4449 Tasting Notes

drank Tiramisu Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
4449 tasting notes

OhMyGawdOhMyGawdOhMyGawd! I figured I’d like this one but I was in no way prepared to like it this much. This is awesomeness. Pure awesomeness.

I can’t eat Tiramisu. Why? Because it’s made with coffee. Did I mention that I love tiramisu? It’s so yummy. One of my favorite desserts. But, in case you’ve already forgotten, I can’t eat it. Coffee is the evil of my life. It makes me sick. Even when I eat something with coffee in it. I can enjoy coffee flavors, no problem. But if a food or drink is made with actual coffee … I get sick. So, it’s hard to really enjoy tiramisu knowing that in about two hours or so I will begin to feel like my stomach is being turned inside out, wrung out, and ripped apart by Bruno the strong-handed Brut. It might taste delicious, but nothing is worth that feeling. Not even tiramisu.


So, I was excited when Red Leaf Tea announced its tiramisu (and now even more excited with the announcement of Creme Brulee & maple flavors … I think I might be in Matcha Paradise and Robert from Red Leaf Tea is the King of Matcha Paradise), and… this is EVEN BETTER than the dessert. Not only does the Matcha offer an exciting, dynamic layer of flavor to the exquisite dessert … but I can drink this without worrying that I am going to get sick in a couple of hours from it.

And this is so good! It’s creamy and decadent. I can taste the creamy, rich, sweet marscapone cheese – it tastes rich and custard-y. And I can taste the cocoa – deep, dark, rich cocoa! And I can taste the coffee too. Together with the sweet, creamy, thick Matcha it is absolutely sublime. A perfect dessert.

I prepared this traditionally, using hot water and whisking… but I added just a little less water than I normally would, and replaced that with the same amount of warmed milk to make a thinned latte. The addition of milk enhances the creaminess, making it so rich and decadent. Amazingly good.

I’d tell you just how good this is but I think I’m supposed to keep these tasting notes Rated G. Or at least PG-13.

If you’d like to experience your own rated R experience with Tiramisu Matcha, you can find it here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/tiramisu-matcha.html


Have you ever tried a tiramisu without coffee? I made this one for Thanksgiving a couple years ago and it was SO good. It still uses most of the usual tiramisu ingredients but also has pumpkin! http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Super-Simple-Pumpkin-Tiramisu-236541


No I haven’t tried it without coffee. this one sounds good. I might have to try it.


There’s also strawberry tiramisu(and probably other varieties, which I don’t know about either, though) ;)


Why not make it with a strong brewed black tea o: This is definitely on my list of things to try :D




@DaisyChubb – brilliant! The only thing is … that these require me MAKING the tiramisu. Guess who in this house likes tiramisu. Me. Just me. Which means I’ll be the only one eating the tiramisu. Which… would make my mouth happy but my thighs large.


I have a similar thwarted love of tiramisu. For vegan reasons,mostly, but coffee makes me feel like I have Crohn’s. Coffee extract/flavor doesn’t set me off, if that’s a possibility. It’s not cheap but a drop flavors a whole batch of cookies.
Although coconut creme is as close to mascarpone as I can make. The secret is tartaric acid, but it’s hard to find.

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drank Balché by Handmade Tea
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A while back Handmade Tea was featured on one of those flash sale sites, and I ordered this from that sale. This was apparently their tea of the month for March, but they remade a batch for the sale. It is a combination of Yunnan black tea, Guajillo Chile Peppers, Saigon Cinnamon and Cacao Nibs.

I was a little hesitant with the first sip. As much as I love spicy food and drink, I am always a little worried it will be too spicy and flames will shoot out my nose or something. However, this isn’t really too spicy at all. The heat develops, with the first couple of sips tasting relatively tame. As I continue to sip, I feel the heat develop a bit on the back of the palate, but it never becomes an overwhelmingly SPICY kind of tea. It’s gentle and warming, and even soothing. Comfortable.

A very pleasant cup of tea. I am really liking this.

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drank Fruity Sangria by Utopia Tea
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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this tea.

Yikes! Hibiscus!

