4405 Tasting Notes

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I had not planned on having a second bowl of Matcha today … I usually limit it to one per day because it really does have an energizing effect on me and if I drink too much, I’m bouncing off the walls… However, my new chawan arrived in this afternoon’s post, so, I decided I needed to try it out, and this is the matcha with which I chose to christen it.

This is AWESOMELY good. Mrs. Knott would be proud of how far her berry has come… and this certainly does the tasty berry justice. It is so sweet and tart and tasty. I love how good this is. I am so glad … SO VERY GLAD that I tried this boysenberry … happy it was on sale when I bought it, but, I would have purchased it (and will get it again in the future) without the sale. It is one of the best Matcha that I’ve tried from Red Leaf yet… this one is a MUST TRY. If you like berry, you’ve gotta try this!

Will Work For Tea

I think this is my favorite out of the few I have! Can’t get over how delicious the boysenberry flavoring is!

LiberTEAS

It’s outstanding… it tastes so very much like the boysenberry preserves from Knott’s. And now, I’m thinking about funnel cakes topped with boysenberry… I seriously need to go to Knott’s. :)

Will Work For Tea

lol – now you’re making me home sick too! ;)

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I cold-brewed this last night. Really nice. This is a bit more vegetative than the other cold-brewed iced teas from Den’s, but, that’s alright. I taste a good amount of Mango too – not overly strong … a nice melding of the flavors.

Refreshing and nice palate cleaner after eating pizza.

Sil

Mmmm mango

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drank Purple Bamboo by Rishi Tea
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I guess this tea is now discontinued, I can’t find it on the website. Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending it to me!

This is really quite good… even if it is an older sample of it. I taste the notes of Muscatel that are mentioned in the description, as well as floral notes and stone fruit. It’s really delightfully flavorful. A really delicious tea – but then, I’ve come to expect that from Rishi.

Batrachoid

It’s been gone for at least six months now. I thought it was a very successful “experiment.” =)

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drank Plum Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Yay! Matcha! I know that my order from Monday is on it’s way and will probably arrive either today or definitely tomorrow, and I have a few teas that I still haven’t tried from my previous order! And I’m already composing a third order!!! I’m bad BAD bad. Bad me!

I know I talk a lot about my gramma on here, she was the closest thing to a mom that I really ever had. My real mom pretty much abandoned me and I haven’t spoken to since I was 14 years old, and my step mother was … well, let me put it this way, she made Cinderella’s and Snow White’s step mothers seem nice … but my gramma loved me unconditionally, and I miss her so much that the only thing that really keeps me from breaking down into tears is to talk about the happy memories … even now, thirteen years after her death. I miss her so much.

Anyway … my gramma had many fruit trees in her back yard. One of them was a Plum tree, and I loved eating them fresh off the tree. But even better was when gramma would make plum jelly. So good… just like the fruit only sweeter. When I first opened the package of this Matcha… that’s what I smelled! My gramma’s plum jelly! Sweet and plum-y … I didn’t really notice much of a Matcha smell, but that was OK because I was loving what I was smelling.

And that’s pretty much what I’m tasting too … but with Matcha. This tastes to me like a bowl of Matcha with some of my gramma’s liquified plum jelly stirred in. Sweet and plum-y but with a nice Matcha taste. I taste some of the spice tones in the tea leaf with the addition of the plum flavor … and it makes me think that a little bit of cinnamon might be good in this too. Perhaps I will need to add the cinnamon Matcha onto my next order so that I can try mixing these two flavored Matcha together. YUM … my mouth is watering just thinking about it.

This one is really, really, REALLY good! But then, how could one go wrong with plum Matcha? So yummy!

Mélissa

D’awwww :)

Babble

When tea gives you happy memories it’s always nice.

Helena

You should always share the good memories with good friends :D

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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this tea. I am enjoying it!

