4550 Tasting Notes

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drank Matcha Miyabi by Den's Tea
4550 tasting notes

The more I drink Matcha Miyabi from Den’s the more I fall in love with it.

Creamy and smooth, sweet and delicious. Pleasantly vegetative with very little bitterness.

It’s worth the extra gadgetry. And… anyone who has gotten to know me at all via these little online interactions must know how difficult it is for me to say such a thing.

LiberTEAS

One problem with drinking Matcha (except for the gadgetry) is this: there seems to be a hole in my chawan, because the Matcha disappears too fast……

Cofftea

Mine has a hole too!

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Finishing up the last of the sample I received a while back of this tea. As the mug sits here in front of me, the aroma is tantalizing. It smells and tastes so much like root beer.

Sad that this is the last of this sampling, as I have enjoyed it … but, I don’t know that I like it well enough to place another order for it.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Coconut Cream Pie by 52teas
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I am so glad to finally try this tea. I received it several weeks ago, while I was in the midst of my various infections, and didn’t want to try it until my taste buds were working a bit better. This tea has been one of the ones that I’ve been so eager to try, because I had read so many positive reviews about it here on Steepster … I just couldn’t wait to try it for myself.

YUM! The black tea base is solid but does not overwhelm the other flavors. The coconut is strong, and I can taste the vanilla also. It tastes just like the filling of a coconut cream pie. The one thing that is missing here is the crust… but because this tea is so delicious, I can’t really complain.

Another winning tea from 52Teas. What are you working on next, Frank?

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
AmazonV

for all frank’s pie teas, enjoy them with a cookie (graham or shortbread or butter) for the ‘crust’

Cofftea

Rhubarb pie would be wonderful! Or my favorite- cran apple rhubarb.

LiberTEAS

@AmazonV that is an excellent idea! I think I will do that next time.

JonTea

That sounds PERFECT. Well done 52 teas!

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drank moTEAjo by Tavalon Tea
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Yesterday, I brewed what I had left of this sampling and chilled it for iced tea. I added a little agave nectar to sweeten it up a little and I also added some “True Lime” (crystalized lime juice). These additions, and perhaps the chilling, really brought this tea to life.

It still doesn’t taste like a mojito, and I suspect that it is the lack of rum flavoring (thanks to Cofftea for pointing that out). However, it is still rather tasty now that I can taste a little lime and the peppermint is a bit softer because of the cooler temperature. I can even taste the green tea now.

So, I am going to bump my rating up by just a couple of points, because while this isn’t the best HOT tea I’ve ever tasted, it does provide a nice base for a tasty iced tea.

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drank moTEAjo by Tavalon Tea
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I received a bit of this tea from a tea friend.

This tea tastes good, although it is quite different than I expected. Typically, when I think of a mojito, I think of the mint and lime cocktail.

Of course, I can taste the mint in this blend… and it is a very crisp, refreshing peppermint. I can also taste the green tea, although it does sometimes seem to lose its way in this cup – that is to say, the mint somewhat overpowers the green tea.

But there is no lime! There is lemongrass which provides a citrus-y note and a tart appeal to the aftertaste. Even with the lemongrass, I find myself missing the lime.

I find myself enjoying this blend, and yet, at the same time, my palate seems to sense that something is missing. This does make a very delicious iced tea – and I think that is what I am going to do with the rest of this.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Is there rum flavor in it? That may be what’s missing. I know my local tea shop has a mojito blend only it has no rum flavoring in it so it’s just lime and mint green tea.

Cofftea

It also might taste better cold made w/ soda water. I was gonna get 52teas’ champagne mojito tea cuz I LOVE both champagne and mojitos, but the idea of hot mojitos just sounded icky lol.

LiberTEAS

No there is no rum flavoring either. I brewed up what I had left of this tea, and have it cooling in the fridge so that I can enjoy it tomorrow. I added some “true lime” to it before it cooled, so I am hoping that the addition of lime will be just the ticket for me.

