807 Tasting Notes

97

This tea is SO rich and flavorful – my favorite from Butiki!
I bought two bags of it its that good!
Great for your coffee drinking friends too! Full review coming up on http://sororiteasisters.com/ soon!

CHAroma

Whoa! Have you always been a Sororitea Sister??

Azzrian

Nope only for a couple of weeks :)

CHAroma

Wow!!! Awesome!! Congrats on the new gig!

Butiki Teas

Ah ha, I thought I saw a SororiTea Sister blog post with your name listed. I was really confused. That’s fantastic! :)

Azzrian

Yes and there is one of yours up now too! I just reviewed one of your teas!! :)

Azzrian

Actually LOL this one!

Azzrian

OKay its late Im tired Im so sorry. The review on this is not posted yet. SIGH it will be soon :)

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86
drank Eggnog Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
807 tasting notes

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

So when I opened the package it was one of those OMG moments – it smelled SOooooo good! I instantly started singing Fa la la la la …
A huge smile came to my face. 
I knew this was going to be a re-order SOON!
Then I took my first sip.
It needed sugar.
I was a little deflated.
I mean it was good and all but its one of those flavors you just know needs a little push to make it POP.
So a little sugar was added.
Better but it does not have the wow factor I was hoping.
Now please, bear in mind, I about had a special moment when I smelled it in dry form. My eyes literally rolled back in my head so my expectations were REALLY high!
It is quite pleasing nonetheless but its not going to knock Butterscotch or Macadamia Nut out of my top two list.
I will play around with this one some more though to see what I can do with it. It may be better iced as I had this one straight with a little milk which made it sort of luke warm.
Still, this is going to score in the high 80’ as really there is nothing bad you could get from Red Leaf its just now that I have tried so many I do have my favorites that others need to stand up to.
:)

TeaEqualsBliss

pondering this one, too, sista!

Azzrian

Will add to list! :)

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95

Get it here:
http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/black-currant-matcha.html

This one is kind of hard to explain. Even with the robust flavoring it was not overwhelming nor sweet. I have never had black current so keep that in mind but I do like this – its very earthy and has almost an incense taste to it. Yet its not bitter at all. I am surprised by this one!
I think I expected it to be sweeter with more of a berry type flavor but its more like a grape but not really. Its very adult flavored would make an excellent wine out of currants I think. Maybe they do make wine out of currants. Now I need to find some to try on their own to get a better idea of what I should be tasting here in this matcha but for someone with absolutely no experience with currants other than in tea, and I’m usually pretty befuddled by it – yet always enjoy it – this is down right good.
I have a ton of candy like matcha and berry, citrus, etc but this stands on its own as a more earthy type of flavor. I did not add any sugar yet it has this very nice sweetness with a slight bite at the end – not bitter but sort of a tart essence that makes my mouth water just ever so slightly.
Wow this has been the hardest review for me to do so far just because I am so intrigued by this flavor. It does not even have to grow on me, I am a fan! The aroma from the dry form was a little on the chemical smelling side but it does not come though in the end result at all.

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83

Get it here:
http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/macadamia-praline-matcha.html

This may be one of the few matcha I can drink straight although that won’t keep me from enjoying it as a latte :)
Tonight I am drinking very small amounts of all the matcha I can to get my reviews done in time for the rewards cut off. With that said I am enjoying this one quite a bit. It does not taste better than straight macadamia nut to be but it is nice to have for a change because I do tend to reach for my macadamia nut matcha often!
This one is very yummy with the added flavor of caramel I believe. It could be just some sort of syrup flavor but whatever it is – its YUMMY!

I got mine in the robust flavor which I believe I would get again in the future. No need to have less flavor in a dessert treat like this!

I am savoring the tiny amount I have made for this tasting and drinking it without the typical latte and loving it. The sugary flavor comes through but there is the benefit of no sugar added and I don’t need to add it to make it taste like dessert!

