128 Tasting Notes
Busted out the matcha again this ‘morning’ (it’s 1pm here), because I’m devoted to trying all of my various incarnations of these delicious drinks before I manage to share them all in swaps.
So cheesecake it is today, although there may have been some pineapple on the spoon as well from having just packaged up some for JennyFur.
Size: Small (30g)
Quantity used: one matcha scoop in 8oz of cold coconut milk
Mixed with a chasen
All I smell when I open the package is butter. Creamy butter. Lovely, however not what I normally associate with cheesecake. Drinking it also gives me butter at the start – which is delicious! Still, I want more cheesecake-y tang. After about half of the cup is finished however, I start to get the tang – so maybe I just needed to use more chasen-whipping skills to get this right. Yum….
Hey, did anyone see the newest offering on Red Leaf yet? Starbucks-comparable green tea frappuchino. Oh.. this makes me excited. I used to down those things like nobody’s business…
Hm. I swore I’d already cracked this one open. Perhaps it was for a swap with one of you?
Anyway. This is a fascinating blend, in that it smells very differently than it tastes. Prior to steeping and right after, it mostly smells like rooibos with a bit of vanilla in there. After steeping and cooling down, now it’s almost completely vanilla with a bit of rooibos at the very end.
Drinking it was pleasant – it has the mouthfeel of cream, and the flavor of vanilla cream. Only a hint of spice comes out at the end, and I wish there was a touch more nutmeg in here to make it really, truly an eggnog (to me). It is absolutely delicious however, and I’m glad I was only able to grab a larger bag of this.
A huge thanks to JennyFur for sharing this with me in our swap!
I was really excited about this tea, even though JennyFur wasn’t a huge fan of it. I love lemonade and I’ve had some lovely decaf lemon teas of late, so I was hoping to have an excuse to get even more.
Unfortunately, I had to search for steeping instructions, and prepared the tea for drinking prior to realizing it was only suitable (or recommended) as a cold brew. Darn it! It was wet already from my having washed out the steamer basket.. so I just committed to it hot. Yep, I can do this.
Like JennyFur, I found this to be really Pledge-like smelling. It actually smells quite lovely, it’s just.. there’s something chemical-y about it. I actually like the taste, although I seem to be having a reaction to it. Sweetened, it tastes lovely as well – and still this reaction.
Sigh. I’m really grateful to JennyFur for sharing this; she saved me a lot of cash by letting me try a sample. I’m going to leave off a rating, because I think to do it justice, I should have cold brewed it instead.
I wanted something decaf this afternoon as my sleep schedule is completely out of whack – and this is (again) what fell on me from tea cupboard #2.
Out of the bag, this tea smells interestingly – lots going on. Something fruity and dry, lemon-y and floral, and other things I couldn’t quite place. Drinking it is a similar experience for me… there’s a lot going on here. Something mildly floral supports a berry of some sort. There’s a tart apple lower in the mix (comes out more with Truvia) and something granular I’m gapping on as to what it is. A hint of eucalyptus in there too, but that one I feel more than I taste – like inhaling vaborub or something similar, I can feel my chest expanding. Zero flavor that I’m getting out of it though.
This is an unusual cup of tea, and really fun to drink in that I can pick out all these different variations. I think it’s a “love” tea for someone else though. I’ve got a few cups left if anyone wants to try it?
Oh my, this is so delicious. I think I’ve figured out how to make this to my liking now. Yay!
Size: Large (60g)
Mixed up a heaping matcha spoon of matcha with about 8oz of coconut milk, and whisked it all together with my new chasen (thanks Zen Tea, for shipping that in record time, yet again!) The chasen made all the difference and it took me less than 15 seconds to get all the globs out.
Out of the bag, this definitely smells like a ooey, gooey caramel popcorn. My mouth watered immediately. So good! Mixed up, this tastes almost exactly as it’s described: buttery, caramel-y popcorn. My only complaint is that I didn’t order it with a stronger flavor level. I’ll order it as distinctive next time – which I’m definitely doing. Ordering more, that is… when I’m done the massive amount that I have now.
Holy floral bergamot, Batman! This is one strongly flavored tea.
I can’t remember why I grabbed this initially – I think perhaps it was to assuage a guy I once knew that loves Earl Grey, and wanted more decaf options, so I grabbed him this sample. Regardless, he’s out of the picture and this tea is what fell on me tonight, and so… I’m drinking it.
It smells VERY strongly of bergamot in the bag, and even more so as it steeps. This is very definitely a strong tea. Plus, an EIGHT minute steep? Okay, if you say so.. and it’s strong. Faintly floral, very bergamot, and a hint of rooibos.
I think if I was gaga for strong Earl Greys and wanted a nighttime fix, I’d drink this. Is it for me? Not really.
This smells delicious just out of the pouch – like a lovely Carribean boozy drink. Steeped, it smells less so, however still yummy.
My first cup of this was underwhelming, although nice. Creamy coconut shines through most of the other flavoring, with only a hint of something fruity in the background. Sweetened however with some Truvia, and the pineapple pops into the juicy, delicious forefront.
Inspired by VariaTea and her desiring some of this, I opened up the package (just received this morning!) to try it out.
Flavor Level: Delicate
Size: Large (60g)
Buy it here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/cookies-and-cream-matcha.html
Opening the bag was a pleasant experience. I smelled mostly cream, with a hint of something chocolatey and cripsy, if you can smell crispy. Mixed it up in some coconut milk with the FREE wooden matcha spoon included in this order (thank you!), and started sipping away.
The first thing I taste is the cream, and then a very much oreo-like chocolate cookie. I haven’t had an actual oreo in many years due to grain intolerances, so I can only go on memory – and it actually feels like I’ve eaten an oreo cookie.
There is something that tastes a bit off to me though, and I can’t quite place it. Maybe a chemical-ness to the vanilla/cream? It may however be my coconut milk (the kids have a tendency to leave it out on the counter), so I’ll leave it at that.
A tasty treat, and one I’ll definitely have more of.
This was tucked away in my cupboard, and I had to search for it, knowing it would be sipdown with just a sample size to tide me over.
Opening the package is quite a treat. Creamy, sweet lemon wafted up to greet me. I want to take a bite out of this smell, it’s so delicious!
Drinking this is similar to what I imagine drinking a buttery lemon pudding would be: tart and sweet, full and thick, with a lot of buttery flake somewhere in there to boot. I wish there was more cream, and I’m missing the other elements the description raves about (caramel, orange, etc.) It is very delicious though, I just think I prefer Tealish’s Lemon Meringue more – and only because of the creaminess in the other blend.
I’m hesitant to try this tea, only because I’ve had little luck with anything so far from Naked Teas Galore. Yet in my super-obsession, I’ve decided making room is more important – and thus when this fell down, it was my choice for the evening. Oh yeah, and a green/rooibos blend, which should be interesting for sleep this evening.
In the bag this did smell like a creamy candy cane, with a hint of floral notes. Steeped, it tastes mildly minty for the first cup or so. Slowly it evolved into something a bit creamier and decadent, but it really wasn’t great until I added some Truvia. Then, it really did become a minty, creamy candy cane, and likely better if I was willing to add some cream/milk/soy to it.
Steeping parameters were interesting: 3-4 min on the bag (2-3 min on their website) and 176F (my kettle went to 175F), and 1 tsp/6oz, so I overleafed slightly at 1.5 tsp per 8 oz.
I doubt I’ll restock this, however I’m sure I’ll manage to drink it down.