1114 Tasting Notes

89

Finally! I got a matcha to taste as it should. This time, it was actually better than the last time that I remember it: it was like drinking a peanut butter pie, minus the crust. Creamy, delicious peanut butter whipped into cream. Delicious!

Heaping 1/4 tsp matcha mixed with 1/4 cup heavy cream.

Preparation
Iced 0 tsp 2 OZ / 59 ML
VariaTEA

Yay for matcha success!!

MissB

It must be because of the Distinctive level flavoring… I was almost ready to give up on my matchas. :(

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84
drank Pineapple Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Another one from my first order that really, really needs more than delicate level flavoring. I did however get a hint of pineapple this time (yay!) so that makes me think I can likely, with help, sip this one down.

Heaping 1/4 tsp in 1/4 cup of heavy cream.

Preparation
Iced
Stephanie

Sounds delish

MissB

If you do ever grab it, I highly recommend at least a Distinctive flavoring… I’d share but it’s really just too subtle with Delicate.

Stephanie

thanks for the tip :) Eventually I’ll order more matcha…

Sil

with fruit flavours try distinctive first… sometimes with robust they’re too artifical. this one is great at a distinctive level imo

Fjellrev

I’ve been spoiling myself with nothing less than Robust. Good to know about the fruit-flavoured ones because I haven’t ordered any of those yet.

Sil

i started out with robust, and found with SOME flavours, the distinctive is enough flavour for me. I don’t think personally, for how i like my matcha, i’d ever drop down below that heh

OMGsrsly

I agree with Sil! This one was great at Distinctive.

MissB

Darn you all. This is my mopey face having to drink down delicate-level matchas. There should be a cautionary warning – order at Distinctive first! :P

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69

Oversteeped this has more honeybush than anything in it, plus the creamy coconut from prior steeps that I remember. Still zero sign of the cheesecake. Boo. Future reference: steep at a lower temp for a max of 5 minutes.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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88
drank Lime Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
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When you oversteep this tea, there’s too much lime, and the chiffon gets thrown way in the background. The rooibos is also very present… and thus I will brew this tea in the future for a max 5 minutes only.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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72
drank Raspberry Earl by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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A chameleon of a tea: starts of with lovely raspberry taking over the EG notes, then the EG pops up as it cools to say hello, and when cold, it’s lost most of the raspberry and gains the perfumey floral flavor I equate with bergamot oil. Lovely piping hot, loved it less as it cooled.

Flavors: Berries, Flowers

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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79
drank Christmas Cake by Bluebird Tea Co.
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100% spice cake, maybe with a hint of dried fruit in there, the kind that goes with those uber-heavy Christmas cakes. It’s a bit surprising how accurate the flavoring is, down to the breadiness of the taste (although missing in the mouthfeel). While spice cake has always been something I’ve kinda avoided, this does remind me of a spiced ginger cake my Mom would whip up at Christmas, saying it was a Dutch delicacy that we had to try. Yep, it’s pretty bang-on for that.

Thank you KittyLovesTea for this perfect 2-cup sample!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
JustJames

i am one of those whackos that loves xmas cake….. this is going MY list!!!!

MissB

Oh, I’ll send you the cup or so I have left! It’s already off their website, sadly, until next year (maybe?)

JustJames

how do i consistently set myself up for this? no no, you gave this 100. you finish it. enjoy. you are just as sleep deprived as i am. it’s a lovely thought though.

MissB

I gave it 100? No, I gave it a 79. It’s easy enough to put it in an envelope for next time – and you know as well as I do, I have too much tea! :P

JustJames

oh…. i really need sleep. i saw the 100% fruit cake. geez…..

Anna

…you mean spice cake. JJ, GET SOME SLEEP!

Suziqzer

It’s alright JJ.. I saw fruitcake too (& I’m not a fan). I think maybe because she said spice cake with a hint of fruit… My mind turned that to fruitcake. :)

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100
drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Sigh. I’m doing something weird with my matchas. Even my beloved caramel is only tasting so-so to me today. :(

Heaping 1/4 tsp in 1/4 cup of heavy cream, mixed well with a chasen, added only a sprinkle of sweetener.

Flavors: Caramel, Cream

Preparation
Iced 0 tsp 2 OZ / 59 ML
OMGsrsly

:( Hopefully you’re not coming down with anything.

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77
drank The Pint by Custom-Adagio Teas
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An interesting assam and gunpowder -based tea with interesting notes of tartness, ginger, cream and something else a bit darker back there in the mix. I wish there was more ginger in here.. right now it’s a bit mellow in the background, almost like a faint ginger creme. It’s still lovely, and I’m glad I steeped it for a short time to eradicate all possible bitterness.

Thanks to Khaleesical for sharing this in the 12 Days of Christmas tea swap!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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76
drank Irish Cream Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Note to self: try this with a black base, and robust flavoring. Right now, at delicate flavoring and the green base, I’m just missing out on anything Irish Cream-ish. It’s still yummy and creamy, however I want some of the ole Irish in me. ;)

In unrelated news, my son got another notice home saying there’s a lice infestation at his school. Sigh. For whatever reason, the four times this has happened in the past two years, I’m the only one that gets it. For those (like me) trying to avoid the harshest of chemicals in those lice treatments – use Listerine. Dump half a bottle over your head (I use a lot, because I have very long, thick hair), leave it in for an hour, and then wash your hair normally. It works like a charm, although frankly I do feel slightly ill after — I’m told because the alcohol in the Listerine gets absorbed by your skin. Also, this is a much cheaper option… $2 vs $37.

Now on to our regularly scheduled programming…

Heaping 1.4 tsp in 1/4 cup of heavy cream.

Flavors: Cream

Preparation
Iced 0 tsp 2 OZ / 59 ML
OMGsrsly

Good luck!

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78

My first reaction to sipping this tea was, “Oh, wow.”Yep, it surprised me with it’s smooth-as-silky-cream feel, and the very light peppermint flavoring. Would I immediately think Candy Cane when drinking this tea? Hm. Likely not, and I’m confuzzled as to why I’m saying that. It’s a lovely, creamy peppermint tea… it’s just not candy cane to me. It’s still delicious, and I’ll be happy happy sipping this one down.

Thank you to KittyLovesTea for sharing the cutest little package of this with me!

Flavors: Cream

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Teaholic! Currently loving flavored blacks, greens, whites and 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 (like Laoshan Black, any of Verdant’s chai’s and Whispering Pines’ Mint Chocolate Chip). Missing living near a tea shoppe that offers a lot of options; other than DAVIDs a few blocks away, I’m buying most of my stuff online. Still, I have more than two cupboards devoted to tea, and a ridiculous amount of it!

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 either running, swinging kettlebells, or hanging with friends.

I love tea swaps, and will gladly swap anything I have that I have enough of to share.

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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