1037 Tasting Notes

85

I do like dates. Back in my vegan days I got into snacking on mejool dates, which I still do today, when they are on sale. I do like baked date goods, but not over the top sweet.

This sample comes from Kittena, ty!

DRY: oooh, a hunk of date in here!

STEEPED: sweet datey smell. Reddy brown tea.

TASTE: sweet dried fruit taste, a little walnutty skin taste and buttery flavoring up front. The buttery taste is quite different from other buttery tastes I’ve had, it’s not like a buttery green tea, but a butteryness that hits the whole mouth and top of the mouth. I dunno, it tastes like flavoring, but not awful fake popcorn flavoring.
The rooibos is pretty backburner here and I can enjoy the date muffiness with rooibos being complimentary. I’m thinking dates and rooibos = good mix.

Sweetened, it’s much closer to date taste as dates are pretty sweet. However, I like this tea unsweetened to enjoy the nutty flavor.

COMMENTS: I love the butteryness in this tea – I’m one of those awful eaters that add butter to my muffins. This is pretty good, but I’d love MOAR walnut! I like this tea, but thinking of it having more walnuts makes me disappointed, if that makes sense.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Wish I’d sent you more of this one! I really don’t like it :(

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95

Say WHHHAT, no rating on this tea yet? Where’s the love? With that said, TY out to Stacy @ Butiki for OHMF, this is the last tea I haven’t tried out of my unflavored giveaway package. I put this tea in the wrong tin and it got lost in the shuffle.

DRY: Very spacious light green tangles of leaves. Kinda of PITA to get 2 teaspoons of because the leaves are long, light and take up so much space. I’m not sure if I used enough leaf or went overboard. And I didn’t want to smash the leaves to fit nice in the measuring spoon.

STEEPED: Very very light green tea. Could be mistaken for tap water, lol! Maybe I didn’t use enough leaf, doh! Hmm, well the pic looks close to mine, maybe it’s the lighting. Smells like artichokes. Man, I love artichokes but I hate the effort it takes to eat them.

TASTE: POW this tea is full of flavor, despite the weak colour appearance! I taste an explosion of raw sweet white corn flavor, like chomping into raw corn and pops oozing with milky buttery taste. Also with that bite getting a bit of the green corn stalk, getting a little veg taste. Quite sweet and refreshing taste that hangs out in my mouth for awhile after each sip. No bitterness.

COMMENTS: Seriously. I poured the tea into my cup and looked at it and thought I messed up. I took a sip and went “What the?” in surprise with the full flavor of this tea.

Arrrgg, I gave 95/100 for Dragon Feelers, Spring Twist – all Butiki greens. Darn it, I’m giving this one a 95 too. They are all very good and different and I can’t choose which one I like more. DURRRRRRR. I dunno. I’m just going to drink more tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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85

I believe this tea came from Rachel Sincere, TY!

Still in PU’REH MODE! GO GO GO PU’REH!

While I was doing a rinse on this tea my roommate ran out of the room saying it was smelling fishy. Pfffft!

First steeping: super bold earthy – very harsh on the first sip, so I might of oversteeped it. There’s a a hum of another flavor making me think back to drinking tea in Vancouver Canada Chinatown as a little girl in a noodle house. I recall they had the best shrimp wonton soup, and the chefs worked in a teeny glass booth tossing noodles around with a cigarette hanging out of their mouth. The dark tea was served in regular water glasses and would burn my hands but was very good. The flavor hum I can’t explain, like sweet woodsy and smells of chinatown.

Second steeping. Much better and mellower. That sweet woodsy flavor is still there! Soft and delicious as the tea cools! Best steeping!

Third steeping. Interestingly this tea got a rosy pink each pour, but sits in my cup a dark brown. Second best steeping! Very close to the second steeping but milder.

And I ran out of time for more steepings. Maybe later.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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85

I know I’m totally weird, but I dreamt of drinking pu’reh all night last night. It was great. Must of been from randon tea videos I was watching on youtube yesterday. With that said, when I woke up and dying for some pu’reh!

DRY: Very pretty tea, colourful rose bits, fruit and adorable little pearly sugar balls. I hate those balls in cookies, always hurt my teeth, but I’m thinking that they would be better in tea!

STEEPED: Dark brown peachy coloured tea, smells almost chocolatey with a hint of peach.

TASTE: Smokey deep pu’reh hit first, with mango and peach flavors slowly spreading through. Slight sweetness at the end of my sip.
Sweetened, MOP peachy mango steps up with the pu’reh being an earthy smokey background. I prefer this tea sweetened.

COMMENTS: Hmmm, I’m thinking you really gotta like pu’reh for this tea, the smokeyness is quite strong unless you sweeten it.

