4723 Tasting Notes

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drank Golden Monkey Black Tea by Teavivre
4723 tasting notes

SIPDOWN!

Also, still getting an initial smokey taste from this tea as I steep it. Not sure what’s up with that, but I do enjoy it and would order this again.

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drank Pear Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Very nearly a sipdown, to the point that I may not finish the rest of this matcha. I’m finding the intensity of the pear matcha overwhelming today and the subtle artificial taste is making me not happy. I had to add chocolate matcha to this to make it drinkable. I suspect that i would love this a lot more with delicate flavouring instead of the robust. At the end of the day it’s just not my favourite anymore.

Indigobloom

Boo :(
Surprised it isn’t dampened by smoothies!

Sil

oh god. i WISH it was… it’s like POW IN YOUR FACE! If i have this left by the time you come over.. you are for sure welcome to the last of it haha

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drank Creamy Eggnog by Butiki Teas
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Last tea of the evening as I’m having a pretty rough day today. I was good for the most part until my other half came home and made me talk about why i was upset lol. Good on him of course (and nothing to do with him) but now i’m all cried out and dehydrated. So after having some more water and some food, i wanted a comforting tea to end the night with. Something that would be enough to put a smile on my face without me having to venture into a new tea or find a sample to sip down. As i flipped through my cupboard it was this one that first caught my eye – likely since i try to stay away from blacks this late in the evening, even if the caffeine doesn’t affect me.

So now i’m sipping on this creamy cup of happy. I enjoy that even though this is sweet and creamy, i can still taste the green base in the tea. I’m also chuckling a little at Ysaurella who also had a cup of this tonight who doesn’t enjoy this as much as i do. Perfectly alright of course, but just a reminder of how different things work for different people. :)

Courtney

Hope tomorrow is better :)

Lala

Hope you feel better!

Sil

Tomorrow is always another day. My cup of tea is helping :) appreciate it guys

MissLena

Feel better soon! Thank goodness for tea :)

Miss Starfish

Hope things improve :)

Donna A

I like this one, enough that I re-ordered it. Its especially nice in the evening.

Fjellrev

Hold your chin up! I hope you’ll feel better too.

Ysaurella

absolutely agree Sil, and as the ratings were so high for this tea I know I will retry it (I am always doing several try with teas anyway this is often a question of personal taste and personal arrangments with steeping times, amount of leaves etc…)

Indigobloom

Good man, your bf! tell him I approve ;)

Butiki Teas

Sorry to hear that you aren’t feeling so great. I hope today is treating you better.

Sil

yeah. My other half wins for being awesome. today is a better day. i have new teas i’m trying.

Donna A

Nothing like new teas to try to make it a better day!

CelebriTEA

Creamy cup of HAPPY is right on target…mmm

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drank Cola Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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I have to say, I’ve probably had too much tea today but that didn’t stop me from wanting to finally break down and try the Cola flavoured matcha that I purchased a little while back.
Now, since I switched over to drinking tea last year, I only occasionally drink pop now and it’s typically a treat. Part of the reason I wanted to try this matcha was because i really like the taste of cola but i don’t want all the sugar in my diet anymore, and don’t even get me started on "diet’ or zero calorie versions. So i thought that i’d try out this matcha and see how it compared.
I ordered the Distinctive flavour of matcha, with the standard green base. When i opened the bag it was exactly like those Coke bottle gummies – which coincidently are also some of my favourites :) Now for those of you that know me, you know that i never really drink my matcha straight. 99.999% of the time it’s with milk in a smoothie or latte form. Today though? I opted for the water bottle method that many people on steepster use. I added a sifted teaspoon to one of my bottles with water and some ice and shook! When i took my first sip it was pure delicious coke bottle goodness! I wouldn’t call this coca-cola, rather it’s more that generic “cola” taste, which is exactly what i’d prefer. I added just a touch of sweetener to the bottle and it was perfect! I will for sure be drinking this more in the spring and summer on my bike rides for that extra bit of yum!

You can order it here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/coca-cola-matcha.html

Preparation
Iced
Fjellrev

Ohh, cola bottles. Those are yummy, and I can totally see how this would work with just water. Thanks for reviewing this. I may get this someday. :)

Indigobloom

Oh man, hope you don’t mind if I grab a cuppa when we’re over!!

Sil

IB sure thing. It will take me a while to get through it so by all means

Sil

Incendiare – it’s surprisingly better than i thought it would be, though because i prefer using matcha in smoothies, it’s got a somewhat limited life cycle in my cupboard (aka summer).