Thanks Red Leaf tea keep bringing the new flavors!

Cedes

Yum I want this one too.

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98
drank Coconut Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
807 tasting notes

I am now sampling the coconut matcha – very small serving as I don’t want to be climbing the walls lol
Here is where you can get it
http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/coconut-matcha.html

So the aroma in dry form was a bit MEH … it smelled like suntan lotion.
HOWEVER once prepared it is VERY good so just either get past the aroma or don’t sniff it not that it easy to ignore any matcha smell as the powder sort of makes its way into the nose no matter what ya do!

My daughter and I got distracted singing “Put the lime in the coconut …” haha now you are all going to be singing that in your heads ….THE POINT however is in messing around I dumped the powder into my cup instead of my mixing bowl. YIKEs I thought I had made a huge mistake but I just went ahead and added straight milk to it – NO WATER!!!
Can you believe it – this stuff is GOOD! Coconut MILK hahah. I am sure you can pull this off with any milk product or almond, soy etc.. HEY maybe even COCONUT milk!
Oh and you know how I said sangria frothed up well?? WELL … This frothed up SUPER easy! HUGE foam! I may have to try doing more of my matcha this way – just skipping the water all together! Now this is what I call a HAPPY accident!
SO SO SO YUMMY!
I do wonder if it would have been AS good had I used water … hummmmmm …

ashmanra

I have been hubby’s matcha that way! I just heat the milk in the microwave, take it out and dump in the matcha powder and blend it! The froth is pretty unbelievable.

Azzrian

Really how cool!! LOL I thought I had totally messed it up then was like OH WOW this is AWESOME! :)
Nice to know Im not the only one who has done this and that you do it regularly! :)
I am going to try more this way!

ashmanra

Pumpkin Pie was great that way, too! Probably any dessert flavor would be. You are having a very match-filled evening! I hope they can scrape you off the chandelier by morning! :) That is what would happen to me, but I am a caffeine wimp.

Azzrian

Yeah I took a break to watch some television with the fam – they are tiny servings though and Im sharing :)

TeaEqualsBliss

Yuppers! Another Sista! :)

Azzrian

You got it!

Invader Zim

I almost always do my matcha with just milk. I prefer it that way and it’s the only tea I can get the husband enthusiastic about! I love coconut and can’t wait to try out this flavor!

Azzrian

Do you notice that matcha froths better when mixed with milk instead of water?
I was so happy to make that mistake lol I will be trying it with some other flavors today!

Invader Zim

Oh yeah, it froths great with milk only! I have such a hard time trying to get it to froth with water, especially since I use a bamboo whisk by hand. It might froth better using a mechanical frother…but I’m cheap!

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93
drank Sangria Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
807 tasting notes

You can get it here:
http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/sangria-matcha.html

So I am having a mini matcha sipping party with my family here since we have to get our reviews in before the 14th and I have a ton left to review.

This one I decided to add a little sugar and sparkling water to – in order to make it more like a sangria flavor – as I recall sangria is sweet and sparkly but maybe I had something strange mixed with my sangria lol

Nonetheless – the aroma of this one is excellent – berry like fruits and a winey aroma.

I noticed that it easily frothed up which is something I notice more so with some flavors than others. For those who like a nice froth this is one of those that is easier to get frothy.

The flavor is really delicious very fruity and would be great with a luncheon with the friends.

It is only slightly tangy though I get a bit of an aftertaste almost like rind of a citrus fruit.

So somewhere between citrus and red berries is the general flavor here.

My matcha as always was with robust flavoring – I think I will keep ordering it at that level of flavor. It would probably do well at distinctive but I see no reason not to have it at this level – its very enjoyable.

So my tiny cup is empty, everyone else enjoyed this too but of course my daughter preferred the gingerbread :)


Babble

This sounds so intriguing. I might put it in my next order. We’ll see :)

TeaEqualsBliss

You’re killin’ me, sista! LOL

Azzrian

This is a goodie! :) Sista!

