988 Tasting Notes

95
drank Green and Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
988 tasting notes

One cup away from a sipdown for this one! Once davidstea gets their spring teas out, I’ll go restock this one. Love the taste still, and im not going to have any caffeine today so I don’t freak out about my midterm too much, so this hits the spot. No tantalizing matcha reviews today :p hehe. See previous notes on this tea :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

Fingers crossed about your midterm!

MissLena

Thank you :) i am so very tired of studying i’m not sure how much I’m retaining anymore.. My fingers are crossed too!

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85
drank Blueberry Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
988 tasting notes

So I used half a tsp of this and half a tsp of the French Vanilla matcha to make a hot water matcha today. Man I am on a matcha kick as of late!! Anyways, I thought I’d log this under blueberry since that is definitely the dominating flavor here. The french vanilla added a nice bit of creaminess, but in the future I would probably put more french vanilla and less blueberry. Also, think my blueberry might be getting a bit old, it is definitely stronger and a bit bitter today. But this was a nice experiment, and it smells heavenly! Will probably try making this with hot milk in the future as well, I have been lazy and not wanting to get my lactose intolerance going, so I’ve been just making hot water matchas. And they are so nice on my stomach! :)

Sil

You’re making me miss my matcha smoothies! Four more days…

MissLena

Hehe sorry about that! :) but you are in China and making me want to travel! Lol, I’m going a bit matcha nuts this week, although I will probably cut myself off tomorrow as I have a midterm coming up and I don’t need to be any more jittery for it lol

Courtney

I so want to like matcha with hot water! Perhaps it’s an acquired taste. Hmm.

MissLena

I would try adding sugar if you have non-desserty ones, it helps to mellow the matcha taste and enhance the flavoring I find, or it could be that it hasn’t been whisked quite long enough, it might be an acquired taste though I’m not sure, my first matcha was with hot water so maybe that’s it lol

Sil

Courtney…if so, I will acquire it later haha love it with milk too much.

MissLena

And ditto on having it with milk Sil haha it is very delish that way, but my stomach prefers it with water lol (as I devour a cream cheese bagel gahh)

Kittenna

I have exclusively consumed matcha in latte form… don’t even know what it tastes like without! And it’s almost always sweetened. One day I’ll try it all fancy and such… I’d probably enjoy it.

MissLena

You should try it with just hot water to see how you like it! I have yet to try it cold still, that is my next goal, I also need to invest in an milk frother of some sort so the lattes are even fluffier.

Sil

I try to make a straight cup of every new flavour i get but i nearly always find its just not what i like haha

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95

Yumm I missed this tea last week. Today it has some intense ginger earthiness going on, and i added honey to my travel mug. Another interview today, unfortunately didn’t get the last one, so this is my interview day tea haha. Good for settling my stomach and enjoying! Can’t wait to get a bit of davidstea’s new totm, another with ginger! :) see previous notes on this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Michelle Butler Hallett

Best ginger tea EVER.

MissLena

It is sooo good! I think Verdant’s Ginger Sage Spa Winter Blend is pretty close to this one though, although definitely not as gingery haha. I’m a ginger fanatic! :D

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91
drank Almond Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
988 tasting notes

So I am very pleased that Red Leaf included a sample of this for me to try with my last order. I have a severe peanut allergy and have avoided all other nuts as well to be safe in case of contamination. However, I emailed Red Leaf to check that their teas are nut free and they told me that even their nut teas are nut free! The natural flavorings are not actually made with the nut extracts! So since I have avoided almonds all my life for fear of them being contaminated by peanuts, I finally decided to see what they taste like in the form of a safe matcha before I actually try the real thing. I still don’t think I will chance trying a peanut matcha, but I thought this would at least be a step into trying nuts that I am not allergic to without fear. And tonight, I got up my nerves to make this matcha.

So I have never had almonds before lol, except for amaretto coffee flavoring on a few rare occasions, so bear with me for this review! At first, I thought this smelled an awful lot like cherries! LOL, I asked my boyfriend to smell it and he says “no, no, it’s like that almond topping they put on cakes”. Ah, marzipan, which I have never had lol. And then I remembered that amaretto is supposed to taste like almond-y, and that’s what this smells like to me. Yummy!

As for the taste, well, I don’t have a lot to base it off of, but it is super creamy and smooth! A bit of the amaretto flavor and what I expect to be almonds in there too! This is sweet and yummy! And I finally tried something with almonds (kind of)!! I am grateful that I finally have gotten the chance to try an almond flavored item that I am not afraid of getting sick from. Once again, thank you Red Leaf Tea for allowing me to branch out in trying new foods!

