1943 Tasting Notes

drank Matcha by Olive Nation
1943 tasting notes

I have had this twice today, and I am posting a second tasting note for the sake of the WAY I made it, rather than to speak of the taste again.

I read that you can use a cocktail shaker to make matcha lattes and thought it would be a great way to get the whole drink really cold. I always enjoy my latte more when it is really icy cold and as it is now I tend the raise the straw to the level of the crushed ice at first!

I don’t have a cocktail shaker, have never held one, have never used one, but I looked at some online to research before I get one and thought my JoeMo travel mug would work. It has proven itself to be pretty leakproof.

I put a teaspoon of matcha in and didn’t bother to sift it. I added a couple of ounces of water, put the lid on, and shook it like mad! Then I added the rest of the water (about one cup total) and the honey and again put the lid on and shook like mad to get the honey to mix. Next I added a cup of milk and the ice and shook it one more time to get it nice and cold throughout.

I could have left it in my Joemo but I decanted it into my double walled tumbler to enjoy. I think next time around I will shake it after adding the ice but not the milk because there wasn’t much room for the liquid to move around. I may get a cocktail shaker after all, but I can take my time finding one and use this until I get one.

OMGsrsly

Ooh, I think I’ll try this tomorrow morning. I have a cocktail shaker sitting in a cupboard somewhere that needs some love! Thanks!

ashmanra

I think I may try to hunt one down. Target says they are only available online, so I might try Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

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drank Matcha by Olive Nation
1943 tasting notes

A good, basic matcha for lattes and such, this is pretty affordable at $18 for 2 ounces. It is bitter at all, but it lacks the buttery vegetable flavor of some of the nicest matcha. It is more than adequate for the way I am using, though, and I plan to share it with daughter when she comes to visit so she can her plain lattes at home instead of having to buy them at SBucks.

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Asian buffet takeout with hubby, two steeps of green tea = Friday night. This is one of my all time favorite teas and I hope to have something I love this much on shelf always. Yum!

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It is cloudy and drizzling and COLD! Well, cold for where I live. For it to be 39F at lunchtime is unusual for us, and running to the recycling can bare of foot wearing short sleeves added to my perception of the chill. Sometimes it is nice to get a little cold so your tea is extra cozy! :)

I am finishing this sample from Hesper June today and I am so glad I picked this one to drink. It is a great cold weather choice, and the Grace Rare Tea Company really delivers high quality tea. This is smokey, but definitely not a Lapsang. It is smooth and delicious, even without additions. And now…it is all gone! Sample sip down!

Josie Jade

Haha, I can always count on you to sympathize with me that it is really cold outside! My family in the north always just rolls their eyes when I start talking about how it’s freezing here. :) This tea sounds perfect for a chilly day!

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drank Weeping Angel Tea by 52teas
1943 tasting notes

I served this to the group last night as there were lots of Doctor Who fans present. It was very well received! I am getting low, too. This is one I would love to see Frank keep around!

The caramel and toffee flavors really pop, but the popcorn is definitely there, too.

Indigobloom

I think he still has some left for sale!

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drank Genteel Lady Tea by Luis
1943 tasting notes

Sadly, I am almost out of this one! I have not yet logged our tea party teas nor last night’s Writers’ Group teas, but this was served at both and everyone loved it. Last night, I think it was really the favorite.

This is really smooth, with no astringency at all. It is fruity but so natural. I find big chunks of dried grape, and I don’t mean raisin. These are large! And the tea is so naturally sweet. I have found it under the name My Lady, but it seems to be sold Bly in Europe. I hope to soon be in touch with a company in Slovenia that said they would ship it to me for a very reasonable price. That is how good it is!

I did find a German company that sells it, but you have to buy a LOT. So yysah, maybe you should consider carrying this in your store!

The closest tea I can compare to it is Grand Amour by Nina’s, with Fruits d’Alsace as a secondary contender, though neither a quite the same. They evoke a similar “tea vibe” for me, though.