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84

Buy it here:
http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/gingerbread-matcha.html

If you like gingerbread but not all the sugary sweetness of it – this is the matcha for you. This has all the spices you would find in ginger bread – or ginger snap cookies without the sugar attack.

For me its not sweet enough so I have to add a little something but it is good enough I could get away without adding it.
There is a slight bakey flavor in this tea but its mostly ginger, and an all spice blend sort of spice note in it.

I got the robust flavoring – I am thinking perhaps distinctive may have been enough here but there is nothing wrong with the robust level – just that you could maybe save a couple of bucks. I just always lean toward robust my first go around with a new matcha for the most part.

As always I got the basic matcha base and it is perfectly good, I am still new enough at matcha that I do not notice much of a difference as I have not had enough experience with various matcha qualities yet. However I have had BAD matcha so I do know enough to know that even at the base level this is very good!

Anyway this is excellent for the holidays although I am partial to ginger bread all year long.

Cedes

I want to try this one so! bad My next order is going to have this one and I really want to try eggnog too! Yay fall/christmas flavors.

Azzrian

Its nice – not my all time fav but it is what it should be! :) The flavor was excellent!

ashmanra

My daughter wants to try this one, I am not a big gingerbread fan, though.

Azzrian

Well tell her its not sweet AT ALL but she could add sugar. Its good don’t get me wrong but if you consider all the things we get in gingerbread flavor – or ginger snap cookies – its not like that you have to love it for the ginger mostly then the other spices. I thought it was great and well balanced in spices but its not sweet like a gingerbread man haha.

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85
drank Southern Belle by DAVIDsTEA
807 tasting notes

Wow another win with me and DT today! Thank you Cedes for this sample! I rather like this one a lot!
Its creamy, sweet, and note I do not normally like the Stevia in DT but this is fitting here!
I could drink more of this! There is even a wine like flavor to it.
Very nice.
Thanks again Cedes!

Cedes

I’m glad you like it!

Azzrian

:) Thanks so much!

Cedes

Lol no problems :)

Lynne-tea

I’ve got a big pitcher of this in my fridge! Also really tasty when mixed as the water base for matcha =)

Azzrian

Wow REALLY Lynne-tea?? That is so cool! What an idea!!

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96

Just enjoyed a pumpkin pie matcha latte – was out of creamer today so it was just matcha and milk but oh so yummy! This is not a sweet pumpkin pie matcha – very spicy and natural tasting. So perfect for the incoming fall weather! :)

MegWesley

That one sounds just perfect for Halloween. I swear companies are releasing all pumpkin goodness this year just to tempt me.

Azzrian

Yup and it really is a nice spicy pumpkin – not sweet which is nice we can always add our own sweet!

DaisyChubb

I just bought whipped cream… as soon as this tea comes in the mail it’s pumpkin pie latte alltheway!

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82
drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
807 tasting notes

Thank you Cedes for sending me some! I do love this cup! Its not as salty as I would like but I’m a total salt-a-holic!!
It is perfectly sweet, slightly creamy, and a nice black tea.
It could be more complex but it is what it is – a nice caramel flavored tea.
I just want MORE SALT!! LOL
Oh and I totally forgot to mentinon the coconut – never really had a chocolate coconut tea – its also very good! Great flavor balance here.

Lynne-tea

I agree, more salt in here would have been so fitting. I am constantly tempted to try adding a bit when I drink it… next time. next time.

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Most of my reviews will be “snippits” of full reviews that can be found at http://sororiteasisters.com/
Posted every evening at 6 EST.
I usually try to post the exact date that the full reviews will post however sometimes post dates need changed so it may not always be correct. Generally the dates are correct however.

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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.

I am a spiritual advisor by profession.
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Some of my hobbies include gardening, essential oil therapy, natural perfumery with essential oils, and cooking.

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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