ETA: This is really good. I might actually have to order some more of this! It is just so tasty and creamy! Perfect amount of sweetness for me too :)

Sil

thats awesome that they did that for you! :)

MissLena

I know! I still am too afraid to brave any of the peanut ones haha but this is a pretty big step for me! Maybe I will try an actual almond soon haha then I could buy the delicious almond teas I see on here :D

Alphakitty

My bf is allergic to nuts, and even though he knows there is no nut additive in my peanut butter matchas he is scared of trying them! I might ease him in with the hazelnut haha

MissLena

Yeah I don’t know if I would really like the peanut one haha id feel so weird having it, I once had that fake peanut butter and thought I would get sick eating it! Lol just the smell would make it seem wrong haha. Hazelnut would be tasty, i might have to try that one too I’ve never had them either!

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95
drank Green and Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
988 tasting notes

Relief! Just a bit below average on that killer midterm from before reading week. I was stressing about it all class. Now I can relax and drink my tea. I’m almost out of this! Will have to restock soon. See previous notes on this tea :)

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83

Third and final matcha of the day. Oh, and I left a bit of french vanilla in my cup earlier and it cooled off and was delicious! Will have to try making them with ice at some point :D anyways, onto this one.

The smell, yes,as DaisyChubb said, is spot on nibs, but leading into a juicier scent of black cherries. But yeah, mostly nibs, now I want nibs!! Haha, so I sifted and whisked 1 tsp of this delicious smelling matcha, which is basic grade, robust flavoring I should add, into hot water and am trying it this way first as per usual. Mmmm the smell is sooo good! I got a tiny bit of that cherry medicine in the smell, but only a bit, and it’s mostly delicious cherries. And as for taste, another delicious matcha! The flavoring is lovely here, nice and fresh matcha with a black cherry aftertaste. I love black cherry ice cream, and this hits the black cherry pretty good, so I can’t wait to try it with the cheesecake or vanilla to add the creaminess! I must say, the fruit matchas are a lot more fresh and natural to me with the matcha, but I really like the dessert ones too. I might add a bit of sugar, as I did with the blueberry, to see if it brings out the cherry a bit more.

Overall, I am really enjoying this one. And hopefully this will give me the kick to continue working on my giant project for my financial class. Another excellent matcha from Red Leaf! :D thanks Sil and ashmanra for the flavor suggestions again!!

ETA: I added a bit of sugar. Guhh. Now this is full on CHERRY. Yess. I cannot wait to mix this with the dessert matchas, as they will provide the perfect sweetness for this one sans sugar. But for now, I will sip this away and be content. :)

MissLena

Sooo tasty :D

ashmanra

LOL! You’re welcome, and we all influence each other. I saw your post earlier about French Vanilla and had to go make myself a smoothie with some! :)

MissLena

Haha happy I could be of service :) and thank you for the black cherry suggestion it is so good it might be my favorite yet even, I love black cherries!

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85

Matcha 2 of the day! I have to space these out quite a lot lol, my caffeine tolerance is not the best and if I down all of them quickly my stomach will heavily protest. But it is now the right time for another one, and oh my goodness, does this smell like vanilla! Sweet, soft, delicious…mmm, and so creamy! This is even creamier than the caramel, I think.

Once again, I am trying these just with hot water and whisking to taste them plain before I mix them with milk and sweeteners and such. I also got basic grade and robust flavoring for this one, with the 3 + 1 matcha deal that Red Leaf has, which is awesome! So yes, I whisked this up and the scent wasn’t quite as strong, but ohhh boy, does this taste good. I whisked this a tad longer than the caramel as there were a few lumps in that one from not enough whisking. This is smooth, fluffy and creamy! The vanilla flavor is PERFECT in this! It’s not an overpowering, ‘ugh too much frosting’ vanilla, but a rich, decadent yet light and fluffy vanilla flavor. Like a perfect little cupcake but so much better for you! I don’t taste the matcha as much in this one, in the caramel it was definitely a bit more present, but it works in this case as it did with the caramel. I got this one to mix with other flavors, but I definitely will drink this by itself quite often. And I haven’t even tried it with milk yet! This one can hold its own, and I like it a lot. Oooh that’s what it’s like!! DavidsTeas’s vanilla oolong! Yes. This is quite similar but less of the tea flavor and more vanilla :D

I really like this matcha. It’s creamy and satisfying. It’s light and soft. It’s excellent. If you like vanilla, I highly recommend this matcha. It’s awesome!

