1176 Tasting Notes
I made a cuppa this afternoon as I badly needed the extra boost, and thought… what better way that with a cuppa Red Leaf Matcha!
and boy it did not disappoint.
Using my new chawan and whisk, I was a maniac in the kitchen blending up my delightful wakeup cup! and oh yes it really was. So refreshing and light. Fresh picked greens. Maybe rhubarb or spinach? I know I’ve said this before, but the fresh water note was so thirst quenching! I felt as if I was drinking the purest water around. Is that the sugar destroyer part? I’ve never seen that in a matcha before. A touch of agave really brought that aspect out.
Oh and the flavour and smell were not fishy or anything, just pure green goodness.
As for whether this helps with sugar cravings, well I think it does! haven’t had a sweet since… but then it hasn’t been very long. One day I’ll make a smoothie with this every morning and see if that makes me crave nothing but green veggies! I’ll betchya it would :)
Anyhow, if you want some yummy Sugar Destroyer (isn’t it great that something so good for you is tasty!?) you can find it here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/sugar-destroyer-matcha.html
Thank you Red Leaf for making such yummy matcha!!!
Whew! this weekend was quite the whirlwind. Visited my friend H and her two girls up in Cambridge, went to the TUFF awards last night and met some interesting peeps! and had two Teavana teas that didn’t quite float my boat. Well, the first one sank it outright actually! But this Strawberry Pu-Erh only had a slow leak.
Compared to the Spice Exchange version, it was a little too astringent and not very deep. Overall, kinda meh, but then I have high standards since the other one is SO good!!
I added milk n sugar, but that barely saved the day.
terrible. I’m not sure why, but I could barely finish the cup. In fact, I would have tossed half the cup down the drain if I hadn’t been on the bus and wanted to put my steeper away without spilling anything all over my stuff.
It was fruity and green like but was missing something, something I cannot pinpoint! blegh.
Apple cider! Without the apple? yummmm. Off to work now, running on just a few hrs sleep so I can’t really chat.
I love cinnamon and cocoa, and… this one just seems to work with the combo well. I shared it with a friend and she thought it was great as well!
Been so busy lately I haven’t had time to do much beyond peek in here once in awhile. Job hunting is tiring. Seriously, I am mentally exhausted.
And maybe it’s some form of anxiety, but I can almost feel the opportunities swirling around me… and that there is one waiting to be caught by me. Perhaps that is because I really need to have a job, it’s critical for me atm. Of course, feeling that there is a position out there ripe for the picking and suited to my skills, well it almost makes the anxiety worse because I’m reaching out blind in all directions, not knowing how or when I’ll stumble upon my dream role. deep breath!
Does that make ANY sense at all… ha.
On a side note, I went to a university alumni night last night… bumped into some old Profs and shared a beer. What a fun night! and I signed up for the alumni association board of directors. Hopefully that will lead to something down the road for me. and add a little kick to my resume :)
Anyhow, I’m still on contract for almost two weeks so I had this at work yesterday. First steep was blah again, but the second and third were fantastic! I honestly felt as if I had eaten sweet bread!! in fact I didn’t get hungry for lunch until 1.5hrs after I normally do.
Thank you Bonnie for this sample!!
This tea scared me! for the longest time I avoided it, because a I had never had anything of the sort and b) I didn’t want to mess it up.
Now, that isn’t like me… I’m usually one to try new things so I have no idea what got into me! Every once in awhile I do that, with teas, but oddly never with food. Hmm.
Anyhow, I brewed it up nice and strong so that the flavours really pop. Spicy! Earthy! lemony, oh yup it’s all there. I must have had this before as it’s a familiar taste. Very familiar, only I can’t pinpoint it. Something herbal, I think. I WILL figure that one out! :P
Made a big mug of this today in an effort to sipdown some of my old samples. Well… it was awful, down the drain it went! Tea gone bad(and not in the sexy Colin Farrell kinda way) tears
Had another headache today. Now it’s finally gone I’ve sprung into purge mode. Tinned some teas, threw out the bad ones. Ahhhh it feels good.
I’m in a good mood to, because I was just told that a friend got me tix to the TUFF Gala Awards next Sunday. (Toronto Urban Film Fest. Don’t worry I wouldn’t misspell TIFF haha)
Another good friend of mine is a producer, so if he can clear his schedule, he’ll be my date.
Now, what will I wear?!
SO… I know this was a sample sent to me from someone, but for the life of me I cannot remember who. Thanks to the my mystery tea giver! See, after looking at all the ho hum reviews, and my shady history with the ‘nilla, I kept putting it off.
Funny thing is, I quite like it! now I regret not indulging sooner. I must be the only one here that would actually go for a return cuppa.
It reminds me of vanilla cake. Maybe even the birthday cake from DT, but less sweet and obviously, with a different base.
Very smooth, creamy, and light (two and a half min infusion). Great with or without milk!
One thing I don’t like though, is the excessive astringency. Normally I don’t mind, but in this case it interferes with the vanilla. And since this is the only time I’ve EVER found myself liking vanilla tea, well I’d like to draw it out as long as possible :P
Made this up with my new matcha set! Still missing my sieve. This one was just a teeny bit gritty at the bottom. More because I was at work and didn’t have time to whisk like a madwoman for long :P
Anyhow, I added a tiny squeeze of agave and a splash of milk which turned my cup in a lovely pastel green shade. Reminds me of my bedroom walls actually. In daylight, I’d bet they are a close match! The taste was ok, pleasant. Oddly, it was better without the milk. One day, I’ll give it a go with almond milk and see what that does.
Been going a bit crazy the last week. My work contract is ending soon and I NEED to have a job so I’ve been networking all over the place, or atleast started to. Getting my Linked In profile updated etc. I should go check my birth certificate, my middle name might have been changed to stress!
Darn, I wish I had the chamomile matcha tea. Le sighs.
Sample sipdown!! thanks again Sil :)
made it with milk and a touch of agave. I think it was better without. Still good, but… less complex!