orange flavor is really true to life and full. I don’t really taste much matcha beyond the orange, but that cup was enjoyed and went down the hatch faster than I expected!

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drank Pumpkin Pie Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Traveling Matcha Tea Box Sample

Wow! The scent of the cloves blew me away as soon as I opened the package! I had to stand there and huff it for a minute. I’m having this with a little bit of sweetened creamer and it is really good. I think I can taste some pumpkin in there, but with so many pumpkin flavored items that come out this time of year, the spices take center stage and seem to really carry the idea of the pumpkin flavor. This would be awesome in a milkshake! I’m liking this one!

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
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Head cold/allergies are plaguing me again, so I’m not able to enjoy the full flavor of this tea, which is a damn shame. I only have a couple servings left and realize I should have added it into my malty chocolate tea taste comparison. Oh well!
This tea is still a favorite!

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drank Winter Cupcake by Teas Etc
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This has a slight honey flavor to the sip, but then it goes flat and comes back as a nice aftertaste. I can see how this would benefit from additions. Unfortunately the soy creamer I just added took over the taste. I’m feeling pretty eh about this one.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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drank Kaga Bocha by Lupicia
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I have no idea what this stuff is! It is roasty, has a slight grainy taste, is smooth and comforting. Whatever it is is really nice!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Peshawari Kahwa by Pakistan
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I just looked at the instructions on how to prepare this tea and I’m doing it all wrong! It is smooth and light, but it has this peculiar ashy hint to the taste. Maybe I’ll try it again the right way!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Green Walnut by Two Guys' Tea
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The start and the end of the sip was nice, but somewhere in the middle it went a little flat for me. The walnut flavor is good, but seems a little weak. I’m going to chalk it up to not aging well in a traveling tea box and hope to try it again someday.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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drank Sicilian Vespers by Red Leaf Tea
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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.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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My name is Dustin and I like tea.

I’m an added flavor kind of tea fan. I want my tea to remind me of cookies and cakes with coconut and almond slices with a hint of chocolate drizzled on top. I want dancing ponies and flying monkeys shooting off fireworks! I like a little sugar in my tea. I love caffeinated tea, but since I limit myself to one cup a day, I have been exploring more rooibos and honeybush teas. Rooibos now = meh and I have upped my caffeine tolerance. BRING ME CAFFEINE!!!!

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