4624 Tasting Notes

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drank Lavender Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
4624 tasting notes

I ordered the Lavender Matcha with a delicate level of flavoring, and it’s just right. It has a very pleasing level of Lavender. It isn’t too strong, but I can still taste the lavender. It’s really quite lovely!

At first, when I opened the pouch, the lavender seemed really STRONG to me, so I worried that maybe it was going to be too strong. And it IS strong, even at the delicate level of flavoring. But … it isn’t too strong, at least not for me because I love lavender. If you’re on the fence about lavender, though, you might find this to be a bit too much for you. If you love lavender … I’d recommend starting with the delicate level… don’t go too strong with this because I think that if the lavender was even just a tad stronger here it would be a bit too much for me.

As it is, though, I’m loving it.

It is very calming from the lavender, and yet I feel the invigorating energy coming from the Matcha. The matcha takes on a different kind of flavor with the lavender: it tastes more like a fresh, new, spring grass … sweet spring grass rather than a “vegetative, buttery” taste. The lavender has a sharpness to it which is very refreshing to the palate.

Very nice, I like this very much.

devvyleys

I noticed this one on the website just yesterday. I wonder if it could be a more natural “mega-cure” for migraines… Lavender and caffeine together! Worth a shot and sounds good too!

MissMylin

This sounds delicious!

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92
drank Mango Ice Cream by 52teas
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Revisiting this tea today so that I can write my full-length review of it for the SororiTea Sisters blog.

This is REALLY so very good. The more I drink it the more I like it. It tastes better as it cools, so I think I’m going to brew more of it tonight for iced tea tomorrow. YUM!

Sandy Stith

I love this tea.

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The aroma of the dry tea cake is earthy but I notice a much softer earthy aroma in the brewed tea which I appreciate. I think it is the strong earthiness in the aroma that I often find off-putting in a pu-erh, especially in the brewed liquor. With a much softer earthiness here I find this very easy to drink.

It’s very sweet and mellow. Incredibly smooth. No bitterness, very little astringency, just a very mild flavor. Deep caramel undertones. It is earthy, yes, but, the sweetness from the caramel gives depth to the earthiness.

A very enjoyable pu-erh… going to take this for a few more infusions!

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My first cup of this (combination of infusions 1 & 2 following the rinse) is really quite delightful. It tastes creamy and has a rich, fruity taste. I’m used to greener Oolong teas like this one to be more floral than fruity and while this does have some floral notes, I taste more fruit tones than flower.

This first cup has a lovely complexity to it, I’m really enjoying it, and anticipating what the subsequent infusions have to offer!

Yogini Undefined

Oh I’m liking the sounds of this one!

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81

Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this tea.

This is really quite nice. Warm and zesty without being overbearing on the spice notes. The strawberry is sweet and has just a touch of berry tartness. A really interesting blend of flavors, I like the way this one plays out. Nice!

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drank Hazelnut Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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OH my! This is yummy!

I was amazed at how fragrant it is. From the moment I opened the pouch, I could smell the aroma of the Matcha, it literally filled the kitchen. My mouth began to water. I love hazelnuts – I live in the Pacific Northwest, after all! – but I’ll be honest, I didn’t expect to love this as much as I do. I figured I’d like it, but, this is really exceeding any expectations I may have had. Blowing them away with how delicious it is.

I ordered the starter Matcha with the distinctive level of flavoring which is my go-to specs on most Matcha. And it works very well for my personal tastes … however, I will say that usually I find that the distinctive level usually delivers a well-balanced Matcha that tastes pretty equally of Matcha and flavor … but here, the Hazelnut does win out over the Matcha.

That does not mean that the matcha is not tasted … it definitely is there, but the hazelnut does outshine the flavor of the matcha a bit, so if you want a more balanced bowl of Matcha, with this particular flavor I might recommend to try the delicate level of flavoring.

As it is though, I am very happy with the distinctive flavoring. This is deliciously hazelnut, with tasty notes of sweet, vegetative Matcha … and they meld together very nicely.

Very yummy … I’m wondering how it might taste with a pinch of salt, so this is hopefully something I’ll remember the next time I whisk up a bowl of this Matcha!

Terri HarpLady

Wow, that sounds amazing! And I bet it would be awesome to mix with the Carmel Matcha I ordered! Note to self….

Lynxiebrat

Thanks for mentioning about how balanced or not the different flavors there are between distinctive and delicate. would the type of matcha (white, black,etc.) effect the flavoring?

LiberTEAS

@Lynxiegrl: I am sure it would. My go to is always the green Matcha and I think that has more to do with the fact that I am just “used” to Matcha being green. The other teas being used as Matcha … the ones I’ve tried … have been tasty, but they’re so different from what I know as Matcha.

