2679 Tasting Notes
Thank you Dexter3657 for sending this my way. I am always happy to try a genmaicha and today this tea is christening my brand new mason jar. I am enjoying 24 oz of roasty-toasty goodness. This one is grassier than the others I have had but I still think it is nice. I was a little disappointed though because I, for some reason, though this was a genmaicha with Laoshan Black as a base. Nonetheless, it is still enjoyable and I am glad I am getting to try it.
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So I was planning on doing the whole large review but my roommates brother came to visit and he brought with him some snacks from Momofuku Milkbar. Snacks I probably should not have but were so incredibly delicious (http://www.shopmilkbar.com/shipping/shop/crack-pie/, http://www.shopmilkbar.com/shipping/shop/corn-cookie/, http://www.shopmilkbar.com/shipping/shop/product-category/cake-truffles/).
Then my DAVIDs order arrived and all hope was lost when it came to a thorough review. Mainly the issue was I drank this during the excitement and don’t really remember what it tasted like. Oh well. There is more to the sample to enjoy.
So I wanted something fruity and I actually thought I grabbed Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish but turns out I grabbed this instead. I took it as a sign and steeped up a large cup. It is creamy and deliciously blends banana and coconut. “Pudding” is definitely an apt description now that I have figured out pretty good steeping parameters. Yum!
Flavors: Coconut, Cream
I believe this is the last of the seven matchas I bought with a friend as part of the “buy 5, get two free” package. We went with the following options:
Size: Small (30g)
Matcha Quality: Classic (Basic Grade)
Matcha Type: Regular
Flavor Level: Delicate
Confession time! I actually had no clue what English Toffee was meant to taste like. However, I know toffee and caramel are very similar. In fact, it took me a while before I understood the differences between the two (I am still not 100% sure but I do believe that toffee has more butter than caramel). Anyways, given that I enjoyed caramel, I thought it would be an interesting experiment to see how this compares (FOR SCIENCE!).
I made this the typical way – using about ½ a teaspoon of matcha in 8 ounces of milk (although I got lazy and didn’t properly measure everything so it is probably a bit under half a teaspoon). Tastewise, this is very similar to the caramel matcha; it is buttery and sweet and very, very delicious. With that said though, I honestly believe that this would benefit from a higher flavoring level. The components are all there but it takes a bit of focus to truly realize just to the extent that they are present.
Anyone who enjoys English Toffee or buttery caramels should definitely consider picking up some of this here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/english-toffee-matcha.html
Flavors: Butter, Caramel
This was the tea that got me into loose leaf teas and for that reason alone, it will always have a special place in my heart. Realistically this is just a sweet rooibos. Nothing is distinctively “birthday cake” about it. It is not really special at all and there are far better teas out there but it inspired me to seek those out and thus I love it.
The key to this tea is lower temperature and steeping for a long, long time. I tend to let this steep for as long as it takes for me to cook dinner and wash the pots/pans. That means it steeps for upwards of 15-20 minutes. There is a salty peanut butter flavor to this with a hint of cheesecake tang. It is good but definitely not the flavor I was expecting.