807 Tasting Notes

94

I will do a better tasting note another time but this was a very nice way to wake up this morning!
I’m up far too early and far too fuzzy to really give this tea the review it deserves but yet another win from Della Terra!

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97
drank Orange Brulee by Della Terra Teas
807 tasting notes

Excellent! Just excellent! I am falling in love with Della Terra Teas more and more with each “try me” pack I get from them!
A very nice oolong with perfection in the flavoring!
This is a lovely seasonal steep or really anytime of year but I am throughly going to enjoy it through fall and winter! YUM!
I feel they hit ALL the different flavors in this perfectly – well balanced – everything comes through nicely.
Going to go for a re-steep! :)

Zoltar

Yay for me then ! :) than the one i choose from the facebook contest i win hope to get it next week since normally Della Terra Teas order are fast in Canada ( that a strange thing Canada post is so slow lol )

Azzrian

Haha Awesome!!!

Ysaurella

oh orange + caramel with oolong sounds fantastic. I saw very few blends with caramel + orange

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85

Finally! A satisfying tea today!
Thank you Amanda!!!
This is a well flavored tea – you can still taste the base in it – its not cloyingly sweet but it is sweet – taste like what it is supposed to – without a scummy oily layer on the top of the liquid!
Whew!
I like this one!

Marcel Duchamp

Azzrian, I was going to suggest this one to you but you’ve obviously already tried it!! What tea have you not tried yet?? haha.

Azzrian

LOL Thats the problem! Each time I think “Okay Im good, I never need to order tea again” something else catches my eye! Is there NO END to all the tea??

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drank Coconut Cream Pie by Makers Tea
807 tasting notes

I believe the problem here is that their steeping instructions say to use 1 tsp but from my experience and every steeping “rule” I have ever seen you would normally use 2 tsp per serving.
Since Makers offers 2 serving samples I feel they have said to use 1 tsp to stretch the sample as they already have their little sample bags selected which fit perfectly into their packing. The issue is if the tea drinker does not get a full bodied flavor and cup, then it won’t get reordered.
I feel this tea is the one of the three that could have made me place an order yet because it is so thin and lacking in the flavor it should have I won’t.
I should have followed my knowledge and used the whole sample but I assumed that they knew what they were talking about in their steeping instructions.
I am not trying to sound harsh BUT if you want your tea to be as good as it can be it is better to say “use the whole sample” and let people know that if you order an oolong you will only get ONE serving versus two OR change your packaging. There are ways to fix this but I fear for them it will be an issue especially for tea drinkers who may not realize this would be a really good tasting tea if it had been steeped right!
So now I sit here with a cup that is promising but can’t deliver and one teaspoon left of a leaf that does me no good.
I actually feel this could have been an EXCELLENT tea!
Bummer.

yappychappy

half cup? :P

Nik

Couldn’t you use 1 tsp with 1/2 a cup, just so you can try the tea getting the full, proper flavour from it?

Azzrian

Yeah I suppose I could do that. Didn’t think of it thanks you two!
:)

Nik

I really need to start refreshing the page before posting a comment so I stop repeating what’s already been said. Oops, sorry ’bout that. =)

Azzrian

LOL no problems :)

LiberTEAS

Well, since I can’t order from Maker’s Tea I guess it’s good to hear that I’m not missing much.

Azzrian

I requested my refund.

Autumn Hearth

Sigh, I got an early invite, before they started charging, never came, waited a month, they said they’d ship out another, still waiting.

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drank Red Velvet by Makers Tea
807 tasting notes

Such a pretty tea and it smells absolutely amazing however the flavor does not seem to transfer from aroma to the steeped cup. I do not care for the floating flavoring or sweetening agent “scum” on the surface of the tea liquid. This is reminiscent of David’s Tea and while not terrible, just not something I go seeking out in tea. I do feel that again this is close but not quite there yet. There is a nice cakey flavor, a slight chocolate flavor which is perfect for the red velvet cake idea, and it is creamy, but the after taste from the sweetener is not enjoyable.

Kittenna

I’m really starting to hate that scumminess too… I find it’s most often from sprinkles or other candies, although I think I’ve noticed it inexplicably in other teas as well. Particularly gross when the tea cools. (Yogurt pieces probably fall into the same category for some people, but I can tolerate them a bit better.)

Azzrian

Exactly! Whatever causes it – whatever the ingredient is – flavoring, sprinkles, sweetener, etc – my advice to tea blenders … TAKE IT OUT and find another way to get the end product you want! PLEASE! :)

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83

I have tried a few salted caramel teas. I would say this is as good as all better than some, but not something that made me feel that THIS is THE salted caramel tea I have been desiring. It does have more saltiness than most, so for that it scores higher than others as I feel often you just can’t taste the salt. What makes me feel less excited about it is that the base itself is not all that outstanding, and there is that typical flavoring oily texture floating on the top of the cup. I feel that they are really close to an excellent salted caramel tea here but just not QUITE there yet.

