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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

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drank Honey Pear by Golden Moon Tea
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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!

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Enjoying a big fat mug of this tea. It’s been so long since I’ve had it! It just wasn’t a flavor I was drawn to during the colder months, but now that it’s warming up, it’s hitting the spot! Next time I will ice this! Can’t wait!!

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Sipdown! This is always a yummy tea, but gotta make room for my new matcha obsession! ;)

Courtney

Haha matcha obsession. :P

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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.

Courtney

I would say I had mine close just under a year before the taste started to go. I also kept mine in the cupboard, but I know many people keep theirs in the fridge for a longer shelf life.

Tealizzy

Thanks, Courtney! I wrote Red Leaf about the flavor level this morning, and they already got back to me! Awesome customer service! And btw, all their samples are basic grade and flavor. :)

Courtney

Thanks for the heads up! I had thought so, but it’s great to know for sure. They do have great customer service, I agree.

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drank Grape Expectations by DAVIDsTEA
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So I’m not so sure about this tea. When I went to DavidsTea for the spring teas, I wasn’t originally planning on picking this one up, but the ladies who work there recommended it, so of course, I got some. ;)

I made it hot, but I think I’d like to try it iced. Hot, it has that artificial grape smell, which is good, but I don’t think I like that combined with tea. With each sip, you get that grape flavor up front, and then the green tea flavor hits you. The ladies at DavidsTea said it tasted crisp, which is kinda right, although I would also say the green tea has a dryness about it. Steeped at 2 minutes, the flavor wasn’t too prominent, so I resteeped for 3 minutes, and now the green base is a bit bitter. Hmmm, definitely gonna try it iced.

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drank Honey Pear by Golden Moon Tea
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I only bought a small sample of this tea because I wasn’t sure if I’d like it. When I opened the sample, the dry leaf had a very strong, almost harsh pear scent. I immediately thought of Della Terra Teas’ perfect pear tea, which was okay, but too perfume-y. Once steeped, however, the tea still had that strong scent, but the taste was lovely. It was much more smooth, and kind of the perfect pairing of pear and honey. I actually really liked it! It’s not as harsh as it smells and no where near as perfume-y as DTT’s pear tea. Hmm, maybe I should have gone for the 1 oz. pouch…I guess there’s always next time!!

Sil

ooooh good to know. :)

Stephanie

Yum, this one sounds good!

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drank Masala Chai by Rishi Tea
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This is a really fabulous chai! My coworker gave me a sample of this chai…it’s her favorite because it’s spicy. I used the stovetop method, as recommended, and it was delicious! It is spicy, but not killer spicy, and the spices seem equally distributed in strength of flavor. Some chai’s taste too much like one spice note, (I.e. cardamom or black pepper, or even cinnamon). This chai is perfectly balanced, but also not boring. Definitely one I’d restock. :)

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This is one of the better vanilla teas I’ve had. Much more vanilla bean-y, which is what I prefer. The black base is smooth too. Definitely a winner. :)

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drank Matcha Matsu by DAVIDsTEA
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Ya, no. Not for me. At least not as it tastes using the traditional method. Maybe if I shake it up with some vanilla soymilk, it’ll be good? I’ve been curious about trying the flavored matchas at Red Leaf, but if I don’t like the unflavored, I’m not sure why I’d like the flavored. Anyone have thoughts about that?

Courtney

I’m not huge on straight matcha. I have David’s Grand Cru in my cupboard but I exclusively drink it as a cold soy latte. I love Red Leaf’s flavoured matchas, but again I drink them with milk (but not in soy milk, which I find has a much stronger and distinct flavour than regular milk) or in smoothies.

Stephanie

Maybe order one of the Red Leaf free samples of the month? You get like 5-10 servings for just the cost of shipping (less than $3) This month’s sample is cheesecake flavored :)

Tealizzy

Courtney – you’re right that soy milk adds a flavor, and I’m glad there’s hope even if you’re not a fan of straight matcha!

Good idea, Stephanie! I think I’ll try that.

pyarkaaloo

i really only drink matcha for the health benefits, as it’s super concentrated chlorophyll, which is great for you. that said, it’s a very acquired taste and a bit harsh without additives. you’ll get a lot of earthy grass.

lately i’ve been adding brown sugar to mine plus soy milk (just plain does the trick, which tastes vanillary as it is! but with vanilla soy milk it will probably be amazing.) for me milk & sugar cancels out the bitterness & even makes it a little decadent…at least as much as possible given this is well, matcha.

i myself am gonna order a sample of Red Leaf’s flavored. i had my eye on their caramel one. i’m sure it’s much better that way.

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I thought my profile needed a facelift, so here we go:

My obsession with tea really started around October 2012 when I discovered DavidsTea. Before that, I had the occasional cup and enjoyed going out to afternoon tea with my mom. I was really into An Afternoon to Remember’s creme brulee tea, since they had an afternoon tea place at that time, which has since closed…so sad and I haven’t found a good replacement.

So, I kinda went nuts when I discovered both DavidsTea and Lupicia in the SF mall, and I still frequent them, though my tastes have substantially changed over time from wanting to try all the teas to being a bit more particular.

Once I discovered steepster, literally by looking up reviews of a DavidsTea tea, I was hooked! So many tea companies I never heard of and everything sounding so delicious!

I found I still love dessert teas, like flavored black teas, but I also really enjoy oolong (both green and roasted). I occasionally enjoy flavored rooibos and white teas. I’ve had a rough time with puerh, and still think it tastes like leather. Recently, after having some really amazing teas from Teavivre, I can now say I love unflavored Chinese black teas and green teas.

Favorite tea companies right now include: Teavivre, Golden Moon, Butiki, Lupicia, and DavidsTea.

Just a note: I don’t rate my teas numerically because my iPad doesn’t like the scroll bar. Maybe someday that will change…hint hint, steepster! ;)

P.S. My profile picture is of one of my 2 cats, Holly, who is a little princess but very photogenic, and she loves boxes, including those that bring me tea! :)

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