2245 Tasting Notes
Well I guess the crappiness of today has a second bright spot – the arrival of my matcha from Red Leaf Tea!
I’ll write a longer note later, but so far I’m sold. Having it as an agave-sweetened regular almond milk latte. The only concern? I swear it tastes like strawberry, not vanilla. But that could just be something funny that I’m tasting. It’s still delicious, and now I’m dying to try the actual strawberry one! And mango. And French vanilla. And…
ETA: Ok, so this was so much better than I was expecting! The flavouring tasted natural, not fake, and the matcha was obviously not low quality. The flavouring also didn’t overpower the lovely matcha flavour (I’m sure that might be a different story if I went for stronger flavouring options – which by the way is SUCH a good idea!) Another plus is that I didn’t find the matcha as bitter as straight matchas I’ve tried, so when mixed with regular almond milk, which is somewhat sweet, I definitely felt like extra sweetener was unnecessary. However, I needed an energy kick, so threw in a bit of agave syrup as well. The reduced bitterness also makes me feel like this might be a good matcha to try straight – which I haven’t been brave enough to try yet!
One of the best parts? I left about half my latte sitting in my car while I went to practice handbells with my group, and when i got back to my car it smelled SO WONDERFUL inside! And the smell is still lingering. It’s delightful. And definitely smells like vanilla, not strawberry, so who knows what’s up with my tastebuds.
Truthfully, only picked this one up because I need to TRYALLTHETEAS. It smells like Three Wishes Tea. I think I’m not as big of a fan of rose petals in tea as I thought I was.
Dry tea is perfumey, like rose petals. That’s about it.
The steeped tea smells perfumey, but bearably so. Likewise, that is how it tastes. I was scant on the leaf to avoid feeling like I drank a bottle of perfume, and I think I succeeded. This isn’t bad. For the third time, can’t taste the green tea.
It’s not bad, but I think this will be going into the swap pile. Not my favourite.
I didn’t think this tea was supposed to be out until tomorrow (ok, today), but it was there, so I bought it! I initially thought it would be loaded with juniper and other icky things, but it sounded interesting enough for me to give it a try. I have a weird feeling it’s going to be rather tart though…
The dry tea has a very interesting aroma. I honestly can’t place it at all. A bit of berry tart/sweetness, and perhaps I’m smelling the sea lettuce. It’s quite a strong aroma, as well. Also, the girl at DavidsTea was nice enough to load my package with fruit :D Cost more, but oh well!
Steeped, I’m primarily smelling blueberries. Yup. That’s about it.
Ok – definitely not tart like I was expecting! Actually rather refreshing. Tastes sweet and a bit like blueberries. I’m not placing the other flavours, but it’s cool on the palate. Again, no apparent green tea flavour, but I’m sure it’s there.
I think this one might be good cold-steeped. I think the berries need more time to infuse into the brew, personally, particularly the cranberries as there were a bunch in the infuser and I’m not tasting any cranberry (or if I am, I’m attributing it to something else).
Much better than I was expecting! Pleasant surprise :)
NEW TEA FRENZY! Can’t believe my local DavidsTea had all three out today when I went to restock some Chocolate Cake! Nice surprise :D
Dry tea smells deliciously fruity, and although I might not have figured it out on my own, it does smell like kiwi. Interesting!
Steeped, it definitely has a different sort of fruity smell than usual. A sort of tropical fruitiness, but not pineapple.
The taste is sweet and light, and the aftertaste is of kiwi. No obvious green tea flavour, but I’m sure it adds body. There’s a small amount of kiwi-like tartness and astringency (definitely from the fruit, not the tea).
Overall quite pleasing! Better than some of the other greens I’ve tried from Davids lately. Not likely a re-stock, but I’ll have an enjoyable few cups of it :)
Thanks to Frank for letting me keep this little ‘oops’ in my order – I wanted Strawberry Pie Honeybush, but got this one instead! Now the honeybush is en route, and I get to enjoy an unexpected treat. Yay!