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100

So after my happy accident with coconut matcha I decided to do the same thing with butterscotch which I LOVE and could not rate ANY higher but oh if I could I WOULD!
Leaving out any water and just sifting my matcha base powder and then adding the milk right in – whisk away – BIG froth – then adding a little sweet cream non dairy liquid creamer – whisk again – HUGE HUGE froth – OMG OMG soooooo amazing and I am telling you this is deserving of more than a 100 rating.
Im so going to make butterscotch matcha cupcakes this weekend! :)

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86

This came in the traveling tea box Group B – I think this is quite nice actually. It could be more “creamy” or some sweetness to it but I actually like adding my own german rock sugar over having stevia already in a tea so I respect it not being sweetened. I added sugar and the flavors really popped.
A good one.

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97
drank Fig Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
807 tasting notes

Fig Matcha

Very sweet and delicious – rich and decedent – never new fig could be so wonderful!
I had to make a second matcha because I drank it so darned fast! My family was laughing at me when I began to make the second latte! They have seen me down matcha before but never quite as fast as this one!
Its sweet but not cloying whatsoever, tastes like something one picked fresh from the tree or ummm garden? Do figs grow on trees? I need to look that up! I have had fig only in a few forms before – jams, canned which were whole figs, and in puddings, but I am positive this is the best tasting fig ever for me!

I got the robust flavoring which is my usual unless its a matcha flavor I have had before and I know it needs a little less flavor to let the base shine through. I feel that the robust was perfect for this matcha however.

I think this may become one I keep as a permanent selection in my stash. I am not sure I would say it is better than macadamia nut or butterscotch but its up there with them maybe number 3 or 4 in my favorites. I have been drinking so many new ones as I collect them that I need to go back and try some of my first matcha again.

I have also been sending out a ton of samples but its getting to that point I can’t share as much anymore because my stash is beginning to thin lol.

I’m at the place of deciding my favorites and keeping only those in stock. This will be one of those.

So I was surprised as I really did not expect to love this one quite so much, actually I thought I would probably not favor it but alas I do. Go fig!

You can get it here:

http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/fig-matcha.html

LiberTEAS

yes, figs grow on trees. :) I used to live for a short time on a farm that had a fig orchard when I was a small child. We would walk through the orchard and pick the figs, and eat them fresh off the tree. That is one of the very best ways to experience figs … this tea is another. :)

Azzrian

:) So yummy! I was really just astounded! I want another latte already lol

LiberTEAS

I’ve already had 2 bowls of Matcha and since it’s after 7 pm I don’t know if I can handle a third. LOL! I’ve got other teas to keep me busy though… I’ll probably just have to wait until tomorrow.

Azzrian

Meh who needs sleep. MUAAHHHHH

ashmanra

I want this one! And I need to ask my MIL if I can harvest her figs now that she doesn’t use them anymore.

LiberTEAS

Well, when I haven’t had sufficient sleep, I’m kind of like a zombie, except that I don’t go around with a desire to munch on people’s brains. I guess, what I should say is that I feel like what I think it would feel like to be zombie – but without their culinary preferences.

Azzrian

I know exactly how you feel as a matter of fact after a couple failed attempts to make any sense in replying to posts I am just going to go try to sleep. :)

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87

White Chocolate Matcha

Get it here:
http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/white-chocolate-matcha.html

White chocolate is one of those flavors that can be hit or miss for me in baked goods, tea, pretty much anything. White chocolate tends to be about 50/50 on if I will enjoy it or not.

This one is pretty good but it really needs sugar or some sweetener.

I made mine with a little vanilla sugar and milk and put it on ice and it was very good.

I got the robust flavor with basic grade matcha powder base.

I wish I had made more however because I did suck it down far too fast lol so it must have been pretty dang good right? I think the more matcha I have the more I fall in love with those special few flavors over and over but for many I can see this being their all time favorite!

This matcha reminds me of my grandmother – she never cared for regular chocolate and every Easter I would get her a white chocolate bunny. As a kid I loved white chocolate but now I favor the regular chocolates and dark chocolates more.

This one however will be fun to try baking with because when I was making it my daughter told me it smelled like I had baked cupcakes! It really did smell AMAZING in the house when I was mixing this one.

Cedes

Awe my grammy always bought me a white chocolate bunny too. I never really liked another kind of chocolate.

Azzrian

Aweee how sweet! :)
I am dipping sugar cookies in butterscotch matcha right now :) Sugar cookie matcha would be excellent

Cedes

Yum that would be good. I cant wait to try the butterscotch one yumm.

yappychappy

I can’t believe I didn’t get the butterscotch when I’m such a huge fan of it. Will have to write some grand reviews of the matcha I get to resupply asap

ashmanra

I love white chocolate! My youngest daughter and I share Ben & Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk, and she always saves the white chocolate chunks for me, so I pass the dark chocolate ones to her!

TeaEqualsBliss

I almost got this one…sent you an email :)

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Most of my reviews, although not all, will be quite favorable of the tea. This is not because all tea is excellent, but more so because I generally will not waste my time on an inferior tea. If I do not care for a tea I won’t continue to drink it let alone spend time reviewing it. If you see a review by me you basically know it is a quality tea. Granted it may not suit your specific taste buds, we all like different things, but as for a tea on the whole it is a good one, from a good company.

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I look for complexity overall in any tea, dimensions to the flavors.

I believe tea should evoke a feeling, thought, emotion, or attitude.

I enjoy most all oolongs, blacks, whites, and greens.

I always love to try a good yellow tea.

I favor unadulterated teas but I do have my longings for a good flavored tea now and then so I don’t rule them out by any means!

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