392 Tasting Notes
Thanks to yssah for this sample. This is the last of my LIT samples! Finally got through them whew, that took a couple of weeks. Now I can go drink other things at work other than LIT samples and matcha, heh.
This tastes vaguely strawberry-fruity, and I don’t pick up much kiwi, though I don’t eat kiwis barely at all so maybe I’m just not identifying it. It’s not a strong flavour at all, the fruitiness, and that’s a bit disappointing. The black tea base is fine, not too strong and not bitter at all. This is a decent tea, just not my thing.
This still doesn’t really taste like I think a Yunnan should. It’s not a bad tea, but it’s more Darjeeling-y than I like, somewhat muscatel (is that the word? grapey type) and I prefer a straight malty peppery Yunnan.
Trying this matcha for the first time as a hot latte, with my usual preparations. Couple ounces of hot water, bit of sugar, 2/3 tsp matcha, 10 oz hot milk, frothed all up.
This tastes really very raspberry, about halfway between a raspberry candy and an actual raspberry I think. The raspberry is very berry and quite strong, even though I got my matcha only at distinctive flavouring. I think it would be quite good at robust as well. My first batch of the green matchas was done as a buy 10, get 5 free and I got them all at distinctive flavouring. If I were to do so today, I’d get them all at robust, but live and learn. So far there have only been 4 of the ones I’ve purchased that I haven’t liked, the rest have been pretty great. This one included.
I think this one might make a good mixer as well. Mint, vanilla, chocolate, creme brulee and bavarian cream come to mind as good mixers for this. Might do well with cola for those of you who like the cola matcha. I might also try it with champagne too, for a raspberry champagne flavour.
Anyway, you can find this matcha here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/raspberry-matcha.html
This is actually my second try of this matcha, and it’s much more delicious this time. I added a bit more sugar and a bit less matcha this time around to this hot latte. It’s definitely better to my taste buds so I wanted this good tasting note to be the first one on top that people see rather than the unfortunate first try.
This has been sitting on my counter/in the freezer for a month or so, waiting for me to buy a new tin or a tin to open up (the first one happened). This second try, I’m enjoying quite a lot, definitely an extremely creamy matcha with chocolate cookie too. It’s definitely cookie too, not just chocolate. I can taste the ‘cookie’ taste, like I’m drinking an oreo shake somewhere instead of a skim milk matcha latte with not even a tsp of sugar in it. When I added too much matcha it had a sort of chemically feel to it, so be warned, if that happens, try again with less. About 2/3 tsp is perfect for me, give or take. I estimate using a full tsp at work judging the empty space left in the teaspoon, and I use an overflowing ‘perfect cup of matcha’ half teaspoon at home. This matcha was drunk at home but it will be travelling to work with me tomorrow to add to the work collection since I drink at least 3 matcha lattes per day during work days. Thankfully I metabolize caffeine too quickly to get any negative effects from that.
Anyway, this is a really tasty matcha when you do it right. Very sweet and creamy and cookie like. I’m really enjoying it.
You can find it at: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/cookies-and-cream-matcha.html
This is going down extra smooth today. Pretty much perfect.
This matcha is losing it’s shine for me. Too sweet, maybe next time I should just drink it plain. Funny, for most of my life there was no such thing as ‘too sweet’ but I encounter it all the time now, especially with tea. Especially drinking matcha. This one is so sweet normally that it doesn’t need any sugar to drink at all. Better for me, I guess. This was the first matcha I ever liked.
Today’s french vanilla matcha was much more pleasant and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I’m definitely looking forward to the one that’s a little more strongly flavoured arriving. It was mailed earlier in the week so it should arrive soon. The customer service at RLT is great.
Thanks yssah for this sample. This is fruity, but apricot is generally not my thing so I can’t really confirm if it is authentically apricot or not. I used to eat dried apricots sometimes but it’s been years. It tastes similar to other apricot teas I’ve tried. I still don’t like the base much on these LIT blends though. Rough and a bit bitter.
Last matcha of the work day. Pushed it quite late to drink it. I’ll likely have to pee on the drive home. Unfortunate. Means I’ll have to go straight home and not on a walk and not to the post office and not to get gas for the car (which desperately needs to happen, but can be put off one more day). I’ve been making a lot of poor decisions lately.
I’m not having a good tasting day, I think. Everything is all muddled together when I drink it. I almost taste more matcha here than berry, despite having it before the exact same way and tasting the opposite previously. Frustrating.