1943 Tasting Notes

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My matcha latte experiments continue! I have had several plain and two flavored, caramel and almond. I prefer caramel as a hot drink, and almond is pretty unbelievable in a milkshake even if you put mostly milk and not a lot of ice cream! As a matcha latte they were good, but I was sure there was another flavor that was going to be perfect for this use.

Last night, the cartoon lightbulb went on over my head. Bavarian Cream! I was just sure it would be the super yummiest as a latte, and guess what? I was right!

I am ashamed to say that I finished my tiny jar of honey making so many lattes over the past three days. Hey, it was a TINY jar! So this time I used White Gold raw honey from Williams Sonoma. I bet I should have decreased the amount since it has the water spun out of it. I am assuming now that makes it more concentrated because this is really sweet, but I am loving it! I added about one cup cold water, sifted the matcha into it, added the honey, whooshed it with the aerolatte, added some crushed ice and about a cup of milk, and VOILA! A fantastic treat!

The Bavarian Cream flavor is so creamy and light in this, with a hint of lemon-y freshness. I think this is one of the best flavors for a latte of this sort. This is yet another flavor of Red Leaf matcha I do not want to run out of!

Azzrian

I am in need of a matcha soon.

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drank KaiMatcha Premium by KaiMatcha
1943 tasting notes

Yep, had another one today. Yums.

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I drank one steep of my Southern Season puerh and then put the leaves in the fridge to cold brew a pitcher of iced tea. I was feeling unsatisfied, puerh-wise, so I decided to treat myself to several steeps of Purple Rhyme.

I love the box it came in, the careful wrapping of the paper with such beautiful, uniform folds, the stamp that holds the paper tight. I love the care used to present this product to me.

The tea is really dark, because I love strong, smooth puerh and I let it steep longer than most people do. The taste is fresh and so clean.

Bonnie

Pour me a cup!

ashmanra

Come on over! Do you like to make cards and dance with the dog?

K S

Are you setting her up for a bad date?

ashmanra

Nope, for a good time! :D

Bonnie

I can think of a better time than dancing with the dog! I’ll take the tea and dance with K S! (Any other offers?!)

K S

Bonnie, if I could dance it would be my honor. Can we still have puerh?

gmathis

Cutting and gluing party at ashmanra’s house! I’ll start packing!

mrmopar

Ha, I am in for that one! This is a really good pu-erh I enjoy this one a lot.

ashmanra

Woo hoo! This is gonna be the most exciting weekend I have ever had!

mrmopar

Yes but with good pu-erh there will always be a crowd!

mrmopar

The heck with the cup! Can i have the whole pot?

ashmanra

LOL! Sure! We’ll make several pots! Look what you started, Garret.

Bonnie

Hey,if Garret’s coming he can bring another beeng! I’ll bring snacks!

Terri HarpLady

Ooooh, purple rhyme! Yum, I got me some a few weeks ago!
And I will dance with the dog!

ashmanra

At this rate, we’ll need another beeng! And Terriharplady: I will tell Mr. Samwise to practice his steps!

Bonnie

We really do need a steepster cruise or vacation event!

Terri HarpLady

We should plan our own Steepster convention… July anyone?

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This is a sip down, and the end of my very first Puerh purchase ever. I remember smelling the Puerh at A Southern Season and giggling with Sandy over the smell. When I finally bought some we were both a little apprehensive about tasting it, but in spite of the fishiness, we liked it! And I definitely recognized almost immediately the beneficial effects Puerh tea had on my digestive system, relieving the miserable overstuffed feeling after having pizza with crusts dipped in garlic butter.

I ended up buying all three types of puerh sold there, and got another friend really hooked on shu puerh. Now that this has aired out a bit, it is much more pleasant. It makes a really black cup of tea, but I do enjoy my puerh that way so I often steep it for at least three minutes.

Now I have found so many other puerhs that I like much better than this one. I am decupboarding it, and I do not intend to buy it again. When I want more mini Tuocha they will come from Teavivre or Mandala Tea. I am grateful to this little Tuocha for introducing me to puerh, though!

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drank Almond Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1943 tasting notes

Someone stop me, please! No, don’t. I am going to sing to my matcha lattes…..if lovin’ you is wrong, I don’t wanna be right.

