393 Tasting Notes
Using the last bit of milk in the house to make this. I’ve been using milk to make cereal instead of tea recently so it disappears too fast. I’ll have to buy more tomorrow after my volunteer shift.
This is tasty, though now I want to try it as a green matcha base because I’m finding that, despite liking black tea better than green, black matcha is not necessarily tastier than green matcha to me for some reason. If I had more milk I’d make a caramel matcha to compare with the caramel green matcha I had earlier this week. Alas.
So I’m trying to drink this pot of tea…that I actually made yesterday and didn’t drink. I’ve reheated this in the microwave twice so far. Hopefully it’s a good enough tea to stand up to this abusive treatment. I certainly liked it the first time I had it, if my tasting note is any indication.
Certainly malty and leathery and an eensy bit smokey (just enough that I can tolerate it, I hate smoke normally). Not cool enough to pick up the sweet potato flavour, I guess. Or possibly it was obliterated by the microwave.
Assuming I get to bed on time, I’ll just have this pot and resteep tomorrow but if the last few days are any indication, I might resteep tonight too.
Something minty to end the work day and leave a nice flavour in my mouth for the van ride home. And also not straight tea because that makes me have to pee before we get home and I have a doctor appointment straight after arriving in the parking lot. It will be a squish, but I think I can make it on time. Else I will be late. Oh well. The appointment’s an hour long so being late wouldn’t be the end of the world anyway. If the appointment were yesterday I would have been 20 minutes late because we hit the worst traffic I’ve ever seen on that drive (2 years in). Hopefully there won’t be another accident today.
Anyway, minty as usual. I used a bit less matcha today and it toned down the overpowering mintiness a little so it’s just pleasant rather than pow, although when frothing, it still threw up enough particles to make my eyes water. If you like mint, you’ll love this matcha.
I’m not sure that I qualify to make another discount review for this flavour, although this is my first time trying it with a green base, my other tin of the caramel flavour is the black base. I asked, but I haven’t gotten an answer back yet.
This is smooth and tasty with a distinctive (the concept not the flavouring level although it is in fact distinctive level flavouring) caramel taste to it. Sweet. I’ll have to do a side by side at some point to decide which base I like better of the two.
I think this one is going to be a finicky flavour for me. I added a bit too much matcha again and the faint chemical taste came back. I like this, I really do, but only if I make it correctly and apparently there’s a narrow band to do this. Glad I only got distinctive flavouring level.
I haven’t had a lot of boysenberries or boysenberry flavoured things (I think I might have had some jam blend at some point) so I can’t tell you if this is true to taste, but it is certainly tast_y_ and definitely of the berry family.
This review is for the classic matcha base and robust level of flavouring. After my last mega-batch of matchas were done at distinctive and I had been disappointed in some of them, I decided to up to power level on this next batch (and the one after it, which is already being shipped to me, heh).
This is a good flavoured matcha, but it doesn’t really knock my socks off. I’m rather picky about my berries and if this is what a true boysenberry tastes like, I’m pretty sure it’s one I wouldn’t seek out very often. I remember liking the jam though. Hard not to like jam.
According to wiki, a boysenberry is a cross between a European raspberry (not sure how that differs from a North American one), a common blackberry (yum, almost a weed up here in the Pacific Northwest), and a Loganberry (which I’m also not that familiar with). A loganberry is apparently a hybrid of a different type of blackberry and the same type of raspberry (European). So now we know. I think I like both raspberries and blackberries better separately.
You can find this matcha here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/boysenberry-matcha.html
Started my matcha drinking of the day off with this, as is my wont of late. I sip downed the distinctive flavouring level batch yesterday and brought in my (larger) tin of robust flavouring level matcha. That said, I really do not taste much difference between the two beyond a little extra creaminess. The distinctive ‘vanilla’ flavour just isn’t that improved with this change. Don’t get me wrong, I still like it, but it’s not what I hoped for. Perhaps the next level of flavouring up again next time.
Thanks to yssah for this sample. This may not be a true picture of the tea because I accidentally made it in the mug that still had a bit of french vanilla matcha in it so it’s kinda contaminated, even though I poured it into the correct mug almost immediately. So yeah…not quite a caffeine-free herbal anymore.
That being said, this is really a very apple-y tea. More on the tart side than the sweet side of the apple family. The hibiscus…I think I steeped it for too long, because I wasn’t paying attention and didn’t set a timer and now it’s pretty strong and making this tea taste not very good to me. I think I taste something that must be the roasted chicory root and it’s not sitting too well either. Summary – yuck.
Thanks yssah for sending me these…months ago. I just got around to opening the package and I’ll be working through these. I still have one bag to use later since she sent me 3 and I generally use 2 in my big mug. It’s not quite 16 oz so the tea is pretty strong.
That said, it is VERY strawberry. There’s a little bit of a feel of too much hibiscus, but it’s not too bad. Thankfully I’m not getting any of the cinnamon that the ingredients say is in this because I really don’t like cinnamon on anything but toast (mixed with sugar) and a super sugary cinnamon bun (once in a blue moon…or less often, those happen once a year, don’t they).
For a bagged herbal tea, this is pretty decent. I don’t like it enough to order it because my standards on herbal teas have gotten ridiculously high since I found Steepster and branched out to online companies. Go go gadget Zentealife and Tealux mostly. Anyway, decent tea.
I know that I drank some of this already today, but this is a SIPDOWN! Haven’t had one of those in a while, since I don’t count trades in my cupboard so I can’t count them as sipdowns either. This one is also mixed with my creme brulee matcha so it’s not exactly what I drank earlier this morning.
The mixture doesn’t add much. It’s a bit creamier, more custard-y. Not much difference though, those flavours are very similar anyway.