Lala

I ordered some of this and can’t wait for it to come in. I couldn’t resist the deal on french butter cookie, so I thought I would get a bunch of other flavours too.

ashmanra

Interesting! I do like Coke and Pepsi okay, but like you I try to seriously limit my intake of them. I also try to buy the Coke in glass bottles from Mexico, since they do not have HFCS, but cane sugar. And I agree….don’t even get me started on the diet stuff! JacquelineM, I think, sent me a recipe for homemade Coke syrup a while back and I finally just got around to buying some star anise so maybe I can make it!

gmathis

Drinking pop is a shock to the system when you haven’t touched one for months … soft drink came with our cheapie lunch deal today; my system doesn’t know how to handle Dr. Pepper any more!

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Sipdown of this tea as well because I’m splitting the sample i receive from verdant to let my other friend try this tea. She’s a huge fan of white and greens teas so I’d like to try and get a few higher end teas to her to see if she really enjoys them.

White teas are generally not my thing. Not because i hate them, but because i don’t like them lol My taste buds tend to feel largely unable to get much out of whites. Generally when i drink white teas, the weight of them is so imperceptible, that most of the time i feel like i’m drinking hot water with a splash of “something very nearly undetectable.”

This tea? It’s better than most. Initially it was much like drinking something the way that Hay smells. That fresh barnyard smell after you’ve cleaned all the stalls out. I have to say, after several steeps though, I’m just feeling like i’ve had too much water to drink. Again, not a bad tea, but nothing that knocks my socks off.

It did give me a chance for more practice with my gaiwan, so that’s wonderful. :)

Barbara

Initially I wasn’t very impressed with the somewhat hayish smell and taste of the ordinary Silver Needle either. Somehow it grew on me however… :-)

Nicole

I have not been impressed with many whites. Only from Shang. Those are the only ones I’ve been able to say taste like something besides water.

Starfevre

I’m the same way with white teas.

tigress_al

That is what makes the tea world so wonderful, the variety and choice that is offered to us. Personally, I love whites!

Sil

tigress – i think everyone is in agreement there…especially given the size of most of our cupboards hahaha

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SIDOWN! I’m glad i had enough of this sample to try this again because this time i am getting a MUCH nicer blueberry cream taste instead of just “rooibos.” That being said i must have steeped it for more than 10 mins. That being said, i’m not sure how much i want to keep a tea in my cupboard that requires me to steep it forever to get the flavour :)

A decent enough tea, so i’ll be open to trying other teas from this company if i get back to edmonton for a visit. :)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Fjellrev

Me too, the samples they sent me have definitely piqued my curiosity.

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Well I figured that i should try and give at least ONE of my reserve club teas a try. I figure if i can hit one a week, then each month i’ll actually get around to trying all 4 that i receive. Though they’ll be some overlap since canada delivery means i don’t get my order until halfway through the month. That being said, i still have january and february to get through lol

So i’m 98% certain i’ve never had a sheng before. I’m also fairly certain that my gaiwan skills can use a little honing. However, practice makes perfect! This tea not only smells like “up north” but the first tasting of this reminds me of liking a cedar chest. Not that i’ve done that before, but it tastes like i imagine doing that would. It’s a delicious mellow flavour that is a pleasure to drink.

Edit: really enjoying the steeps of this one as they progress. A wonderful afternoon tea for some reflection.

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Sipdown!

This is going into my swap out box. I was fairly sure that i wouldn’t enjoy this as it’s both earl grey AND lavender but i’m open to trying new things :) It has a really nice start to the tea..but then the lavender comes out of nowhere and ruins it. I am REALLY not a fan of lavender.

However, if you are a fan of lavender or early grey…you might really enjoy this tea.

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Sipdown on this one as well! Really not my favourite verdant blend no matter how much i try to enjoy it. It might be the abundance of chamomile left in the last of this one but it’s making me sneeze and there isn’t nearly as much of the chocolate flavour as there is usually.

Lala

From all the sipdowns your are having this weekend, it sounds like you are making a big dent in your tea cupboard.

Sil

Lala – i sure am trying haha. There are a bunch of unopened teas in my house that i’ve promised myself i can’t try until i get a bunch of my samples finished up. Should be able to get a few more done this weekend AND get a few sorted out for sipdowns to happen over the week :)

Sil

also, it helped that i packed up a few swaps this weekend too heh

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drank Laoshan Bilochun Green by Verdant Tea
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Sipdown as i’m having another run through of this tea today! The last remaining bit will be given to a friend of mine that is starting to get into tea.

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So no real clue what to write about myself here. A friend got me into drinking loose tea and it’s something I thoroughly enjoy though I have nowhere near the experience that many folks on the boards seem to have.

My other interests are cycling, reading, board games, disney cruises, world of warcraft and dancing – in no particular order. I love travelling and am currently working on trying to get my other half to as many place in the world as possible.

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