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Recent Tasting Notes
I found this on my way to a tea store, while cutting through a grocery store.
Upon opening the bag, I got a puff of delicious vanilla. I’ve found that my hand-made mug makes a perfect little handled chawan, since the bottom is smooth and rounded.
I don’t normally consider buying matcha, since I can only stand it in small quantities, and on occasion. But I’ve been keeping my eye out for Domo for quite a while (after missing my first chance to pick it up), and it materialized again.
I probably shouldn’t have brushed my teeth just prior to making some. The matcha is vanilla in the front, very smooth, which trails off into grass. Not strong, and also smooth, so it’s very nice. I was considering milk, but I think I can do without it.
I’m still working out what proportions I like. It’s getting a bit more bitter as it cools, but that’s to be expected.
Nearly chugging a warm cuppa this right now…vanilla! yeah! See my other notes! ALSO…Jason and Ricky added a Matcha Category! Woot! I’m in the process of editing existing matchas to now include that in their description/category…feel free to edit any you find…too…I have a start on it but it will be an ongoing project I am sure!
I managed to get a canister of this tea on sale at my local organic foods store which was lucky because it’s usually quite expensive and I likely wouldn’t have tried it otherwise.
I followed the steeping directions on the container that recommended 3/4 cup steamed (well heated in the microwave in my case) milk with 1 tbsp of the matcha powder, and I then filled the mug up the rest of the way with hot water. I didn’t wisk the matcha, I just made sure to stir it thoroughly with a spoon which seems to have gotten more or less the same result. The latte doesn’t look very matcha-ish being sort of an off-white colour, though there’s lots of nice froth on top – I love frothy lattes.
It’s a little bit short in the flavour department as the most prominent thing I can taste is the milk. Still I can tell that the matcha and chocolate are there – they’re just hiding. ;) The chocolate is the sort of flavour you’d find in a basic Cadbury hot chocolate mix, going for that sweet, milk chocolate flavour rather than the richer, bitter-sweet cocoa flavour. The grassy matcha is an interesting counterpoint to the chocolate – almost a yin to its yang or something silly like that.
This wasn’t bad at all for an experimental first cup, though next time I’ll add more of the powder and see if I can’t get more flavour out of it.
Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea.
This is yum! I had my doubts as I generally do when it comes to rooibos but this is really good. That being said, if you’re not into sweet drinks – this might not be for you. It is really sweet.
Vanilla taste with not a lot of rooibos aftertaste (which I like) and just a hint of rooibos nutty/woody taste. A very pleasant beverage – it would make a great dessert tea.
Check out the full review over at SororiTEA Sisters
I am finishing off the last of what TeaEqualsBliss sent me of this today. I figure since I am at the tail end of whatever I had this past week and a half, it would be a good time to get some extra vitamin C, just in case whatever this was decides it wants to come back.
This reminds me a bit of Tang – or at least as I remember Tang since it’s been YEARS since I’ve had the stuff. Only it’s hot. It has the same citrus-y, sweet-tart taste, but with a surprising peppery kick at the end of the sip. I noticed last night that the peppery taste develops as I continued to sip, and by the time I made my way down to the bottom of the cup I had a nice pepper aftertaste that was really quite nice.
This tisane also did a nice job of helping to clear up the congestion which is still present. This is actually something I’m going to add to my mental shopping list… I think I would like to keep some of this on hand.
Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me this tea to try.
I probably should have had some of this a couple of days ago, but since I hadn’t yet tried it, I didn’t want to drink something while sick that I hadn’t yet tasted and reviewed. Yes, I am a tea reviewer first, and my illnesses come second to that. It’s one of the sacrifices I make for my tea reviewing.
This is actually quite tasty. As a dry powder, I do get the flintstone vitamin smell that TeaEqualsBliss described in her previous tasting note.