The dry tea and steeping liquor smell amazingly of strawberries. It’s not entirely authentic to me, but I admittedly like fakey strawberry flavours, so I really don’t care. As it has cooled some now, the aroma reminds me quite a bit of sugared strawberries like my mom makes in the summer for over ice cream (i.e. sliced strawberries mixed with white sugar to create a syrup). Makes me really hungry. My stomach is growling like crazy (I don’t think I’ve eaten very much today, oops.)
Mm, it definitely tastes fruity, not as fruity as I was expecting given the intensity of the aroma, but it’s nice. I can’t really taste the green tea, but I’m sure it’s lurking behind the strawberry, and I think I’m getting a hint of pancake at the end of the sip. Hmm, another few sips and I’ve changed my mind to tasting more green tea/buttery pancakey flavours at the beginning of the sip, and strawberry at the end.
I think it’s perhaps a stretch to call this a Strawberry Pancake tea, but it is quite a lovely strawberry green. I am definitely not going to have difficulties finishing off this package! I wonder what it’s like iced or cold brewed???
ETA: Second infusion has predictably less strawberry, but at three minutes, it does make a lovely lightly flavoured green tea! Oh man – I’m even getting the signature green tea flavour! Wonderful. Worthy of a second infusion simply because of that. Third infusion, however, is worthless. Fine by me, though! Makes my life easier :D (Ok, I shouldn’t say worthless. The flavour is just too much reduced for me. I think I’m getting some green tea flavour though, so would do this if I had no other tea around.)
So my first cup of this, waaay back when it first came out, was a major oversteep. This time I got it right…. I thought.
Aroma is fruity… and a touch plasticky?
Hmm. The flavour is a little off. There’s a touch of fruitiness, but mostly green tea flavour. Boo. I wonder if it needed a longer infusion to get more fruitiness, which would probably cause the green tea to oversteep.
Sigh. I thought this was good the first time I tried it, but if it’s not reliable….
Every day I drink an ancient tea (3+ years) from my cupboard, I give myself a pat on the back :D Go me!
So this one’s old, but not too old. As in, I think it is still going to taste reasonably true. Certainly smells like it! The dry teabag had little scent, but once it hit the water it did smell like delicious peachy goodness. I can smell a bit of creaminess too.
I remember as a kid always thinking that the peach-flavoured teabags were the best, and then heaping tons of honey into them because they were never as sweet as I wanted. Thankfully my palate has matured, and I no longer require massive amounts of sweetener, as long as a tea is not oversteeped and has some flavour.
I must say that this does taste like a bagged tea to me. Whether it’s the influence of the bag itself (i.e. papery taste) or just associations of this tea with bagged tea, I can’t tell. It is actually sweet, and the flavour does remind me of peaches, though. It’s actually a little bit like Southern Belle from DavidsTea, although with more peaches and no black tea (duh, it’s a herbal).
Not bad, but not a winner either.
Revisiting another tea I haven’t had in ages. Mmmmm, it’s good. I do think though, that this one may have been bumped by Malted ChocoMate, so I probably won’t be drinking it as often (or restocking much). I do like it, but for a caffeinated, treat-like afternoon-pick-me-up, I think my vote is now going to go elsewhere. No decrease in rating though; I still enjoy the lovely coconut/malty chocolate flavour.
HOLY CRAP. My throat is on fire! I just drank an unsweetened/milk-free sip of the tea and it’s ridiculousy spicy. Definitely need MILK. And SUGAR. (It did taste good though, once I got past the megaspice). Apparently 1.5 tsp might be a little much for one cup. Wowza.
This is such a good chai though. SO good.
(Thanks Azzrian – still working on the sample you gave me! Even though I have my own whole package now :D)
ETA: Added milk and agave and it’s still sooooo spicy! Throat burning! Haha but I like it. I just really love this flavour combination.