1411 Tasting Notes

drank Banana Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1411 tasting notes

Banana! Nana nana. Bananaaaaaaaaaaaa!
After making a smoothie with this stuff I just could not resist watching the mini movie from Despicable Me http://youtu.be/XyycKC9rTYM
It brightens my day every time I watch it. So cute!!
Anyhow, I really enjoyed this in my smoothie. Avocado, blueberries, almond milk, an ice. Mucho yum!! Like the banana icecream I had as a kid. Not quite as tart as the candies. Also reminds me a bit of medicine only there is no hint of bitterness and I can’t comment on whether the matcha itself is creamy – next time…
So glad I finally opened it. I still have grape left to unleash in my cupboard. (promised myself I would sipdown a matcha first but I caved!)
I love banana flavoured things so I went with the robust level, but I think it would have been good either way as the flavour is very potent. Next time I think I’ll add some chocolate matcha or cocoa… oh man that would be ahhhhmazing. Yum.

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This was good. So soothing.
For a long time I was not a fan of Keemums at all. Recently though, I dunno, I’ve been actually craving it!
There were some light creamy notes, with a hint of smoke and cigars, but not in the way I find Assams get. No this was sweeter with an almost candied finish. Not bad!!

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I had this the other day and noticed that the tea is getting a little crunchy. Must mean it’s time for me to use it up faster. The flavour is less intense now as well. Boo. This used to be my fave!

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First of all, why are there only two tasting notes besides mine on this tea?! Isn’t this the one that everyone was raving about last year? this and the caramel one???
Or is it just me that can only see two notes?
Heck I can’t even see my own and I know I wrote one because I ranted about how it was a bit too floral and not chocolatey enough for my tastes.
Anyhow, I mixed this into a smoothie today with banana, avocado, kiwi, milk, ice, and a few splashes of OJ. Oh my goodness this is so good. A little zingy, a LOT creamy, topped off with a terry’s chocolate orange finish. Oh and a little sugar, since the “creamy” was a little overpowering. Not ideal but what can ya do. Anyhow, I ended up with a cup of…. well, YUM does not cover the bases here folks. Seriously.


..because it’s BELGIUM chocolate matcha :) Not belgian


Lol.. Oops :)


But… Belgian is more grammatically correct LOL
Ah well. Oops indeed!!


I could see myself doing the same thing if I wasn’t looking at the package!


That is exactly what I did. Belgium is the country. So it’s like saying France Chocolate… (not French!) Sighs.

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drank Coconut Oolong by Bonsai Hill
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Many thanks to Christina for my sample!!
This was quite delish. I underleafed a little because oolong can be a little heavy for me sometimes and I was so in the mood for something a tad lighter.
And it turned out great. I enjoyed the light coconut flavour, but it didn’t overtake the oolong notes either. Rather perfect for my mood!
I really like the crispness, and the slight floral aftertaste. Yummmm!
My only concern is that it wasn’t as smooth as I would prefer, so I ended up not steeping a second time.

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I really need to check steepster before brewing up new teas. 2.5 min just isn’t enough! All I got from this was a hint of nut, not even peanutbutter, and some floral sweetness and then of course the honeybush.
I have enough to try again.
Thank you for the sample Lala!

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drank Bedouin Chai by Wissotzky Tea
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This was just what I needed today. Yum. Very lemony, in an herbal sort of way. It feels cleansing.
The spices are nicely blended with the lemongrass to create a cooling and refreshing taste that I think would do well iced.
Also, I didn’t do this as a latte but it had that feel to it even though I only added a bit of milk!

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Oh yum. It might be a tad weak, but I really don’t mind. It still packs a flavour punch!
Also, I noticed that cacao only stays fresh for a few months before losing a ton of potency. One of those that are best to keep in small quantities and refresh often.
Anyhow, the flavour is quite nice. I love the cocoa/strawberry hybrid. It’s nice and light for a dessert tea, but tasty enough that I keep going back for more! without any sugar!
I’ll definitely restock this at some point. Unless they come out with a blueberry version, at which point I’ll be all about that…

Flavors: Cocoa

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I totally forgot about this one in my cupboard!! how did that happen?! Oh well, spring is here and I am getting back into my greens and oolongs again, finally. There was awhile where I was so not interested. What a relief!
Anyhow, I oversteeped it by about thirty seconds. Not so good. Must remember that this does not follow typical 52teas protocol…

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drank SBT: Mango Peach by 52teas
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I’ve had this both iced and hot now. Iced, it’s just a regular ol’ black iced tea. Not bad, but nothing special. Even with a bit of sugar.
Hot, it was a bit better. I could actually taste peach!! Yeah!
Very mild peach, but it was there. Overall it was pleasant but I’m docking it a bunch of points because I was really looking forward to peach/mango and it’s barely there at all.
Too bad I haven’t got enough left to make kombucha.

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Let’s see… I’m a tea and workout fanatic, I work in HR, and most of my friends consider me to be an egg. White on the outside, Asian on the inside :)
-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!


Toronto (Mississauga, but I work in TO)



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