1246 Tasting Notes

100
drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1246 tasting notes

I definitely got this right this time. Holy matcha!

Size: Small (30g)
Quality: Basic
Type: Regular
Flavor: Delicate
Made with an oversized scoop of matcha, 8oz. coconut milk and 1 tsp of Truvia. Mixed with a chasen.
http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/caramel-matcha.html

This is, by far, the best matcha I’ve had from Red Leaf. If I could give it a higher rating, I would! I tried this the other day and it tasted ‘off’ to me. My daughter said it was how almond/coconut milk tastes, and yet… just wasn’t right, especially knowing how many of you love this one.

So, I tried again today. Pure coconut milk, mixed with a chasen, added more milk, some Truvia… and I gulped the whole cup down in less than three minutes. For someone who had to swear off sugar a while ago, this is the best possible fix for a caramel-lover. It’s exactly like biting into a caramel, minus the sticking-to-your-teeth gooeyness.

Preparation
Iced

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88
drank Mango Lassi by DAVIDsTEA
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Oh Mango Lassi, I oversteeped you too, and now you taste more like chamomile than my throat enjoys. Still lovely and delicious, and hopefully sleep-inducing, too.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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46
drank Mint Choc Rooibos by Bluebird Tea Co.
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Even oversteeped somewhat, this is still a pretty faint blend. Yes, I can taste the peppermint and cocoa, and yes, it’s quite lovely… yet faint. I want more, a fuller, thicker taste. If it were, this would be my all-time favorite mint chocolate tea, and that’s saying a lot.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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77
drank Enchanted Narnia by Bluebird Tea Co.
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So, let’s be clear. I steer away from floral blends. So why did I purchase a tea that has, literally, small rosebuds in it? The billing of “turkish delight”, of course. The fact that Bluebird is run by Canadian expats in the UK also helps.

Out of the bag, this smells like chocolate roses. Steeped I got little smell out of it. Taste-wise… I’m confused. I want to like it. I want to taste turkish delight. And yet? I add some Truvia. Okay, now I get turkish delight, the kind that’s been imbued with some form of light floral flavoring. It’s still a touch rose-y for me, however I can get past that.

Fans of turkish delight dipped in a light layer of chocolate that don’t mind floral blends will like this. Or, little girls who want high tea with something really, really pretty. Seriously, the little rosebuds are ADORABLE.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 45 sec
Dinosara

Ooh, I need to try this one! It sounds perfect for me.

Tuscanteal

I just love the name… takes me back to being a kid

MissB

Great name and really fun idea for a tea. Dinosaura, I will gladly send you the rest of what I have, although that may only be a few cups’ worth.

Dinosara

I may have to take you up on that! Maybe we can do a swap post-holidays. :)

MissB

Sounds like a great idea to me. :)

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74
drank Rooibos Ginger Peach by Tea of Life
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Thank you to CelebriTEA for sharing some of this with me. :)

I needed to start drinking rooibos earlier than I did tonight, and this was an excellent choice to start with. I get mostly peach out of this bagged rooibos blend, and while I do miss the ginger (because I LOVE ginger), I’m quite content with a peach rooibos as well.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Maple Pecan Black Tea by Design a Tea
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Oddly, I don’t have this in my cupboard, even though Dexter3657 sent some to me a while back.

I’ll say it again, even though I’m repeating myself: I love the concept of this company! Make my own tea blends? This rocks!

Out of the bag it definitely smells like a maple syrup pecan black tea, and it vaguely reminds me of a Cabane a Sucre I went to when I was 19 just outside of Montreal. We started the day by learning how to tap maple syrup, then rolling it in ice for maple syrup lollipops, then eating a 12 course meal (where everything had maple syrup in it, including the drinks), and then listening/dancing/singing along to French Canadian music. Yes, this is a fond memory, and this tea evokes it easily.

I did steep this one way too long (again), as I seem to have almost every black during the past few days. What can I say? I was packing up tea for Dexter3657, Sarah, and a colleague in Australia. Still, the flavors are present, even if there’s a bit of dryness to the blend. Maple? Check. Pecan? Only slightly, at the end of the sip, and it seems to be what’s feeling dry. If I could figure out how to bring out the pecan a bit more, this would rank higher. Luckily, I have enough to play with a bit.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Tuscanteal

I didn’t know the Breville could be set to steep for 20 mins… Or are you doing the old fashioned way? Set an alarm on your phone

MissB

I’m only drinking one cup at a time of late, just to try out more teas. The only downfall of the Breville is that I have to brew quite a bit of tea at once, and sometimes I just want to try something out. So I’ve been using the Breville to boil the water to the right temperature, sticking a tea bag of loose tea in my mug, and then… doing something else. :$

OMGsrsly

Isn’t the minimum 500ml? :D That’s a “cup” for me…

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82
drank Pineapple Mango by Ann Arbor TeaHaus
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Thank you to Allie for sharing this sample with me!

I made sure not to mess this one up, even though Allie was generous and sent more more than enough for a few cups’ worth.