I recently had Della Terra’s Mellow Mango Peach – very different tea because of the different bases. I like MOP a little more for its complexity.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Indigobloom

I’ve done that before!! dreamt of tea and had a craving when I woke up… I think it was pu-er as well

Babble

LOL .. you know you’re obsessed with tea when.. you start dreaming about it :)

Lynxiebrat

LOL. I didn’t dream of tea last night but it was my 1st thought when I woke up.
The description of the tea sounds really mouth watering, guess I’ll add that to the ever growing list of teas I want to try.;)

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85
drank Mango Lassi by Butiki Teas
1037 tasting notes

WARRAGGHGHHGGHHH! Back from brazilian jiu jitsu friday class, aka get beaten up class. Very tired out, I’ve been staring at Knitpicks.com and dream of knitting pretty socks, a low injury hobby. What the.. last time I drank this tea, it was after a friday jiu jitsu class of getting beaten up. Interesting.

DRY: citrusy mango, yum! Very strong scented with some nice thin slices of fruit.

STEEPED: Light rooibos scent, but nice and fruity coming from a reddy brown tea.

TASTE: Hint of spice with natural mango flavor sweeping my mouth. A little creamy as well. The mango is pretty nice here, great flavor without the mango pit strings in your teeth. The roobios works on the same vibe as the mango, which is great for a non rooibos lover like me.

COMMENTS: There’s cardamon in this? My flavor ENEMY! I’m too tired to fight back, but the cardamon is used very well and lightly here, horrible awful. (I had a horrible experience with cardamon and try and avoid it).

Is this going to be my official post jiu jitsu recovery tea? I’m going back to sipping tea and dreaming of purple sock knitting. Maybe knee highs. Lots of lace.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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95

I didn’t jump on the acai fruity craze, but I see quite a few of my other brazilian jiu jitsu peeps always drinking something with either acai or just coconut water. I’m the only one who runs around with matcha looking weird. Pffff, they need to learn from me. Either way, I decided to give this matcha a shot, show up those others at class.

Specs on this matcha:

Brazilian Acai matcha
From http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/acai-matcha.html
Matcha Quality: Classic Basic Grade
Flavor: Distinctive

Out of the gold foil package, this matcha smells amazingly fruity. Super fruit amazing! The smell reminds me of really tarty berry yogurt. Brazilian Acai matcha appears slightly darker in powder form.

I prepared this as a traditional hot cup, getting me pumped up before my brazilian jiu jitsu practice (I seriously need the energy for class today)! This matcha didn’t froth up very well nor maintain froth, but I didn’t really care. Interestingly, this matcha prepared has a different colour than normal, a dark forest green, probably from the acai berry powder. By the way, I used 1/4tsp plus 175f water.

The taste of Brazilian Acai matcha is quite fruity. A mix between a tropical flavor and blackberries or blueberries. There is also a natural sweetness to this matcha – adding any additional sweetener would be overkill I think. With the fruityness and natural sweetness, this hot cup is very refreshing! There is no tart or bitterness to this matcha! I honestly was expected this to taste tart or puckery.

In the end, this was surprisingly good! I’m thinking this would be great iced, in my waterbottle, nearby to me while I do jiu jitsu. Or is that totally cheating getting a doubly whammy of heathly energizing matcha and acai? Don’t pass up this matcha – I’m thinking this is up there on being one of my fav flavors from Red Leaf Teas!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C
Babble

I almost got this but the reviews before this said it wasn’t as sweet. Maybe they just got the lower flavors?

Awkward Soul

I noticed that too wondering why mine was slightly sweet – could be a difference between delicate and distinctive, too bad the other tea logs didn’t say which level they got.

Red Leaf Tea

Acai flavor was recenty improved a lot :-)

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85

I love crème brulee. My all time favorite dessert! My now husband made this for me before he proposed! (he makes the Alton Brown recipe btw). I also bought my husband a crème brulee ramekin kit and blow torch (from the hardware store) as a house warming gift for me to enjoy. I saw Red Leaf Teas had this in matcha form, oh totally getting it!

Specs on the matcha I’m drinking:
Crème Brulee Matcha
http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/creme-brulee-matcha.html
Matcha Quality: Classic (basic grade)
Flavor: Robust (because I love crème brulee!)

Out of the package, the first smell reminded me of that spun sugar smell like on Croquembouche, weird that I thought of that first instead of the blow torched topping on creme brulee! The smell of the matcha powder is very strong, caramel sugary.

