92 Tasting Notes

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drank Green Tea Latte by Tazo
92 tasting notes

Love at first taste! Never tasted matcha before, but now I want more. Had a medium size one tonight with no sugar syrup. Very tasty and very green. Smelled wheatgrassy to me, but tasted heavenly- sweet on it’s own no need for that syrup:) Will go back for this!

Cofftea

Real matcha doesn’t taste anything like this. Poorly executed in my opinion. At least they stopped putting melon syrup in it.

rabbysmom

Really? What does it taste like- I’m curious now and really want to try the “real thing”. Is it hard to make yourself? I obviously have no clue about matcha and welcome any pointers :)

TeaEqualsBliss

Yes, Matcha pointers welcome :)

Cofftea

Rabbysmom, actully matcha is probably the easiest, fool poof tea. At least in my opinion:) 1.) Sift the desired amount of matcha (to get rid of clumps and make whisking easier) into your desired drinking vessle (I strongly suggest a matcha bowl, but that’s just me), Heat the desired amount of water and pour over your match. Whisk and enjoy! In my opinion, a matcha scoop makes measuring the matcha easier and the whisk makes it easier to whisk.

Other than how I’ve already described it in my tasting notes, it’s something I can’t really describe other than wonderful!" It is sweet, but more like other green teas can be sweet and not an artificial sweet. I’m still trying to wrap my head around its sweeTEAness myself!

rabbysmom

Sounds lovely! This will have to be something I try soon. Where do you like to get your matcha?

Cofftea

52teas!!! I suggest getting that one and just a regular, unflavored matcha. In addition to the 3 in my cupboard, I’ve also had Rishi’s but I haven’t prepared that one on my own. I won’t buy it myself because I hate the packaging.

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Had a Vanilla Rooibos Tea Latte at Starbucks tonight. It was pretty tasty. I told them to leave out the sugar syrup that they usually add. So it was just the tea and steamed milk. Think next time I’ll just go with the tea because the milk muddles the flavor a bit I think- and they charge extra just to put steamed milk in there!

Cofftea

I never understood why they give you real tea bags in the vanilla rooibos and black tea lattes, but look at you like you have 17 heads when you ask for them in a chai or green tea latte.

rabbysmom

I didn’t know about the green tea lattes- that sounds good!

Cofftea

Make them at home w/ real matcha- they’re so much better. Their green tea “powder” or “mix” or whatever they call it is probably the lowest grade matcha w/ a bunch of fillers and they automatically put classic syrup in it if you don’t specify otherwise. If you make them at home you can control the quality of ingredients and exactly what those ingredients are.

Andrea in New Mexico

I don’t like the matcha lattes at Starbucks, but I will admit that their green tea frappucinos were not only an addiction but my introduction to matcha. I drank them almost every day during my pregnancy, and it got to the point where they’d start making it when they saw me waddling my big baby-belly through the door. Cofftea’s right about the syrup, though, and what I order (still, though not nearly as frequently!) is this: Venti green tea frappucino, no syrup, no whipped cream, and TRIPLE THE MATCHA POWDER. Yep. 12 scoops in a venti.

(We all joked that the baby was going to be born green, I drank so much of this.)

Cofftea

That’s a lot of caffeine…

Andrea in New Mexico

It was, and while it didn’t seem to ultimately have any ill effect on the baby or on me, I’m doing things a little differently this time. My big preggo months with him were all int he summer and fall, which is still really warm here, so it was like an ice cream milkshake every day!

Cofftea

Oh I bet! That’s where decaf white iced tea (or regular just not using the 1st infusion) would come in really handy! I wish I would have known that white tea lowers body temp when I was in Tucson in June of ’08.

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84

Just like their Ginger Peach, I find myself sniffing the tea cup even after it’s gone. Weird, huh? And just like Ginger Peach, I find myself wanting another cup immediately after finishing the first.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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34

Second go round. 3 minutes is the way to go for steeping time. Glad I got a travel tin since I think Twinings English Breakfast is better.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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34

Tried this today for the first time. Two cups, first steeped 5 minutes, second 4 minutes. Tasted good. Think tomorrow I’ll try 3 minutes and see how that goes. Foggy this am since I stayed up for New Year’s Eve, so probably not the best morning to assess tea :)

Cofftea

Stupid question, is British Breakfast any different than English breakfast? If not, why the different name?

rabbysmom

I don’t think it’s any different taste wise. I think they just wanted it to sound different.

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drank MateVana by Teavana
92 tasting notes

Finally tried this tea yesterday! It was good, but a little too close to coffee for my taste. To be honest, when I tasted it straight up it reminded me of Celestial Seasonings Morning Thunder. I had the guy add sugar and milk and that helped. Wasn’t sure what to expect as far as the effect of mate, but this left me feeling like I needed some good strong black tea, LOL! Got home, had some earl grey and felt much better :) Oh well, glad I got to try it- it’s all about the experience!

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90

Had another cup of this at Books A Million today and bought the travel tin. Books A Million is waaaay out of my way and I still manage to find a way to “stop by” and grab a cup of this tea! Got a little package of walkers shortbread to go with it- yummy!

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84

Got a travel tin of this today to give it a try. First impression is smooth, light, slightly sweet, mild. Nice difference from the regular Bigelow plain green tea I drink. Will have another cup tomorrow and log my second impressions.

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100
drank Irish Breakfast by Twinings
92 tasting notes

Two cups this morning with milk and sugar. Perfect way to start the day and so much more pleasant and better tasting than coffee!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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98
drank Earl Grey by Stash Tea Company
92 tasting notes

Made Stash and Twinings Earl Grey to compare side by side since I was on my last bag of Twinings. Both with boiling water and steeped for 3 minutes. The first thing I notice upon comparing tastes is that the Twinings tastes more flat than the Stash. Stash seems a bit more complex and I’m not sure why. Could be the blend of teas used and/or where the Bergamot was sourced? Stash tells me their bergamot oil is from Italy, but Twinings doesn’t say. I guess I would consider the Twinings as fulfilling a more traditional expectation of Earl Grey while the Stash is brighter and has a citrus note. I will say again that the Stash Earl Grey reminds me a little of Twinings Lady Grey because of that citrus. Both are good, but as I have been writing this I am drinking the Stash more than the Twinings.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Mom of two kids who enjoys a cup of tea. When someone is not calling me Mommy I go by Stephanie. I am a (gasp!) tea bag lovin’, grocery store brand tea drinker and offer no apologies for my lack of tea knowledge and expertise. I want my tea to be affordable and easy to find.

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