556 Tasting Notes

drank Fujian Baroque by Adagio Teas
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Almost to the end of this, although I think I may have another bag of it in my giant box of unopened teas. I’ve been eating too many sweetened things so this has been tasting almost dull but it’s okay. Too much going on to enjoy it completely.

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Have you ever had a situation where you like something so you order a lot of it and then because you have a lot of it, the thought of drinking so much of it makes you not want to drink any? Or maybe it’s just me. My brain isn’t making any sense right now.

Anyway, made a champagne matcha latte, have enough of this to get through that I really should be making one on a more regular basis, at least on par with how often I have the creme brulee matcha. We’ll see.

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drank Berry Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Having a pretty bad day. Made this in an effort to make it better. Still not my favourite matcha but I chose it strictly because I didn’t drink it yesterday and I’m trying to be even-handed in my matcha drinking so they don’t feel left out. May have put a smidge too much matcha in this one, it’s a touch bitter.


Hope things get better!

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Having a cup of this. Trying to wake up. Seriously, I keep falling asleep with my eyes open and start falling out of my chair. Really makes me wish caffeine worked on me.

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drank Orange by Love is Tea (LIT)
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Okay, I’ll just plain say I didn’t like this. The base is mediocre and doesn’t add any real flavour except generic ‘tea’ flavour and I’m not even getting anything I would identify as orange from this, just vaguely fruity tasting. I have no patience with anything today so I’m not even going to finish drinking this.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Last matcha of the work day. Back down to 2/3 tsp of matcha powder. I think that’s my sweet spot for 10 or so oz of liquid (2ish of hot water, 8 of hot milk).

Very tasty, though I’ve been reading through the other reviews (again) and now I want to try it with french vanilla (although my french vanilla isn’t very strong). Maybe next time, maybe even tomorrow! At a rate of 3 or 4 matchas at least 4 days per week, I think I’ll go through this pretty fast. It’s funny how these types of habits sneak up on you. I bought 2 half-gallons of organic skim milk for my home in preparation of making more at home too. It’s mostly a test to see how long they last. My matcha habits at home are still undefined.

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drank Cola Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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So I’m trying again today. This time halfsies with Black Cherry matcha, 1/2 tsp total with about…4-5 oz water, frothed frenetically with my electric whisk and 2/3 tsp sugar. Currently cooling a bit from 175 F.

Well, once again, the cola taste just isn’t working for me. I love the smell of it, but it’s not translating to good taste. I think I know what the problem is though, I usually don’t drink a lot of ‘cola’ sodas because the taste isn’t something I’m wowed by, usually drinking Cherry Dr Pepper or Red Mt Dew. Perhaps it tastes like it’s supposed to and I just don’t like it? I’ll have to try it with some seltzer water before I make a final diagnosis, but this is what I’m beginning to suspect. The black cherry half didn’t even perk it up much. I think I’ll continue to just drink that separately.

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I know I just had this yesterday, but it’s tasty! I only have 8 flavours of matcha at work to choose from, I have at least 3 matcha lattes each work day, I have to be in the mood for some of them (mint, champagne), I haven’t figured out how to make one of them well (soda), but I’m always in the mood for this one.

The electric whisk really does make it pretty frothy, though I should really start adding the sugar before I start frothing because the sugar doesn’t get into the froth otherwise and it’s therefore a somewhat more bitter froth than the rest of the latte. But for the most part, I’m enjoying this.

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Taking a break from the gaiwan to have some matcha. I think I might take a break for the day and pick it back up tomorrow.

This matcha is good. I made it nicely and even remembered to bring my electric whisk into work today so it’s nice and frothy.

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Just lost my entire tea log and I’m not going to type that whole thing again.

In summary: tastes good, I like it better with milk and sugar still, I will try Western style brewing next time. My taste buds are not sophisticated enough to pick up tastes like others do in each individual steep beyond things like less bitter, smoother, sweeter. My experience with a gaiwan is interesting, but not something I’m quite ready for.

I’m not going to rate this until I drink it Western style.


i hate that! on a side note, i’m with you on the gaiwan…i generally just do it when i want to take the time to sit and enjoy the tea in a different way. :)


Gong fu is the only way I can drink black without milk or sugar. . . Chronic over steeper.

Terri HarpLady

For me, it depends on my mood & how much time I have to sit around. Mainly I use it for whites, greens, oolongs, & puer, especially if they come from Verdant. I’ll try a full leaf black tea in my Gaiwan to compare it to how I like it steeped in a cup, but honestly, the cup usually wins in that case!

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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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