1221 Tasting Notes
Backlogged from earlier tonight.
Went to Faubourg with some friends tonight, a French patisserie in downtown Vancouver. They sell Mariage Freres tea there, and this was the first one that caught my eye. (For the record, they also sell them in the tins, however 50g is $38… Holt Renfrew is $24).
I found the smell of this tea to be standard rooibos, however the flavoring was very vanilla-rich, almost like a custardy booze. I re-steeped it twice with zero flavor loss, however I still wanted more out of this. More… bourbon? I dunno. I guess I just expected more from such an expensive tea, and one that’s hard to find here. I’ll order it again if it’s around, however I’ll likely never buy any loose for the house.
Backlogged from earlier today.
Was out with a former colleague and friend at Cafe Deux Soleils (gosh I love that place!) and decided I had to have some matcha to perk me up. So, I brought my chasen, scoop and matcha with me in my bag, and then mixed it up at the table in some almond milk. Because I’m weird like that, and because really… it was one of the most normal things going on in hipsterville.
Size: 60g (Large)
It smells delicious – like toffee – however I felt that this tasted similarly to many of the other matchas I’ve had of late. Still super yummy, and I’m glad I have a lot left so that I can try out other combinations to see if I just missed something. I also added zero sweetener (forgot it at home), so that may be a part of the story there. May even try more tomorrow, just to see what’s what.
Having said all of that, it’s still buttery and delicious!
I think I received this in a swap from Dexter3657, and so, thank you for sharing! This is a tea I really wanted to try. Just the title is intriguing, and then the ingredient list? Fascinating.
I’m unsure what I was expecting here though – perhaps a decaf (it’s not, and it’s almost 1am here, so… I’m tempting my sleep yet again). Perhaps a tasty, veggie tea treat? Dunno. All I know is, this both smells and tastes very vegetal, and really I find it just to be a green tea for the most part. It’s also gotten quite astrigent even though I steeped it for only three minutes at a low temperature… perhaps I did something wrong.
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.