1303 Tasting Notes
And the sailor said ‘Brandy, you’re a fine girl, what a good wife you would be…” Okay, so, that song is the only real reference to brandy I have, and that’s not even the right brandy. Well, that song and the singer from the 90s…anyway. In college, one of my roommates liked to mix (cheap, horrible) brandy with her cola when she drank, and so I’ve had a few of those, but that’s really it. I’m a whisky girl, through and through. That’s what happens when you go to high school in Tennessee and college in Kentucky. But it looked interesting and I liked the brandy I’ve had, so I thought “why not?” If nothing else, it will be good for mixing with the apple matcha. Or the cola matcha, for when I’m having a bad day at work and need a drink but can’t have one just yet. At least I can pretend. But I don’t really have a flavor profile in mind when I try this matcha (found here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/brandy-matcha.html), so it will be an interesting experience. For instance, when I try a pineapple tea, I have in mind what I think a pineapple should taste like and I can match the tea up to that flavor profile and see how it compares. With this, I’m just shooting in the dark, though I’m sure I’ll be comparing it to whisky before this review is done.
Oh wow, this is good. This is goooood. Yes, the unnecessary “o”s were necessary. It’s fruity and smooth and…yum. I don’t quite know how to describe it. It’s not what I was expecting out of brandy, but I don’t really have any experience with brandy, so what do I know? I can almost taste a touch of alcohol, but that might just be my imagination. It does seem warming, which is odd since I’m drinking it cold. I love cold matcha and how easy it is to mix. Add water to matcha powder, whisk/froth, and go! Done! Yum. Saves me a ton of time in the mornings when I’m barely awake and trying to get ready for work.
Anyway, yes. If this is what brandy tastes like, I need to try some as soon as possible. I think my father in law has some…it might be time to hang out with the in laws. It tastes kind of like bubble gum but…juicy fruit gum, not double bubble. Definitely one I plan to keep around.
Now, I’m already a big fan of Red Leaf Tea’s green apple matcha, but that one really does taste like a green apple, tart and sweet all at the same time. Which is great, but every once in a while a girl needs a smoother apple, a juicer, sweeter apple, which is what I hope to gain from this matcha (found here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/apple-matcha.html). I’m eager to try it as a latte with vanilla soy milk and some of their Cinnamon Matcha…I’m hoping for a apple pie with ice cream kind of drink. I love apples and apple juice, so whenever I spot an apple blend, I have to try it. And there are so many things you can do with apple that I’m hoping to be able to do with this apple matcha. Apple matcha pie, anyone? Or apple fritters with an apple matcha icing…yes, please! I make homemade donuts occasionally…can you imagine a big apple cake donut covered in cinnamon sugar? I may have to make donuts in the near future. I hope this matcha lives up to all of the plans I have for it. And I hope it gives me the energy to follow through on those plans! Because now that I’ve mentioned it, if I don’t make donuts in the near future, my wife will be devastated.
Unfortunately, this is just not for me. The smell of the dry matcha has the smell of the more bitter matchas I’ve had from Red Leaf Tea, and that smell carried through into the taste of the brewed tea. It tastes something like apple candy when you power through the bitterness, which is nice, but far from the apple juice I was craving. I’m not an apple candy type of girl, unless it’s a sour apple. It might still be good as a latte, but I won’t be cooking with it, sadly. Still it isn’t terrible, and the bitterness seems to fade over time. Maybe it will still hold up to donuts, as the amount of sugar in them will balance out the bitterness. I don’t really think this is one I need to get more of, and if any of my local friends want a taste, I’m happy to share. I’ll experiment with what I have left, maybe I can find a way to fall in love with this tea. But personally I’m going to stick with the Green Apple matcha, also from Red Leaf Teas.
So I have a confession to make. I don’t like pina coladas…or getting caught in the rain, for that matter. They’re too sickeningly sweet filled with tropical flavors built to give me heartburn. I love fresh pineapple, but when I wasn’t on meds to help fight my acid reflux, even looking at one was enough to send me into heartburn agony for a few hours. But now I can indulge and it’s wonderful! Anyway, yes, I don’t like pina coladas because of the creaminess as well, so I’m glad they released a pineapple matcha (found here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/pineapple-matcha.html) as well as a pina colada matcha. Pineapple I can definitely get behind. We love pineapple in this house, my wife spent some time in Mexico and fell in love with them there. We even have one of those pineapple corer/slicers, a big piece of $10 equipment with a single purpose that I refuse to live without. I am very excited to be trying this matcha and I’m praying it will help feed in to that pineapple addiction we’ve found ourselves with. Maybe I’ll try it swirled together with some strawberry matcha…I love the taste of pineapples and strawberries together. Or any of the berries, for that matter. They just balance each other out so beautifully.
So after a bit of mental back and forth, I decided to give this one a go. Pineapple can be done well in teas, so hopefully this one will live up to expectations. When I first mixed it up, my wife could smell it from across the room. “That has to be bubble gum or cotton candy.” Nope, just pineapple! It does smell very sweet. At first sip, I’d be hard-pressed to find pineapple specifically, more of an overall tropical candy flavor with a touch of a medicinal aftertaste, like chewable baby aspirin. But in the aftertaste, the taste that lingers on your tongue, I found pineapple. Yum, yum, yum pineapple. I’m not too sure of this one, I’m going to have to try it with strawberry, but it’s got all of the sweetness of pineapple and none of the tartness that makes it so good. I don’t think this is one I’ll be stocking up on, but I don’t think I’ll be forcing it on my friends either. I won’t have any trouble finishing it, but I doubt I’ll get more. Still, I am grateful to have been granted the chance to try it! I just don’t think I’m enough of a tropical fruit fan to fully enjoy it.
I am so, so sad. You all know me. You know I’m a DavidsTea fangirl, through and through. I will try everything they put out, but this…this is horrible. It starts with cherry cola taste, but then switches into horrible musty, dusty flavor. The aftertaste is cherry cola, which is especially cruel because I keep thinking “maybe it’s not that bad” and I take another sip. Yup, it’s that bad. I’m glad we only got 10g and I used all 10 to cold steep a pot.
This is wonderful. I’m stressed beyond words today and for no real reason. I’ve got to stop using my days off to go out and be sure busy >.<. My hormones are all out of whack…when my wife showed up to see me at work today and brought me a diet dr pepper, I nearly cried. One of those days. Anyway, this got me through work today and I just have to make it through one more day before I get three glorious days off. Yay! But this was creamy and sassy-frassy and tasted a bit like a root beer hard candy with a creamy vanilla swirl. Definitely one to love.
Love, love, love this blend. It’s so tasty! It’s been cold steeped as part of my Teas of Day here at home and I went through a pot of it in a day. The peachy pineappley goodness of this chilly blend is just perfect for these days at work with a less than stellar AC unit. If there are better ways to stay hydrated, I don’t want to know!
Cold steeped my 10g sample of this beauty, and while it was very good, I don’t think it’s one I need to stock up, especially considering I have a tin of Blueberry Jam. Of the two, I still prefer the blueberry, though if this one was offered, I certainly wouldn’t say no! I love berry teas and this one is very, very good at being just that.