74 Tasting Notes

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Smooth is how I would describe this. Many matcha genmaichas cheap out on the matcha and barely cover the tea at all, but this one doesn’t. There’s a nice coating of powder on the leaves and rice. Some of the rice have popped leaving a few popcorn like pieces. Colour comes out green and vibrant really nice overall.

Drinking it, it goes down very smooth. A little bit watery tasting but easy to go down. The main concern I have with this so far is that the rice far outnumbers the tea leaves in this blend. It really looks like i have a 70% rice, 30% tea leaves mix. So what happens is when you want to make some of this stuff, i don’t imagine a teaspoon of this will get you anything so I end up dumping a whole lot in just so i can get a decent amount of tea. Perhaps the tea is actually at the bottom of the bag but I can’t really tell right now, I just scoop from the top.

Other than that, you can tell this is a quality matcha genmaicha tea. There is a sufficient amount of matcha on it. Teanobi claims it has the Uji matcha it sells on this, which costs like $65/100g. So if it really is, then yay. None the less, this tea doesn’t come cheap at $25 + shipping, I paid over $30 for this bag. It really kills the matcha genmaicha I got from davids but it is expensive. To me an absolute perfect matcha genmaicha tea is one with more tea than rice, but I doubt anyone would do that. Rice is cheaper and heavier to put in a mix.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Second sample from Tea Licious. I must admit first and foremost, I am a big sucker for blueberries. Anything with blueberry is awesome for me, like literally. Blueberry pie, Blueberry smoothies, anything goes really. So going for my samples, I figured I haven’t had any white tea in awhile and BLUEBERRY woooosh, sucked right in. The last and only white tea blueberry i had was the one at Tim’s and i can safely say that tasted like crap and completely artificial.

Smelling this one, better than the tangerine white. I’m glad this tea didn’t turn blue or anything on me and that it was only flavouring inside. It’s a rather mild blueberry taste but it’s great it doesn’t completely overpower the tea. However, it’s rather mundane kinda like it’s there but not really there at all. The white tea quality is pretty average too.
Too be fair though, at this price/quality level is to be expected.

One thing that might come out of this, a somewhat increased interest to find an outstanding blueberry white tea!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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So I was ordering coffee online from this Coffees of Hawaii place because of a promo they had for a certain coffee. While browsing the website, I noticed they had another little section for teas so naturally that peaked my interest, they had a few of them and I decided to give one a try. The main product is the coffee cherry, which is the berry that contains the coffee beans. I’m guessing they noticed the potential to turn waste into a product and revenue (don’t blame them) and it seemed interesting enough to try. I like cherries. I like coffee (please don’t flame me!), so hell add those two up, and my interest is peaking. This blend is one with vanilla and papaya leaf so I went with the one that sounded the most interesting/exotic.

Now onto the “tea” itself. Dark red/brown, lighter in colour than a black tea, smell a bit of leaves (banana leaves in particular, if i recall correctly). Taste, does not taste like coffee at all to me, main flavour I am getting is red bean, crushed red bean.. the type you get in like cold Vietnamese/Chinese drinks. I don’t know what papaya leaf taste like, and I don’t taste any vanilla at all. I didn’t notice any vanilla bean segments in my scoop so maybe that’s why.

Overall though, it’s interesting.. but not interesting at all at the same time. This was ok to try and it was cheap. I got it for $5 for 3oz shipped, so really no harm there. I will not try and re-steep this one, doesn’t seem like it would be any better. I actually drank this before my coffee, so I’m kinda looking forward and hoping the coffee is good.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
aisling of tea

lol did you order through RedFlagDeals? That’s where I got mine….ugh. I dearly hope the coffee is better than the “tea”

politicalmachine

yup good ol rfd lol, I noticed though after using the promo coupons I can really cheap chocolate espresso beans shipped for free! Did you notice on the packaging.. the return address is somewhere in Sweden. How odd lol

aisling of tea

That is weird. I unloaded my bog of this on a friend, not I just have to find someone to take this hibiscus raspberry.

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drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
74 tasting notes

Apple pieces, goji berries, hibiscus, honeydew cubes?
What kind of tea has apple pieces as the main ingredient? lol this one does.
It smells like candy! but after you brew it, it tastes like tart pink lemonade.. how odd.
Actually I don’t really know why Pink Flamingo and this are sold together… I think they taste almost the same, but I’m going to give Pink Flamingo the edge here. This one is chunkier, bigger pieces of everything but the taste that comes out is oh so familiar.