Sil

Woot woot! So glad you are liking the flavours you picked

MissLena

Yes they are awesome, thank you for the suggestions! I am getting sweet overload here though haha might have to break out the black cherry next before the cheesecake :P

Sil

Lol. Careful! Of you’ll be up all night lol

MissLena

Haha that’d be ok, I have a ton of work to do today maybe I could get most of it done :D

Lala

I’m waiting for my Red Leaf order to come. Can’t wait! How much matcha are you using per cup?

MissLena

I use just 1 tsp or a tiny bit less :) it seems to work fairly well, especially when you just use hot water, what kinds are you getting?

Lala

I just ordered boysenberry matcha (because I am addicted to the taste of redbull). There were lots I wanted to try but did not want to make a big order until I tried it first. But on the list is cola flavoured and peanut butter flvaoured. I also got some of the wine infused teas.

MissLena

Mm boysenberry sounds good! I’ll be watching for tasting notes on it and the wine infused teas, I’ve been wanting to try a wine infused tea at some point, hopefully soon :)

Lala

We might have to do a swap soon. I will keep you posted.

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85
drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
988 tasting notes

I am back in Canada! And yesss, my matcha order was awaiting me in the mailbox when I got back. So, like a crazed mad person, I immediately opened it and tried to decide which one to have first. They were all tempting, but this is the one that I had to try first. It’s so highly rated on here, and I had given it as a Christmas gift, so I had to see how it is myself!

I got 30 g, basic grade, with robust flavoring. And woah, this is definitely robust! Upon opening the package, BAM, caramel goodness whooshed out. Mmmm like some serious caramel candy. It smelled heavenly!! I made this by whisking with hot water then just topping with hot water. This reminds me, I need to get a matcha whisk soon haha. I also got a hint of a butterscotch smell in there while whisking too :D Anyways, this is SOOO YUMMMYYY. Delicious caramel flavor, but there still is that matcha green tea taste beneath it to make it very satisfying. The two flavors complement each other quite nicely actually! This actually doesn’t need sugar either, but I might add a bit at the end of the cup just to see what it does to the flavor. I cannot WAIT to make this with hot milk, and to mix this with cheesecake or blueberry at some point! The richness will be even more intensified! This is stellar, and I’m very happy I chose it for my order! Loving the rich caramel aftertaste so much!

Oh, and today may be a wired, matcha tasting day, which I’m ok with, as I have a TON of homework to catch up on that I did not do while away skiing. Hehe, bring on the caffeine and yummy flavors!

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80
drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
988 tasting notes

My last day skiing :( today was awesome! Soo much powder, ugh I don’t want to go back tomo :( anyways, having this cozy tea to warm up and relax my muscles, so much cinnamon today! But the coconut is also there in the aftertaste. This is almost a sipdown, but I will definitely be restocking this one, such a tasty caffeine free chai! See previous notes :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

I lovelovelove this one. I only ever had a small sample of it, and only haven’t picked up more because I have soooooo much tea….

MissLena

I love this one too! You should pick up a bit just to have on hand, even if it’s just 25 g :)

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87

Making this to satisfy my sweet tooth tonight, and Huzzah! My bfs mom has been helping me finish my bag of this, so I’ll soon be able to reorder this and try the lime and cream tart teas from Della terra as well!! :D see previous notes on this yummy tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Hello all, I am an electrical engineer (read:NERD :D), who is a bit obsessed with tea! I discovered loose tea in 2011, DAVIDsTEA in 2012 and it took off from there. I really started drinking/enjoying tea because it was excellent to take to class in the morning and because I can’t handle coffee! (unless it’s a really good cappuccino or latte, or decent decaf haha)

I enjoy a variety of teas – current favorites being ripe and raw pu’erhs, chinese black teas and herbal/green rooibos blends. I also enjoy white, green, and oolong teas, although I tend to drink them more in the warmer months. I have also tried matcha and guayusa, but I don’t drink them too often as I am a bit sensitive to caffeine. As a result I don’t drink black teas as often as I used to, but in moderation I can still enjoy a wide variety of teas.

Oh, and I have a severe peanut allergy and try to avoid most other nuts, just to be safe. Limits my tea choices a bit, but that’s ok. However I have tried almonds and found out I can eat them, so I have been trying a few teas with them in them.

MissLena’s rating system
(as of 04/19/13)

95+: Absolute favorite, will try to always have it in stock, and when I don’t I pine over it!
90-94: Awesome teas, will probably purchase again a few times
80-89: Very good tea, may restock at some point
70-79: happy to have tried and will gladly finish, but not restock
60-69: not horrible, but not the best, will finish if I have some though
50-59: not a favorite, probably will have a tough time finishing the bag
-50: yuck. I don’t want to have it ever again.

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