364 Tasting Notes
I finally made my first matcha ever. I just received the bamboo whisk I ordered from Teavana along with a double walled glass bowl. I told myself after watching a youtube video, girl this is something you can do! I’ve only had matcha at the sushi restaurant, and I never felt the need to try and make it myself, thinking I wouldn’t know what to do with it… After reading a comment from Eisenherz, I’ve decided what the heck, I’m giving it a shot.
So here we are… matcha and I, staring at each other. I have everything ready for it, and Mr Right is watching, already amused at what is about to happen. “What, you don’t think I can’t do this???” He smiles: " Oh, you’re gonna do it alright, and I will laugh…" OK, now he’s hurting my feelings. Is he referring to the fact that I can be a little messy in the kitchen? I’ll show him how it’s done!
I try to do everything as I remember on the video. About 1 1/2 teaspoon of the pretty jade powder for about 8 oz of hot water. I pour a bit of water and whisk slowly to turn the precious powder into some kind of muddy mixture, then I add the rest of the water. I start whisking frantically, in that W motion I have witnessed. What happens next is not my finest moment… the bowl is too small? By the time I stop whisking, MY KITCHEN COUNTER LOOKS LIKE A GOLF COURSE!
And yes, Mr Right is having fun, laughing is head off. He asks “Is this part of the ritual?”
I swallow my pride, and I taste it. Crap, the taste of it is as much of a mess as it was to make…
BITTER, BITTER, BITTER!
TheTeaFairy: big fat 0
I’ll be calling for a rematch very soon… no tasting note, for now!
Tea no.6 of the Tealish experiment:
The name should be AMARETTO Pie…Yerk, this one is not for me… My entire fault, shouldn’t have ordered it, the description did mention Amaretto. Though it might sound contradictory, I love true almond flavor but somehow I’m not a fan of anything Amaretto. Does it make any sens?
In this tea, I think the Amaretto flavor comes from one of those small bottles of artificial almond extract you put in cake. A few drops are OK in a whole cake, but a cup of it is too much for me!
So I can’t rate it, since I usually don’t appreciate this kind of flavor. On a positive note, it has lots of coconut in it, so if you are a fan of strong Amaretto taste, I guess it mixes well with coconut and you would probably enjoy it.
I taste none of the other ingredients, the Rooibos is lost in that overpowering almond essence.
I think my next Tealish testing will be a more pleasant one for my tastes. Creamy Cranberry. Does sound yummy :)
This is a tea I always keep around.. it’s one of those that you know you will enjoy no matter what the occasion is.
I’m a big fan of flavored teas, but obviously the true essence of tea is in it’s bare leaves, so «au naturel» is something I feel I must go to from time to time. I will not pretend I am an expert at this, cause I’m not. The world of tea is so complex and fascinating, I learn something new everyday! I am slowly educating myself and trying unflavored teas more and more.
What never ceases to amaze me is to find hints and notes that are naturally there. This tea is an excellent example of that. The sweet honey is easily identifiable, hard to believe that no sugar was added. It’s malty but not too much. It’s a bit astringent, but not too much even if steeped a little too long.
For my taste, the flavors peak when it starts cooling. I like it just slightly warm, not hot. After steeping it, I wait a good 5 minutes before I drink it. I then experience it in a whole other way, with more nuances and fuller body. The sweetness arrives at the end, so it completely takes away whatever astringency or bitterness that might be there.
Definitely one of my favorite black tea!
I bought my first pouch of 25gr about 7 months ago after reading enthusiastic Steepster reviewers. I must have bought over 400gr since then…
I’m taking a little break from a very busy day, we’re having 6 friends over for supper tonight, so lots of cleaning and cooking. Thank god Mr. Right is helping a great deal, no one like him to vacuum and mop the floors!! (he knows his manhood is not at risk)
So I needed fuel to keep me going, what better option than my beloved JUJU? I’ve been on it since this morning, I think it has made an Energizer Bunny out of me! I am not a big coffee drinker, but like many people, I used to drink one in the morning cause I never found anything close enough to the wake up kick it provides. That was before I discovered precious Guayusa! I have it almost every morning and it has officially replaced my morning coffee…
But I don’t just love it for it’s energizing properties, it tastes fantastic! So «juicy fruit» tasty, tangy and super sweet at the same time, can’t say enough about it!
I easily get 3 very tasty steeps out of it, so it is money well spent.
There’s plenty of big fruit chunks in it (papaya and peach) I eat them all, such a treat!
I’m glad I finally gave it the review I think it deserves. If you enjoy the fruity in your tea, this one will be a very nice acquisition for your cupboard!