Now first off, it smells like candy, like literally candy. So peculiar, when it’s ready to go, it becomes… lemonade! wow. I don’t know what to say. Hmm so Pink Flamingo tastes abit better but comes in smaller chunks and tiny pieces of lemongrass and blackberry leaves and smells more like grapefruit. It’s really up to you but I find it less tart than Goji Pop. Note: I have TONS of dried Goji berries at home, so i know exactly how they taste like because I often slip some in to the tea I am brewing.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec
aisling of tea

I’m with you on this one. I was crazy for Goji Pop when it first came out, but now when given the choice between the two, I’d prefer pink flamingo, though really, the hibiscus in both has really put me off lately. I had a really bad experience with hibiscus recently and though DT handles their hibiscus really well, just a hint of it sets me off. Blegh. Why ruin a perfectly good tea with the stuff?

politicalmachine

agreed, they could definitely use less of the stuff, but i think they will keep putting it in mainly for the colour.

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First off, thanks for the free samples and shipping them to Canada! It was a nice surprise in the mail!

I’ve been trying to get on the website to get the picture of the tea and a description but the site has not been working for me for the past few days (I get a InMotion hosting page). Hmm to the tea itself, I’m getting that tangerine taste from Some velvet morning from Davids which isn’t quite that orangy at all to me. I think it’s mainly flavoring that’s the issue, I’m going to avoid tangerine flavored stuff from now on. I see white tea and safflowers in the mix, didn’t really taste the white tea much, just mainly the tangerine.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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The description of this tea seemed like it would be one I would love… well how wrong was I. This tea.. tastes terrible. So disappointed. Tangerines I believed should taste like oranges right? Well it is supposed to taste of tangerines, orange peel, and lemongrass like which is all citrus. I doesn’t taste anything like it, something more of lemon, but herbal and bitter? and gingery? I can’t describe it, but it tastes like medicine. I think those berries inside taste really funky too. Anyways I’m pretty sure this isn’t the best hangover cure, I certainly wouldn’t use it as such! (Drink water and eat some vitamins I would advise, works best I find)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec
aisling of tea

My wife tried some of this once, it smells like fruit loops!

Uniquity

I just bought 50 g of this…Hope I like it more than you! : )

politicalmachine

now that you mention it… it does smell a bit like fruit loops, just more herbal. Maybe it’s just me, I’ll try this again another day!

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This tea is really good, personally I think its a lychee scented keemun tea. Anyways, this is close to perfect as a breakfast tea. I’ll admit, it doesn’t really taste exactly like lychees but it is really well balanced with the tea. Most likely red = keemun tea, so it’s basically a black tea. I guess it was just cooler to them to name it red. Anyways, I’m pretty sure this one will be great iced too! The overall quality of this tea is pretty decent too, there’s barely any tea dust in the bag. The taste is light but very noticeable, it doesn’t overpower and still tastes like tea. Overall, I would recommended this tea to anyone looking for a decent breakfast tea (I think MCOT has a shipping special till the end of this month)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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I think the raspberries hit more on this one so it’s not crazy intense on the chocolate. I think this is a good mix overall, not too sure how much i like mate teas yet as this is the second one i’ve ever tasted. Overall it’s pretty alright even though I think I oversteeped my cup..

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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had this again, I am tasting a mint aftertaste and I think it’s coming from the partridgeberry leaves or something. Taste comes through more if you use more tea per steeping I find.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Stopped drinking water, switched to tea. =)
(ok, this is a lie but still :) )

How I rate teas is pretty simple, different teas have different expectations based on quality and price. I’ll rate a tea based on how good it is for its category/price point. I think i rate pretty fairly, I’m not afraid to give a bad score to a bad tea, and it’s relatively hard to get perfect score (partially because i believe there are only so many that can attain such a title)

I like oolong/green teas the most
black, white, tisanes to a lesser part.

I re-steep EVERYTHING, as that’s how I’ve learned from my parents. Blacks teas normally to a max of two times.

I like it when the tea actually looks of quality (eg. whole unbruised leaves). I hate it when i get a tea, and half of it is cut up stems of the plant… give me leaves!

I drink all my teas black and occasionally with sweetener. I do drink coffee too, and love espressos and cappuccinos. Yup, I do my coffee black too. Guess, it is to say I like strong flavours.
My current way of steeping tea, is my french press which i just got a month ago. I love it (well maybe not my cheapy one; looking to get a bodum one day). I used to just dump leaves at the bottom of my cup..

Ok. Rating meanings…

0-49: Various degrees of suck. Either terrible value or just not good.
50-59: It’s drinkable. I’ll finish my cup.
60-69: Not bad… but not good.
70-79: okay to drink, nothing too special, will not be a re-buy.
80-89: Enjoyable cups.
90-99: Worth holding on to.
100: Um.. I’ll tell you when I get here.

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