594 Tasting Notes

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.

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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.

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90

Trying this matcha for the first time as a hot latte, with my usual preparations. Couple ounces of hot water, bit of sugar, 2/3 tsp matcha, 10 oz hot milk, frothed all up.

This tastes really very raspberry, about halfway between a raspberry candy and an actual raspberry I think. The raspberry is very berry and quite strong, even though I got my matcha only at distinctive flavouring. I think it would be quite good at robust as well. My first batch of the green matchas was done as a buy 10, get 5 free and I got them all at distinctive flavouring. If I were to do so today, I’d get them all at robust, but live and learn. So far there have only been 4 of the ones I’ve purchased that I haven’t liked, the rest have been pretty great. This one included.

I think this one might make a good mixer as well. Mint, vanilla, chocolate, creme brulee and bavarian cream come to mind as good mixers for this. Might do well with cola for those of you who like the cola matcha. I might also try it with champagne too, for a raspberry champagne flavour.

Anyway, you can find this matcha here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/raspberry-matcha.html

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90

This is actually my second try of this matcha, and it’s much more delicious this time. I added a bit more sugar and a bit less matcha this time around to this hot latte. It’s definitely better to my taste buds so I wanted this good tasting note to be the first one on top that people see rather than the unfortunate first try.

This has been sitting on my counter/in the freezer for a month or so, waiting for me to buy a new tin or a tin to open up (the first one happened). This second try, I’m enjoying quite a lot, definitely an extremely creamy matcha with chocolate cookie too. It’s definitely cookie too, not just chocolate. I can taste the ‘cookie’ taste, like I’m drinking an oreo shake somewhere instead of a skim milk matcha latte with not even a tsp of sugar in it. When I added too much matcha it had a sort of chemically feel to it, so be warned, if that happens, try again with less. About 2/3 tsp is perfect for me, give or take. I estimate using a full tsp at work judging the empty space left in the teaspoon, and I use an overflowing ‘perfect cup of matcha’ half teaspoon at home. This matcha was drunk at home but it will be travelling to work with me tomorrow to add to the work collection since I drink at least 3 matcha lattes per day during work days. Thankfully I metabolize caffeine too quickly to get any negative effects from that.

Anyway, this is a really tasty matcha when you do it right. Very sweet and creamy and cookie like. I’m really enjoying it.

You can find it at: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/cookies-and-cream-matcha.html

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86

This is going down extra smooth today. Pretty much perfect.

TastyBrew

I just got this one in the mail! Sounds great!

whatshesaid

Got my samples today! Thank you. :)

Rachel J

How are you preparing this?

Starfevre

Rachel – 2/3 tsp matcha in a mug, add a couple ounces of 175 F water and froth (I use an electric whisk). Then add a half teaspoon of sugar (I use German rock sugar) and 8-10 oz of milk of your choice (I use cow’s but I’ve heard that coconut works well too).

whatshesaid

Must not be very strong that way? Though less matcha means longer lasting supply so good call!

Starfevre

Tastes well enough that way. I’ve tried with more matcha and I just start getting a bitter matcha taste to it that overcomes the flavouring.

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90

This matcha is losing it’s shine for me. Too sweet, maybe next time I should just drink it plain. Funny, for most of my life there was no such thing as ‘too sweet’ but I encounter it all the time now, especially with tea. Especially drinking matcha. This one is so sweet normally that it doesn’t need any sugar to drink at all. Better for me, I guess. This was the first matcha I ever liked.

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89

Today’s french vanilla matcha was much more pleasant and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I’m definitely looking forward to the one that’s a little more strongly flavoured arriving. It was mailed earlier in the week so it should arrive soon. The customer service at RLT is great.

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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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