4461 Tasting Notes

90
drank Shamrock Tea by 52teas
4461 tasting notes

I haven’t had this for a while, and when I was rummaging through some of my green teas, I happened across it and decided it sounded good. This is one green tea that I like with a little steamed, frothed milk… it really brings out the creaminess to the tea and gives it more of a milkshake kind of flavor.

Smooth, sweet, minty and creamy! YUMMY!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Lori

One of my faves!

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86
drank Cranberry Matcha by 52teas
4461 tasting notes

Of the three flavored Matchas that 52Teas released recently, this was the one that I was least eager to try… I don’t know why I’ve got this predisposition to immediately dismiss cranberry flavored teas. I actually like cranberries… I just sometimes think I don’t.

This has a very nice cranberry aroma when I opened the pouch. The flavor of the cranberry is much softer, which is alright with me because I like how the cranberry and matcha unite. This is smooth and sweet, not too tart (although a nice cranberry tartness comes through at the finish and tickles my tongue) and just… YUM!

Cofftea

What was your ratio (or best estimated if you winged it)? I tried it this morning and got virtually nothing but thick, almost chalky matcha. It was only in the after taste. I really want to love this- please help:)

LiberTEAS

Three scoops with my chashaku, then I add a little hot water to do a pre-whisk (I found that this one was a bit lumpier than the other two). After I’m satisfied with my pre-whisk, I add a bit more water… filling my chawan to about the halfway mark. I don’t measure so I don’t know how much water this actually is, and I don’t know the capacity of my chawan.

Cofftea

Hmmm… That’s what I did. I used 8oz water. I’ll tinker w/ it on Mon after I get thru the other 2.

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90
drank Chocolate Mate Chai by Rishi Tea
4461 tasting notes

This is a tea that I was skeptical about – ok, ok, I admit it, I was afraid of this tea.

I am not crazy about pu-erh. That being said, I have tried a couple of pu-erh teas that I’ve liked alright – but, for the most part… I have a hard time getting past that distinctive earthy quality that pu-erh possesses. In a blend with mate which is also quite earthy… yeah, I was afraid to try it.

But… I’ll give it a chance.

Wow! This is actually really good. The chocolate is smooth and rich. The chai is not over-the-top spicy but I like how the masala spices come across in this blend. It doesn’t taste earthy at all. I love the coconut and the chocolate in this blend – they are the strongest flavors here. A different but tasty chai.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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85

A delicious Yunnan tea. The leaf is beautiful with golden tips, and it smells of wood and spice.

I really like this. It has a hint of pepper, and a roasted wood quality to it… the peppery note seems to be slightly more mellow than some of the Yunnan teas I’ve tasted.

Delicious.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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78

Just choosing something from my Zoomdweebies stash that I’ve not tried yet… this one is the first one that I grabbed.

This is a bit different than I expected. I guess I expected more of a tropical pineapple kind of taste. This is a bit sweeter, more like candied pineapple? And now… taking a moment to read TeaEqualsBliss tasting note on this tea, I can see that she experienced the same kind of flavor…

It’s good though. I like it a lot. Just different.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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86

Thank you to Rachel for sending me a sampling of this tea to try.

Yummy! I like how this is more creamy than it is pumpkin-y. It’s like a bit of pumpkin pie with a big dollop of whipped cream on top. This is really delicious.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Happy you like it. It is one I adore as well.

-Jessica-

Oooh I love pumpkin pie and pumpkin pie flavored tea! Yum!

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91
drank Apple Matcha by 52teas
4461 tasting notes

OK… I couldn’t wait to try another of the trio of matcha teas from 52Teas.

I like this one a lot. The apple flavor sort of melds in with the flavor of the matcha to make it an almost a seamless flavor. This doesn’t taste like apple flavored matcha… it tastes like “apple matcha” – if that makes sense.

I like it a lot. I think the next time I have some, I might try it with a little cinnamon and nutmeg and have my own version of apple pie matcha.

Yum.

Jillian

Sounds yummy! I’ve been waiting for someone to review these matcha blends so I can see if they’re any good. The apple one in particular is one I’m eying. :)

Cofftea

Mine actually came yesterday too! It was just too disgustingly hot to get the mail. High of 90+ and heat index of 100+ today, but I think I have just enough time to enjoy a hot chawan full.

52teas

Today, we are expected to reach six consecutive days over 100 (consistently like 105-106 with heat indicies hovering around 110). 90 sounds like winter weather at this point.

Cofftea

Frank- I love snow but hate the cold… 3 times this week I’ve asked when winter will be here! That’s bad lol. Then again I’m used to A/C which we don’t have right now. P.S. Cranberry matcha review coming up.

52teas

Seriously, look at the last two weeks here: http://www.accuweather.com/us/ks/wichita/67201/forecast-month.asp

UGH!

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88
drank Earls and Pearls by Tea Oh
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Finishing off the last of the sample I have of this…

I must say that I REALLY like this tea. I don’t think I gave it enough credit yesterday when I first tasted it and I’m going to increase the numeric rating a bit because it really deserves it.

The Earl Grey here (or should I say, bergamot?) is much more subtle than one might expect from an Earl Grey tea, but that is alright, because where it lacks in the bergamot it more than makes up for with the very unique finishing note. It is creamy, sweet, and I don’t know how else to describe it… it tastes so good.

This tea is quite a treat for me.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Red Dragon Pearl by thepuriTea
4461 tasting notes

I won these in the Art Contest that AmazonV held – thanks AmazonV!

Having tried (and loved) something similar from Teavana, I was very curious about these pearls. Alas, since I don’t have the pearls from Teavana anymore … I can’t do a side by side.

Anyway… this is nice. There is a slight smokiness to it but I don’t find it off-putting, perhaps because it’s paired so nicely with the chewy, bake-y flavor of it. And the malty note is quite pleasing.

I like!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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95
drank Banana Matcha by 52teas
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Guess what arrived today!

YUM! This is really very good. The banana flavor is well represented. The only thing that would make this particular matcha better in my opinion is the addition of chocolate. :)

Excellent!

52teas

Let the jealousy over who got their package first ensue!

LiberTEAS

Yes, let it be known that I am Frank’s favorite. :)

Cofftea

I think I will like this w/ pineapple juice instead of water… maybe as a slushie using frozen pineapple instead of ice… I’m honestly not expecting to like it hot though. But that’s ok- I need more ways I truly enjoy cold matcha and will take any variation even at the expense of liking it hot.

52teas

Way to think positively, Cofftea!

Jillian

@ Cofftea: You know I could see these being good in baking too. Banana bread with Banana matcha anyone?

Cofftea

Jillian- not for me personally, but I think that’s a WONDERFUL idea! How about Banana chocolate chip cupcakes? With a matcha glaze?

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