559 Tasting Notes

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Today is a minty day! Continuing the theme of the day I made a hot latte out of 2/3 tsp of french vanilla matcha and 1/4 tsp of mint matcha (any more mint and it would be overpowering). As noted in my earlier reviews today, I need a bit more sugar to overcome the bite of the mint. I’m curious how it will do with the french vanilla.

Well this is an intensely satisfying combination. The vanilla softens the mint up a lot and makes it more mellow as well as making the whole thing creamier and delicious. I think I’ll be making this again.

ETA: I just realized that this is tasting note number 200! Not bad for being a member only since mid-December of last year.

Kittenna

Nice! That is quite good tasting note progress – took me a year to hit 1000 :)

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Well, I just ate a Thin Mint so that’s bound to affect my perception of this tea, but at least it’s complementarily minty! Actually, I don’t think that’s a real word. New word!

Sharing this one again with my coworker, so I have a smidge more than one mug’s worth of this. Added milk and sugar as is my wont. Actually, after the thin mint, this one doesn’t taste nearly as sweet as it should. But I’m not going to add more sugar. It’s still good though. The mint in it isn’t as strong as, say, the mint matcha I had this morning, but it’s stronger than the ChocoMint LIT that I had earlier this afternoon. Nothing really special about this tea. Just black tea and peppermint.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
yssah - Love is Tea (LIT)

It’s always more fun to share the tea experience :)

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drank Berry Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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2nd matcha of the day! I made a hot latte with 1/2 tsp of this berry matcha and added in 1/4 tsp (ish) of mint matcha. It tastes pretty good, although the mint is pretty strong in comparison to the berry, despite there being only half as much. I think I’m also going to have to start adding a bit extra sugar to any of my lattes that have mint in them because for me, it has a bit of a bite to it that seems to carry over even when I am mixing it with things. It was funny when I was scooping the matcha into this and comparing the colours. You wouldn’t think it, but these two matchas are completely different shades of green, the mint is much closer to neon and the berry is a little brown in comparison. Interesting.

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drank ChocoMint by Love is Tea (LIT)
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Drinking this right now from a trade from yssah. Just enough for a pot-ful. I love it when I can use up all of a sample on my first try. Except when I mess it up, of course.

This tea is definitely minty, but I can’t taste much chocolate at all. I can vaguely taste the tea base and it mixes well with the mintiness so this is decent as a mint tea, but not so much as a mint chocolate tea. I’ve been consuming a lot of mint today, just had a mint matcha latte.

ETA: I shared some of my pot with a co-worker and he said he tasted the chocolate right up front, so it may be a taste bud issues. I’m beginning to suspect that I don’t taste chocolate very well in general.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
yssah - Love is Tea (LIT)

intriguing how tastes differ haha

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drank Mint Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Recipe: 1/2-2/3 tsp mint matcha, ~3 oz hot water (175 degrees), whisk with a fork (did not foam much at all), add some hot milk (1/2 pint minus a couple of gloops for my earlier tea this morning) and 1/2 tsp rock sugar. Stir.

Very minty. I didn’t get the robust flavour on this, just the distinctive, but it is still very very minty. Not that that is a bad thing! Not at all! I love mint. I taste mostly peppermint on this, maybe a hint of spearmint but mostly just peppermint. Hmm, probably should have added a bit more sugar to this one than normal, it’s got a bit of a bite to it. This will (in smaller quantities) be a great mixer matcha. I can’t wait to try it with french vanilla/creme brulee/bavarian cream. Might bring some home to try with belgian chocolate, but I might not. The belgian chocolate at home is made with a black base and the belgian chocolate that I haven’t opened yet from my last order is made with a normal green tea base and I might wait for that one to try mixing a chocolate-mint matcha. Looking forward to it though!

Made as a hot latte, this is VERY refreshing and crisp. It is almost cool on my tongue despite the actual temperature of the beverage, which is a bit of a strange feeling. Beyond minty tea, I don’t really consume hot mint anything.

You can find this matcha (and many MANY others) at Red Leaf Tea, but here’s the mint specific link: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/mint-matcha.html

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drank Peach by Love is Tea (LIT)
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First one to do a tasting note on this one I guess, since I had to add it to the database. Thanks to yssah for the sample. She sent me a giant pile of what I think are almost all of her black teas so I’m going through them now.

This…isn’t terrible. I’ve drunk a lot of peach tea over the years so I have pretty high expectations on what I consider a ‘good’ peach tea and this one is…probably middling-high on my scale. The peach flavour is a teensy bit artificial, but otherwise pretty juice and true. It’s quite strong too, in my little sample. The black base is subdued and a little overwhelmed by the flavouring. This one is worth trying if you’re looking for a peach tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
yssah - Love is Tea (LIT)

Ooooh, nice to hear feedback from someone who has tasted a lot of peach teas! Thanks, Starfevre :)

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Drank a couple sips of this tonight before realizing that I hadn’t added sugar yet. Was alright, but not quite what I wanted. Then I added a bit of sugar and MMM so sweet! This is an absolutely delicious dessert matcha and although it’s actually before dinner because my first attempt at dinner went in the trash, I’m quite enjoying this sweet little treat.

TastyBrew

How do you like the black base? I have one that I haven’t tried yet.

Starfevre

It’s a bit finicky but overall I like it. It’s got a…robustness that the green base doesn’t have and it’s a bit chocolatey if you catch it right. (I’m not always successful).

TastyBrew

I need to give mine a try. Do you like it hot or cold better?

Starfevre

With the sole exception of the cola matcha, I have been making mine as hot lattes as they are delicious and easy for me to do.

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drank Pear Tea by Fauchon
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You know, this is the first pear tea I’ve tried, I think, that has actually tasted like pears to me. Real juicy pears. The tea base is bold and doesn’t back down, but the flavour is strong enough to keep up with it and complement it quite nicely. This is the first Fauchon tea that I have tried, but so far this is pretty good.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

hmmmm i’m in your cupboard stealing your pear teas….someday! haha

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Drinking this my…4th matcha of the day. Good thing I’m not affected by caffeine or I’d probably be clinging to the ceiling by now. 2nd matcha in less than an hour. I’m still tired.

This is again very tasty. I think I’ll be able to decrease the amount of sugar I put in a hot latte (currently 1/2 teaspoon) very soon because it almost tastes too sweet as it is. Almost. Currently still quite delicious. I’m glad that I found Red Leaf Tea because it has opened up a whole new world of tea for me, flavoured matcha!

Sil

haha so glad you’re enjoying them :) I know i’m a big fan of red leaf. I wish caffeine affected me….so drop dead tired today and nothing was helping.

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Drinking this again! Hot matcha latte. Tasty tasty. This is the one of my order that I got a large size of when I ordered, so I’ll be drinking this pretty frequently over the next couple of months. I used half a teaspoon of sugar on this and it almost tastes too sweet, so with skim milk, it’s a pretty healthy treat.

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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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