4423 Tasting Notes

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drank Palau Peach by Jade Monk
4423 tasting notes

This is a bit different than I was expecting. It is definitely PEACH, which I was expecting, and there is definitely green tea. But this reminds me more of a green tea power drink than a typical matcha. It isn’t quite as creamy as a matcha, and it doesn’t froth up like matcha.

But that doesn’t mean it’s not tasty. It is sweet and deliciously peachy! I do wish that there was no stevia in this, but I am glad that the cane juice manages to curb the taste of the stevia somewhat. I don’t really like the funky taste of stevia, but other than that, I am enjoying this.

It tastes a bit more like a sports drink or punch than it does matcha … more like a green tea made for people who typically don’t like green tea but still want the benefits of green tea, if you know what I mean. That doesn’t make it bad, it just makes it a bit different. Not your typical Matcha… for the other three flavors of this that I have, though, I think that I will use cold water instead of hot, because I think it’s better chilled.

Bonnie

I don’t like stevia hot either…bitter taste.

Tamm

This sounds really interesting! I think I’ve seen their website before, but the tea wasn’t available last time I was there.

Batrachoid

Where did you find this?! I’ve had their website bookmarked for a year! But they’ve never had it available for sale.

LiberTEAS

They sent it to me to review. :)

jademonk

Although the base is, indeed, matcha, we’re not trying to appeal to the tea connoisseur or matcha purist, but rather make an economical, palatable, and quickly consumed beverage for the general consumer and on-the-go people (no need to go through the traditional mixing method of matcha….mix in cold water and enjoy). Matcha is an acquired taste and does not typically appeal to the general consumer. Because of this, our goal was to balance the flavor and sweetness while providing the benefits of this great tea, thus making it more mainstream. You mention stevia in your post – we set out with the goal not to overload our drinks with tons of useless sugar (America has one of the highest levels of obesity and Type II diabetes which is primarily caused by the high sugar consumption we now face) while at the same time appealing to the sweet tooth in everybody.
With all this in mind, please try to enjoy the product in cold water as well and approach it not from a tea connoisseur’s viewpoint but rather the general consumer.

We look forward to the readers of this blog trying it themselves. Use the promo code ‘try10’ for 10% off your first order.

Sincerely,
Jade Monk

LiberTEAS

Thank you for commenting @JadeMonk – I agree with you and your reasons for wanting to minimize the amount of sugar that you put in these drink mixes and I commend you for that … and if I had to choose between stevia and other low cal sweeteners (aspartame, for example), I’d choose stevia, because I am allergic to aspartame. And after trying the cranberry blood orange flavor as a cold drink, I do agree that it is much better served this way. The stevia tastes less funky.

I do understand and appreciate the consumer you’re trying to reach with this product, and if it gets more people liking tea, in whatever form it might be … all the better!

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Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea.

It smells lovely. The rose petals combined with the fruit notes of the pomegranate and the sweet, leafy notes of the tea really create a fantastic scent. It smells fruity and sweet, with hints of floral tones in the background.

A really nice pomegranate tea.

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86
drank Rose Tuocha by The Tao of Tea
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I came across one more tuocha of this puerh while attempting to clean off my desk so I decided to take a puerh break (anything to procrastinate the cleaning!)

I find this time around to be not so different from the first time I tried it. The addition of the rose really gives this a unique flavor, the rose is delicate … and it softens the overall cup, giving it a lighter, crisper, fresher kind of taste as opposed to the typical puerh. The earthy tones that one might expect from a puerh are there, but they are softened as they mingle with the floral notes of the rose.

Very pleasant… and a very nice break from cleaning!

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drank Renaissance Black by Shanti Tea
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Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea. It’s lovely!

I really like this. It has a bold strength to it, and it is great for a breakfast tea (I had some this morning with cream and sugar – it was a smooth, sweet, creamy treat to go along with my pancakes!), but it also has a certain lightness to it, crisp and soft, that would make it a suitable afternoon tea as well. I’m drinking it right now as an iced tea (I decanted what was left in my teapot, and stashed it in the fridge so I could try it iced). It’s sweet but not too sweet, and it would be marvelous with a sprig of mint or a lemon wedge.

Really really nice!

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drank Vanilla Cloud matcha by Domo
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I made a smoothie using some of this, a little bit of half & half (I usually use coconut milk but I’m out of it today), some frozen strawberries, 1 1/2 bananas, an apricot and some Greek yogurt. Basically, I just throw whatever fruit in that I have on hand, add some yogurt and something to “wet it down” (aka coconut milk or half and half) and a generous scoop of matcha.

The result is yummy deliciousness. The vanilla in the matcha gives this more of a milkshake kind of taste rather than a smoothie (I’m sure that the bit of half and half play a part in that too). But it’s yummy, sweet, and while it probably isn’t as good for me as I’d like it to be, I somehow manage to convince myself that it’s a healthy meal option since it’s just too hot to go in the kitchen and cook. This is cool and delicious. Win Win!

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This is bagged in a muslin-like bag that is similar to the type of bagged teas you might get from Kusmi. My only complaint thus far with the bag is that I think it would be better if it were a little larger… although since it is a cotton fabric, it allowed for proper expansion because it stretched a bit. I guess there is just a part of me that always seems to want to have as much room as possible for the tea leaves to do their thing.

