1232 Tasting Notes
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!