1273 Tasting Notes
A sample from Red Leaf I’m just now trying. Thanks Red Leaf for offering these! I love the caramel matchaccino so this should be delicious. It’s basically a version of that without sugar. The fragrance wafting from the bag as a sweet fragrance, even without the sugar.
Latte with milk //
For this cup, I heated nine ounces of milk in the microwave for one minute: just hot enough. I accidentally poured a bit too much matcha in the mug before slowly pouring the milk into the mug and stirring/ whisking while pouring. I’m surprised the cup is this smooth even with this much matcha. It must be the sweetness of the caramel flavor that makes it so smooth… or helps it anyway. I’ve tried a few Red Leaf matchas now and the caramel seems to have the least amount of flavor, but maybe that’s my taste buds. Still delicious though. I’m grateful that Red Leaf had a nice sale recently, since I’m shocked at how much matcha I’ve went through and my last order was in September (!)
Just with warm water//
For this cup, I poured some warm water in a mug while whisking the matcha with a spoon. This makes it easier to taste the flavors. It does have more of a sweetness from the caramel blended this way, but I still say that the caramel matcha has less flavors than others. It seems to be more sweet than flavored. Caramel can work with anything though… like smoothies…
Greek Vanilla yogurt, a ton of strawberries, milk, matcha, whipped cream on top! This was really good but the yogurt had such a low amount of sugar that I probably should have opened my new bag of caramel matchaccino… it would have been the perfect amount of sugar.
Additional notes: Sipdown! I was hesitant to drink the last of this, because I loved how ghostly it was last time: tobacco, roses, maltiness, cherries. This is still very nice, but I think some of the flavors are gone. To be fair, I probably steeped it at boiling last time, rather than waiting ten minutes and steeping for three minutes. I wanted to sipdown at least one tea before organizing my tea collection today. Should be fun!
Yes, I had to place a small Zen order… they are one of my favorites and they had a sale. Just sample pouches of some of my favorites and samples of new ones to try. I love this type of tea – I call it the creamed/breaded corn tea. To me it tastes just like creamed corn or that breaded corn side dish. The dry leaves are shiny like a gunpowder but usually I’ve seen maofeng that have fuzzy leaves like a white tea. I wonder how they taste the same either way? I’m forgetting that all tea is from the same leaf though. To be fair, Zen sent me this tea for free with my order because it was a bit older, so my review might not be as fair as if it were fresh, but to me, it tastes exactly as it should. The breaded/creamed corn flavor. It also has a nuttiness to it that I love. There is a bit of a bite to it, it could just be because it was a green tea and it was steeped for three minutes, or it could be the only hint of an old tea. But I’m not complaining! I love this type of tea.
Steep #1 // 30 minutes after boiling // 3 min steep
First tasting note for this blend! Such a shame, since it’s a good one. This was a free sample with my Fusion order for Black Friday! I kind of expected this to be chai with a guayusa base for some reason. Really, it’s cinnamon and lots of lemongrass (I think there’s more lemongrass than guayusa actually). I used 1 1/2 teaspoons. This should really be called ‘sweet lemon guayusa’ or something! I’m actually very impressed with this one – very tasty. I love the unique flavor of guayusa and it is perfect here with sweet cinnamon and sweeter lemongrass. This would probably be amazing iced. The second steep was just as nice. I think that cinnamon works best with a just boiled temp though, so I always feel like cinnamon is wasted in some teas that don’t have a boiling steep. Sadly, I’ve noticed I seem to get mild headaches while drinking guayusa or yerba mate. I’d buy a ton of this blend from Fusion anyway.
Steep#1 // 25-30 minutes after boiling // 3-4 min
Steep #2 // 20 mins after boiling // 4-5 min
Additional notes: I’m having this one again today! Thank you so much Dexter3657 for sending me some of this one and the Tan Yang that I was also enjoying the other day. (Delicious.. I’ve tried some samples of it that Teavivre sent over before.) Both teas are VERY appreciated!