Actually, the hibiscus is not too terrible in this. It does look VERY hibiscus-y once it’s brewed, but after six minutes of steeping, it doesn’t come off as too syrupy. It is a wee bit tart, but, it’s not too tart for me.

This has a tasty citrus taste, with notes of berry. It’s not bad, but it’s nothing I’m going to get terribly excited over either. Just OK.


I like it when other people also dislike hibiscus, idk why :)


I agree – I cheer inside. I’m not alone in my dislike! :)


I wonder if it would be good mixed with a bit of wine… why have I not mixed wine and tisanes before? Oh wait – I did with a white wine once! It was good. rambling!


I don’t know about mixing it with wine, I think it would be good if it were mixed with a little bit of bubbly soda like sprite or something.

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Backlog: I just realized that I did not log this tea from the other night. This is really quite tasty. It is a darker Ti Kuan Yin, with hints of roasted flavors that meld nicely with the toasted hazelnut flavor and touch of creamy vanilla. It is sweet, nutty and really quite a comforting tea. Very autumnal. I quite enjoyed it.


Love hazelnut, and this combination sounds amazing!

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When I first opened the pouch, the rice scent was there, but it really came to life after I started brewing the tea in my gaiwan. It really smells like rice.

Wow… this tastes so good. As I sip on my first cup of this tea, I’m thinking that this could easily become my favorite Oolong – I love this tea. It tastes so much like the rice that … after I cook rice for my family’s dinner, some rice gets stuck to the bottom of my rice cooker, and gets slightly overcooked. Not burnt, but it does get browned and caramel-y. It has a wonderful, chewy texture and a flavor that is a combination of caramel and rice … top that with just a drizzle of melted butter and you have the makings of one of my favorite treats. This becomes dessert for me on the nights that I serve rice for dinner!

And this tea tastes so much like that! Oh yum! It is sweet, just a little caramel-y, buttery, and absolutely wonderful. The Oolong has a hint of vegetal and floral tones, a slight jasmine-esque note, and notes of kettle corn!

I am loving this stuff!


This sounds yummy! I love oolngs and I love rice teas!


ohhhhh my gosh! I must check shipping prices to canada! This tea sounds near perfect


Oh my gosh, I thought I was the only on who ate the pancakey layer of burnt rice on the bottom! Its one of my favorite treats too, but so hard to replicate; you cant make a whole thing of rice every time you want one. I tried to purposely do this once by adding just a little rice to the bottom and cooking it, thinking I would make a “batch” of burnt rice pancakes but sadly it did not turn out.

James Henderson Robe

@DaisyChubb if ever you’re interested in buying some Sticky Rice Oolong we have flat rate international shipping surcharges, £2.95 on top of UK postage to North America however, if it costs us less, we refund the difference.

Our international shipping system is not particularly great on our existing site but, this will all change with our new site launching in the New Year!


Geoffrey Norman

They make an oolong of this?!


Wow thanks James! I will definitely look into it – you have some very delicious looking teas :)

James Henderson Robe

@Geoffrey yup! I too had only ever seen Pu Erh versions but my sister came across this in Thailand while visiting suppliers and sourcing teas for us this summer.

@DaisyChubb Thanks!


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These leaves are beautiful – long, slender, and wiry. They are so dark … deep green. Such a dark shade of green, in fact, that they almost appear black. The liquor that they produce is very pale, though. Pale and delicious. Soupy, brothy… like a delicious vegetable soup without the vegetables. Very comforting and lovely to sip. Satisfying.

Mao Feng is one of my favorite green teas, and if I were to choose just one green tea to stock my tea cupboard I’d likely choose a Mao Feng, because I love that it tastes like what I expect it to. It tastes like green tea. Beautiful and comforting. Cozy yet exhilarating. Very refreshing.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Mao Feng is definitely my favorite green :) This one sounds delicious!

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drank Peach Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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OK… I dumped out my first chawan of this (as you’ll notice from my first tasting note, it was not suitable to consume), and after reading through some of the other notes on here for this tea, I thought I’d go with Azzrian’s idea and turn this in to a latte. I used warmed milk instead of hot water and prepared it with my hand held latte frother, and it turned out quite good.

