866 Tasting Notes
I had to grab these Caramel Matchacchinos on sale! HUGE discount! They sounded delicious anyway!
First up: hot latte
I was surprised there was already a scoop in the big bag of bright green matcha! Very handy! Little things like that make my day. :D So, I heated up about nine ounces of milk, definitely not boiling, as that would ruin the matcha. Just about warm! One scoop of matchacchino in the bottom of the mug and I slowly pour the measuring cup with warm milk with one hand while I’m whisking the matcha with a fork in the other (yes, unofficial matcha mixing, I know!) The dry matcha has a lovely sweet fragrance. The taste is amazing! It’s like a healthier cappuccino! I could have used MORE matcha flavor and less sugar in this cup. Matchaccino is different from regular matcha in that it already has sugar in it. It definitely doesn’t need more added! My cup was gone in minutes. (Whoops! ) Honestly, if tea wasn’t typically too hot to gulp, I’d probably gulp that down too! Instantly I felt energized!
Second cup: brewed like a typical tea
With this cup, I really just wanted to taste the matchaccino without milk. So I cooled the water a while and slowly poured the water in the mug while whisking with a fork. This cup may have been even better than with milk because I get to taste more of the matcha – the milk hides the flavor a bit. I really liked this cup!
Luckily, I love this stuff since I bought a bunch of pouches. It will definitely increase my milk intake too, since I normally do not drink very much milk.
I was glad to support 52Teas effort at opening their tea bar. Sadly, a no go. But I got some teas out of the deal anyway. Somehow the sampler of 12 teas became the ‘Bestsellers’ sampler, which was disappointing as somehow I had already tried many of these teas. I was hoping they would be some really great blends that were a bit rarer than these. I have in no way tried all of the 52Teas blends, but however did I try most of these? Only four here are teas I haven’t tried before. Two I have in larger amounts. The others, I was up for sipping again anyway! (I can hardly say no to ANY 52Teas blend.) In all honesty, a good portion of these that I’ve tried were probably not the freshest. So the highlight of this sampler? FRESH REBLENDS!! I get to try the absolute freshest flavors!
First up! Brewed at boiled for three minutes exactly, this has an intoxicating suntan lotion fragrance! I certainly don’t remember this strength from the older blend I tried! The flavor is definitely stronger than I remember, definite coconut with equal parts cheesecake – creamy, milky, and a bit of a bite that makes cheesecake so yum. The honeybush leaves a lovely pinkish hue to the cup. (And I loved that teabags were included, that I will use exclusively for the rooibos/honeybush blends, though they are BIG teabags that could fit ANY leaf.) I’m uping the rating on this one from a 74… I can see its lingering powers now! Why is this so divine? The second steep at eight minutes wasn’t as flavor filled as this one though. I wouldn’t have minded if the Earl Grey Cheesecake would have been in the sampler over this one though.
Thank you Nicole! I wanted a nice oolong tonight. It was time for the brew basket for this one! The dry leaves are so bright green and lovely – it had to taste just as nice. I really had no idea how long or what temp to steep this one at. I really wish companies did a better job of mentioning that (like on their websites).. I don’t really want to ruin their nice teas!
Steep #1 // waited a while after boiling // 2 or 2.5 min
The steep color is a light buttery yellow. The dry leaf and the steeped tea fragrance smells like something very sweet and fruity – pineapple? But the flavor is like a lighter milk oolong. Creamy and sweet. I wasn’t expecting that, as this isn’t actually called milk oolong.
Steep #2 // waited a while // 3 min
Over steeped! I was going for 2-2.5 min. It still tastes fine, but there is a tanginess that wouldn’t be there if I didn’t go for three minutes. There is less butter this time around and more pineapple with a hint of lemon. Interesting.. I’ve never noticed lemon in an oolong before. The little bright green bundles have turned into unraveled tiny branches.
An exceptional ever-changing oolong!
Thanks again for the samples! This is the final tea I’m trying from Single Origin Teas and all of them have been buy-worthy! I steeped one heaping teaspoon for three minutes. I may have let the water cool too long – but it was still hot while I sipped it for the first sip.. so not very cooled! This has a very distinct grassy and hay-like flavor. Maybe I’ve been drinking too many chocolatey teas lately, so the grassy notes in this one are more noticeable! A bit malty and it has a bit of a bite to it. The flavor is not dark or light… a nice middle ground. The second cup was ruined – five minutes just after boiling and the cup was oaky. My fault!
