1232 Tasting Notes

90

I’m trying some of this cold (aka I forgot about half of my cup) and it just pops. The peach flavor I’d been looking for came through just beautifully. Lovely and fruity with just a touch of zing…yum. I am so excited for my first foray to The Tea Haus with some of my favorite girls, the ladies of the Toronto Tea Party! I asked for the day off earlier today, so it should be a go! So excited!

Preparation
Iced
Tina S.

Wheee! I can’t wait to thank her in person for the present she mailed me!

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90

This was lovely hot, but I can’t wait to try it iced. I have some cold steeping right now. But it tasted a bit off. I’m not going to blame the tea though, as I’m feeling under the weather again. Between my mother in law sharing her bronchitis and someone else feeling the need to come to a slumber party with laryngitis, I’m just destined to spend all of my days off curled up in bed, sick.

I would have been happier with more peach flavor, but I’m a peachaholic. I will try this again when I’m feeling better, provided no one else feels the need to share their illness.

I’m begging people, unless you absolutely have to go out to work or such, stay home and get better instead of going out and getting others sick who maybe can’t afford to stay home and nurse an illness. I’m lucky I have three days off because I can’t call in to work right now.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 30 sec
MegWesley

Awe. I hope you feel better soon.

Kay Kanada

Part of me wants to wish you a quick recovery, but part of me just wants to yell “GINGER PEACH, wicked combination!!!!”

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It is delicious iced! I’d be happy to send some your way, Kay!

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87

Yum. I wish this had been steeped longer, but it was gorgeous. I think I’m gonna cold steep the rest for a final decision as to how much to restock.

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80

We used up the last of our sample of this to share a pot yesterday morning and I enjoyed it! It was good and refreshing and something I find myself craving occasionally. It’s lemony, but not overly tart. While I don’t feel the need to get a tin and stock up, I wouldn’t mind having some around to dip in to occasionally. This is a restock for me, but only a little one.

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drank Paradise Found by DAVIDsTEA
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Paradise-outta-my-stash, is more like it. I cold steeped what remained of my sample of this and took it to work with me. It smells amazing, but the hibiscus is just plain ridiculous. I couldn’t finish it. Sorry to say, this tea is definitely not for me.

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I feel the same way about this tea; the sample I tried in-store when the Spring Collection just went up tasted really good (and I’m not a black tea fan), but I haven’t been able to brew it to taste as good on my own. I tend to find that’s the case with a lot of David’s teas, and I’ve found that some agave nectar smooths it out a bit and deals with the hibiscus, but it’s good to know someone else hasn’t been whelmed by this tea either.

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77

This was good! Not amazing, and I think I prefer my Irish breakfast from Red Leaf Tea, but it will be no great hardship to work my way through this sample! It has a natural hint of sweentness to it, but I found the same issue as with the other black teas from Tea Haus, it was a touch too astringent for my tastes.

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77
drank Blueberry by The Tea Haus
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I took a travel mug of this to work with me yesterday, brewed at a lower temperature, and YAY it was no longer bitter and horrible! It was odd, though. For the first set of sips, it was delicious, reminding me of Tealish’s Blueberry Lagoon. But as the day wore on, I just didn’t want to drink it. It took me an entire 9 hour shift to drink it all. Part of it was because it was hot, I recognize that, but part was because I was getting sips that weren’t impressive at all. I need to cold steep this one.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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100

Added a few drops of Irish Creme agave to my matcha this morning, mmmm what a treat. I have to stop reaching for this one every morning, or I won’t have any left to blend with the ones I just ordered last night (with a $70 gift certificate for writing three reviews! If you’ve ordered from them, it’s really easy to get the free matcha promotion!)

In other news, I made a cup of this for my wife last night and she didn’t care for it, so there was half a mug sitting on the windowsill. We just caught Pekoe (our kitty) drinking it by dipping her paw into the mix and licking it clean. She did this several times before we could get it away from her, so at least she likes it!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C
MegWesley

Awe. Kitty drinking matcha. That would be a cute sight, but though I’m not sure it would be best for the kitty. I can’t wait to get my starter matcha so I can start out with an unblended base. I need to talk to my fiance tonight and see when we can get some because he has the card and I live in another state right now.

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Yeah, she only got a few drops, but I feel bad for my wife, who is off work today, when that matcha high hits our little crazy XD.

