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drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
599 tasting notes

I’m not sure that I qualify to make another discount review for this flavour, although this is my first time trying it with a green base, my other tin of the caramel flavour is the black base. I asked, but I haven’t gotten an answer back yet.

This is smooth and tasty with a distinctive (the concept not the flavouring level although it is in fact distinctive level flavouring) caramel taste to it. Sweet. I’ll have to do a side by side at some point to decide which base I like better of the two.

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It used to. If you have a sifferent base and log it under that base.

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I think this one is going to be a finicky flavour for me. I added a bit too much matcha again and the faint chemical taste came back. I like this, I really do, but only if I make it correctly and apparently there’s a narrow band to do this. Glad I only got distinctive flavouring level.

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I haven’t had a lot of boysenberries or boysenberry flavoured things (I think I might have had some jam blend at some point) so I can’t tell you if this is true to taste, but it is certainly tast_y_ and definitely of the berry family.

This review is for the classic matcha base and robust level of flavouring. After my last mega-batch of matchas were done at distinctive and I had been disappointed in some of them, I decided to up to power level on this next batch (and the one after it, which is already being shipped to me, heh).

This is a good flavoured matcha, but it doesn’t really knock my socks off. I’m rather picky about my berries and if this is what a true boysenberry tastes like, I’m pretty sure it’s one I wouldn’t seek out very often. I remember liking the jam though. Hard not to like jam.

According to wiki, a boysenberry is a cross between a European raspberry (not sure how that differs from a North American one), a common blackberry (yum, almost a weed up here in the Pacific Northwest), and a Loganberry (which I’m also not that familiar with). A loganberry is apparently a hybrid of a different type of blackberry and the same type of raspberry (European). So now we know. I think I like both raspberries and blackberries better separately.

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

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Started my matcha drinking of the day off with this, as is my wont of late. I sip downed the distinctive flavouring level batch yesterday and brought in my (larger) tin of robust flavouring level matcha. That said, I really do not taste much difference between the two beyond a little extra creaminess. The distinctive ‘vanilla’ flavour just isn’t that improved with this change. Don’t get me wrong, I still like it, but it’s not what I hoped for. Perhaps the next level of flavouring up again next time.

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drank Apple Delight by Wissotzky Tea
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Thanks to yssah for this sample. This may not be a true picture of the tea because I accidentally made it in the mug that still had a bit of french vanilla matcha in it so it’s kinda contaminated, even though I poured it into the correct mug almost immediately. So yeah…not quite a caffeine-free herbal anymore.

That being said, this is really a very apple-y tea. More on the tart side than the sweet side of the apple family. The hibiscus…I think I steeped it for too long, because I wasn’t paying attention and didn’t set a timer and now it’s pretty strong and making this tea taste not very good to me. I think I taste something that must be the roasted chicory root and it’s not sitting too well either. Summary – yuck.

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Thanks yssah for sending me these…months ago. I just got around to opening the package and I’ll be working through these. I still have one bag to use later since she sent me 3 and I generally use 2 in my big mug. It’s not quite 16 oz so the tea is pretty strong.

That said, it is VERY strawberry. There’s a little bit of a feel of too much hibiscus, but it’s not too bad. Thankfully I’m not getting any of the cinnamon that the ingredients say is in this because I really don’t like cinnamon on anything but toast (mixed with sugar) and a super sugary cinnamon bun (once in a blue moon…or less often, those happen once a year, don’t they).

For a bagged herbal tea, this is pretty decent. I don’t like it enough to order it because my standards on herbal teas have gotten ridiculously high since I found Steepster and branched out to online companies. Go go gadget Zentealife and Tealux mostly. Anyway, decent tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I know that I drank some of this already today, but this is a SIPDOWN! Haven’t had one of those in a while, since I don’t count trades in my cupboard so I can’t count them as sipdowns either. This one is also mixed with my creme brulee matcha so it’s not exactly what I drank earlier this morning.

The mixture doesn’t add much. It’s a bit creamier, more custard-y. Not much difference though, those flavours are very similar anyway.

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drank Strawberry Zabaglione by 52teas
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Drinking this again, prepared the same way as last time for best results. Glad I remembered and thought to check. Trying to share this pot with a co-worker/friend of mine but she works on the 3rd floor and all I know is that she’s no longer at her desk where I can bug her to come down, not where she is. Oh, here she is. And she likes it!

For myself, I think I underleafed this a bit because the most prominent flavour I detect is water, followed by strawberry. The usual amount of tea I put in a pot for 750 ml of tea is 4 tsps but I probably should have used more this time. It’s still tasty, don’t get me wrong, but it doesn’t live up to my last tasting note previous to this.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Berry Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
599 tasting notes

Matcha gets so much frothier when you sift it! I had no idea. Now to just get it into my routine so I don’t forget to sift half of the time despite the little sifter being right in front of me.

This is a tasty flavour, but I made the decision this afternoon that I’m not going to restock it once I’m out. I just don’t like it enough to do that. There are too many other good flavours.

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Remembered to not put sugar in this time! I got so far as to lifting the spoon full of sugar out of the container but remembered just in time. This has a good taste without the sugar, still pretty sweet and tasty. I think I’ll try to make it without sugar from now on, though that is not the case with all of my flavours, just this one at present. I’m a sugar-holic.

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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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