I taste more mango than anything when it’s straight and hot, however when I sweeten it, it’s all pineapple juiciness. Tasty and easy to drink, with zero astringency or bitterness. It’s all smooth at the finish too, likely due to the mango (which I can actually taste the granularity of the mango, how weird and awesome is that?!)

Thanks again Allie for letting me try this. I’ll definitely enjoy this to it’s fullest.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Allie

I’m glad you are enjoying it! :-)

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83

I keep on messing up this tea. It’s too expensive for me to keep on messing up! :)

Steeped it close to 18 minutes today, completely by accident. Therefore, I’m definitely getting some bitterness at the end of the sip, however the clove shines now, and the orange is more prominent. Still missing anything vanilla, bourbon or custard however… then again, I’m not using milk or sweetener, and there is a slight caramel finish. Still good though, and hopefully next time I can do this right.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
BrewTEAlly Sweet

:D my name:) I must have it!

MissB

It’s relatively expensive. Cost me $24/100g, and I found it at Holt Renfrew, if it helps. I can send you some?

Ysaurella

24$ ? gosh…here in Paris it is 7 or 8 euros for 100g…did you get a tin at least for this price ?

Tuscanteal

French teas = expensive. Good to know it’s at Holt Renfrew. I called there and spoke with a snooty receptionist who said they weren’t carrying Mariages Freres, so thank you MissB for confirming with me :)

MissB

Holt Renfrew most definitely carries it; they probably didn’t realize you were speaking of tea. Mostly sachets though, although this came in a tin. In Vancouver they’re in the mall downtown (Pacific Centre?). Walk to Holt Renfrew from the upstairs walkway from the mall, and as you enter the store they should be all right there, kind of blocking you from getting past them.

Ysaurella, someone will ask you to be a tea mule if you aren’t careful! :) The cost is so high because of availability here and shipping. Cheapest I can find it online is 13.50 euros, and then shipping is 25 euros. The only other place I could find in town that sells MF teas, sells them for $38 CDN a tin.

JustJames

sil has it all broken down: with shipping if you buy 13 blends/100g per it’s 16$ canadian INCLUDING shipping. (she’s got a whole algorithm thing going). costs a lot less if you go for bags versus tins. ysaurella had to bludgeon me a few times before i saw that, lol. pretty tins…..

Cavocorax

Hahah. I’m a sucker for pretty tins. Unless I realize I’m spending $8 for them! :O

OMGsrsly

It’s in the Holiday Gift Shop area of Holt Renfrew, with all the jams and italian boxed cakes and things.

MissB

Ah, thank you OMGsrsly. I’m having computer problems, or else I would’ve posted pretty much exactly that.

I’ll likely buy a whack of DM and The O Dor my next paycheck (so, end of the month), if anyone wants to grab some with me since 100g is just so much… and then save on shipping, too.

OMGsrsly

OMG, MissB! The O Dor! What’s DM, though? My acronym-translator is failing me. :)

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80

After having quite a few of Red Leaf’s matcha’s, I’m learning that some really do need a much stronger flavoring than delicate. Lesson learned.

Size: Large (60g)
Quality: Classic
Type: Regular
Flavor: Delicate
Made with 8oz coconut milk, 1 tsp Truvia, and mixed with a chasen.
http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/belgium-chocolate-matcha.html

This smells like matcha to me out of the bag, even though I was hoping for something a bit more cocoa-like. Taste-wise, I wanted a whallop of chocolate flavoring, yet really only felt like it was somewhat cocoa-y at the very end of the cup, when it was more sweetened than the rest. I can tell it is a chocolate matcha, however I need to ramp this one up to robust next time. Good, and likely great with a different base or flavoring.

Preparation
Iced
BrewTEAlly Sweet

Maybe a black matcha or white even! This one sounds amazing!

MissB

I’ve heard a black base is amazing with this one, as well as upping the flavor level.

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83
drank Egyptian Secret by Design a Tea
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Many thanks to Dexter365 for this sample that I completely forgot about in my swap drawer. Time to sipdown!

This is a lovely tea, perfect decaf to help me get back to sleep after only two hours of rest. I’m getting mostly sweet almonds from this, with a little bit of dryness from the chamomile towards the middle and end.

I love this company concept, and need to spend more time on their website playing with new creations. Muahahahahaa…..!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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Teaholic! Currently loving flavored blacks, greens, whites, green rooibos blends, straight blacks and greens, and have a long-standing adoration for herbals/medicinals. Dessert teas top my list along with anything cocoa-y.

I own an obscene amount of tea, and am always happy to share. Having said that, I’m traveling indefinitely (currently in France, was in Ireland and England prior, next up Belgium) so my stash will sit and wait for me, as I send back tea to explore more when I get home again.

In addition to loving tea, I’m a dating columnist, single mom, nerd, and avid knitter. I read way too much, type even more, and spend my ‘free’ time exploring, playing board games, reading, hiking, hanging with friends.

Allergies: Strawberries and all grains. I’m having a mild allergic reaction to both lavender and some roses in tea, and thus I’m avoiding these for now as well. I also avoid sugar and Splenda where possible.

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