I felt I should just go straight to making an iced latte, my favorite way to make a flavored matcha. 1/4tsp of creme brulee matcha and a bit of sugar whisked in some soy milk. The result, a very custardy matcha! The matcha also leaves an extra creamy feeling after my sip. The creme brulee latte tastes slightly eggy, not as eggy as Red Leaf’s “eggnog matcha” but more custardy buttery than “bavarian cream”. Creme Brulee matcha is very smooth and creamy too. Drinking it, I could almost sense the texture of an actual creme brulee custard.

Unfortunately, the only thing I’m missing in this matcha is the blow torched sugar top taste. I’m not sure if it needs more extra sugar, or it’s just a hard flavor to dupe plus its lots of texture.

Overall, pretty good, but I really want that sugar topping! Now I got images in my mind that I can have creme brulee whenever I want that isn’t 500 plus calories. Maybe spear in some caramelized sugar pieces for a nice visual or stir stick for my matcha.

Preparation
Iced
LiberTEAS

I love creme brulee too. I have this tea waiting for me to try … hopefully will get to it sometime this coming week.

Indigobloom

maybe try caramelizing some sugar in a pan and then add that to your matcha? ohhh man I’m tempted to get some just to try it!

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80

TY out to Rachel Sincere for a sample of this tea!

This tea looks fun – an interesting blend of fruits (apricots, cherries and plums – I don’t see plums often in tea) with a black tea base.

STEEPED: Swirly black tea and fruity smells. Light brown coloured tea.

TASTE: Not too strong earthy black tea base with a moderate level of fruityness – I get the cherry taste and an apricot after taste, which is quite nice. No bitterness, tart or astringency.

Sweetened, wow – much more fruity! It’s like the fruit takes over a bit (maybe 60/40). I get the bite of cherry and maybe plum. I prefer this tea sweetened.

COMMENTS: This is a good tea to show a fruity green/white drinker an interesting fruity black that isn’t a berry black tea. I like the combination of fruits used in this tea. Not up my alley for me to be in love with this tea, but I will enjoy every cup!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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85

I seriously stood in front of my tea stash area for 15 minutes trying to pick out a tea. My steepster cupboard says I have like 150+ teas, so you think I could easily find something to drink. Sigh.

I wanted something spicy, but not too spicy, and something I’ve had before. I was almost going to go with a few other spicey teas, but I feel too lazy to add milk and sugar to my tea, so it had to be sweet on its own.

Found this tea and yum! Very good! I like the cinnamon, sweetness and cookieness of this tea. It’s like snuggling in fall with a blanket and eating warm cookies.
Man… does southern california ever get fall? It was 30c yesterday!

Mercuryhime

I find that having too many choices makes it all the harder to decide. :/ Glad you found something you enjoy!

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
1037 tasting notes

Probably my most crazy post weight lifting smoothie creations:

1/2tsp Red Leaf Tea Cheesecake Matcha + 1 cup of soy milk + 1 scoop of protein powder + 1/3cup of cottage cheese + 2tsp of Dulce de leche. Long time on the blender to make all the chunks disappear.

the result: thick cheesecakey batter with a Dulce de leche caramel taste! I have leftover Dulce de leche from my wedding, pure will powder I haven’t eaten it all straight out of the can! I added cottage cheese as I found the kraft brand I have tastes more cheesey than I’m used to.

Totally a treat, but I figure I’d celebrate since I just hit my personal record on squats! I remember when I was new at lifting weights, I lifted 100lb less and it was hard!

Sil

YAY! congrats on reaching a personal record!

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I’m a crafty knitter and crocheter that loves to work on a project and drink tea. I worked as a counsellor and I chain-drink tea to keep me calm and grounded.

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I was raised on floral oolongs and green teas, mostly “beauty” teas. Early on as a kid, I can guzzle an entire pot of tea (or two) at a Chinese or Japanese restaurant.
These days I like adventurous and interesting tea blends. I’m fearless in trying new teas! I’m into oolong, pu’erh, white, green, black, guayusa, mate and herbals. I’m not into red rooibos but I keep buying it anyway.

The tea brand that got me started into loose leaf teas was DAVIDsTea. I used to live in Vancouver Canada and had access to their shop, however that is now limited since I moved to southern California.

However, the perks of living in the US is ultra cheap, fast shipping! Since then, my tea stash insanely expanded.
My recommended tea shops:
Mandala Tea
Steep City Teas
Butiki Teas
DAVIDsTea
Della Terra Teas
Lupicia
Verdant Tea
Yunnan Sourcing
52 Teas / Zoomdweebies
Yunomi.us
Red Leaf Tea
New Mexico Tea Co
Bluebird Tea Co
The Persimmon Tree

Other stuff I’m into that sneaks into my tea notes: Brazilian jiu-jitsu, metal music, drawing, painting, cooking, photography and nail polish.

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