90 Tasting Notes
Got this as a sample in my ATR order. Not bad, not spectacular. It smells delicious dry as the fruit hits you. To taste, it’s sweet and has a bit of tartness that doesn’t quite come through, which is fine for me because I’m not fond of tart teas. The fruit flavor doesn’t come across as strongly to taste as it did to smell. Not getting a lot of “tea” taste but rather sweet/fruity with a delicate ghost of a vegetal note.
Having this again out of my sample. First steep was 2.5min, 1 tsp to 16oz 175F water. Definitely a more mineral taste. Second steep was 3min. Sweeter, less mineral, but I’m just absent-mindedly sipping it and not getting any “ooh this is nice tea” feelings. Glad I only ordered a sample. I also don’t get any creamy/milkiness in the sip.
Had this again as a latte using two chasaku scoops to 8oz of ~150F skim milk. Not a fan. Hard to describe what I think this tastes like, but it’s not remotely in the chocolate-cocoa area of my taste buds. Has a weird taste to it. I think I prefer the chemically flower taste of the Belgium chocolate to this.
Received a sample of this in my last RLT order, so I’m guessing its specs are basic grade matcha and delicate flavoring.
Two chasaku scoops to 8oz ~145F 8oz of unsweetened almond milk. The aroma of the caramel is so sweet and powerful right out of the bag, but in a good way. If you don’t like caramel then smell-wise this isn’t for you! To taste I only get a hint of the caramel before the milk-matcha aspects come into play. It has a sweet taste, but I am getting a bit of bitterness towards the end of the sip. Will probably order this but in distinctive flavoring and will bump up to royal grade matcha.
Had this as a latte this morning: 2.5 chasaku scoops sifted, enough 175F water to make paste, then added ~8oz of 150F skim milk. This was a sample so I’m guessing it’s basic grade matcha and delicate flavoring.
Reserving rating until I get another tasting, but this was neither over nor under whelming. More or less just tasted like a matcha latte. Creamy, vegetal matcha taste, didn’t get any bitterness, but also didn’t really get anything like carob either.
Having this as a latte: 8oz nonfat milk at 150F. Two chasaku scoops sifted, added enough 175F water to make a paste.
I just don’t like this flavor. It’s not chocolatey to me, but more this weird chemical cream note and something floral. The matcha is nice and not bitter, but can’t overcome the flavoring. I have a sample of the carob so maybe that’s the chocolate/cocoa flavor I’m looking for.
Royal grade match, distinctive flavoring.
I guess I’m just not a big oolong person. This is nice enough, but didn’t wow me. I didn’t really get the milky aspect, though there are definite notes of sweetness and a floral aspect that I attribute to the Tie Guan Yin base. The second steep was much more flavorful than the first. But at $39 for 2oz, I’m glad I only got the sample. I’d rather spend the same amount on matcha.
A nice light green. I put 1.5tsp in with ~8oz of 175F water. The liquid is light yellow-green, and in my opinion tasted the best while very warm. The peach notes are there but delicate, and I wonder if a touch of rock sugar might bring them out more. When the cup was warm there was no bitterness or astringency, and only a mild vegetal taste. Not what I expected based on my past experiences with sencha having a more briny/seaweed taste. As the cup cooled to lukewarm there was a more pronounced astringent quality.
I remember having some of Den’s Teas flavored senchas in the past and found them more pleasing, so for the price I probably wouldn’t recommend this over them.
Having this with just water and not liking it. Vastly prefer the flavored matchas as lattes. As a latte this is wonderful; smells delicious and tastes vanilla-y, creamy, and doesn’t drown the matcha.
ETA: as I got to the dregs I finally got some more matcha flavor instead of the warm water taste. I may try some of the Red Leaf matchas again plain with just water but using a bit more matcha. This was two chasaku scoops to 175F ~10oz water.