1183 Tasting Notes
I made a cuppa this last night. Normally I don’t write “second” tasting notes but… well I normally don’t add milk to a fruity rooibos. For some reason I was feeling it, so I did and ohhhhh my goodness. Candy!! of course I added some agave, but not too much. Just what I was looking for. Dang! Made me happy :P
OK now I know I’ve written a note for this before. Steepster keeps eating my notes about green tea. Only the greens!!
Anyhow, I had two lovely infusions of this. Underleafed the cup a bit so couldn’t really go for a third. The mint was nice and vibrant, and much sweeter than I remember.Drank it hot this time, and it really hit the spot. Gonna miss this when it’s gone! I think I found yet another must have (mint green that is, not necessarily this one)
Big thanks to Azzrian for the sample!! I was curious about it for so long, so I am super psyched to finally be trying it out :P
Anyhow it’s quite interesting. Certainly winey! There is that vinegar aspect I see mentioned in other reviews, and something else, almost like burnt tea?
Around that there is a slight grape like flavour, mixed up with a mild, very mild, bubblegum note.
After finishing my cuppa, the aftertaste is reminiscent of merlot along with a healthy dose of astringency.
Overall, it’s a great tea, just Not one that I would crave often. Of course, I’d certainly recommend it to a Merlot lover!
Wahoo! I’m the first to review this matcha!!
And whew, what a matcha it is. When I opened the package, my head went immediately to CANDY CANES. Yup, that is exactly what it smells like. Then I whipped some up and is it ever strong! I got a small with robust flavouring and basic grade and it is perfect. I did add half a teaspoon of sugar hoping to cut down the intensity and it seems to have done the trick.
Next time, I’ll try distinctive but I suspect that this is only a hair stronger than I’d like, so the lower flavouring level may be too light for my preferences. YUP!! There WILL be a next time. Oh man, I cannot wait to try this in all sorts of ways. Peppermint and strawberry, or caramel, or cheesecake! Or in a latte. Hey maybe I can mix it with chocolate sauce and milk for a low cal minty “hot chocolate”!! better yet, with a dash of vodka on those cold winter nights. (sighs!)
I have a feeling that this will be gone long before Christmas heh :P
Rating: 90 ish
Anyhow, if you want to buy some for yourself, you can get it here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/peppermint-matcha.html
Oh and do yourself a favour and buy a tin. They are the perfect size!
What a perfect tea to mark my 750th review :D
Oh Azzrian you made my tea day!
This is a lovely tea, and my first unflavoured Pouchong. I’ve had orchid tea before, and this is certainly it. Only for me, somehow it tastes more savoury than sweet. Salty even. Well the second steep is anyhow. The first infusion was very light and vegetal, and bright. Refreshing.
This one is more broth like. Vegetable soup? With an asparagus base. Oh yes!
On a side note, I’m going to my friend’s 30th bday party tonight. These are the friends I went on a week long vacation with, and things ended awkwardly… I haven’t seen them since. So I am a little nervous! and excited.
What a lovely chai!
First steep was WAY too strong for me. All ginger, nothing else. But then I oversteeped, being at work and all. Boo!!
Second steep is more balanced, and actually allows the Pu-er and orange to peek out. Rindy. Yum!
It’s nice and warming, and spicy. Not getting any berry yet, maybe that will happen in my third cup :)
Overall, this reminds me of DTs ginger puer, only this is far more complex and yummy!
Mucho thanks to the lovely Azzrian for this cuppa.
Rating: High eigties/low nineties. Not sure exactly where just yet!
Thank you Amy Oh for this sample!!!
I must dislike artichokes. It reminds me of them, very much so and I’ve never really had an opinion on them. My palate is somewhat neutral on that front.
So… I want to like this tea, I really do. I can tell that it’s super high quality, and it is so very smooth! And buttery! Goes down like silk. But I just don’t like it.
Well it’s more of a love hate thing actually. Like a train wreck you can’t look away from so you keep going back for more… keep going back to this trying to figure out what it is about this tea that mystifies me so!
Perhaps it’s how artichoke translates to tea that I don’t like. That almost makes sense to me. Almost.
This is my second time brewing this. The first, I went a bit longer, maybe two-three min. This time I steeped for about a minute. Perhaps brewing temp would make a difference?
Pu-er congee!! yes, that is what this reminds me of. Congee is an Asian (Chinese? Vietnamese?) porridge often consumed when one is sick or needs comforting. I usually get it with chicken and preserved egg. Yummy. So it seems natural that pu-erh, a digestive aid, should be combined with Congee!
For those who haven’t had congee before, picture cream of wheat with a ricey sortof taste.
The background is rather mild for a pu-er, I suppose the tea blender (Tao) chose that in case it overwhelmed the rice flavour.
By the time I got to my sixth steep though, I was still getting rice flavour, along with a mild sweet breadiness without the usual heft. Odd, tasting rice and bread at the same time.
Oh and the scent! a coworker of mine remarked that is smells like chicken soup. Funny, given that I likened it in my head to the Asian alternative version! ha!
Also, it must be a pu-er thing… I didn’t get hungry til more than an hour after I normally do. This happens to me every time make a cooked pu-er. Appetite control perhaps? I usually eat at 10:30am, so this could be useful for those days I need to save myself for lunch out with the girls! :P
and now I am sad that this was only a sample. One tuocha in the packet! and since I don’t own a pu-er pick I just plunked the whole thing down and went for shorter infusions. What a waste… I think it could have gone atleast three or four more times. Oh well!
I’m not rating this as it would lie around 60 somewhere.
Hot. Bottle shaken. I just don’t like the flavour. It’s chemical-ish and there is very little “cookie”, though I do see where one would get that. Makes me sad. I must be defective lol
Anyhow, big thanks to Azzrian for the sample.
Another backlog. Seems I have a neverending list to catch up on and it just keeps growing. Ugh.
Anyhow, I need to try this again. and again. It’s amazing!! that warming sensation of alcohol is there, but without the head clouding part. Love it!!! with a shot of real brandy, omg that might just send me into a matcha coma. No sugar required!!
It’s fruity, in the way that brandy is fruity, but not moreso than that which I half expected. Anyhow, off to work!
Thank you Azzrian for the sample!