513 Tasting Notes
I made this into a cold smoothie today. Ice cubes, 16 or so oz of milk, 2 tsp of this, and half a bag of frozen raspberries. Blended it all up and…it didn’t taste very good. It wasn’t bad exactly but it was definitely not good. Aggressively neutral I guess. So after staring at it for a while, I put what was left back in the blender (where more waited for me) and added more ice cubes and also a tsp and a half or so of granulated sugar. After that it was tastier but it still needs either more of everything except the matcha, or less matcha I think. Next time.
Just one cup of this, prepared in the gravity infuser. Pretty much the perfect amount of water to fill my mug, though whether I put enough/too much tea in remains to be seen. This time I have NOT eaten an orange ahead of time. I tried, but as I peeled it, it was a sad sad dried up orange so I just threw the rest out. So that taste contaminant is out. So is the reason why I chose this tea in the first place other than I’m trying to sip these things down. This one is not close to a sipdown.
I’m timing this pretty close to the end of my workday. I drink this and then there’s an hour in the van to drive back to my car to drive home. Curse you, long commutes.
With some sugar this time, this is…tolerable. If you asked me what the taste was, I would say hibiscus and citrus, but I definitely would not pin it down to blood orange. But this isn’t actually as awful as I expected. Perhaps I should take some home to try it iced. I think this one would be difficult to screw up provided I didn’t forget about it.
Just made this. Looked through my old tasting notes and noticed a comment to make an italian soda with this one. I have soda water at home, but I can bring some in, or bring this home, and make a boysenberry soda. That sounds like it would be tastier than just plain because I like berries in general but this one just doesn’t wow me.
Have I never written a tasting note for this? Weird. Well, SIPDOWN anyway. Working to clear out some of these work teas. I had enough for a full pot of this so I’m drinking this this morning. I have another cup in the pot ready to be drunk too, though I’ll have to reheat it. My lead engineer asked for some too. He doesn’t add sugar to it. I guess he just likes hibiscus.
This is a bit too much hibiscus for my tastebuds. It’s very tart. The colour is a nice bright red and the hibiscus and rose hips are very present and I can just about taste the raspberry but it’s not like the raspberry in, say, 52teas raspberry and cream, just a very berry herbal tea. I don’t love it, but it is tolerable when sweetened. And at any rate, this is the last of it and I shall not be getting more!
I made this this morning before I started work, overheated the milk first and then forgot while I was frisking so it didn’t start out well. There’s a pot of herbal berry tea in the Breville waiting for me and also breakfast (orange carrot juice and a clementine). I’m pushing through this because it is just on my ’it’s okay’ list rather than a ‘love it but it’s old’ list of the matcha I have at work.
I don’t love this. From my previous tasting note, I never did. It again tastes on the edge of artificial for me and I’m just not into it. It’s been difficult getting back into matcha after a couple months of absence. At home I can make them into smoothies with fruit which is delicious but at work I have no options other than what I can achieve with a microwave and a milk frother. Does anyone on here have any experience with portable blenders at work?
I’m thinking of giving this up. It’s on the older side, but the flavour is still strong for me. Probably 20g left. Classic matcha, distinctive flavour level.
At Starbucks because I wanted to read a bit and I knew I wouldn’t if I stayed home. The Seahawks vs 49ers game is on and I’m kinda keeping up with it. My team, the Patriots, already lost this afternoon. Oh well. Next year.
This tea, despite 3 packets of sugar, is still somewhat bitter and I don’t know that I want to put any more in it. It also has more than its fair share of half & half because I forgot to tell them to put milk in it. I can’t say I like it much but I don’t feel like getting my whole thing from the car and setting it up. So swill it is. Perhaps the second steep will be better.
I supported the Indiegogo campaign for this company and got some bottles of the tea in the mail after they funded. This is one of 3 bottles I have of this flavour. They have 3 flavours currently and I have 2 of them.
It’s a pretty bottle and label. I’m looking forward to trying it. It is otherwise only available in certain grocery stores in California at this point, so I can’t get more after this, more than likely. Should I hope I love it or not?
Well, I don’t love it. I can taste the tea and that’s okay but the rose is REALLY STRONG and I just don’t love florals that much. Seriously really very rose. A lot of rose. LOTS. I’ll drink the rest of it but WOW is it rosey.
Haven’t had this one for a while and I’m wondering, even before drinking, if I put too much matcha in it. I had forgotten that I’m sensitive to this one. Possibly age has helped? I’ll see in a minute when the milk cools down a bit.
This tastes nice, apparently I found the balance. The flavouring isn’t very strong though, not after all of this time. I will get through these because matcha is good for me and I hate throwing out non-rotten food and drink and I can’t give it away in this state. Oh well. At least it isn’t horrible. I put about 2/3-3/4 of a tsp of matcha and just under a tsp of sugar and an entire half pint of milk and a couple ounces of water, bringing my RPI mug right to the top.
Sipdown! First time subtracting one from my cupboard in months. I liked this, but sipdowns are super necessary, especially with matcha since I have a ton of it in my freezer. This is one of my work matcha so even better. 8 left to sipdown ASAP.
Hot latte again, the rest of my stash of this, not quite a tsp of rock sugar, what was left of the milk in my little container after a couple of cups of regular tea and splashes of milk in them. I have another little half pint of milk in the fridge that I can break out if I need another one in the 2 hours before going home tonight. I’m going to make another pot of tea, but after I finish this since I need to go and get more water for my teapot, don’t dare use the tap water.
A bit much matcha, this is a tiny bit bitter. Possibly I need to increase the amount of sugar in these until I get the new matcha opened. My tastebuds are also out of the habit of tasting this so I need to get everything back up to speed now that I’m not nearly as depressed and I am enthused about things again. Like tea and matcha.
I foolishly made this without consulting my previous tasting notes and realized just now that I underleafed it compared to previous times but I don’t remember what it’s supposed to taste good other than I really loved it so this is still okay. It’s also an old tea at this point. Everything I have at work is, but I’m either going to drink it down, throw it away, or give it away before I bring too many new things to work. That includes 10 different little cans of matcha that aren’t very flavourful at this point but I will drink them regardless.
I need to buy a magic bullet or a ninja portable blender so I can make smoothies at work. That would be ideal. Something portable that can crunch ice cubes into smoothie level.
This tastes like raspberry, not as much cream this time. I get the raspberry in the middle of the sip and then it tingles along the sides of my tongue as I swallow and lingers for a bit. It is still good, don’t get me wrong, I just have a hankering for a new package. I’ll try to remember to overleaf this one next time. I need to do some dedicated sipdowns here at work in order to be happy with my stash here.