I have a bunch of one serving cups left of most of the pearls in my collection, so I’m going to try steeping them all the same way: five pearls, rinse, just boiled, first steep at two minutes. These pearls are nice, but it doesn’t quite have the chocolate/honey level that I would expect. Good but not the best. I certainly will not say no to the rest of these pearls until I settle on a favorite!
thank you so much, DigniTea! Samples samples everywhere, but that is how I love my tea collection. This one smells divine – like a fresh baked blueberry sugary dessert. It is VERY similar to Della Terra’s Blueberry Crumble, if not the same blend, but I thought Della Terra blends their own teas (maybe just some of them? I really wish I knew the details of tea companies better – it doesn’t matter if a tea company doesn’t blend their own teas – good tea is good tea… I just prefer to know details about those sorts of things.) Anyway, the flavor is very dessert like! Sugary (since there is actually sugar in the blend) and bakey… almost like cake batter, or better yet, blueberry muffin batter! Hints of candied blueberries on a lovely green tea base. The dry leaves almost look like black tea, but it doesn’t steep like black tea. Very nice!
Both steeps // 25 min after boiling // 2-3 min steep
Additional notes: Sipdown! If I were blindfolded, I would have guessed this was tomato soup today! Tasted exactly like tomato soup… though I don’t think it did the last time. Another victim of my tastebud change? This would be good mixed with some tulsi/basil! I don’t love tomatoes, so I’m lowering the rating from a 97.
This was a one teaspoon sample I took from the Here’s Hoping teabox a while back (I hope that thing isn’t lost right now.) Is it bad that I have the second cup (PM not AM) of my tea days for the next week or so planned out? Of course I want to drink all the teas all the time. Choices choices . haha. Anyway, I like this one! There are plenty of big jasmine flowers in the dry blend but somehow the flavor doesn’t happen in the tea itself. It’s a decent white tea (fuzzy but somehow they aren’t bothering my throat)… it doesn’t taste like cake so much as frosting! Sweet and also a bit nutty. Where is my dessert with this one? The second cup somehow had almost just about as much flavor as the first cup.
Steep #1 // 30 mins after boiling // 2-3 min
Steep #2 // 20 min after boiling // 3 min
Three sipdown tasting notes today! NICE.
Thank you DigniTea! I really want to try all of Steap Shoppe’s blends… I’m definitely ordering the amazing Cinnamon Swirl Bread at some point! This sounds like a well thought out blend, but sadly it looks like it isn’t for sale on the site anymore.
Steep #1 // 5 mins after boiling // 3-4 min
A teaspoon and a half and my sample is gone! (“Good” says my cupboard.) This cup was exactly as I expected.. but a little less dark chocolate and more like milk chocolate thanks to the kukicha that I find has a creamy flavor somehow. It isn’t a very dark cup, but I seem to like it more than others here on Steepster. I’m wondering why it is rated so low! I like the combination of ingredients. It’s a nice balance. I can taste the vanilla, chocolate, espresso.
Steep #2 // just boiled // quite a few minutes steep
… But then with the second cup I can see what others might not like about this blend. ANISE. It’s all licorice in the second cup, when I didn’t notice it at all in the first cup! Very odd. I don’t mind anise, but not in this blend. If I had more, I’d just end up steeping it like the first cup.
Additional notes: Well, that’s the end for this tea! Surprisingly, this didn’t taste too old, even though it has been stored terribly. It’s such a menagerie of odd flavors… it’s hard to pick them apart, but it’s tasty – it’s like a very light bubblegum fruit punch. What I thought was old yabao before is probably just oversteeped yabao – it has that cedar flavor I don’t really love (kind of like a raw pu-erh). The second cup was steeped for four minutes (too long) so it was mostly cedar. I love Verdant’s blends but I don’t think yabao is my favorite. Lowering the rating a few points.