39 Tasting Notes
So so happy Frank decided to reblend this. I’ve been sorely missing it and kicking myself for not getting it when he had a stable stock of ManTeas.
Almost exactly like I remembered it. Only the almond is stronger than I remember it. The chocolate still hides behind the heat but it’s there. I still love love the heat and find it hugely comforting. It makes me wish cooler weather would come fast!
If you like a kick to your tea this is the one for you.
My first ever flavored matcha and I am in love.
Size: Small (30g )
My first task was getting the powder into the tin, no easy task and I’m very glad I put a sheet of newspaper down first. Once that was accomplished I put some water on to heat to 175 and about 6oz of coconut milk(my preferred latte base) in the microwave. I used my electric frother to mix the matcha into 2oz of hot water then mixed that into the coconut milk.
I took a tentative sniff and wrinkled my nose. It tasted, well simply it tasted like burnt caramel. I was getting nervous but I bravely went on bringing the cup to my mouth.
Then came the moment of truth…
WOW this is good! The flavor is round and true with the sweetness of the carmel. Not a hint of the burnt flavor I was smelling all sweet corn and butter and sweetness. This would make an awesome iced drink I think. Yesterday I went to a cafe that had coffee ice cubes so your iced coffee didn’t get watered down as they melted and I think that would translate well to iced matcha. Of course before i go making any iced drinks I suppose I better get some ice trays.
But I digress. This is delicious. I was a bit nervous trying a flavored matcha so I went with what I felt like was the safe rout of making it into a late but I think this would stand up by itself as a good wake up drink.
Mmmm. The house was freezing this morning. It was actually in the 50s. Now that might not seem cold to those of you from chillier parts of the country but here in SoCal it’s mighty cold. So it was with much effort I dragged myself from bed and into the kitchen. The thought of new tea to try was a huge motivator.
I decided I wanted a black tea to start the morning and went with Nina’s because they had been so gracious to send me a sample. On first sniff it was all cream and raspberry to me. After it’s been brewed the current peaks out a bit more and balances the raspberry.
The one thing that strikes me about this tea is the level of creaminess and underlaying sweet tones. It would be easy for a tea like this to become bitter but it tastes like a dessert tea even without an additives. I do taste a faint note of caramel that could be increasing the sweetness and giving it depth but I’m really not sure if that’s exactly what it is.
Next time I don’t know if I’d have this as a breakfast tea. It seriously feels like I’m eating dessert first. I was looking into ordering more of this but while the price is pretty reasonable the shipping from amazon is pretty steep to get just 50 grams of this which is what I would want.
Overall a wonderful tea. Thank you Laurent!
I love lime. Like I really really love lime. Some of my favorite teas have been Franks lemon lime cheesecake honeybush and Numi’s super tart Desert Lime tisane.
So while I don’t eat jello(gelatin and all) I was happy to see this tea. That and the fact that Frank does amazing things with marshmallow and I’m now convinced that he needs to offer a marshmallow sampler along with a cheesecake sampler.
So back to this tea. It smelled delicious and I was able to identify lime by my blind sniff of it before I checked the label. It’s really not tart at all but still very limey. I didn’t read the description before I drank it and wasn’t able to identify the pineapple but I can definitely see it there in retrospect. There is a general fruitiness about it. But oh the marshmallow. So very good!
Probably going to be a pouch for me. Frank you’re killing me this month. I’m already dipping into next’s months tea budget and will probably have to go beyond that and spend some christmas money. I’ve been trying to have less coffee outside of the house in an attempt to convince my husband that all the money I’m saving by carrying a tumbler of tea everywhere should go back into being spent on tea.
Yummy but a little on the flat side. I rarely drink anything other than my pg tips with milk and/or suger but I think this would be improved by it so I’ll hold back my rating till I’ve tried it that way. I’ll probably end up finishing the package but it won’t be a pouch order for me.
Was not fond of this tea. It started off at a disadvantage because I don’t like earl grey. It wasn’t horrid but really just not to my taste. I don’t really have much to say about it so I won’t ramble on.
ETA— If anyone who didn’t get the 12 days of tea and wants to try it I can send it off to you.
Mmmmm. This is another one that got away from me. I had actually forgotten about it so I’m happy to see it in my Christmas box.
It’s like sun and could mist tea’s older more sophisticated sister. While the fluffy kitty tea is lemony sweet and adorable like the picture on the pouch this is a more refined and savory tea. Perfect balance of lemon and cardamom. I was actually not familiar with Chun Mee but I might have to check some unflavored out because it serves as an excellent base here.
Held up to two good steepings, first at two minutes and the second at three. I think it might be good to use the leaves from the second steeping for cold brewing and might try than next time. It worked well for fluffy kitty tea.
I did not like the smell of this tea. It was sickly sweet. I don’t like banana flavored things they always remind me of banana runts which are absolutely disgusting.
I was shocked and amazed when I liked this tea. I’m not going to rate it yet because I’m still a little undecided on how much I like it. Um I don’t know if I’m even making any sense cause I’m exhausted but I never really understand how the weirdness of Franks teas actually works. I mean a hot fruit smoothie? Ewww!
But no. This works. I kinda want to buy a bag but I’m scared to blow my tea budget too early and not have any left for the next 10 days of tea. I’ve already bought weeping angel and brown coat tea last night so I think I’m in trouble this month….
Frank you’ve done it again. I was sad when I missed out on the first run(s) of this but the money simply wasn’t there.
Since this was the “1st tea of Christmas” i opened the pouch and took a deep wiff before I looked to see what it was. It smelled exactly like if you added my favorite perfume to tea (bpals Boo—Eerie billows of spun sugar, fluttering white cotton, and sheets of cream). I wasn’t quite sure how well this would translate to tea but I have faith in Frank so I brewed it
up and took a sip. Heven.
I loved his boo-berry cotton candy and I’m all ready rationing it so it’s not surprise. It isn’t perfumy tasting at all like some flavored teas are. It’s sweet and fluffy. The black tea base is delicious. I don’t know if I’ve had any of Franks black tea blends since he switched but regardless I aprove. It would be a good tea even without the flavoring.
Excuse me while I go refill my cup…