Good luck on your matcha journey!

Tina S.

sneaks over to get a vidcam installed intime for the fun to begin and be recorded!

MegWesley

Ooh! We have an ornery siamese at home and she is hyper enough already. I can only imagine a cat on a matcha high if the high is anything like being on a mate high.

Kay Kanada

AWESOME name for a cat!

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Thanks! And in case you couldn’t guess, yes, she is orange.

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91

Okay! So I kicked the temperature of the tea down a couple of notches and cautiously let this steep for two minutes….and it is a beautiful, creamy delight! All the delicious, none of the bitter! Perfect. So happy! I love this tea! . Bumping the rating waaaaaay up.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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96

I bought this tea (found here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/bee-pollen-matcha.html) because when summer rolls around, I am a little puddle of miserable. Seriously, my allergies attack with everything they’ve got and there are days where I simply cannot go outside. Last summer, I discovered green tea seemed to help with some of the symptoms, as did local honey. So when I spotted Bee Pollen Matcha, I had to try it, if only to keep on hand for when I make smoothies all summer. Mmmm smoothies. A little frozen fruit, a splash of tea, and I am in heaven. This is why I bought a blender!

This is most likely a case of mind over matter, but the first few sips of this tasted like honey to me. I don’t know if it actually does, it’s not overwhelmingly sweet, but it tastes a touch like honey. Kind of like how Honeybee from DavidsTea tastes like…well, how you imagine a bee would taste. All bzzzz and the like. But it is sweet enough and flavorful enough that while I was drinking it at work, I kept reaching for it. I tend to place my travel mug on the corner of the desk and forget it’s there until I lose my voice.

This matcha is also a good addition to my smoothies, since it provides calcium and protein. As someone on a dairy-free diet, the ability to get calcium in my tea is very important to me. A friend of mine says that “drinking tea for the health benefits is like having sex for the exercise,” but after a summer of allergies made manageable by local honey and green tea, I’m a believer. Do I think tea is going to magically make me skinner? No. Damn it. But I do firmly believe that teas like this matcha can help with things like allergies and vitamin deficiencies. If nothing else, this tea keeps me away from carbonated drinks like Coke and Dr. Pepper….mmm, Dr. Pepper. It also helps me cut back on sugary fruit juices and heart attack causing energy drinks. Matcha is all I need to get that rush to help me make it through my day. And this particular matcha is a tasty, tasty option. I love it! A sweet green tea that makes you feel like you’re drinking something that will give you superpowers? That also helps you get your vitamins and bounce around your office like you just had a large can of Red Bull? Sign me up!

Preparation
Boiling
MegWesley

I was just talking to my roommate about this! I think it sounds interesting and I could imagine it tasting like honey. I chewed honeycomb before and it was like honey bubblegum.

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I really enjoyed it! You should definitely try it!

Amariel

Do you have to have a matcha kit to make this aside from adding it to smoothies?

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Nope. My wife recently bought me a matcha whisk, but before I was just using a regular whisk in a cereal bowl. Don’t get me wrong, the matcha whisk is easier, but if you’re just starting to get into matcha and don’t want to invest in all the shiny accessories just yet, a regular whisk and bowl work fine.

Autumn Hearth

Sounds excellent, but I would think local bee pollen would be best for allergies, hmm

Kittenna

I initially thought I liked Honeybee, but later found it to be too pollen-y and floral. Presumably I’d probably think a similar thing about this matcha?

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@Autumn yeah, of course, but I don’t know of any local companies making bee pollen matcha :). Of course, come summer, I’ll likely sweetening it with a dab of local honey like last summer.

@Krystaleyn – I don’t find it particularly floral, but I don’t really find Honeybee to be floral either. shrugs

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“You can forgive a murder, but never a mistake while preparing tea.” Chinese proverb

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My tastes in tea have changed, so I should update this as well. I find myself leaning more towards rooibos and herbals, if only for their great ability to chill in my travel mug for hours and not get weird on me. When I have time to properly brew a cuppa, I lean towards white teas (which I only steep for 30 seconds) and black teas (which only get 2-3 minutes from me). I cannot stand green teas, they’re too fiddly for my tastes. Oolongs are great, but a bit fiddly as well. However, I love watching oolongs open up in my looseleaf brewer. I’m slowly discovering mates and falling for them…there are many I look forward to trying!

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