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drank Matcha by Olive Nation
1943 tasting notes

The jury is still out on this one. I am over matcha’ed today but of course I decided to go ahead and try this done. I bought it because it was a good price, hoping it would knock my socks off. I believe it was $17.99 for two ounces. It came in a ziplock pouch. I buy my vanilla beans from this company and they are the best I have ever seen and unbelievably cheap, so I had high hopes for this matcha.

While it is not the best I have ever had, it is far from the worst. There is no bitterness but it is grassy and earthy. It made a decent latte, which is what I bought it for. This is less vegetal, less smooth and buttery than Kai Matcha Premium. My Nuvola sample was also more buttered veggie flavored than this one.

I will keep experimenting with this and see what happens. I also used raw cane sugar instead of honey this time and used less of it, so that could be a factor in my opinion as well.

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drank Tropical Green by Harney & Sons
1943 tasting notes

I am finishing the Chinese takeout leftovers tonight and wanted a nice green to go with. I haven’t had this one in ages, it seems.

This is the tea I used to introduce my eldest daughter to green tea when she decided she wanted to start drinking tea for health benefits. No wonder this was the first green she ever liked. The base is so nice, with a tiny spicy taste mixing with the pineapple. This is really yummy. It is smooth, and doesn’t bite my tummy like some teas do.

Hesper June

And it is tasty cold brewed too!
But, I like drinking it in the winter hot and pretending I am on the beach:)

ashmanra

Oh, I will have to try cold brewing it! That sounds good and it gets so horribly hot and humid here in summer that it would be extra refreshing.

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drank Strawberry Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1943 tasting notes

This is the other Red Leaf matcha that my friend brought over today for sampling and “matcha lessons.” First I made a fruit smoothie with organic blueberries, bananas, and strawberries, raw cane sugar, and Greek yogurt. I put all that in the blender and then sifted this on top of it. I added crushed ice on that, and turned the blender on until everything was smooth and creamy. It was so good!

Next I made a matcha latte with it. It was the usual method….sift matcha into tall glass, add cold water, whoosh, add honey, whoosh, add milk and crushed ice. Wow! The strawberry was strong! It was good, very good, but you seriously could get the distinctive flavor level instead for this one and not be disappointed.

We watched a movie and split an Otis Spunkmeyer muffin and I slurped on the last bit of water from the ice melting from my last latte. It was still sweetly strawberry flavored, which gave me an additional idea. With our muffin, we had “matcha water.” I got a sport water bottle, sifted some matcha into it, added a tiny bit of water, and shook it like mad. Then I added water almost to the top and crushed ice.

We poured it off into two glasses and drank it with our muffins. There is no sugar added but it is still an enjoyable drink. (We were just discussing how I feel so bad when I add a tablespoon of honey to a large latte and think nothing of downing a Coke, which has more than twice that amount of sugar! If you don’t see it going in, I guess you don’t think about it.) I like this for days when I am working in the yard and it is hot outside, or for a workout drink.

Bottom line, strawberry matcha was going on my order, too, until my friend told me that one of matcha they ordered is for my birthday, which is coming up soon! Squeeee!

Miss Starfish

Mmm, this sounds lovely!

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drank Cheesecake Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1943 tasting notes

I was going to sample the set of green bases from Red Leaf today but I got a text this morning from a friend who had ordered during the Red Leaf referral program. “Shall I come over and bring the ones you have never tried?” Why, of course I can make time for that!

This was the first, and my friend only knew how to make the hot lattes from watching me make them a couple of months ago, so we did some quick matcha training. I sifted a teaspoon of matcha into a tall glass and added a bit of water. I whooshed it with my aerolatte, added honey, and whooshed again. Then I added milk almost to the top and finished it off with crushed ice.

I have to say I think this is my favorite matcha for these lower fat/lower sugar iced lattes. Almond still probably holds top spot for the decadent ones I make that a basically a milkshake with matcha added! This does not taste exactly like the French vanilla flavor. I smell a touch of lemon when it is dry, and after mixing it is definitely more complex than the FV one.

We really enjoyed this, so on my next order it goes!

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I am a music teacher and homeschooling mom who started drinking loose leaf tea about five years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens and oolongs.

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