787 Tasting Notes
I ran over to DavidsTea during lunch today so I could pick up the new teal mason jar with straw. I’m so excited to use it for iced matcha lattes once my matcha from Red Leaf gets here (expected on Saturday!) It’s nice and big, so the ice will fit nicely. One of the reasons I was so excited to get this is the lid with straw, since I found out recently that matcha is hard to get out of clothes…I spilled on my 10k run shirt when the ice rushed back at me. :( Yes, such a klutz! This new cup should prevent that! Yay!
Okay, so they re-released this tea and messed with the formulation a bit by adding lemongrass. I saw a lot of complaints online about that change, but thought I would check it out myself. You see, when I had this tea last year, I thought the coconut flavor was overpowering when hot, but very much enjoyed it iced! Iced, the tea was much better balanced. So, I asked for an iced cup of this tea, and the saleswoman asked if I wanted it in the mason jar that I was clearly going to buy, and that’s what I did! Honestly, I kind of like the lemongrass, and that’s coming from someone who’s not a fan of lemon. It brightens up this tea, but doesn’t completely change the delicious creamy coconut flavor. The tea looked pretty funny in the mason jar….kinda yellow-blue, and a coworker of mine suggested it looked like “alien juice.” Lol! It will be interesting to see what the green matcha latte looks like in the jar!
I almost was going to pair a piece of chocolate with this tea, but decided that would take away from the chocolate-y goodness of this tea. I haven’t enjoyed this one in a while, but it’s still my favorite chocolate tea by far. It just has that rich, almost chewy chocolate flavor. I wonder if it’s the barley. Anyhoo, it’s delicious! I was thinking about taking advantage of the 20% off sale and restocking, but I’ve been kinda bad lately, so I’ll hold off for now. ;)
Made probably my last iced latte with this sample. I’ll probably mix the remainder with one of the flavors I ordered. I bet that would be delicious! I’m so impatiently waiting my matcha order. The USPS tracking keeps saying “pre-shipping.” So hard to wait, especially now that my cheesecake sample is done! I wonder what next month’s sample will be!
New obsession alert! And it won’t even take more room in my cupboard because I’ll keep it in the fridge! Wheeeeeee!
Wow, these monthly samples are quite generous. I think I’ve had 5 iced lattes, and there’s still a bunch more in there! I think I’ll be keeping a lookout each month for the next flavor. :)
Anyhoo, I still think this isn’t quite cheesecake-flavored to me, but it’s got a buttery goodness to it. I went ahead and ordered two matchas and two tins this morning!!! Aaah! The madness! I hope I like them!! I waited a couple of days to see if the deal of the day would end up being one I wanted, but they just have too many flavors, so that was going to take forever, and I want it now! I ordered the caramel and strawberries & cream matchas. So excited!! :D
Sipdown on the sample! And it didn’t quite make a second 12 oz. cup, so I added some French breakfast in there, which turned out to be an excellent idea because I think I tasted more honey this time. This is definitely a delicious pear tea, dessert-y and not too floral. If I were to order more pear tea, this one would be it!
I took Stephanie’s recommendation and ordered the free sample of the month from Red Leaf Tea. I’ve been curious about these flavored matchas, and wanted to try them before I placed an order. They’re pretty expensive and I didn’t want to end up with a bunch of matcha I didn’t like. I’m also kind of particular about green tea. Some I like, some I don’t, so it’s a bit of a risk! I wasn’t sure how vegetal it would be.
So, I got my sample in the mail yesterday and tried it out immediately. I kept looking at people’s reviews to find out how they prepared it, and for some reason I thought you could just whisk it into some milk. Well, I used my mini kitchen whisk, since I haven’t invested in a matcha one yet, and sifted and then whisked the matcha into some almond milk. Well, that didn’t dissolve very well, no matter how vigorously I whisked. Not great.
Today I tried the recommended method, where you whisk it into hot water, and then add ice a milk. THAT was the trick! Worked out perfectly. Yay! :)
Soooo, the flavor. Well, the dry powder didn’t really smell like cheesecake to me…it was more like a buttery cookie smell. Once made into an iced latte, it still tasted like a butter cookie. It makes me think they mixed up the cheesecake with the French butter cookie flavor. Weird. Still, it tasted good, and I didn’t really get much vegetal or even really a matcha flavor. I wonder at what flavor level these samples come…distinctive? Robust? Anyone know? Overall, I enjoyed it and think it would be a nice upgrade to my usual cup o’milk with breakfast. Now I just have to figure out which ones to buy! I’m thinking about caramel, cookies & cream, or strawberries & cream. :)
Also, anyone know the shelf life of these? I don’t want to order too much and have it go bad quickly.