595 Tasting Notes

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I’m still the only person who’s left a tasting note for this tea? Travesty. Well, I gave a lot of it up to a swap so there will be at least a couple more people who have tried this on Steepster pretty soon. As soon as it makes it’s way through Canadian Customs and such anyway.

I see I noted last time that this tea is pretty mild at 3 minutes, and that’s still true for this pot. I think I got more chamomile in this pot of tea though because that’s coming through a bit stronger. Not enough to overwhelm anything but definitely enough to give some strength to it’s presence. All in all, can’t complain.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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90

Ending the work day with a cup of this! 3 pots of tea (2 shared) and 4 matchas makes my stash go down just a bit further. Someday I will log all the unopened boxes in my entryway. That day is probably not today, but you never know.

Stephanie

OMG I would be WAY over caffeinated :)

Starfevre

Thankfully caffeine doesn’t affect me in the slightest bit, positively or negatively.

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86

3rd matcha of the day! Tasty! Put in 3/4 tsp this time, or thereabouts (it’s hard to judge, was about 2/3, but that 2/3 was heaping?). Nice clean cup that thankfully doesn’t taste too much like soap.

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84

Peachy Keen! I am not a huge fan of strawberry peach flavoured tea, or strawberry peach flavoured anything, but this is pretty good. The peach is up front and present from the very beginning and the strawberry kinda sneaks through the back door at the end of the sip and in the aftertaste. I could wish the black tea base were less fade-into-the-background but it’s very generic. Not terrible in a flavoured tea, but it would be nice to get some impact from it. Guess I’m just spoiled.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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drank Berry Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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A little bit of this to drink this afternoon (barely, it’s 12:04pm here) with a bit of mint matcha added to it in a hot latte. Not much to say that hasn’t been said. Isn’t my favourite but tastes good.

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drank Mango #2 by Love is Tea (LIT)
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Got this as a sample (among MANY) from yssah a while ago. Slowly slogging through them (there are a lot). Perfectly cute little baggies they’re in, though there is a bit of scent contamination. Nothing that obstructs the flavours so far.

The flavouring is certainly strong on this one. I’m not sure it shouts ‘Mango’ to me, but it’s definitely fruity. Then again, my sense of what mangos taste like is mostly through other mango flavoured things like Naked Juice bottles and such. And dried mango, I just remembered, I used to buy a lot of that. Anyway, this tea is nicely fruity but I wouldn’t rely on me to say if it’s ‘mango’ fruity.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Tasty this morning. My electric whisk came today, but I forgot to bring it to work so I’m still using a fork today. I had some pretty big clumps in this one, due to no sifter and no whisk, but it turned out okay, except some bitter swallows. I think this may be the first of my matchas that will get drunk down. I seem to favour it as a first choice in the mornings.

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drank Cherry by Love is Tea (LIT)
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Thanks for this sample, yssah. I dumped my whole sample into my teapot and I was impressed with the scent of it, very very cherry, though it reminded me of cough syrup a little. The taste…very cough syrup. The cherry is tasting very artificial to me. It’s also kind of weak so I may have added too much water to this.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
yssah

i probably havent had enough cherry flavored cough syrup to be reminded of with this one ^^

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89

Backlogging this from yesterday, don’t know why I waited so long to log it. Tasty but weaker than I’d like, as always. I want to like this so much but the vanilla is just not strong enough for me.

whatshesaid

What strength did you get? I ordered some but maybe next time I will have to ramp it up a notch (I got the cheapest/weakest)

Sil

If you like flavour, try to go with at least distinctive. Imo

Starfevre

I got distinctive. Next time I will go with robust.

whatshesaid

Yeah it’s just hard for me to justify the price.

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Bought this one while ago and it’s even been in a tin, ready to be prepared for almost that long, but I’m just now getting around to trying this one out for the first time.

Details: black matcha base, small size, distinctive flavouring, tins purchased.

First attempt (because it didn’t work so well and there will be another on this note). Hot matcha latte made with a couple ounces of barely not boiling water, 1/2 tsp matcha, 10 oz of hot skim milk, bit of sugar, frothed with an electric whisk.

Now I was a bit disappointed with the smell of this mstcha when dry. It just wasn’t as strong as the others I’ve had and really didn’t evoke much ‘berry pie’ feeling for me. Less even then the straight berry one did, though I had that one on a green base. The only mouthful of my cup’s latte that had any strong flavour at all was the last one (because matcha inevitably sinks and you have to swirl it around again at that point) and the flavour that was most present in it at that point almost (not quite but almost) tasted like cinnamon. It had that feeling in the back of the mouth that cinnamon brings out for me. It just wasn’t very good. The black base was present, all warmly ‘black tea’ for me, but the berry pie flavour was absent entirely. I’m going to try again with a full teaspoon of matcha this time. Hold on a sec.

Same proportions as before except twice as much matcha and a bit more sugar. The ‘cinnamon’ flavour/feel is still present, even stronger than before so it is definitely not a mistake or contamination because this matcha is in an airtight tin and previously it was in it’s original packaging, sharing space with only raspberry and cream matcha. This is probably (of the matcha I have purchased) my least favourite. It’s not terrible if I just taste it with no preconceptions but expecting berries from it, do not like.

I may very well buy it again though, although parameters will be changed, Green matcha for one and at least robust flavouring possibly higher. You can find this matcha here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/rich-berry-pie-matcha.html

Stephanie

I had this one with the green base (distinctive) and really liked it. I haven’t tried as many of their flavors as I would like I will admit!

Starfevre

good to know!

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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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