584 Tasting Notes
Having this today at work after my sencha fiasco yesterday. It is delicious.
I feel like I am playing word association here but this is what is coming to mind: sweet grass, sweet boiled cabbage, poppies, tulips, canola flowers.
I am finding this one to be quite naturally sweet. Not my preferred after lunch green tea (at work I always have a small 4oz teacup of green tea, I just put a few leaves in the bottom of the cup and sip around them), but it sure is good. I have two small sample packs from Teavivre, at work they will probably last me a few weeks.
The dry tea is beautifully light but vibrant green. The leaves are not broken. There are no stems or sticks or little bits floating around.
Any suggestions on a good Japanese sencha (my preferred after lunch drink)?
I feel like with every Dammann tea I review, I find myself thinking this smells/tastes like bubble gum. That’s the scent I get from this one. Delicious fruity, juicy, bubble gum.
This tea tastes like candied oranges. I was expecting it to be more tart based on the description on the tea. I am tasting sweet candied oranges and cream. There may also be a bit of candied ginger flavour in here too, but I do not get gingerbread at all. The sencha is buttery and creamy, but does not overshadow the flavouring. It is blended perfectly. This one is definitely a great fruity tea.
This is my first real dessert type flavoured matcha. I have been sticking to mostly the single fruit flavours or the flavours like French vanilla, etc. So this is my first “complicated” matcha, being of more than one flavour.
The dry tea smells nutty. Like nutty peanut butter. There is definitely a pastry smell to the dry matcha. I made this cold shaken in a water bottle. 1tsp for 8 oz cold water. At first I could taste chocolate notes. Not quite milk chocolate, maybe a bit of dark chocolate but still sweet. Almost like dark chocolate chips. Then I could taste the nuttiness. It is definitely peanut but I would not say it was peanut butter. It was missing that smooth butter part. The liquor, even though it was cold shaken, felt thick. There seemed to be a bit of a spice taste, maybe nutmeg or something. I added a bit of white sugar to sweeten it up a bit, but it was actually quite sweet on its own. I would compare this one to a peanut butter cup, more than a peanut butter pie. I think this one would be delicious as a latte as well.
This one was robust flavour, basic grade.
You can find this matcha here:http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/peanut-butter-matcha.html
Received this as a free sample from my Dammann Freres order.
At first the smell of the dry tea sachet was medicinal rooibos. I was a bit worried. Would Dammann blend their rooibos tea to just as delicious and exceptional as all the others?!?
The brewed tea tastes lightly of vanilla. It is not super vanilla to cover up the taste of the rooibos. It is vanilla that works with the rooibos. The rooibos is woody, but it is not medicinal or peppery tasting. It is creamy and the liquor is thick. I am not a huge rooibos, or vanilla tea, but Dammann did not disappoint (as usual) :)
I was super excited for this one but now that I had it, I am disappointed.
I used to love sencha green tea, well I still love it. A long time ago, I used to drink Tetley’s bagged sencha green tea, and loved it. Then they stopped selling it in my area so I searched forever to find a decent alternative. So fast forward a few years, I was out on a family vacation and stumbled upon a small family owned tea shop in a small town. I asked if they had any sencha, they served me a delicious, buttery, creamy, brightly coloured sample of sencha green tea, so I bought (what I assumed to be) a package of the same sencha tea.
Upon opening it today, I was disappointed, many of the tea leave were broken and there were a lot of “sticks and stems” mixed in it. There is not much smell to the dry tea. Now to be honest it has been languishing in my cupboard for about a year and a half. I kind of forgot about it, then I wanted to finish my other opened green tea first before I opening this one. But it was in a well stored and sealed package though.
