2498 Tasting Notes
Sil gave me the remnants of two of her matcha latte mix samples from Red Leaf (way back), and I finally got to trying one sometime a week or two ago. I made it with milk, because I’m silly like that (I assume it didn’t need milk? Or maybe I’m wrong), but anyways, it was pretty delicious. No need to add sweetener, because it’s already in there, and the powder dissolved beautifully. Since I wasn’t doing the actual taste test for Red Leaf, I didn’t feel the need to compare the two samples, so I wouldn’t be able to comment on differences, but I did find it enjoyable and easy to use, and honestly? If I didn’t have so much tea, I’d be tempted to pick up some of the pre-made mixes just because it was so easy to use. I didn’t sift my matcha, didn’t heat any water/milk (I used cold milk), and it was ready to go, and delicious, in a couple minutes. Yum. Thanks Sil!
So, I made a bunch of teas a weekend or two ago, and didn’t log them, and now can’t remember them all! Boo. I wrote them down somewhere, but then proceeded to move… little pieces of paper get lost awfully easily.
Anyhow, this is one I know I did try. I remember it being fairly tasty, although not quite as ice creamy as I was expecting; it tasted more like a basic strawberry black. I think I have enough for another cup for myself, and will test it again and make some better conclusions (hopefully!), but it’s probably nothing I feel the need to restock.
Sipdown! 832. Thanks to Indigobloom for this one.
I found this to be a fairly decent black, but nothing super special. There were some cocoa notes (yum!) and it was smooth and malty, but it’s pretty tough for anything to beat Laoshan Black and Premium Taiwanese Assam, so although it was definitely good quality, it’s not a tea I’d pick up myself.
Thanks to Sil for passing on some of this from last year’s Christmas swap! I found it to be quite enjoyable – lavender EGs on their own are a bit potent, but mixed with the EGC? Delicious! Not overly floral, but flavourful and different. I’m not catching a great deal of bergamot, but I am guessing that neither of the two teas involved in the blend were particularly bergamot-heavy. A tasty treat!
Yum. Drank some of this a looooooong while ago. It was good, but I don’t find a great deal of difference between most black currant/cream blacks. Still have some left, so I’ll write in more detail when I drink it again (although I assume I have another note on this somewhere)…
Surprisingly, I really enjoyed this one. Not enough to stock up, but I expected it would be one I’d dump out, so that’s good! I can’t recall how long I steeped it for (probably 2-3 minutes to keep the hibiscus in check), and it tasted marvellously like tart raspberries, in a good way. I think it did lean towards being a touch too tart, but I expect it would make a fantastic iced tea (possibly requiring sugar, but perhaps not!) Also, no guayusa flavour, which is a plus for me as I don’t seem to be terribly fond of it.
Sipdown! 833 (or thereabouts).
Tasty enough; not a super favourite but as I mentioned, everything tastes great right now, so I’m quite enjoying it. Fruity chocolate is pretty much what I’m getting this time, although this is the second infusion (the first was way oversteeped, so I had to dose it with sugar, which made it quite delicious as well).
Sipdown! Finally I can get back to tea logging! I successfully defend my Masters thesis last Friday, and have submitted it, so I’m officially done! So awesome. I have a bunch of backlogs to write at some point, if I remember… but odds are good I’ll miss a bunch.
Anyhow! Was poking through random bags of tea tonight (yes, there will be stash pix, since I finally have time to organize, which I’m super stoked about!), and picked out this one as I wasn’t super sure what I wanted. I’ve been so tea-deprived lately, that everything tastes great, and I am thoroughly enjoying all of the tea I brewed up. Yum. A hint of ginger, light tea base, peachy-fruity flavour. Definite like. (No licoricey flavour this time, yay!)