Anyway, it smelled lovely before brewing – pleasant and spicy. The brewed tea smells very much the same, although it is a mellower fragrance.

This is really nice. A bit on the mellow side for a chai – not overly spicy, which typically, I do tend to favor, but it is nice to taste a mild chai from time to time. This is remarkably well-balanced, I must say. It allows for the true flavors of the spices – not just the warm or the heat of the spices, but also the more subtle tones of the spices, to be explored.
It’s a little spiced, a little earthy, warm and inviting. I like it a lot.

I enjoyed this straight, (not a latte) but I think it would make a really nice latte too. And the cotton muslin bag would make it VERY easy to go stovetop with this chai. Just cut off the tags and pop one or two of the muslin bags into the simmering milk. Less mess! And YUM chai latte! Might have to try that sometime.

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I LOVE love LOVE this tea! OMG!

For a couple of years now, I’ve been on a quest of sorts: to find the best grapefruit flavored tea. It all started after visiting a tea house in Arizona, and loving the grapefruit tea that I had there. I even chatted with someone else from Steepster, and he managed to locate the tea supplier of the tea house, and learned that the grapefruit tea that they serve there is the one from Lupicia. I had tried the tea from Lupicia… and somehow, it just didn’t taste the same. I suspect it has something to do with the water composition in Arizona, or something because I am not able to get the grapefruit green tea from Lupicia to taste as good as I remember the green tea was that I enjoyed at that tea house.

But I think I may have found the grapefruit tea! And can you believe that it happens to be a wine-infused green tea with grapefruit peel? This is absolutely MARVELOUS! The grapefruit is prominent, but, it captures the sweet elements of the fruit while the bitter elements of the grapefruit are somehow softened or eliminated … I don’t know. But this is not bitter, this just tastes like sweet grapefruit. With a hint of fruity wine. And sweet, slightly vegetative green tea.

And it tastes wonderful. I love this.

Sil

Ooh this sounds interesting. Your posts on the vintage wines have had me intrigued already but this one might be something to really try :)

Kittenna

Someone on here was looking for the perfect grapefruit tea, but I can’t remember who…. maybe Alphakitty??

LiberTEAS

I don’t remember seeing anyone else looking for it… but it has been a quest of mine for the past few years… after visiting Arizona. It’s funny, but I actually found THE tea that the tea house used … the tea that I fell so much in love with, but I don’t know if it’s just the memory of the place or the water quality or any thing else… but, the tea tasted better in AZ than it did when I tried it at home.

But this … THIS tastes like the tea I remember… or at least, it evokes those same wonderful feelings that the tea in Arizona did. And really, that’s what it’s about, I think.

Alphakitty

I was indeed looking for the perfect grapefruit tea! Definitely adding this to the list… probably far ahead of a few other orders I should make soon.

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Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea.

YUM! I’m with Angrboda here, Fujian black DOES = OM NOM NOM NOM!!!

So rich and satisfying. So yummy delicious. Lovely dark cocoa notes, and a strong undercurrent of caramel sweetness. When it comes to pure black tea, it really doesn’t get any better than this. This is the stuff!

Angrboda

OM NOM NOM NOM FUJIAN! Second cup of Peony Tea S’ unsmoked LS is imminent over here. :9

LiberTEAS

I will watch for your tasting note, I really enjoyed the unsmoked LS that I tried from Townshend’s.

Angrboda

I wrote about it a couple of days ago, so you may have already seen it. :)

LiberTEAS

yes … I just re-visited it though and re-read it. I was a little down and out a day or two ago, so I was reading… but not really paying attention, if that makes sense. I was more or less just sort of looking at the screen and feeling kind of miserable. But, fortunately, it didn’t last too long.

Angrboda

I know what you mean. And even so, it’s impossible to keep everything in your head all the time, anyway. :)

LiberTEAS

Yes, it is. I am glad that you were able to try some unsmoked Lapsang Souchong, as I do remember you being interested in the Unsmoked LS that I tried from Townshend’s. I might have to give the one from Peony a try too.

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drank Melange Rooibos by 52teas
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I love this!

Not surprisingly, I was skeptical of this before I tried it, because I have myself convinced that I don’t like rooibos. But the spices and the rooibos work so well together, that it elevates the rooibos to a whole other level. I taste the rooibos – I taste that nutty flavor of the rooibos, but it works because the spices also have an earthiness to them that seems to meld perfectly with the rooibos, enhancing the rooibos where it needs it, softening some of the flavor.

Such a perfect melody of flavors. I really like this so much more than I thought I would. Bravo, Frank!

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drank White Pear by Revolution Tea
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I’m always excited to try pear teas – I love pear! Unfortunately, it doesn’t always translate well in tea … let’s hope that is not the case with this tea.

Well, I can SMELL the pear, as well as the sweet hay notes of the white tea. Yes, the pear flavor is there. It is soft, but, then, the white tea typically a soft flavor too, so they seem pretty nicely paired. (peared?)

I love this. It is sweet, light, and the flavors are really nicely balanced. The light flavor of the bai mu dan is gentle and hay-like, but I agree with TeaEqualsBliss – I can taste the “baked goods” kind of taste in there too… YUM Pear Tart!

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