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drank Grape Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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How is this not the matcha that everyone talks about?? It is so tasty!
I made it straight up, no sugar or anything, and it was sweet, grape like one of those lifesaver gummies, and a tad floral. Usually I don’t go for floral in my matchas, but here, I don’t mind it. After adding a tiny bit of sugar, it was super flavourful and juicy. I had to look in the mirror and make sure I wasn’t purple, there was so much yowza in there! Mind you, I did go with robust.
One thing I need to watch out for is bitterness, as I could taste just a hint of it and there is no way I burned the water or didn’t use enough. and I mixed the heck outta my cup. I can’t wait to try this via shaken bottle method!!

Roswell Strange

Would you say it was more raisiny/natural grape tasting or candy grape? Because I could see this being good as Matcha Soda – but only if it’s more candy like.


I’m not much for anything with artificial or natural grape flavor :(


Roswell, I would say more grape candy like for sure. Not really raisiny at all.

Kirk, that’s ok you may like one of the other Red Lead flavours!


what others do they have?


I’ve tried the almond one, it is quite good! kindof like marzipan.

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drank Yume by Lupicia
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Thanks to TeaBrat for another delish sample!
I really like this, but I read the description after taking my first few sips… and it didn’t say what I expected, though it is kinda accurate.
Everyone else talks about vanilla, and I guess I can see that, but I’m noticing more of a strawberry/rose note.
At first it reminded me of Marco Polo… but then as my cup drew near empty, I noticed that the base is more astringent, and the tea is less creamy yet more floral. So not that similar heh. But still really tasty, and yes, still reminiscent of a strawberry campino candy!
Of course, I’m not so sure it’d go well with milk.

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drank Strawberry Black Tea by Riston
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This was really good when hot, but like the cherry one, awful when cold. Good thing I already resigned it to the timolino!

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drank Cherry Black by Riston
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Nice. For a bagged tea that is.
Hot, it tastes just like a cherry candy with a black tea twist.
Cold, it gets quite plastic-ish, but adding a bit of sugar helped. This is one I would love to enjoy iced but I don’t think it will go over so well. Sad.
Also, I can kinda taste the tea bag. Atleast I think that is what the faint cardboard note is anyhow! I hope it is that… If it wasn’t for those two factors, I would most definitely rate this in the high eighties as the cherry flavour is the perfect amount of tart and spot on cherry, when hot that is.
Bah. I’ll be happy to grab a cuppa this when I just don’t wanna think and plunk the bag into my mug, or when I’m in a rush dashing out the door.

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Oh my this is super tasty!!!
Sample is courtesy of Jalam Teas and Jeff Fuchs – thank you!
I gave this one a five second rinse and I think it was a good idea. Washed away some dust. Not that there was much.
The TEA! There are fresh mineral notes, stone fruit, molasses and honey, with something bakey hiding in the aftertaste. And something that reminds me of wood. Did you ever get a mouth full of wood chips while horsing around as a kid? That is precisely what it reminds me of, but without the dust, and in a most positive way. Only the first steep so far, and I’m quite looking forward to the next one!
I love the consistency. Rich, like a typical fermented Puerh, but still refreshing.

EDIT: Oh my goodness. Rating bump!! Second steep, I accidentally left it brewing for maybe five min. I forgot to set the timer!
Anyhow, I figured it’d be ok, being that puerh is difficult to oversteep… and I was right! This is amazing. Creamy, sort of like a jin jun mei, and oh so smooth, with a slight burn afterwards, almost as if its been spiked with whiskey. The flavour reminds me of super smooth coffee when its hot, and then the cedar chip, and other standard puerh notes emerge.

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Terri HarpLady

Sounds interesting!


Mmmm indeed :)


Terri, I think you’d like it!!

Terri HarpLady

OMG, I just checked out their website! Looks like a fun tea club!


It is!!! I’ve been meaning to join one day as a splurge, but then I’ll end up with half a dozen barely sampled cakes LOL. I guess they can age awhile heh

Terri HarpLady

I’m doing it!


Oooh yay!! Can’t wait to read all your notes :D

Terri HarpLady

I also ordered samples of some of the previous offerings.
You know me, no self-control.


Ahhh I am so jelly. Did you get this one as well? I have some left if you wanna try it!


(for some reason I thought I’d finished it, but that was the other tea I had today lol)


bad terri! bad!

Terri HarpLady

Indigo, I did order a sample of this one too.
Sarah, I know…sigh…

Terri HarpLady

That just gives me more tea to share with you, LOL!

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drank Spring Morning by Teaopia
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Thanks to Christina for the sample!!
I quite enjoyed this one, as I love the combo of red berries with green tea. There is just something soft n fluffy about it.
Normally I dislike sencha teas but here, its great :)
The green tea blends well with the fruit, creating a nice light tea that would be great iced. Hot, it is still very good, but I need to try it both ways! Good thing I have some left :D

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What a pleasant cuppa tea. I quite enjoyed it.
Funny, lately I’ve come across a lot of 1st flush Darjeelings, so when I brewed this up, it slipped my mind that it wouldn’t have those crisp delicate notes. Took me by surprise, I tell ya.
After I got over the shock, I found it very tasty. Muscatel in nature, with a nice depth to it, and a very slight tangy edge. I’m looking forward to having it iced over the summer!!

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Oh man this is good! Thanks for the sample TeaBrat!
It isn’t your typical Darjeeling at all. No its much richer than that.
I was pleasantly surprised to actually taste all the things listed in the description. Usually I get one or two, but not all of them, or atleast not strongly enough that I could ID them on my own. But this! Well this is just bursting with layers of nut, fruit, butter, and toast. Kinda reminds me of one of those chocolate bars with the fruit and nuts in it, only without the cocoa. But not like a trailmix bar, because its milder and creamier than that.
This is definitely one I would reorder one day.


Yay! glad u liked it :)


Thx! I really did! yum

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drank Caramel & Rum by Lupicia
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Oh my goodness. This is DELICIOUS! Thank you TeaBrat for the sample!
Rum is a funny thing for me, I don’t often enjoy it as a drink (bad experience back in college!) but in food, I adore it. Candies, rum balls, certain types of icecream. I just love the richness of it, and how it somehow reaches a depth that I very rarely find in food. And this tea, well it certainly does all of that for me. I’m so excited that it actually has rum flavour!!! Bare, the rum kindof hovers pleasantly in the background, but with just half a teaspoon of sugar, oh mama, she’s a burstin with rum. Hot or cold, this one does the trick for me.
I’d been putting this one off because I often find that rooibos dessert teas don’t measure up… tasting generically fruity or just overall “sweet” instead of whatever their description indicates. Also, I haven’t been drinking much rooibos or honeybush lately, and since I find they lose flavour quickly, it isn’t a good idea to have much on hand at one time.
No matter. When I do eventually place a Lupicia order, this one will be included. No question about that!

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drank Banana Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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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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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!


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