This tea tastes best after it’s had a few moments to cool. It gets even better after its completely cooled (as in iced tea!) The berry flavor intensifies as the temperature of the cup drops. When very hot, the berry flavor is really only strongly noticeable in the aftertaste. After cooling a few moments, the berry flavor comes through loud and clear and is indeed a berry BOMB!

But as an iced tea, it really shines. Sweet, berry flavor. I taste each of the flavors – the strawberry, blueberry and raspberry! – and it all tastes amazing. The black tea tastes to me like it is probably a Ceylon, as it is brisk and mellow, not overwhelmingly strong, but strong enough to stand on its own amid the bomb of berries.

Very good. Thanks again, my SororiTea Sister!

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drank Earl Grey by The Tea Merchant
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I like! This Earl Grey does not have as strong a bergamot flavor as some Earl Grey teas that I’ve tried, but, I think I like it for how smooth the flavors taste here. It is very nicely round, not at all sharp, not soapy or perfume-y either. Very pleasantly flavored, with just enough tangy citrus notes to keep it lively.

This would be the Earl Grey I’d serve to someone who thinks they do not like Earl Grey because the bergamot tastes too soapy to them … the bergamot here is mellow enough to not come off like that, but, not so mild that it is not noticed. A nicely balanced Earl Grey.

The Tea Merchant

Strangely enough when coming up with this blend i had that in mind. I don’t normally like Earl Greys so i wanted to try and balance it, make it milder so all can enjoy.

LiberTEAS

I’m an Earl Grey NUT so I love bergamot, and while I do love Earl Grey teas with LOTS of bergamot flavor, I also appreciate those – like this one – that take a softer route with the bergamot.

gmathis

Noted. I’m in the less-is-more camp, and based on the quality of TM I’ve tried so far, it’s bound to be good!

Lynxiebrat

I like EG Cream, regular EG can taste a bit too rough I guess? the cream balances that out. I’m looking to check a EG Lavender soon. I love lavender!

LiberTEAS

@Lynxiegrl … I think you’d like this EG because the bergamot is more balanced. I love lavender as well.. and it’s a nice complement to the bergamot.

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drank Cucumber Kiwi Honeybush by 52teas
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Tasty! I’ve tried a few of Frank’s cucumber tea selections over the past couple of years, and have enjoyed them all, so I knew that I’d probably like this one too. The flavor is sweet, but, there is a hint of tart in there too, just enough to keep it balanced. I’m drinking this hot right now, but, this would be AMAZING iced too. Very refreshing.

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Yummy! OK.. so interestingly enough, somehow, by making this Matcha latte with both the caramel and cheesecake flavored matchas from Red Leaf Tea, the cheesecake flavor really has emerged. The first flavor I tasted was the buttery crumb of the crust! I tasted the crust flavor previously while preparing the cheesecake flavored Matcha by itself, but it’s much stronger now. And the creamy, tangy flavor of cream cheese… the sweet, decadent caramel. YUM… so good!!!

I’m glad I was feeling like trying something a little different today… this is heavenly!!!

Sil

i want my order!!!!!

Helena

me too, me too! I ordered on Monday I think so there’s a holiday delay (sigh) but I ordered caramel, cheesecake and I ordered Coke as well for something different :)

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drank Love by TeaFrog
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This is really very good. Sweet with notes of flower and juicy orange. What I’m really liking is that even though I’m tasting the rooibos – it really works within the blend. The nutty flavor from the rooibos melds nicely with the flavors here. Pleasant and nicely balanced.

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This is a fabulous white tea from the Darjeeling estate of Margarets Hope. It has notes that are very Darjeeling-esque: I can taste the sweet, crisp, clean fruit notes of a Darjeeling, but this is even lighter than a black Darjeeling as it is a white tea… then again, it is not quite as light as a typical Bai Mu Dan or Silver Needle might be.

I find this tea to be fascinating and so good that my mouth seems to water in anticipation of a sip! Delightful … absolutely delightful. I’ve tasted a few “White Darjeeling” teas but this one might just be the best I’ve tasted yet.

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