1246 Tasting Notes
I definitely got this right this time. Holy matcha!
Size: Small (30g)
Made with an oversized scoop of matcha, 8oz. coconut milk and 1 tsp of Truvia. Mixed with a chasen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
Made with 8oz coconut milk, 1 tsp Truvia, and mixed with a chasen.
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.
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…..!