90 Tasting Notes

85
drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
90 tasting notes

Oh the raspberry. Strong raspberry smell and taste, not really getting any chocolate. Added some creamer for a little body and creamy mouthfeel. Has a little bit of tang at the end mixed with the sweetness. Also getting a little bit of drying/coated feeling on my tongue. Doesn’t taste bad, but does feel a bit off. A nice tea though, and I’m dragging a bit today so the caffeine kick is needed.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80
drank Hello Sweetie by Butiki Teas
90 tasting notes

I added a little too much creamer so I’m reserving the rating on this one. Has more of the black tea taste than Three Friends did for me, but not to the point of being too…tea-y. Has a subtle sweetness, creaminess, and I’m getting just a hint of the coconut around the edges.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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83

The floral and hay smell is wonderful in this tea. It’s light, a little sweet, and clean without any bitterness or astringency. A nice white.

The recommended leaf amount and steeping time seemed a bit excessive, so I sort of eyeballed the amount and steeped for 3 minutes.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

Having this with a teaspoon of hot chocolate mix and coconut milk. Interesting. Definitely still get the raspberry, but the chocolate overpowers the matcha. This isn’t my favorite hot chocolate mix so I may try it again with something different. Also not sure how much I’m liking the coconut milk.

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85

Got a sample of this with my latest Butiki order. I’ve been turned off of black teas lately so this was a nice surprise. Had with a little bit of creamer, no added sugar. The orange is the most prominent note, but there’s a creaminess from the marshmallow and a subtle bit of chocolate in the smell and around the edges of the orange flavor.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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87

Had this as a latte with rice milk for the sipdown. Lovely. Boosting the rating a couple points as this matcha grew even more on me as I figured out my matcha-liquid ratios. I think I may prefer rice milk to skim or almond. Will likely be buying this again, but I’m going to try the Madagascar Vanilla first as a comparison.

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85

Smells strongly of raspberry, and has a good amount of the flavor too. The chocolate note is very subtle, and I’d like more of it but I’m also a big chocolate lover. Creamy as a latte, not too sweet, and still has that matcha taste after the initial hit of raspberry.

Royal grade matcha, distinctive flavoring. 2 chasaku scoops sifted and mixed with about 2oz of 175F water, then 8oz of warm original rice milk added to make it a latte. Loving the addition of rice milk more than the unsweetened almond milk I was using.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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83

Lovely pineapple flavor, bit of sweetness, bit of flowers. It’s very light with the tiniest bit of a drying feel at the end but not in a bad way. No bitterness. But, I’m not “wowed” by this. I think I’m just not an oolong person. However, I would recommend it on the pineapple flavor alone.

Sample size, 8oz 175F water.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

Decided to give this a try after reading the reviews. I’ll admit, the website is a huge turnoff for me. It looks gimmicky and plays up matcha as a big health fad; just rubs me the wrong way.

Even though I froze my container for storage while I finished off the DoMatcha, this frothed up beautifully. It has a slightly heavier mouthfeel than DoMatcha, a stronger vegetal taste with mild sweetness, but it also had more of a bitter taste mid-late sip. The bitterness increases as the cup cools.

Two chasaku scoops sifted into a chawan, added about 2oz of 175F water to mix, then added another 6oz of water and whisked.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

Finished this up yesterday. The more I drink matcha the more I fine tune my preferences. I still prefer flavored matcha as a latte, but the unflavored I actually like better straight. This one grew on me so I’m bumping the rating a few points more.

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After getting sick for the third time within about a three-month period I decided to try and drown it out with tea. I never liked tea growing up, but in my early twenties my taste buds had finally changed enough to find the flavors.

Started with flavored blacks from Teavana (gasp), and now am primarily a white/green tea drinker. I’ve recently fallen in love with matcha.

I love teapots, tea cups, and tea sets, but mainly use my Timolino or Contigo travel mugs because they’re leak-proof and hold the heat for so long! Drinking a cup of tea before it gets cold usually doesn’t happen as I set it down and get distracted with something else only to return to it when it’s (if I’m lucky) lukewarm.

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