This is quite sweet, and very flavorful. It is one that even at my worst point, I would be able to taste which is a good thing. It tastes good hot and cold. The cayenne is not a powerful flavor, but I can feel the burn-tingle of it at the finish. It has a very citrus-y taste with a peppery ginger finish. I don’t get much in the way of rooibos taste, which is a good thing.
I like it!
I’m going to miss this SO MUCH!
Don’t know what you have til it’s gone!? OH! I KNOW what I had and it was wonderful!
The Cranberries – When Your Gone
I miss this already and I’m drinking the last bit as I type this…
I have ALWAYS loved LOVED loved this song! Ecstasy by Rusted Root! LOVE it!
Then again…what do you expect from a Hippie!? LOL
Okay…I think I might get some comments about this one…but…
I used 8 tsps of this in about 6 or a little more ounces of water and I FINALLY found the Chocolate!!!!!
It takes a lot but it’s worth it!
I should be bouncing off the walls with all the matcha I have been drinking today but so far I’m feeling pretty ‘normal’.
Anyhow…I am choosing
Obscured By Clouds by Pink Floyd for this one!
The vanilla is yummy in this and I can make a ‘puffy’ connection like with clouds…so…yeah…I ‘get it’.
This is sweet and smooth and vanilla and almost candy like. I am upping the rating!
I’m drinking this only to hear this song! LOL
No…I do like this and am in POWDER form today so…I might just dedicate the rest of my day to powder-related teas!
I would like to try this iced…I’m drinking it hot right now. I would also like to try some of the ‘dirty’ versions (with alcohol)
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Check out my full review here
Some additional notes for this specific attempt:
I really think with this the MORE the merrier! I started off with 2 teaspoons and it was fairly pale and I would say I could pick up the cinnamon and a very little caramel. I added more and the sugary-likeness jumped in! I added even more and noticed the Nutmeg and Ginger more than I had in previous attempts! I would say my first attempt was my favorite attempt with this – it seems sweeter – but this was nice too! Rating stays the same.
SHAKE BEFORE YOU MAKE it says on the package…ok…I did…then after I thought it was safe to smell…I sniffed and the powder went right up my nose! LOL
Anyhow…smells like Vitamin C Flinstone Vitamins from when I was a kid. The taste is incredibly sweet – sugary – and citrusy-tart but very interesting and very much Vitamin C.
The taste is good but VERY powerful!!!! If you need a vitamin C kick – try this!
Yet another one i HAD to try ASAP and I’ll be brief yet tease you because I am going to post a FULL REVIEW later this week!!!
Aroma prior to whisk – Vanilla Hot Chocolate-type
After – Vanilla Rooibos
Color – cloud dark reddish brown
Taste – WOW! Not only is it rooibos sweet but it’s SUGAR Sweet! And a lovely Vanilla! This is very VERY sweet and sugary and treat-like! WOW!!!!!
JUST received this and HAD to try it! I’m going to feature a FULL REVIEW tomorrow on
Some MISC notes here first…
Smell before infusing…Fall Spices, sugary-caramel, Chai-like, Hot chocolate smelling-almost
During – Fall Chai Latte-esque
Taste: Semi-sugary sweet caramel flavors, chai flavors
I’ve NEVER tasted anything like this…EVER. Thumbs up for that!!!!
I’ve said it before and I will say it again…LiberTEAS spoils me!!!!!
I was very eager to try this!
I’m a bit confused but we will see if that turns to joy once I sip! The reason!? The color of this is much different that I expected! It looks like a cloudy milk…I was thinking it would look like chocolate milk or something…
Taste is fairly mellow and very milky and has a slight cocoa taste at the end of the sip and on to the after taste…
I think I am going to add more…
OH YEAH! That makes a difference! I started with a little over 1 TBS and added 2 more…it’s more than suggested as they suggest 1-2 T but I figured I would try 3!
The color is still milky but with a cocoa and greenish tint to it. The smell is like milk with a hint of chocolate.
The taste is still quite gentle on the chocolate but VERY Creamy/Milky! This is very, very tasty! Just wished it had more chocolate! BUT…I still like it A LOT!