51 Tasting Notes
This tea was a pleasant surprise. I am not usually one for chais. For some reason, spicy teas usually make me nauseous. And I dislike ginger, cardamom, and pepper in tea. With this one, I get to bypass the ginger, cardamom, and pepper, while enjoying a few tea spices that I actually enjoy!
Dry, the tea smells like cinnamon. And steeped, it tastes very cinnamony. It doesn’t have the punch-in-the-face cinnamon of David’s Cinnamon Heart, but it’s up there. The rest of the spices mellow it out a bit. I really like this both straight and as a latte. It also delights me that it’s free of flavoring, natural or otherwise. Sometimes, it’s just nice to have something pure and simple. And this is both.
After procrastinating for I don’t know how long, I finally tried Superberry. I had a 10g sample on my shelf and kept sniffing it, but it never enticed me enough to give it a try. It has a piney smell that just turned me off. Well, I finally did it. DaisyChubb, you convinced me to bury my fear of Superberry. Thank you! Now I can clear that one off my list. And the verdict? Nothing special. It tastes of berries, though I’m not sure what kind. Fortunately the pineyness is wholly absent from the brewed tea. I won’t be buying any more of this, but I’m glad I tried it.
I am in trouble. My first flavoured matcha, Red Leaf Tea’s Bavarian Crème Matcha, was so delicious I just had to give it a rating of 100. And frustratingly, I like my second flavoured matcha, Red Leaf Tea’s English Toffee Matcha (which can be found here:
even more! I wish Steepster would allow ratings of 100+ because this tea surely deserves it. I kid you not. It really is that good! I feel like if I just sprinkled some of this everywhere, the world would be a better place. It’s magic fairy dust I tell you!
Now, back to the tea, when I was younger, I used to get English Toffee Cappuccinos as an after-violin-lesson treat. I looked forward to those Cappuccinos so much that I’d just want to run out of my teacher’s house once my lesson was done without so much as a goodbye. But I was a polite kid. Anyway, Red Leaf’s English Toffee match has all the flavour of those English Toffee Cappuccinos without the a) crazy calories, b) crazy amounts of sugar, and c) coffee! It’s awesome. I can drink this knowing that I am doing something positive for my body and still have it be delicious and exactly what I want.
Ahhh, as soon as I opened the bag I knew I was in trouble. I knew I would love it so much that I wouldn’t want to ever be without it. It has a distinct caramel aroma but it’s not just caramel. There’s something else, something special that you can’t quite place. That’s the chocolate lurking in the background…
To make it, I decided to make another first of my Red Leaf matcha escapades and put the tea in cold almond milk. I had my first matcha latte with Bavarian Crème and here I decided to take that one step further. I put ½ tsp of tea in a small amount (maybe 2 tbsp) of cold almond milk. I whisked that up and found that the tea dissolved nicely. Then, I added the rest of the cup. It turned out great! The flavour is 100% English Toffee. Toffee caramel sweetness combined with chocolate. Yum! I didn’t feel like I was drinking matcha at all. There was zero grassiness or bitterness. It was like sweet silk in my mouth. Red Leaf definitely captured the flavour of my beloved English Toffee Cappuccinos and they did it without the coffee. How’d they do that!?
This tea was an absolute event for me. Red Leaf has such an amazing variety of products that choosing just one (or two, as I did this time) took a painstaking amount of effort. But if the biggest dilemma I have in a day is which delicious dessert tea to buy, I’ll be a happy camper. I eagerly anticipated this tea’s arrival and saved it for the weekend so I could savour it in peace. And savour it I did.
Prior to trying this tea, I had only ever had straight matcha, made the traditional Japanese way. I had never tried a matcha latte. I had never had a flavoured matcha. And I had never had Bavarian Cream. This morning, I made myself a cup of Bavarian Cream matcha latte and had:
1) my first matcha latte,
2) my first flavoured matcha, and
3) my first taste of Bavarian Cream.
Three firsts! And then my eyes rolled back. And my body sank into the couch. It was quite the experience. And I am hooked! It’s like Pokemon. You have to try them all! I certainly will try. I have to say the Bavarian Cream flavour is top notch though. You can find it here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/bavarian-cream-matcha.html
Having only had straight matcha before, I was expecting this tea to have some bitterness. I bought the “Robust” flavour and found no bitterness that I would normally associate with matcha. There were some undertones of matcha in the cup, but definitely no bitterness. It’s almost as thought the Bavarian Cream flavour does the job of the candies that you are traditionally supposed to have with matcha and cuts the bitterness. Anyway, back to the flavour. I initially noticed the lack of bitterness. The first flavour that came through was that of vanilla and cream. It was custard! This was my first taste of Bavarian Cream, so I can’t claim that this tea reproduces it perfectly, but I can claim that it is delicious. I guess Bavarian Cream is a type of custard and the flavour is custard-y, so it probably does a good job. Also, my boyfriend took a whiff and he said that it smells like Bavarian Cream. He’s not big on tea, so he wasn’t interested in trying any, but did comment that this would make a great icing. I agree. I think it would also be excellent in a cake. Bavarian Cream matcha cake…mmmm…That sounds so delicious. I will have to experiment.
This was my first matcha latte too! It was great with almond milk. I will definitely be doing this again.
I have to confess I went to David’s today for the sole purpose of trying this tea. And taking a breather from work at lunch. And checking out the construction at Queen West and Spadina. So I guess English Rose wasn’t the sole purpose of my trip, but I digress.
I tried this tea iced as the “Tea of the day” and sadly, it left me underwhelmed. I’m not really partial to flowery teas, but I don’t mind them. Rose blends, however, tend to be overwhelmingly rosy. And this one definitely veers in that direction. I was hoping I’d be able to taste the black tea or the sweetness from the alleged chocolate that’s in there, but no. Nothing. Just rose. I guess this would be a great tea for someone who really likes rose. It’s just not for me.
Love at first sip indeed!
When I was little, I used to spend my summers at my grandparent’s cottage. They had apricot trees, among many others. Whenever I finished eating an apricot, I would leave the pits out in the sun to dry and look forward to the day I could crack them open and eat their delicious seeds. This tea brings that yummy memory back.
I’ve actually had this tea for a while. I bought it when it first came out and enjoyed it regularly for several weeks, but then I had a brewing mishap. I over-leafed and the tea turned into a nasty, bitter, nauseating mess. I couldn’t face it again…until tonight. And I’m glad I did. It has a wonderful apricot-pit aroma, with a touch of sweetness and creaminess. I brewed it in pure vanilla almond breeze and it was magic in my mouth.
Curse you Prairie Berry for being so darn delicious! ( > . < ) Seriously. This is one yummy berry and I am on a no-more-tea-buying-because-it’s-threatening-to-overtake-my-apartment program. My cupboard is filled to bursting and I think I have more kinds of tea than David’s does on their walls. But this is good. And it’s even better because it’s been quite an educational experience. I didn’t even know what a Saskatoon berry was before I met Prairie Berry. So I guess I can say I’m better for having tried it. Mmmm. I look forward to deleting some teas from my cupboard to make room for this beauty. Also excellent with vanilla almond breeze.