It isn’t a strong peachy flavor, but, there is a peachy flavor there. The milk does mute some of the peachy tones, but more importantly the milk also manages to mute out the chemical-y taste that I was experiencing and found really distasteful. Not all of the chemical taste is gone, I can still taste ever-so-faint notes of it, but it doesn’t disrupt my enjoyment of the peach and matcha flavors … and fortunately, the peach and matcha flavors are stronger than the chemical-y taste which was not the case with the first bowl.

Now I taste sweet peaches along with sweet, vegetative Matcha all in a very creamy latte. It is tasty, although, I’m afraid I can’t go all gushy over this tea because of the fact that it had to be served as a latte to get a good flavor from it. I would really rather be able to enjoy this served traditionally. But, the chemical icky taste prevents me from doing so.

My order specifications for this Matcha were the classic grade of Matcha with the distinctive level of flavoring. The fact that there is a strong chemical taste to this one isn’t going to taint my overall experience with Red Leaf Tea – because for the most part, I’ve really enjoyed all the Matcha that I’ve received from them. There have been a few unfortunate experiences – particularly with this Matcha and with the Apricot – but, the others that I’ve tried, I’ve enjoyed.

If you’re interested in a Peach Matcha Latte, you can purchase your own Peach Matcha here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/peach-matcha.html

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drank Peach Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Oh dear… this one isn’t good. I’m sad, because I had wanted to try the Peach and Watermelon Matcha together as a combination, but, I do not want to try this in anything. This is very chemical tasting, just like the apricot. It is just not good. Horrible is more like it.

I’m sad … I really wanted to like the peach because I love peaches. But I don’t taste peaches. I taste icky chemical-y taste. Not good, not good at all.


Makes me a little glad i changed my mind on this one. But at the same time i REALLY wanted a good peach matcha


sigh me too. It’s a little better as a latte, actually, compared to the traditionally prepared, the latte is much better, but, it is still not as good as it SHOULD be. Or as I wanted it to be.


Heh well I only do it latte or smoothie style so that’s good. Is it chemically like the pear is but isn’t?


I didn’t taste the chemical notes from the pear. This one, when prepared traditionally, tastes like soap.


(I actually enjoyed the pear very much!)


Haha. Fair enough! :)

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drank Earl Grey by Foxfire teas
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Foxfire strikes again by eating my tasting note, and isn’t it crazy that it happened to do that with a Foxfire tea?

Anyway… after my Ernest Hemingway tea FAIL … I decided I wanted to brew something I was fairly certain I’d enjoy. Since I figured Foxfire wouldn’t let me down with their Earl Grey, I thought I’d try that. While there have been a few Earl Grey fails in my past, I was confident that this Earl Grey would not be one to join those failures.

This is really AWESOMELY good. Definitely one of the upper echelon when it comes to Earl Grey. Maybe not #1 for me, maybe not even in the top 3, but, probably at least in the top 5.

The bergamot is remarkably smooth … it is almost so smooth that it is almost creamy, but without a vanilla or cream flavoring. This isn’t an earl grey cream. But, it is smooth like one. The bergamot is not at all sharp. No soapy notes, no perfume-y notes. Just smooth, rich, delicious flavor. This is like the smooth-talking Mr. Grey.

And the black tea base is rich and full-flavored. A really wonderful Earl Grey. Mr. Grey has restored my faith in tea again.

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I am absolutely shocked that this tea was already in the database. I found this tea at World Market last night when I was there shopping for a friend. I’m not really sure WHAT I was thinking when I put it in my cart. I must have known that I wouldn’t care for it, I must have known I was setting myself up for tea dust in a tea bag, and pretty much, that’s what this is.

It’s a Ceylon tea. It’s nothing all that spectacular. It’s kind of verging on horrible. Not really rich, or flavorful. It tastes astringent and nasty. Maybe I must have thought I needed to revisit what bad tea tastes like? I really don’t know what I was thinking when I bought this. But I won’t again.

The company that sells it is actually Vision Pack Brand, and they seem to supply to gift basket companies, So, if you’re buying a tea gift basket, and you happen to see this tea in it, do your gift recipient a favor and skip the basket in lieu of better tea.

The one redeeming factor of this tea? The package is kind of cool. I might use it in my art at some point.


I will gladly take your supply. I love it!!

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