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drank Mandarin Matcha by 52teas
4550 tasting notes

What a nice after lunch treat.

I’ve reviewed this one before… and the flavor is still quite the same: sweet with just a touch of bitter. One difference today than in past tastings is that I notice more mandarin bits in my chawan. I don’t know if there have always been this many and I’m only now noticing them, or if somehow I managed to scoop out more this time than previously. But I don’t think that this presence of more bits of pulp make this tea more or less fruity… it just makes it look a bit different.

So, Frank… what is your next Matcha flavor going to be?

TeaEqualsBliss

I’ve also heard wonderful things about this one from MANY!!!!

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Doulton – thank you so much for this sample… I’m so happy to be trying it… I love Oolong, and I love chestnuts… what a perfectly lovely tea this is!

I have tried a few chestnut teas. This one really captures the flavor of the warm, roasted chestnut. It has a very creamy, rich flavor which compliments the flavor of the dark oxidized Oolong tea. It has a very comforting flavor – it’s one that I would really love to have during a cold winter evening while curled up next to a fire in the fireplace.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I received this tea from a friend a month or so ago. I am not big on bagged tea, as I’ve said before, but, this one isn’t bad.

This is a very “autumnal” tasting tea… I guess that’s because I always add oranges to my cranberry compote on Thanksgiving. Cranberries and oranges just seem to go together so well!

The black tea base is smooth, not too strong (it doesn’t overwhelm the fruit flavors, but, it is not hiding behind them, either), and has an enjoyable, rich and full flavor.

The cranberry flavor is tart and tasty, and the blood orange tastes juicy and sweet. It’s a really nice contrast – black tea, tart cranberry, and sweet citrus-y flavor. Nice. The after taste is very cranberry-ish.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
JonTea

How tart would you say it is? Like super tart or just mildly tart?

LiberTEAS

JonTea: just mildly tart. But the aftertaste has that “berry” sort of aftertaste… sort of like a little cranberry has burst in your mouth … not a BIG flavor, but just that little, berry-ish tart presence in the aftertaste.

JonTea

That sounds very interesting. I must try this tea some time.

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drank Chocolate Ecstasy Matcha by Domo
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OK… so about 10 days ago or so, I went on a sort of Matcha frenzy and ordered a bunch of different matcha teas. This is one of the teas that I ordered – and it arrived yesterday afternoon – much faster than I thought it would… and it arrived just in time for my taste buds to return to normal and now I can indulge in Matcha, Matcha, Matcha!

This is not a typical Matcha. It is more like a Matcha latte mix, much like the Pirate’s Chai that I love so much. (No, it doesn’t taste like the Pirate’s Chai, it is just a latte mix, much like the Pirate’s Chai) I added just a little hot water so that I could whisk it into a paste, and at that point, what was in my bowl smelled a lot like Ovaltine (did I spell that right?) After adding some steamed milk and whisking it again, it got all frothy and the Ovaltine smell sort of diminished.

It doesn’t taste like Ovaltine, it sort of tastes like hot chocolate that’s been mixed with Matcha. The chocolate is creamy and rich, like a smooth milk chocolate, and the matcha is vegetative and adds an interesting, fresh note to the bowl.

I really, really like – it’s now gone… and I didn’t even have time to start my review on the TRB. I guess I should go make another bowl. (Yeah, that’s why I’m making another bowl of it… yeah, that’s the ticket. I NEED to make another bowl so that I can write the review. Yeah, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it)

Suzi

Sounds so yummy! Matcha intimidates me, but I’m trying to give it more chances.

LiberTEAS

What is it that intimidates you about Matcha? Is it the flavor of it or is it something else? If it’s the flavor that intimidates you, I suggest a good starting point would be a mix such as this one or the Pirate’s Chai because they are a latte mix so they have other ingredients in there so that you’re not overwhelmed by the Matcha flavor. I know that the first time I tried Matcha – I was really unsure of it too, because the flavor is so strong. Now, I just love it… but I do understand that it can be a bit of an acquired taste for some (it was for me).

