589 Tasting Notes

89

Almost forgot to log this! Tastes better than yesterday when I burned it with too hot water that I didn’t notice until the end of the day. I checked the water temperature today. I’m almost through with this pack of matcha! I think I have one more latte’s worth of matcha left at this flavour level and then I can bring from home my robust flavour level french vanilla matcha and hopefully that will be even better! I love vanilla flavoured things. This matcha latte wasn’t my best ever, but it was nice. Not great, just nice.

Starfevre

Which, according to the number of tasting notes I have of this, 30g of matcha from RLT equals about 12 servings. Good to know.

Kittenna

Wow… yeah, I definitely put a lot more matcha into my drinks than other people! I think a 30g packet is like… 4 lattes for me? If that? They’re ~500mL, to be fair, but still…

Starfevre

Wow, that’s a lot of matcha in one drink. Totally getting all of your antioxidants there. If I add more than 2/3-3/4 of a tsp to each drink the bitter matcha flavour overwhelms whatever flavouring is added for me and I don’t like it anymore, or it just tastes chemical-y. Good for me to make it last longer, I guess. :)

Azzrian

I am going to make a matcha NOW.

Starfevre

Yay! Peer pressure!

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Well, upon first blush, this smells kind of but not strongly apple-y. It’s still very hot so perhaps the smell will come out more when it cools down. I’m not sure why there is the word ‘crunch’ in the title because it is not a word I think of when I think of tea, but according to the other tasting notes, this will taste of apples and cream.

Tasting it now, there’s definitely an apple flavour to it, which is nice. The apple flavour is what gets noticed first and it is the strongest flavour. I don’t pick up much ‘cream’ but I’ve never been good with that concept and I add milk to most of my black teas anyway so that might be part of it. This seems like a very ‘thin’ tea to my feeling. Not much substance to it. I like it okay, but I wouldn’t make a purchase.

Thanks to Jackie T for trading this to me.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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90

Backlogging this from the weekend. This was actually my first cup but I didn’t want this tasting note to be on top. I put way too much matcha in it and it just tasted vaguely bitter and not like the flavouring (or the smell!) is supposed to at all. The second cup, that I reviewed, tasted much better.

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Got this trade from Jackie T Thanks Jackie!

This is very chocolatey and floral. I did as other tasting notes suggested and didn’t raise my expectations too high and didn’t actually expect it to taste like the name suggests and it’s not bad. Since Jackie had trouble at 3 minutes with bitterness, I dropped the temperature and only steeped for 2.5 minutes and I’m not having a bitterness issue at all. Of course, I also add milk and sugar to my black teas, so that might be part of it also, but I’m very sensitive to bitterness so I can usually taste it anyway.

I’m not really sure how I feel about the floral aspects of this. The flowery tastes mingle strangely with the chocolate ones and it doesn’t feel melded well, or ‘together’ enough for me, like they’re competing and the floral is winning. I would rather the chocolate to win.

All in all, this is okay. Someone would probably like it better than me if they like floral aspects more than me. I’m glad I got to try this, but I won’t be drinking the…1/2-1 tsp left in my sample. Now what to do with it! My heart hurts when I throw tea in the trash.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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86
drank Mint Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
589 tasting notes

Bleh, just figured out I’ve been burning my matcha all day. Somehow the kettle got reset to 208 instead of 175. No wonder they haven’t tasted quite right. This one continues the trend. Very minty though. Very minty.

Azzrian

YIKES!!

Rachel J

You drink SO MUCH MATCHA! I’m in awe…

Starfevre

When I’m at work, I just go down to the cafeteria and pick up those little half-pint containers of milk to bring up to my desk to make matcha lattes with all day. I alternate between a matcha latte and a pot of tea and the day goes by…

Sil

Wish I could make matcha lattes at work….easily…that would be awesome.

Starfevre

It is awesome. Benefits of working in an engineering cube farm I guess. I have access to a kitchen with a microwave and a fridge and there’s a cafeteria downstairs (though I’d just buy half gallons and bring them in if there wasn’t)

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86

Drinking this, this afternoon! 3rd matcha of the day! Tasty as always, though I might get it with robust flavouring next time, because there definitely will be a next time. Good hot latte.

Stephanie

You are a matchaholic! Every time I see this Creme Brulee one it makes me want to order this flavor :)

Starfevre

I have an obsessive personality. It happens. And I’m enjoying the ride!

Stephanie

Matcha seems like a pretty healthy habit to have :D

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90

Added a bit of black cherry to my champagne matcha to see if I liked it. Turns out that nope, doesn’t make it better. Not terrible but I forgot that I’m not adding sugar to my champagne matcha lattes anymore so it was overly sweet too. Perhaps next time I will actually read my tasting notes before making it. Bad me.

Azzrian

Have you tried strawberry with champagne?

Starfevre

I haven’t ordered strawberry yet, but I will try raspberry with champagne next.

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89

Backlogging from earlier this morning. Tasted nice, but not great. Looking forward to getting to the end of this tin and being able to break open the bag of this flavour with robust level flavouring (current tin is distinctive level).

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68

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.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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67

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.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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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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