1235 Tasting Notes

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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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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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I just plain love Red Leaf Tea for their bundling options. 30 grams of this matcha, Goji Berry (found here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/goji-berry-matcha.html), is 15.99. However, if you bump it up to large (60 g), it’s only 8 dollars more (23.99) for twice the matcha! Love. So much love. It makes it really easy to just buy a sample and then get a great deal on the ones you love.

I took this one to work with me today and it just about saved my life. It gave me the much-needed energy to deal with with busiest doctor in our practice. It was light and sweet and painfully refreshing. I had some while it was hot, but by the time I was able to find time for finish my thermos-full, it was cold. Even better! My thermos is vaccum-sealed, so I carefully shook it to mix it up again and downed the rest…oh yes. This will definitely be an amazing addition to my summer smoothies. Never mind that it snowed today. Anyway, the berryness of this was just right, not overly sweet or fake, just amazingly delicious. I’m only familiar with goji berries in tea, but this is the best goji flavored tea I’ve ever had. To be honest, I kept taking sips and being surprised by how good it was. I have the memory span of a goldfish, so it was like I given a gift of amazing tea every time I took a sip. If you’re a berry fan who isn’t really into strong greens, this might be the tea to get you into matcha. It wasn’t overwhelmingly bitter like some matchas can be, it was just a smooth, tasty sip for a long workshift.

I am very impressed with their matcha, I have to say. My wife recently bought me a matcha whisk (so much easier!), but I was making it with a regular whisk in a cereal bowl and I have yet to encounter a clump. Like someone else said about their matchas, it’s not flavoring added to cover an inferior product. I really like, though, that you can choose which grade of matcha you get. I’m a matcha newbie, the cheapest grade is fine with me, but for those with more refined tastes, you can have Imperial grade matcha that tastes like goji berries!

You can also choose the level of flavoring! Gah! It’s like the choose your own adventure book of the matcha world. I see these matchas becoming a very big addiction for me. I’ll just be sitting in the corner with 100 tins of matcha labelled “Delicate Vanilla” “Robust Cinnamon” “’There’s Matcha in This??? Goji”. I would never sleep again because of all the matcha I was drinking, but hey, you gotta make some sacrifices, right?

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C
MegWesley

What does goji berry actually taste like? It sounds interesting.

Kittenna

A regular whisk in a cereal bowl. Awesome! I bought my first matcha at DavidsTea today and she wanted to try and sell me a whisk and whatnot… but I only bought 14g! Don’t want to invest in equipment if I don’t like matcha (ok, I probably will, but I’m wayyy overbudget already). I do have a regular whisk though, so thanks for the suggestion!

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@Meg I dunno, but it’s a berry flavor that isn’t quite like any other berry I’ve had.

@Krystaleyn I was the same way, I had a few cups of matcha at work before investing in some. I whisk the sugar into the matcha before I add water, it dissolves easier that way. The matcha whisk is easier, but in a pinch, a regular whisk will do. And y’all know how much I love DT, but you can find matcha whisks much cheaper elsewhere.

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91

I prefer this to their Cream tea, it reminds me of, well, french vanilla ice cream or french vanilla frosting. Yum.

…and then the black base steps in. It makes me sad. I’ve tried three of their teas in three different steeping parameters all with the same result. Next I’m going to try adding rice or soy milk, but I hate having to go to that. I just wish I could handle astringency in tea better. This is totally just a matter of personal taste, I like my teas weak.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec
Uniquity

I know you know all this jazz, but if you’re find it astringent, try giving it a shot with a slightly lower temp – it can do wonder for frash black teas! : )

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nods I was just thinking that….and trying to convince myself to pause ANTM long enough to make a cuppa XD.

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That sounded snooty, sorry. >.< Thank you for reminding me!

Uniquity

Oh man, the typos in my post. Frash tea. Yanno. Not brash tea. : ) All good!

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drank Cream by The Tea Haus
1235 tasting notes

I had this yesterday and I had the same experience as I had with the blueberry tea. This is really good…until the black base steps in. Sad. It’s really good quality tea, and it is certainly creamy, but it’s just a touch too astringent for me. I’m going to give it another go, but if it doesn’t wow me, it’ll be up for swap.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Blueberry by The Tea Haus
1235 tasting notes

I’m on the fence about this one. At first, it’s like “OMGYES BLUEBERRY” but then the black tea steps in and it’s a bit bitter for my tastes. Maybe a drop or two of milk will help. I dunno. Sadness.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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This is lovely. So lovely. My wife came home raving about it yesterday and since I’m in the mood for a lighter tea, I reached for it. Oh my goodness this is light and lemony and sweet and appley and guh. So much yum. I can’t wait to try it iced! It’s kinda like apple juice without that sickening sweetness. Restock for sure.

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Nom. I love this tea, but I’m not going to rate it because I sweetened it with a touch of Irish Creme agave. It’s sweet and creamy and has that touch of toasty caramel I so love. I need to try this one without the agave, though. This might be the beginning of a beautiful friendship, though.

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Had a cuppa yesterday morning to try and wake up before work and because I was making a cup for Tina, so I may as well indulge.

I love this tea so much. Seriously, if you like matcha, try this one. It’s beyond amazing.

teaNsympathy

Just received my order and tried it this morning!!!! I think I’m in love, it’s delicious! Thanks for your initial review; sounded so tempting I knew it’d become one of my favorites!!!

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I’m so glad you liked it! I think I need to stock up XD.

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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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