Suzi

It’s more the preparation that intimidates me. You have to whisk the tea and get the lumps out, and then drink it right away. It’s a tea you have to be more mindful of, I guess, and I’m always rushing around and forgetful, so it doesn’t work well with my lifestyle.

I got the ‘caramel’ and ‘strawberry’ matcha latte mixes from Lupicia last month, and keep meaning to experiment with them to get over my matcha issues, but I always seem to grab something else from the tea cupboard instead :-p

Cofftea

BOOOOIIIIINNNNGGGG That’s the noise my eyes make when I see “chocolate” and “matcha” in the same product name. MUST. GET.

Suzi, matcha should be anything but intimidating:) It is both an art form and a science to find the matcha/water ratio you like best, but once you do it’s quite simple. Just measure, whisk, and drink. (A good quality matcha should not clump, even when you don’t sift). I will agree that matcha separates from the water rather quickly, but I don’t like chugging my matcha (defeats the comforting and relaxing purpose of matcha IMO) and I like making a half of a chawan most of the time (8oz)… my solution? I just bring my chasen w/ me, sit down w/ my chawan, and drink to my leisure. If I find that it’s separating, I just give it another quick whisk:) I also find a tea that requires steeping and decantation requires more mindfulness than matcha… at least for me since I’m so type A about steeping parameters lol:) measuring water, heating it to an exact temperature, measuring the tea, timing it, waiting for it to steep, then decanting. I find measuring matcha take less time than measuring loose tea cuz I need my scale and the water for matcha isn’t nearly as picky- just heat it to the temperature you’re comfortable drinking. Just a different perspective I guess.

Cofftea

I just got what may be the best matcha idea ever… blend this w/ Lupicia’s strawberry matcha au lait and either Lupicia’s vanilla matcha au lait or Domo’s vanilla matcha for a neopolitan matcha! Yummy!=D

LiberTEAS

At the same time I ordered this one, I also ordered Domo’s Vanilla. I didn’t order the ginger one, since I already had Art of Tea’s ginger matcha… plus, since these are latte mixes, I knew that their shelf life would be even more limited, so I didn’t want to go TOO overboard.

Ricky

Hmm, this sounds…. amazing? Hmm, the price isn’t bad either… Now if only it were on Steepster select ;)

Cofftea

Suzi, what happens if you just put the latte mixes in water? Dairy+matcha is a personal icky for me lol but the flavors sound yummy. Chocolate+vanilla+caramel?

Suzi

Cofftea – They taste just fine with water. The Strawberry one has ‘dried milk powder’ in it anyway, so it’s still a little creamy. I can’t remember if the caramel one has milk powder too.

Cofftea

Yeah I was worried it’d have milk powder in it instead of just being a flavored matcha.

LiberTEAS

This is also a matcha latte mix… and it does contain skimmed milk powder too. But, that’s OK… I happen to like milk with Matcha!

Cofftea

Yeah and I think I could convince myself the milk hides in the chocolate to fool myself lol.

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Finishing up the last of the sampling that Doulton sent me a few weeks ago (thanks Doulton!) Now that my taste buds seem to be back in action, I feel like I can really enjoy tea again!

This is a really nice tea with which to start the day. Unusual – but nice! In my previous notes, I mentioned that the first taste I got from the tea was the raisin – not so today. Today the first taste I got was that of chocolate (I can’t complain about that!) and then of the raisin, so it was much more like Raisinettes this time… Raisinettes for breakfast!

But the delicious flavor of the chocolate and raisin does not overpower the tea which is robust and invigorating… something I need this morning. I really like 52Teas/Zoomdweebies black tea base. It is strong but with an enjoyable smoothness to it too.

I’m happy I chose this tea this morning! (And another big thank you to Doulton!)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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