1196 Tasting Notes
So I posted a review of this tea on my blog because Steepster doesn’t allow “dofollow” links. Regardless, I am in love with this tea! Read more about it here, where I get painfully Southern! http://wp.me/p1GKE7-3r
Yum yum yum. So I am trying (and often failing) to live a dairy free lifestyle, as dairy wreaks havoc on my system. But around this time of year, a mystical drink is brought out from shrouds of mystery…the Shamrock Shake. Long have I loved and adored this drink, my mother a huge fan of the creamy green goodness. We’re Scot-Irish, for heaven’s sake, it’s practically in our blood!
But after a few months of at least lessening the amount of dairy that enters my body, I know I cannot handle a milkshake, much less one of the ones from McDonalds. So my wife has been drinking them in secret, coming home with green lips and a minty fresh smile….the harlot!
But then I had a cup of this matcha. The vanilla-ness is right on, creamy, smooth and perfect. Intrigued, I dumped a scoop or two of it in with some soymilk and peppermint extract…oh my goodness. Shamrock Shake, I have missed you. It needs a bit of tweaking, I think I need the mint matcha from Red Leaf Teas to make this complete, the peppermint is too biting. And perhaps vanilla soy milk instead of unflavored…but yes. My quest for a Shamrock Shake has begun and it can only end in happy, happy tears! The matcha gives it the lovely green color and an added burst of energy as I spend my day researching and cooking a mass of dairy free soups. I am very impressed with Red Leaf Teas and their flavored matchas, and look forward to trying more! But I suspect vanilla will be a longstanding favorite.
I forgot I had this until today when I excitedly exclaimed to Tina “OMG I’M TAKING PINK DRAGONFRUIT TO WORK TODAAAAAY”. Love this blend, will definitely be stocking up next time we’re downtown. It’s just so fruity and juicy and amazing…guh. Yum. Tart without being hibiscus-y tart and sweet and love. LOVE.
So my lovely, wonderful wife brought this to me while I was at work yesterday. She picked this based on my oh-so-clear request for “Something cold and yummy.”
She chose wisely.
I didn’t know what it was at first, the flavors brought to mind being those of a cotton candy hard sucker or bubblegum. But eventually the orange flavors broke through and I clued in. I was extremely happy to remember that I have a tin of this at home. Love. Just so much love for this tea.
This one would be glorious if the hibiscus weren’t as tart. Sigh. It’s fruity and juicy, but then the hibiscus steps in and crashed the tasty party with its tartness. It’s good, and if you’re a fan of hibiscus, this tea is definitely one I would recommend, but it is not the tea for me. It’s sad because I keep taking sips, loving how good the tea is until the hibiscus takes over, but then it’s so tart it turns my stomach. Sadness.
Not rating because I went into it knowing that I wouldn’t like the hibiscus.
So it is getting late and despite spending the afternoon in bed (so sick…blegh), I am exhausted. But craving a cuppa to round out my day. So I asked my wife to make me a cup of an herbal we had to drink down, something we need to get rid of, and then I decided on this.
Lovely, lovely choice. I was never much of a dessert girl, I’ve always preferred savory foods over sweet, but I can see now why people get into the habit of dessert teas. This is just a lovely, minty way to end my day. I love the vanilla and the mint and the chocolate is present, but not overwhelming. I’m sad to see this one come off the wall. I think when I finish my little 26 g, I will likely replace it, if it is still available.
Meh. This one was good, nice and fruity, but nothing to write home about. I feel like I’ve had this tea before, you know? It is a refreshing treat, and I think I’ll use the rest of our sample to make a pitcher of iced tea, but I don’t see this having a home in our cupboard. If I want a mango tea, I’ll reach for the Yerba Mate Mango from Tea Haus. I am enjoying this one, but it’s….unremarkable.