556 Tasting Notes

86
drank Mint Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
556 tasting notes

I really like mint. This just hit the spot.

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76
drank Berry Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Felt like some berry matcha today. I really need to bring in some new flavours. I certainly have enough unopened packages to choose from at home.

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84

Green tea isn’t really my thing, but this month’s TOTM classic club selections were all green tea and I got twice the amount as normal because I was signed up for the bundle club also so… yeah, may as well try these. I mean, I was going to anyway, but this way I have some I can put into the TTB B too. Anyway.

This seriously tastes like vegetables. I’m not quite sure it tastes like specifically one vegetable, although it might because I’m not good at identifying tastes so much beyond the obvious and black teas rarely taste like vegetables. If I were to guess, I think the combination of soy beans and green beans might be accurate but that’s not quite what I’m looking for. I know I’ve eaten whatever this tastes like before, but I can’t quite put my finger on it.

I did add some sweetener to this, and brewed it Western Style. Not enough sugar to make it taste sweet, but enough to cut the natural bitterness.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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86

Backlogging from last Friday, because I totally forgot. This was sweet and simple to make and nice. I enjoyed it from what I remember. Trying to empty some bags on my desk.

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89

A little bit of this to end the work day, though it totally made me have to pee during the hour drive home from work. Unfortunate. I don’t know what the cat just did because now I have to hold down the function key to get the letters to type. Time to reboot. Oh and the matcha was good too.

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86

Sipdown! A little too much matcha in this because I was trying to use up the last of my stash and I couldn’t measure it very well because it really did not want to be scooped out of the tin. I ended up holding the tin over the sifter and banging on it. Ah well. This was a nice little break from stress during the work day.

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96
drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Delicious, though a bit too much matcha today. Also running out of this flavour.

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78

My first Reserve Club tea from Verdant. I generally like a black tea but I can’t drink them unsweetened so usually gongfu is a no go so I guessed at a Western brewing time and I think I may have oversteeped at 2 minutes. Even with more sugar than normal, there is quite a bit of bitterness. Other than that, this tea tastes slightly bread-y to me, with strong honey notes.

I only drink 2 pots of tea over the day at work so I’ll likely be drinking this for the next 2 days probably. I think I should be able to get 4 steeps out of it anyway. Looking forward to trying the white tea that came this month, though both pu’erhs will likely go into the Traveling Tea Box when it gets to me.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Dag Wedin

If you do western brewing then try ca 1.5g/100ml.
And do three infusions, 1m/2m/3m @ 80-90C
Should yield a nice sweet result.

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86

Thankfully this one is tastier than my last, but I think I only have one more serving of this after this one.

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90

Getting bored with this flavour. Not all that enjoyable.

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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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