4401 Tasting Notes
Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this tea.
Not intending to continue on with citrus-y teas, but not disappointed to be doing so, I randomly selected this tea from my huge stash of yet-to-be-tried teas. It smells intriguing. I can smell the bergamot but it isn’t as distinct as the grapefruit. It smells bright and citrus-y.
Wow! Very interesting, indeed. This would be a great bergamot flavored tea for those who don’t think they like bergamot, because it is not an overwhelming taste in this tea. I taste it, but, the grapefruit is equally as strong, if not stronger. Some sips I taste a bit more grapefruit, and every once in a while, the bergamot emerges.
It’s really quite refreshing, and a nice change from the typical Earl Grey.
Having one last pot of this before I send the rest of what I have to my SororiTea Sister, TeaEqualsBliss. This is just what I needed today, I was still feeling groggy and needed something to give me that kick start. I can already feel it start to work it’s magic.
I love the flavor of this too, it has such a pleasant citrus flavor, but, it isn’t too tart or tangy. It has a delicious smoothness to it. Here is my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2012/09/06/good-morning-sunshine-from-butiki-teas/
Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this.
This is pleasant … the cranberry and blood orange balance each other out nicely so that it doesn’t become too tart or too sweet. I think I would probably prefer it if the fruit notes were able to mute the flavor of the rooibos a bit more, it has that distinct rooibos/nutty/woody kind of flavor to it that I’m not wild about, but, it doesn’t taste too bad in this cup. The berry and citrus have a nice, tangy finish.
Not my favorite rooibos blend, but, it’s not bad either.
Today’s Chance Combination/Operation Drink More Matcha blend is a combination of the newly acquired Bavarian Cream Matcha and the Strawberry Matcha, both from Red Leaf Tea, of course! I went with a 1:1 ratio here, and it is amazing. Creamy, vanilla custard and strawberries… need I say more?
Have I mentioned lately that I love Red Leaf Tea?
OH MY GAWD! This stuff is incredible.
Yes, I know that I pledged that I would not open any more new ones until I finished off at least one of the ones I already had opened, but last night, I came up with a genius plan. Or at least, some way to justify having all these open packages of Matcha.
Here’s the plan: It’s alright to open a new one so long as I’m actually having some of the stuff that’s already opened on the same day. And I plan to do that today, because I need at least 2 bowls of Matcha today to get all the housework done! Lots to do, not enough energy to do it, Matcha to the rescue!
Anyway… this stuff is fantastic! This may be one of the best ones I’ve had so far. And not just for the flavor that it has on its own, but also because it represents a lot of versatility – I can mix this Bavarian Cream with just about any of my fruit flavors to have a rich, creamy, fruity, yummy dessert-y Matcha and satisfy my sweet tooth cravings.
So rich and creamy, I love how well the idea of Bavarian Cream works with Matcha which is also rich and creamy… just a perfect pairing. Wonderful!
My second bowl of Matcha for the day! But, I am justifying it this way (yes, I justify everything that I do): first of all, I have a lot of work to do, and I’m still not doing it. I’m hoping that more Matcha will motivate me to get some work done! second, I opened a new pouch of Matcha with the Cotton Candy Matcha, and I’m supposed to be trying to finish off the already opened Matcha… so I thought, if I am going to open a Matcha I need to at least have some of the already opened matcha. yeah. So there.
Today, I combined the Watermelon Matcha with the Strawberry Matcha in a 2:1 ratio (2 parts Watermelon to 1 part Strawberry) and I think that this may be my favorite watermelon combination yet! The strawberry and watermelon go together beautifully! Sweet, just a hint of strawberry tartness, and absolutely delicious. Nice vegetative tone and I like the way the watermelon and strawberry interact with the vegetative notes of the Matcha. Sweet, hints of bitter and a tart aftertaste, and a very smooth, rich texture. Nice… very nice!
I finally got my Red Leaf Tea order from Saturday. My previous orders from Red Leaf were much quicker, within a couple of days, three days max, but, this one was slower, but I don’t think Red Leaf is at fault with that… I think that it was held up in the postal system for whatever reason… just glad it arrived! Hooray for Bavarian Cream!
Yeah, yeah, yeah, I opened another package of Matcha and I haven’t finished off any of the ones that I already had open… But… there’s a good reason behind it! I see that the Tiramisu is on sale for the next couple of days, and I need to revitalize my GC from Red Leaf Tea so that I can buy … more Matcha. UGH! I’m hopeless! I think that someone should just strap a Matcha IV on me or something. But, then you’ll need some pretty strong restraints to hold me down, because I’d REALLY be bouncing off the walls.
When I opened this pouch, it didn’t smell as enticing as the other Matcha flavors, but I wasn’t too concerned about that, since really… the smell of cotton candy is what? Flavored Sugar? Whereas the other Matcha flavors, for the most part, have all been fruit flavors (and of course, caramel. MMMmmmmmmm!) so it isn’t surprising that those would possess a much more powerful fragrance than this.
But the taste… now that is something all together different. This tastes amazing! It tastes like cotton candy! (I know, that should be no big surprise there, right?) Seriously, though, it tastes like something you’d get at the carnival … only with the goodness of Matcha in there too. It’s healthy cotton candy! Who’da thunk it?!?
I’m off to write a full-length review of this!
Enjoying a cup of this tonight. Here is my full-length review of this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2011/07/20/rooibush-strawberry-cream-from-teagschwendner/
Today’s Matcha combination is a revisiting of the Watermelon Boysenberry Matcha combination. But, today, instead of a 1:1 ratio, I went with a 2:1 ratio: 2 parts watermelon to 1 part boysenberry. And I like this bowlful (chawanful) so much better than I remember liking the first attempt. The first attempt was good, this is awesome!
And it’s already gone! ha! By increasing the watermelon, I’ve increased the sweeter fruit a bit, which gave it a little bit of boysenberry tartness to the sweet, delicious watermelon. The boysenberry was a little dominating last time, but now, there is a good balance between the fruits. So yummy!
Tomorrow, I think I’m going to try Watermelon and strawberry together and see how that goes. Or… I may actually open a new package of Matcha, since it’s Friday and Red Leaf Tea may have a tea on sale that I need. See how I use the word NEED in there. I don’t want this Matcha. I NEED it. Yeah. There we go.
Having the Watermelon Matcha on it’s own today… when I typed in this tea into the search here on Steepster, I noticed a combination of Watermelon and Peach… and I think that might be pretty good, so maybe I won’t finish off my Watermelon before I open a package… and I think I will open a new Matcha tomorrow because I want to have a new review up for Friday, when Red Leaf Tea posts it’s new sale. Don’t want to potentially miss out on something awesome!
Deliciously watermelon-y, this Matcha. The vegetal notes seem sharp at the moment, I am not sure why that is. It is not off-putting, but it is different, because I’m used to the vegetative notes being smoother in Matcha and they certainly were the first time I had this… even yesterday when I mixed it with the boysenberry. I must have added a bit too much Matcha or perhaps not quite enough water. It’s still very good though, just a little different.