501 Tasting Notes

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Got this sample in trade from KallieBoo!. Thanks!

The cranberry is very strong in this one. Really strong. It’s so tart that I think I don’t like it very much. I like my cranberries to be moderated by other things and this one tastes like straight up steeped cranberries, I can’t even taste the tea part of it. There is something else that I can’t identify in the taste and it’s rubbing me the wrong way.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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86

Smooth and creamy and a little bit lemony, but with a bit of a bite to it today.

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73

I haven’t had the pure macadamia nut matcha so I don’t know how it compares with this one, and I haven’t had actual macadamia nuts in a long while, but this does taste like what I vaguely remember that those nuts tasted like way back when. There is also the addition of a bit of sweetness, almost artificial tasting, to the high note of the sip. It tastes much like it smells, nutty with a fair bit of sweetness.

I’d been putting off tasting this matcha for a while because I couldn’t decide if I liked the smell of it or not, the sweetness was confusing for my nose because it smelled (and tastes) right on the edge of artificial for me. Since praline (which I just looked up) is basically boiled ground up nuts with a sugar syrup added, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that the sweetness has no real character to it. It’s just…sweet.

As I continue drinking this, I still can’t decide if I like it or not. There’s a sharpness to the nutty taste that’s sort of putting me off. Possibly it’s true to an actual macadamia nut taste and the sharpness is from the nut itself, but I don’t remember macadamia nuts well enough to tell.

Basically, if you like macadamia nuts, and want something sweeter than the regular blend, this is probably a good one for you. I want RLT to come out with more nutty blends though. I’d love to see a cashew or a pecan matcha.

You can find this matcha here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/macadamia-praline-matcha.html

Stephanie

Seconded on the nutty blends!

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92
drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
501 tasting notes

Again, a little more bitter today, I’m not liking this as much as I did last time. I have more of this so perhaps I should steep it for less time next time, though I did a review of steeping times from the other reviews and it seemed 4 minutes was about average. Le sigh.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
501 tasting notes

I just read through the full description of this on the page and the second paragraph is a little ridiculous. Tastes good though.

whatshesaid

Second and third, heheh. I have noticed that before too. Kinda funny

Anyanka

I think it’s a code of some sort. :/

Anyanka

Yes, we just need to figure it out and matcha will materialize in our kitchens. Or not.

whatshesaid

Haha maybe. Maybe it’s an alien language because only aliens could come up with something so ridiculously delicious

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96

Almost drunk the last of this, though I have an unopened packet also waiting at home.

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89

Managed the perfect amount of sugar today. Now if only I had drunk it while it was still warm…

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97

A little more bitter today. I didn’t enjoy this tea as much as I did the last time I drank it. I have another cup left in the pot so I’m going to try to doctor it up with a little more sugar than the first cup. I made it with the same parameters as last time, so I’m not sure what’s going on exactly. I really shouldn’t have to doctor this one up so much because of the amount of stuff in it already. Bleh. At least I’m 90% sure I think I can get my files to work this morning at work after banging my head against the wall for a week and a half. Good, because the deadline is Wednesday and it needs to be reviewed first.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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76
drank Sakurambo by Lupicia
501 tasting notes

Tasty, definitely cherry and quite sweet. I’m glad this is a black tea because I was honestly expecting the only Japanese cherry flavours to be green tea. Thanks to ToiToi for this sample

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
CHAroma

There’s a green tea version of this too called Sakurambo Vert.

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Single, vegetarian, asexual, 5 cats. Airplane Engineer. I drink most of my tea with a bit of sugar and all the ones with a black tea base with a little bit of milk too. I’m super sensitive to bitterness and spiciness so I tend to avoid those.

I am also a flavoured matcha latte fanatic.

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