501 Tasting Notes
Got a sample of this in trade from ToiToi and just trying it out this morning. She sends samples that are the perfect size for exactly one full pot of tea for me, which is nice. Also these little seaied! bags, and I don’t understand how she does it but they’re really nice.
Anyway onto the tea. I let it cool down a lot before drinking it because honestly I was sorting email and kinda forgot I was drinking tea. It smelled really nice, but that’s sort of dull now. The taste is ever so slightly artificial tasting, but otherwise good. The peach and apricot flavours meld well and I can’t really pick them out individually but as a fruity tea, this is a nice one. I’m enjoying it.
So thanks momo for sending this. I don’t quite know what I did to this matcha, but it’s quite possibly the most bitter thing I’ve ever drunk in my life. Even sweetened it’s got such a bite to it. I don’t think I’ll be able to finish the cup.
So this is two matchas I’ve disliked to one I’ve liked. Green tea matchas anyway, I still haven’t tried my black matcha that’s waiting for me at home. I don’t quite know what happened between the baggie it was in and my mouth (I only added 185F water and some warmish milk and stirred) but I really can’t stand this.
Got another sample of this from a trade with ToiToi. I should really keep track of what I’m requesting so I don’t get stuff twice like this. At any rate, I had a lot of bitterness the last time I made this so on some advice, I’m trying this with a cooler temperature this time. Hopefully that will help with the bitterness and astringency I got last time.
I sipped before I stirred and this isn’t too bad unsweetened, but I prefer it sweetened slightly. I’m also eating oatmeal right now, with brown sugar and cranberries, so that’s pretty sweet and will be affecting how the tea tastes, hopefully not for the worse. I didn’t get more than 45 minutes of sleep last night so I need the energy from food. Usually I skip breakfast.
This is still slightly bitter, as I continue to drink this, but it’s now working with the tea rather than against it. Still has a super awesome aftertaste. If I had more to try again, I think I’d try with a shorter steep time as well. Bumping the rating up a couple of points.
First off, I made this badly. Must remember to dissolve in hot water BEFORE adding milk. Possibly also use hotter water. Or at least warmer than room temperature milk.
Champagne is not my favourite thing so I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this. It is a gift in trade from momo since I asked her to surprise me.
I added a bit of german rock sugar and it sank to the bottom and is dissolving now but I took a sip and I don’t think it actually needs sugar. There isn’t the horrible sea weed flavour I got from the peanut butter pie matcha I had last week so I’m very happy about that. I also think this is pretty true to the champagne taste, from what I remember about champagne. I haven’t had it in years since I stopped drinking alcohol a couple of years ago because of medication conflict issues so the memory of it all is fading. Much like I don’t remember what meat tastes like anymore since I’ve been a vegetarian for almost 8 years now.
Drinking more of this, I like it a lot, surprisingly. I could totally down this like water, lots of it. Something to think about for my next Red Leaf Tea order. All the ones I’ve ordered myself have been black matcha base but I haven’t actually tried them out yet. I bought a matcha whisk that came the other day and I should really try it out. Here at work with this champagne matcha, I’m just stirring really fast with a fork.
I want to like this. I want to like this so much. momo who sent this to me in trade seems to, as does the other reviewer and yet while I do kind of like this in some ways, other ways I really do not.
If I sip this slowly, lukewarm, this tea isn’t too bad. Taken one sip at a time, just at the tip of my tongue tasting it before I swallow, this tea is pretty nice. Very peachy and a bit of strawberry.
On the other hand, when my tea gets this cold, I tend to drink it much faster than that, because I need the use of my hands and can’t be holding a tea mug for a long time at a time so I gulp it, and that’s where it gets not so good. When I drink this fast, there is such an artificial aftertaste left behind that I just shudder. It’s completely a turn off. I don’t like it at all. Of course, this tells me that I should just sip it slowly to drink it, but I’m much more impatient than that. I’ll sip a little and gulp a little and it takes me about an hour to get through a mug of tea even with the gulping so just sipping would take all day and I don’t have time for that. There’s other teas to drink. So I’ll give this a middle of the road rating and see if it catches my fancy to drink again some time or if I’ll give it away. I’m so conflicted.
Got this in trade from Alphakitty who is so nice and gave me so much tea this trade.
I can definitely taste the caramel in this tea, layering pleasantly over the black tea base. It’s creamy so that’s probably the cheesecake flavouring, though it doesn’t really taste like cheesecake to me, but then I always get the chocolate mousse cheesecake whenever I go out for cheesecake so I’m possibly just missing that. I really can’t taste the cherry at all, even when this has cooled down and the flavours have come out more.
This isn’t a great tea, but it’s a good tea and one that I’ll drink the rest of my sample. I’m enjoying it, which is really all I can ask for. Probably a good thing I don’t love it, actually, because I have too much tea already and really shouldn’t be buying more, yet I just signed up for the Della Terra try-me of the month club so apparently I’m just not listening to myself.
Smooth and malty and sweet. Everything a Yunnan black should be. Very nice way to start the morning with half a pot in my regular mug and half a pot in my travel mug. Now I just have to nail down the time such that I can make a pot of tea and it will be just cool enough to drink before I leave for work.
Totally accidentally added milk to this. Definitely don’t like it better this way. Detracting from the taste considerably.
It is still strawberry-y and creamy but I think I pretty much ruined this cup. I have one other from this pot and I hope I remember not to put milk in it. I’ve been drinking so much black tea and I almost always put milk in that that the change to a herbal fruit tea just sort of threw me when I was making this. Ah well. Note, this tea does not take milk well at all.
I’m a little bit disappointed in this tea. Maybe my expectations were too high, given what I thought of the other teas in my order, but I thought this one would be better than it is.
Let me start off with the fact that this is a very pretty tea with a lot going on in the dry leaf with the big what look like freeze dried raspberries and the peppermint pieces. The taste is mostly black tea and mint with the barest taste of chocolate in the sip and I didn’t pick up much raspberry at all save a bit of sweetness in the aftertaste. I really wish those flavours were stronger. Perhaps after the bag has time to sit a little. I’ve heard that Ovation teas need to meld a little to get the best flavour. I’m rating this tea based on today’s pot but I’m open to changing it later, maybe in a few months.