Since almond flavor is a big favorite of mine, and one I only tried in recent years, not having been brought up around it, I decided tonight’s flavored matcha latte would be almond. While it was DELISH, I think I am starting to prefer unflavored matcha. GASP! (We knew this day was coming, didn’t we?? I plan to try an unflavored and a Bavarian Cream Latte tomorrow. I have high hopes for the Bavarian Cream one. It is so fresh and lemony, I think it will be scrumptious served cold.)

Now I want to try the three highest grades of unflavored matcha that Red Leaf sells and see which one makes the very best latte! I am hoping i can use one of the not quite so expensive ones successfully!

I am really loving these with honey instead of the raw cane sugar I was using. That is totally unexpected to me. I really like my raw cane sugar and thought the honey would add too much of its own flavor to the drink, but instead it really enhances it.

MegWesley

No, I don’t think I will stop you from your yummy matcha lattes. Mostly because I get to live through you and try to write a list of which ones I want to try first. Lol!

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drank Arabian Nights by Tin Roof Teas
1943 tasting notes

I met a dear friend for lunch today and she was so sweet to bring me samples of several teas she just bought at TRT. This is one I had my eye on to try for a while but haven’t gotten around to it yet since there are probably ten on the list every time I go!

I am pretty sure this is a Teageschwender tea since they have a tea of the same name and identical description. This reminds me of the fine French teas which are perfumed with so many floral scents.

I would love this in my room, in my closet, in my chest of drawers scenting my clothes. I am not sure I would want to drink it often, though it is quite nice. It is just a bit too perfumed for me. Perhaps with food or cake and a friend to chat with it would be right over the top and I would adore it, but as of right now, I don’t desire to go buy this. I would recommend it to anyone who loves floral teas that make your pinky hoist itself into the air on its own.

It is possible that I also need to play with the parameters a bit, as black and green blends can be a little touchy. There is a little bite of astringency, like lemon, that I think is the main thing making me not fall in love with this one, though I do think it is a very good tea.

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drank Blueberry Green by Harney & Sons
1943 tasting notes

A dear friend called this morning, one I don’t get to see as often as I would like, and one who helped start me on my Harney tea journey. We started discussing tea (of course) and I mentioned Blueberry Green, she wasn’t too sure about it because she isn’t the biggest fan of blueberry, but she was pretty excited when I told her you can get two sachets to go very cheaply at Barnes and Noble. That way you can prepare it how and when you like before committing to a whole tin.

She said she was going to B&N right away so I suggested we meet there. I took a thermos full of this tea and two tiny gong fu cups. Long story short – she loved it and insisted on buying a whole tin RIGHT THEN. LOL!

Michael Harney, if you see this I just want to let you know that you have three people right here in my little circle of tea drinkers who want this loose leaf! Please? Pretty please? With a blueberry on top? :D

Josie Jade

All of your notes about this make me think I need to include this in my upcoming order. I’m not a huge green tea fan (meaning that I will almost always go for a black over a green tea) but I do love blueberries!

ashmanra

Maybe you can go to Barnes and Noble and ask for a couple of sachets. They charge you for a venti, I think, so around $1.40? I don’t like for them to make it because all I taste is paper cup!

Josie Jade

Oh, that’s a good idea. I will check the next time I’m at B&N. :)

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drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1943 tasting notes

After guzzling the plain matcha latte with the new recipe today, I decided to try a flavored matcha latte that way. I have been putting all milk in my lattes, or just using a tiny bit of water to mix the matcha because I thought milk and water sounded gross! I really believed I needed for it to be almost exclusively milk.

I made this tonight by sifting my teaspoon of matcha into my big tumbler, shaking it with about a half cup of water, then adding another half cup water. I added four teaspoons of honey and poured in skim milk to near the top of the glass. I mixed it with my aerolatte because the honey was all sitting on bottom. Then a half cup of crushed ice from the fridge door was added.

It is shocking how fast I am slurping these things down, but it is so refreshing! I know what I will be having lots of this summer! I can’t wait to try this with some of the fruit flavors.

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drank KaiMatcha Premium by KaiMatcha
1943 tasting notes

Today on Facebook, Kai Matcha suggested making an iced matcha latte with this. I was feeling a little sluggish this afternoon so I did it! I have made matcha lattes before but they were usually flavored matcha, all milk, and raw cane sugar. I didn’t follow their recipe exactly but made a few changes.

