599 Tasting Notes
I made this this morning before I started work, overheated the milk first and then forgot while I was frisking so it didn’t start out well. There’s a pot of herbal berry tea in the Breville waiting for me and also breakfast (orange carrot juice and a clementine). I’m pushing through this because it is just on my ’it’s okay’ list rather than a ‘love it but it’s old’ list of the matcha I have at work.
I don’t love this. From my previous tasting note, I never did. It again tastes on the edge of artificial for me and I’m just not into it. It’s been difficult getting back into matcha after a couple months of absence. At home I can make them into smoothies with fruit which is delicious but at work I have no options other than what I can achieve with a microwave and a milk frother. Does anyone on here have any experience with portable blenders at work?
I’m thinking of giving this up. It’s on the older side, but the flavour is still strong for me. Probably 20g left. Classic matcha, distinctive flavour level.
At Starbucks because I wanted to read a bit and I knew I wouldn’t if I stayed home. The Seahawks vs 49ers game is on and I’m kinda keeping up with it. My team, the Patriots, already lost this afternoon. Oh well. Next year.
This tea, despite 3 packets of sugar, is still somewhat bitter and I don’t know that I want to put any more in it. It also has more than its fair share of half & half because I forgot to tell them to put milk in it. I can’t say I like it much but I don’t feel like getting my whole thing from the car and setting it up. So swill it is. Perhaps the second steep will be better.
I supported the Indiegogo campaign for this company and got some bottles of the tea in the mail after they funded. This is one of 3 bottles I have of this flavour. They have 3 flavours currently and I have 2 of them.
It’s a pretty bottle and label. I’m looking forward to trying it. It is otherwise only available in certain grocery stores in California at this point, so I can’t get more after this, more than likely. Should I hope I love it or not?
Well, I don’t love it. I can taste the tea and that’s okay but the rose is REALLY STRONG and I just don’t love florals that much. Seriously really very rose. A lot of rose. LOTS. I’ll drink the rest of it but WOW is it rosey.
Haven’t had this one for a while and I’m wondering, even before drinking, if I put too much matcha in it. I had forgotten that I’m sensitive to this one. Possibly age has helped? I’ll see in a minute when the milk cools down a bit.
This tastes nice, apparently I found the balance. The flavouring isn’t very strong though, not after all of this time. I will get through these because matcha is good for me and I hate throwing out non-rotten food and drink and I can’t give it away in this state. Oh well. At least it isn’t horrible. I put about 2/3-3/4 of a tsp of matcha and just under a tsp of sugar and an entire half pint of milk and a couple ounces of water, bringing my RPI mug right to the top.
Sipdown! First time subtracting one from my cupboard in months. I liked this, but sipdowns are super necessary, especially with matcha since I have a ton of it in my freezer. This is one of my work matcha so even better. 8 left to sipdown ASAP.
Hot latte again, the rest of my stash of this, not quite a tsp of rock sugar, what was left of the milk in my little container after a couple of cups of regular tea and splashes of milk in them. I have another little half pint of milk in the fridge that I can break out if I need another one in the 2 hours before going home tonight. I’m going to make another pot of tea, but after I finish this since I need to go and get more water for my teapot, don’t dare use the tap water.
A bit much matcha, this is a tiny bit bitter. Possibly I need to increase the amount of sugar in these until I get the new matcha opened. My tastebuds are also out of the habit of tasting this so I need to get everything back up to speed now that I’m not nearly as depressed and I am enthused about things again. Like tea and matcha.
I foolishly made this without consulting my previous tasting notes and realized just now that I underleafed it compared to previous times but I don’t remember what it’s supposed to taste good other than I really loved it so this is still okay. It’s also an old tea at this point. Everything I have at work is, but I’m either going to drink it down, throw it away, or give it away before I bring too many new things to work. That includes 10 different little cans of matcha that aren’t very flavourful at this point but I will drink them regardless.
I need to buy a magic bullet or a ninja portable blender so I can make smoothies at work. That would be ideal. Something portable that can crunch ice cubes into smoothie level.
This tastes like raspberry, not as much cream this time. I get the raspberry in the middle of the sip and then it tingles along the sides of my tongue as I swallow and lingers for a bit. It is still good, don’t get me wrong, I just have a hankering for a new package. I’ll try to remember to overleaf this one next time. I need to do some dedicated sipdowns here at work in order to be happy with my stash here.
Haven’t had this in a long while. It’s obviously losing it’s potency. This was mild and smooth, made into a hot latte. I’m finding that, despite the weather, I like the cold lattes better but I don’t have mixing materials at my desk here. So, unless I get access to a blender or I remember to bring some premade from home, hot lattes it is.
Another smoothie tonight with 2 tablespoons of this. I added half a package of raspberries and a bunch of frozen blueberries to my handful of ice cubes, matcha and 16 or so ounces of milk (didn’t measure this time). It was so think that I couldn’t get it to pour, had to convince it out of the blender with a spoon. Sucking through a straw was a bit difficult too, the first cup especially. I need to buy one of those venti cups from starbucks that people refill or from somewhere else because those would be perfect to stick in my car for my drive to work and then just rinse out when I get there. Something to remember the next time I’m in Starbucks (frequently, I hate coffee but I love their hot chocolate).
So I had this tea last night in the JusTea headquarters made by the JusTea media guy. I put milk and a bit of sugar in them because that’s how I can get around my hatred of the bitterness of black tea and it was quite good. They’re a little low-tech in their office, kettles and thermometers and pouring through a steeping filter into various mugs. Was cool.
This is actually my first time having their earl grey and it’s pretty nice. The flavour of the bergamot is pretty strong and I finally finally tasted the actual citrusiness of the bergamot in the aftertaste. It was quite nice. This is one of their machine processed teas since last year they were still teaching the tea farmers how to process their own and in order to have money to do this they contracted with one of the companies to do this and their other 2 current teas (Kenyan Black and African Chai). This year, later than now obviously, they will start offering their hand-crafted teas by the tea farmers and I had some of those at the tea cupping event last night and there were a couple of oolongs and they were REALLY good. And I don’t even love oolongs all that much normally. Search starfevre on Instagram for some pictures of the whole thing.
My own tea so not rating. Still have quite a bit of it so I made some for my first day back at work.
Unfortunately I got so occupied by emails it’s cold by the time I got around to drinking it, but that’s okay, it’s still good.
Like Tea Sipper said, there aren’t many candy cane parts that I can see, unless they dissolved with age or something. This tea, like most of my original teas, is almost a year old. It hasn’t seemed to have lost it’s tastiness though, it’s just a bit milder than it was.