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OK… so I hadn’t planned on reviewing a new Matcha today, but times they are a changin’ … so I decided to get busy and review at least one Matcha today.

Mmm! I really wasn’t too sure about this Matcha. I’m not a big cookies n cream person. I LOVE oreo cookies, but I don’t so much like them ground up in vanilla ice cream or processed into white chocolate candy bars. I’d rather eat the ice cream and oreos separately. But, because this was a new flavor, and because it was on sale, I thought, I’ll try it. It might be good.

And it is. Sweet and yummy… it’s a bit like dunking oreo cookies in a bowl of Matcha, except that I’m drinking the cookie. I love that I can taste the “cookie” – not just chocolate, but I can taste the bake-y, cake-y cookie … all that’s missing is the crunch of the oreo.

YUM! Even if you missed out on the sale for this one, you should still try it – it’s totally worth it!

ashmanra

It is on my wish list, right there with Cheesecake, French Vanilla, Bavarian Cream, Amaretto….

LiberTEAS

LOL! That sound more like a dessert plate than a list of Matcha! haha!

ashmanra

I guess that shows what I am into, right? ;)

gmathis

Try the candy corn Oreos yet? Tasty, but they don’t hold a candle to the birthday cake (buttercream) ones that were around this summer.

LiberTEAS

I haven’t tried the candy corn Oreos. I tried the rainbow sherbet ones… not the birthday cake ones. The rainbow sherbet were unbelievably good… After I opened the package and tried a couple, I hid the rest so that nobody else in the household would get their paws on it! LOL

ashmanra

Um, we actually already finished our pack of Candy Corn Oreos, though I thought they tasted like bakery birthday cupcakes. And we are almost through the orange seasonal Oreos. The seasonals seem to have a tiny bit more filling, or it is a little sweeter. We have to mail special Oreos to N. Ireland when they come out because apparently they have only one kind and that is Doible Stuff, and daughter’s boyfriend and his brother in law are MAD for Oreos.

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drank Mango Ice Cream by 52teas
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Yum!!!

This is seriously… my first cup of tea today. Yes, my first cup at about 6:45 pm. I got up early, got my little one to school then I headed back to bed. My oldest called me while I was sleeping to invite me shopping (and since my daughter is also my best friend, I wasn’t going to pass up spending a day with her), so I didn’t really have time to grab a cup of tea… then when we got home, we needed to head back out to get my youngest off to ballet. We just got home, I needed to fix dinner, so now I am finally able to relax and wrap my hands around a cup of tea. ahhhh…

Normally, I wouldn’t have a cup of black tea this late in the day, but since I NEED caffeine by now, I risked it.

Oh my goodness this is really good. I taste the creamy ice cream… the mango is delicious and juicy and absolutely incredible. So good. I am so glad that I am a subscriber to the tea of the week (I am actually in the monthly program, I get my packages once a month, with all the teas of the previous month) because I know this one sold out pretty quickly, and I would have been so sad to have missed out on this one.

It’s a keeper.

Terri HarpLady

That sounds awesome!

Sil

Way to rub it in to those of us who missed this one haha. Really glad it’s a good one..hoping for a reblend from frank someday….

tigress_al

This sounds great! I missed out too. Lol, I check the site often for reblends!

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I hot brewed this one tonight, just to get an idea of what it tastes like hot. I tried it cold-brewed previously (in the Steep & Go) and I think that this one is much better cold-brewed. It’s good hot, but better cold. So refreshing and thirst-quenching.

As a hot beverage, I find it to be very calming and relaxing. The lemony notes are refreshing, and there is just a hint of mint in the background… the chamomile is not a strong flavor … the rose and the lavender are the strongest floral tones here. But, I like how it all comes together… it tastes light and bright with just a hint of sweetness.

Its good hot brewed, but even better cold brewed.

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89

This is splendid. I haven’t tried a lot of purple teas, only fewer than a handful, really, but, I’ve really liked what I’ve tried.

This tea has a lovely consistency to it: brothy and smooth. It has so many layers of flavor too. At the start, I noticed the wood tones and the earthy notes right up front… and as I continued to sip, the wood tones began to emerge stronger than the earthy notes. There were also hints of vegetative notes and fruit notes, and toward mid-to-end of the cup I found that the fruit notes sort of wandered off into the distance, while some of the vegetative notes began to creep forward only slightly. The vegetative notes are very mild, reminding me of white beans… and the creaminess to the tea evoked thoughts of a white bean soup (no, it doesn’t taste quite like white bean soup, but there are notes that sort of remind me of the flavors of a white bean soup) … it is very comforting and calming.

A really lovely purple tea! I am excited for this new company!

Veronica

I love learning about new companies! And tea… I’ve never heard of purple tea, but it sounds really good.

Wanja Tea of Kenya

Thank you for the review. Please visit our website www.wanjateaofkenya.com for more information.

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