I sifted one teaspoon of matcha into my Starbucks cup that is like a Tervis tumbler. I added a little water, put the lid on, and shook like mad to mix it. I added the rest of the water for a total of one cup water, then added skim milk to the top of the glass, a little over a cup I suppose. It said four teaspoons honey, so I drizzled some in until I thought it was the right amount. I whooshed it a sec with my aerolatte to mix in the honey. I added a half cup of crushed ice from my fridge door. And then I slurped the whole thing down faster than I can believe. It was total deliciousness. I am going to be doing this a lot more often.

I must admit to being seriously tea drunk right now, though. I am not used to so much caffeine in so little time!

Alphakitty

Mmm, I love matcha lattes!

Kamyria

This sounds interesting… I never had matcha latte, I’m going to have to try one day. :)

ashmanra

I just had another one this morning, and WANT another right this minute! I am LOVING plain matcha now! :)

Terri HarpLady

I’m thinking almond milk, matcha powder, & a frozen banana in the blender…

ashmanra

Sounds great! I want to get more fruit flavored matcha for smoothies like that. I am thinking the chocolate matcha would be good with dark chocolate almond milk and a banana.

Terri HarpLady

I’ve only tried one flavored Matcha, the caramel, which I didn’t care for. Call me old fashioned, I guess I’m a Matcha purist, but I admit, the dark chocolate sounds tempting! :D

Indigobloom

Terri, I think you’d enjoy the wheatgrass flavoured one :D

Terri HarpLady

I know, right? Cuz I love wheat grass, & although I haven’t had any lately, I’m the type that will drink it from a shot glass!

Terri HarpLady

I’d also probably like the spirolina flavored one too. My favorite smoothie of all time (from my raw foodie days…this is one of the smoothies I practically lived on) is to fill my vitamix with an apple (cored but not peeled), 1/2 a lemon (or more) minus the peel, (frozen banana optional), a spoon of spirolina powder, a shot of wheatgrass juice, and water as needed. It’s been awhile since I had it, but I was actually reminiscing about it earlier today, & thinking I could add a tsp of matcha too!

Indigobloom

I loooove wheatgrass shots!! though sometimes I take a shot of orange juice after. Duno if I’d like spirulina. A little too fishy for me lol

Terri HarpLady

That’s why I put the powder in a smoothie!
When I use that stuff, I’m like the energizer bunny!

Indigobloom

thats what I do with the powder to, only I’m almost out! eeeps.
I prefer the shots tho :P

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drank Bon Bon no. 914 by Tin Roof Teas
1943 tasting notes

Whoosh! A whole pot all by myself! Well, I drank it by myself in that no one else had any, but I wasn’t alone. I enjoyed a nice Sunday morning with my godson who is visiting from college, chatting about the future and life-purpose, thankfulness, and living purposefully, loving and serving others. What a great young man! If you are ever having the “what is the world coming to?” blues, ask him to come over!

The tea: lots of good sized pieces of coconut are in this blend. The black base reminds me a lot of Harney’s straight chocolate tea, but this isn’t really tasting exactly like Soho Blend to me. I think Soho has a little additional flavor, maybe vanilla? Or something floral? It has been a long time since I have had it, but I think when I restock it will be with Soho.

Josie Jade

I like this one mixed with TRT marzipan blend, yummy!

ashmanra

How did I miss seeing that one? Is it a black tea blend?

gmathis

Your gs sounds wonderful! I always feel a little more hopeful about the condition of the world after spending time with my fifth graders…this year’s crop is growing some boys who are going to make wonderful, caring men someday.

And the tea sounds pretty lovely, too!

Josie Jade

They pointed the marzipan out to me one time when I was there, and I was hooked (I love marzipan!) I almost never try mixing teas together on my own, but the sales girl suggested this with the bon bon and it’s one of my staples. :)

http://tinroofteas.com/black-aroma-teas/952-marzipan/

ashmanra

Sigh. Well, I will be back soon. I can get some then! I did go to Penzey’s and buy some almond extract. I have been putting it in my vanilla shakes. :)

Josie Jade

Oh, that sounds good. I will have to try that, I love anything almond flavored! I always use a little extract when I’m baking.

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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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