The brewed tea is pretty lacklustre. I kind of anticipated that as it is not as fresh as it could have been, but there is also no sencha taste. I mostly get a metallic type taste. A slight vegetal sweetness. The colour is very pale darkish yellow brown. I usually get a bit of a salt taste with sencha tea, but not getting that with this one. It is not like any other sencha I have tried. To be honest, it is not like any Japanese green tea I have ever tried. I am going to try it a few more times. I am at work so my steeping method may not have been great. But I am pretty sure any variations in steeping is not going to change the stems in the tea, or the lack of sencha taste.
Free sample from Dammann Freres with the order of my advent calendar.
I was super happy to be able to try this one as the reviews on it all look so good. This one makes me laugh. I think of it as poppy glutton. Not sure what that is even supposed to mean, but that is my loose and liberal translation of this tea.
This dry tea smells divine. There are notes of candy. But I also gets hints of nuts and poppy seeds.
The brewed tea reminds me very much of lemon poppy seed loaf with cream cheese icing. Mmmmm. I get the slightest hint of marzipan at the beginning of the sip but it disappears really quickly and I had to think hard about it. I definitely get a “candy-like” sense with this tea. I would say the black tea base is light to moderate in boldness, but I really don’t care becuase the flavourings are so good.
Mmmmmm. My favorite.
The black tea base is fairly mild. The bergamot is quite mild in my opinion, which is a bit disappointing. I was hoping for a bold tea. But after tasting a few of Dammann’s other teas, I can see why this one is formulated as it is. It is subtle, light, slightly sweet in a natural sense. No astringency or chemical taste. A bit reminiscent of oranges but also of red fruits. Even though I generally prefer a stronger bergamot, this one is still good. Pure enjoyment!
I like this one just because of the name, Atomic Lemon. Awesome!
The smell of the dry tea is of sour lemon rind. A bit of hibiscus. And a tinge of sweetness.
The brewed tea is not as strong or as sour lemon as I had expected from the smell. There is a slight pepper lemon rind flavor. I am getting spice from the ginger and cinnamon. There is a bit of hibiscus but it is not overpowering. There is a tinge of sweetness but the tea is mostly sour/bitter. Not bitter in a bad way, bitter like a lemon. I think this tea is well done, however I would have preferred it to have a stronger sour lemon flavor.
I have to say I was disappointed that this one is labelled as a tisane. It has green tea in it. It also has yerba mate, which is akin to having caffeine (for me anyway). I drank this last night, excited it was a tisane and not a black tea. Then I couldn’t sleep all night I realized today after reading some other reviews that this was probably why I couldn’t sleep. Maybe I should have read the ingredients first, but I know I am not the only one that was fooled. I guess that is why they call it atomic :P
This was from the Zoomdweebies bestsellers sampler.
I am finally done the sampler. I am glad to have purchased it, being part of a kickstarter campaign and all, and also to have been able to try a bunch of new teas. But they are not teas I would have normally ordered, because I probably would not have liked them a whole lot anyway. So Hooray from trying them, and for also being done with them :)
I could have sworn that I have tried this one before from a swap, but I couldn’t quite remember if it was this exact one or not, and I couldn’t find a review from me hiding in all the other reviews.
This one is very similar to the blueberry zabaglione, except with strawberry. The strawberry is artificial tasting to me, but not in a bad way. Kind of like strawberry flavoured gum. I am finding the black base to be a bit bolder, slightly astringent. There is a strawberry taste, it is creamy. I am getting a slight bit of pastry taste.
I am wondering if I steeped this one too long as I am finding it quite a bit astringent which I don’t usually get with other 52 teas blends, but I steeped for the usual amount of time. Hmmm, who knows…
Received this in the bestsellers sampler pack.
I have the Smokey Bacon tea and it is ok but it is pretty bold in taste. This one is much lighter in taste. The “smoke” flavour is pretty light. I do get some bacon flavour out of this one. The maple taste is also pretty light, but it works well with the tea. If I was adding maple syrup myself to a tea, I would have added more. I was surprised at this one. I would say the black tea base is fairly strong as compared to the flavouring. I think I prefer this one more than the smokey bacon.