Today was a lovely tea day! I received my small order from Butiki and some teas I bought that I’ve been dying to try from QueenOfTarts! I REALLY need to work on some sipdowns. sigh.
This is an interesting one that TastyBrew sent a bit of to try with that amazing package – thanks again! I’ve tried one other bamboo tea and one other lychee tea. I have NO idea what lychee is supposed to be like, but to me both of them tasted like how plastic smells, if that makes sense. So I can think of better things to be drinking! I had no idea what time/temp to steep this one at, since it is bamboo that can steep pretty hot but also green tea. Dry, the leaves smell like dill pickles! What? The last gulp kind of tasted that way. This one is different anyway, but I don’t actually find it terrible.
ETA: I’m just now reading tasting notes and it seems others have noticed a pickle flavor too!
I had a brilliant idea of making a hot apple cider and then steeping chai in it! I heated a mug of apple cider in the microwave and then filled a teabag with Element’s Indian chai and steeped that for a few minutes. I chose this chai because it’s a CTC and I thought it would be more noticeable in the cider. The cider did turn a deeper color, but not black like a chai. The flavor isn’t great. The chai kind of just gives the cider a bitter flavor, maybe because it is a CTC and I steeped for a few minutes or maybe just because this was a bad idea. :D
Additional notes: I had this last night because of a headache that I had since I woke up. It seemed to make my headache disappear! I love minty teas for that, and this one is certainly a favorite. The new teabags I bought just make this a pure chocolate, minty cup. No tiny rooibos pieces! Since my headache was gone I stayed up later to watch the movie ‘Another Earth’… I liked it!
Thank you Terri Harplady for a bit of this to try! I wanted an Earl Grey today! I may have overleafed this one, but I had the water cooling a while, so that may have helped. I steeped for three minutes. I was actually expecting a darker cup color. This was quite light! A bit malty but not tough enough for me. The flavor isn’t my favorite EG… it was unique though. Tough to describe! The bergamot flavor just wasn’t as lovely as I wished. The second cup was the same, even though I used just boiled water. I’m happy to have tried this one, but I’d rather have my EG favorites.
I was actually craving a white tea after the strong Nina’s Paris tea I had before it. This isn’t white, it’s green tea. But it seems like a white tea. And if I’m actually CRAVING a white tea, I might as well go all out with the dreaded fuzzies! My least favorite type of tea! I was eager to try this one anyway, regardless of fuzzies. It seemed very unique. Thanks for the sample, Little Red Cup! I used probably a tablespoon of leaves!
Steep #1 // waited a WHILE after boiling // 3 min
I wanted to steep this two minutes, but it went over. The flavor is exactly what I was hoping anyway. It’s like creamed corn!! Very creamy and sweet. Exactly exactly what I was hoping for! It certainly is unique. Personally, I haven’t had a tea that tasted like this before, so I’m not sure how I wanted it to taste like this. The steep color is a pale yellow. It’s just very good!
Steep #2 // waited a while after boiling // 3 min
This cup is exactly the same as the first. So so good! But it seems like all Steepsterers get different flavors from this one. I will savor the rest of my sample! I’m very happy I picked this one. I could see stocking up on this for this flavor profile once in a while. Easily craveable!
A neglected sample I’m just trying now (though not forgotten). Sorry and thank you Nina’s! This immediately looked like it was major steeping as I poured the water, so I went for two minutes exactly. It’s still very strong! Nina’s always seems to have such a unique black base tea that I’ve never tasted with other teas. It’s tough and malty. The flavor is definitely there, as well as the added flavors! I was guessing blood orange and passionfruit but it turns out its grapefruit! Not one I would have picked out myself.. blame it on the grapefruit juice dished out in elementary school. (Who gives grapefruit juice to five year olds?!?!) But since I couldn’t guess it was grapefruit, I don’t mind this tea! (Well, it’s much better than sour grapefruit juice to me anyway!) Sweet, not grapefruit tart… but with this black tea it would hard to overpower it! The second steep was even better somehow… the black tea was a bit muted letting the enjoyable flavor present itself better.