1045 Tasting Notes
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.
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.
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.
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
Matcha Quality: Classic Basic Grade
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!
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
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.
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!
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!
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!
Digging around my “haven’t tried” tin, there’s a buncha Della Terra teas in there. DOH! I feel like fruity this morning, to go with a breakfast of leftover wedding fruit platter (strawberries, melons, dragon fruit, pomegranate, grapes, oranges, blackberries) and cottage cheese.
DRY: Fruity peachy sweet! Nice big hunks of fruit in this tea too!
STEEPED: smells of black tea mixed with peach and mango flavors.
TASTE: Black tea base taste, but mellowed out with the peach and mango flavors. Oddly, this tea is refreshing despite it being hot. I could see this tea being very good iced or cold brewed!
I didn’t feel like trying this tea sweetened this morning.
COMMENTS: Not bad, I enjoyed the peachy mango flavor – which is well done. However, this tea makes me think of Fusion Tea’s “Red Vineyard” which is quite similar, but is over the top peach instead of having mango. I should really try MMP iced next time!
Yes! I’m denting that “haven’t tried” pile! Plus, I thought this tea would be a treat to try after me crocheting for hours today trying to fix some stupid colour work gone bad on one of my patterns. I do love peaches.. homemade canned! Ahh memories of my teenager years in the summer spending all day peeling and slices peaches and canning them!
DRY: Tarty peach! Very tight balls of oolong.
STEEPED: Light gold, smells like oolong tea with a hint of peach.
TASTE: A nice smooth oolong (almost floral) upfront buzzing with white fuzzy peach flavor. I say fuzzy as I could sense that fuzzy peach skin, mmm fuzzy peach skin! I’d say this is totally a white peach as it is more mellow of a taste compared to yellow peaches. I would say this tea is light, but it is also full of flavor.
Sweetened, I might of over sweetened as I was distracted while adding the rock sugar, but I find the peach too sweet here and not as natural tasting. With that said, unsweetened for me!
Second infusion is still peachy, but astringency is starting. I think I might of overcooked the tea a bit as I was distracted again (roommate chatting with me about our new vacuum)
COMMENTS: This is really tasty! I’m glad I bought a bag instead of requesting it as a sample! I do like the strawberry oolong more, but this is still very good!