6 Tasting Notes
This stuff is fabulous. I don’t have a ton of experience with different matchas, but I enjoy this hot, cold, blended with chocolate teas, with milk, without milk… though I usually add sweetener somewhere. It’s smooth, rich, with a lovely sweet aftertaste. This is becoming a habit I can’t support with my minimum-wage job.
Flavors: Flowers, Grass
When I asked my sister to smell the leaves, the first thing she said to me was, “It smells like Fig Newtons!” I’m not sure if I agree with that sentiment, but it does remind me of something. Creamy and lemony, this tea smells like sugar and cream. However, once it’s brewed, much of that flavor isn’t really present. You get the first hint of a creamy texture in your mouth, with hints of a lemony feeling, with a stronger flavor at the end. It’s a bit odd, honestly. I enjoyed it, though, once I put a little sugar in. I’m not usually a sugar-in-tea sort of person, but this tea felt like it called for it. Overall, it’s not something that I’ll be re-purchasing. I might try cold-brewing it, though, and see how that turns out… It’s not that it’s bad, it’s just not a flavor profile that I enjoy.
Flavors: Cream, Grass, Lemon Zest
When I first opened the package of this tea, I was pleased. It has a lovely roasted, toasty, and almost-sweet smell that reminded me of a really good cup of Central American coffee. The taste didn’t disappoint! It had a very oolong flavor, with roasted and cinnamon notes. The initial steep reminds me of the flavor of a piece of toast with cinnamon-sugar on it. Lovely. It’s not as naturally sweet as the scent of the brew would lead you to believe, though.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Cinnamon, Wood
Pretty interesting tea. It’s my first pu-erh, and I like it! The first whiff of fishiness nearly put me off, but I braved through it and was rewarded with a lovely cup of burgundy liquid, tasting of miso, mushrooms, and wood. It was deep, strong, and really lovely. I’ll be re-purchasing.
Flavors: Earth, Fish Broth, Mushrooms, Wood
I bought this tea when it was 75% off during the Teavana end-of-the-year sale. It’s not very oolong-y, but it’s nice. Hot, it’s more floral than fruity, and somewhat astringent. Cold-brewed, though, is where this tea shines. The grape and strawberry notes shine, and you can even taste more of the sweetness of the floral rather than the vegetal-ness of the floral. Overall, it’s lovely as a cold-brewed iced tea.