2076 Tasting Notes
Backlog from yesterday morning: I had a whole pot of this during geometry. When I first bought it, I drank it with milk and sugar even though I was drinking others teas plain. Now I can enjoy this one plain, too. It is not the finest Keemun, but it is a very affordable, nicely drinkable one for everyday breakfast. I bought a pound last time, but I think in future I will purchase the more expensive Keemun Mao Feng and resteep judiciously. There is only enough left for one more pot, and then I retire that tin.
I have been craving some iced tea, lightly sweetened. This one is very good, but honestly I think the one from thePuritea is better. That is really splitting hairs, though, because I have no complaints against this one. As always, I like my iced flavored tea best on the second or third day after making it. It really seems to mellow out and get smoother, and the flavors lose any artificial edginess and become more natural. I think this is one that hubby will enjoy well enough.
Slowly but surely, some changes are taking place. I have been absolutely addicted to home made chocolate shakes and it shows. It shows in my weight and my triglyceride levels. I am really good all day and evening comes and that’s all she wrote. Someone suggested making fruit smoothies a while back but it didn’t sound appetizing to me, so I figured I would have half a smoothie and still make my shake!
That has changed! I am not craving the shakes anymore. I am loving the smoothies, and they are evolving. I always put a banana and then I add whatever berries we have on hand, usually strawberries or blueberries. I add a big dollop of Greek yogurt and a splash of skim or almond milk. I don’t even add sweetener anymore! I add either a creamy matcha like French Vanilla or Bavarian Cream or a fruity one like Black Cherry. I have Bilberry on order and I can’t wait to get it because for the first time I upgraded the base and got less flavoring! I can hardly wait!
Well, earlier today MissLena mentioned her French Vanilla matcha so it was on my mind. That is what went in the smoothie tonight. It really does add a creaminess to it, making it even more satisfying. The fruit flavored matcha really ups the fruit taste and makes it sing, so I enjoy both.
Having had cancer twice, I really am glad I finally tried matcha so those antioxidants can get in there and do their job! Now, instead of having a giant milkshake at night, I am getting yogurt for the probiotics, and at least three servings of fruit and vegetable in my smoothie. I satisfies me, and I don’t feel guilty at all. Loving it! Now to make myself exercise more…
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.