1621 Tasting Notes
I managed to get a canister of this tea on sale at my local organic foods store which was lucky because it’s usually quite expensive and I likely wouldn’t have tried it otherwise.
I followed the steeping directions on the container that recommended 3/4 cup steamed (well heated in the microwave in my case) milk with 1 tbsp of the matcha powder, and I then filled the mug up the rest of the way with hot water. I didn’t wisk the matcha, I just made sure to stir it thoroughly with a spoon which seems to have gotten more or less the same result. The latte doesn’t look very matcha-ish being sort of an off-white colour, though there’s lots of nice froth on top – I love frothy lattes.
It’s a little bit short in the flavour department as the most prominent thing I can taste is the milk. Still I can tell that the matcha and chocolate are there – they’re just hiding. ;) The chocolate is the sort of flavour you’d find in a basic Cadbury hot chocolate mix, going for that sweet, milk chocolate flavour rather than the richer, bitter-sweet cocoa flavour. The grassy matcha is an interesting counterpoint to the chocolate – almost a yin to its yang or something silly like that.
This wasn’t bad at all for an experimental first cup, though next time I’ll add more of the powder and see if I can’t get more flavour out of it.
I was so happy when I managed to get a bag of this the first time Frank reblended it. Just the idea of this tea sounds delicious to me.
It smells very coconutty and I can see that there’s an abundance of coconut shavings mixed in with the honeybush. The first thing that I can taste is the coconut flavour wrapped in with the sweetness of the honeybush. At first I couldn’t tell where the cheesecake was, but it comes in later a sort of creamy, slightly sour taste that’s just barely there, teasing the tastebuds before it’s gone. A touch more cheesecake would be nice, but other than that I really like this one. It’s like eating dessert only without any of the unwanted calories – yay! :D
One look tells me that there’s hibiscus in this tea – nothing else would turn the water such a vivid red colour. The tisane seems to be a mix of hibiscus, rosehips, apple(?) bits and lavander with a few pieces of orange peel thrown in so I’m not sure how this is supposed to be a ‘Citrus’ anything!
And it basically tastes like hibiscus and lavander – I might drink this if I had a cold (and my tastebuds were dulled) but it’s not to my tastes at all, being very tart and pungent. Maybe I’ll give this another shot with a reduced steeping time, but so far I’m not impressed.
I’m trying out my new matcha chawan that I got in vancouver during Boxing Week. It was on sale for only $10 at a nice Japanese ceramics place in Kitsilano – I was pretty proud of that find. I noticed that it seems to keep the matcha warmer for longer than the old bowl I was using before did – I’m happy I don’t have to chug my tea so quickly any more. ;)
I went with 1 tsp in 3/4 cup (6 oz) of water this time and I noticed that the strawberry flavour was noticably stronger although it’s still sort of a slightly bitter/un-ripe strawberry flavour rather than the sweet, ripe flavour the smell suggests. I’ve also noticed that using this much matcha gives the tea a distinct powdery taste that I don’t particularly care for.
First of all, thank you to Dinosara for giving me this tea and others to sample.
The tea came in little ‘single-serving’pouches which I found to my annoyance aren’t really ‘single’ servings at all – there’e easily enough for two cups of tea in each little pouch and using the whole thing would have made the tea far too strong. It’s certainly not a whole leaf tea – most of it is in the form of ‘tea dust’ the type you’d find in a regular teabag. So far I’m not too impressed.
Taste-wise it’s a pretty generic English breakfast-type tea. It’s too bitter and astringent to take without milk, but with milk it’s decent enough. It’s nothing special to be honest, and there’s not really anything that would make me choose this tea over something cheaper like Red Rose.
I should have read the other comments about steeping this tea because the recommended 3-4 min at boiling temp give this tea a nasty astringent taste. Maybe the fact it was likened to a green tea should also have clued me in. Bleh.
I re-steeped at 80C for 2 min and that turned out better – apparently the leaves weren’t totally ruined. This cup was surprisingly sweet and a bit floral with an earthy undertone. It’s not a tea I’d immediately be able to identify as a pu’erh if I were to, say, drink it blindfolded, but then my experience with this type of tea isn’t really that great (working on it though!). I would’ve liked to try this tea again from the start with the reduced steeping temp, but unfortunately I only bought one nest, so that’s it I’m afraid. *sad face *
I think I got this one from TeaEqualsBliss – it’s another one of those teas that I dug out of the depths of my Cupboard while I was reorganizing that I hadn’t realized I had. It certainly smells intriguing to me – very citrusy and I can also smell the guava surprisingly enough – and it is guava not ‘genericsmell’.
I expected the tea to be much hotter and peppery than it really was – there’s a bit of a bite, but not much heat. It tastes more fruity than anything else, which actually works quite reall with the red rooibos base. Oddly the flavour mutates into something rich and creamy-tasting at the end of each sip. I’ve not quite sure what could be causing it. *shrugs *
When I looked into the canister I could immediately see two distinct types of tea leaves in there. One type was a mix of black and gold and made into thin, rather curly twists, while the other leaves were much larger and more loosely twisted and a uniform black colour. I assumed that these were the Yunnan and Wuyi black tea leaves repsectively; I’ve tried various Yunnans before but I’ve never tried a Wuyi black, just their oolongs.
The tea’s scent in an interesting mixture of smokey and delicate, slightly floral notes. It’s flavour is surprisingly mild as well – I was expecting some more robust and Yunnan-like in character and while the tea does have some of those smokey-tannic notes is much milder and smoother. There’s also an interesting fruity aftertaste that reminds me a bit of a particular Wuyi Yancha oolong that I’ve tried (from H&S, not Adagio). This is a really unique black tea, I’ve got to say.