1938 Tasting Notes

75
drank Pumpkin Pie Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1938 tasting notes

Thank you Roswell Strange (and aisling of tea) for the chance to try this matcha. A while back Cavocorax sent me some Pumpkin Pie matcha on a white base so I was interested in seeing how this differs. What I am finding is that the pumpkin spices I enjoyed so much in the white matcha are still present but they are toned down by the presence of a slightly vegetal component from the base. Personally, if given the choice, I would probably get the white matcha version again over this but it still nicely captures the pumpkin spices.

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Sipdown!! (196)

Thank you Roswell Strange for the sample of this. I finally figured out what it reminds me of and that is Queen of Tarts so it all makes sense as to why you did not like this at all and I did not mind it. With that said, I still have a fair amount of Queen of Tarts and I never touch it so once that is finished I think hibiscus heavy teas will be kept out of my cupboard.

Roswell Strange

I made the same comparison – they both tasted the same hot and cold to me; bleck. Glad this was a little better for you.

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68

Chocolate and strawberry are both present in this cup but it is not sweet or creamy like a Chocolate Strawberry Truffle should be. The rooibos is contributing a hint of woodsiness that I am not loving. It is not bad but not something I think I will be getting again. However, I have about 50 g to play with and hopefully change my mind.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Thank you Fjellrev for the chance to try this delectable sounding treat. This smells A LOT like the Sweet Temptation tea I had last night which makes sense as they are both nougat teas. Sipping on this now, I think I prefer this to the Sweet Temptation as I think the black base and hazelnut mellow the nougat flavor and really round out the tea. I would happily stock this in my cupboard if it were more accessible and if I didn’t have 25g of the very similar Sweet Temptation.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

Oh it’s accessible… I don’t mind being a Bayswater Tea Mule. :)

VariaTEA

Haha. I have to send you a package, not the other way around. Though I will keep this in mind for the future once I reign in my cupboard again and polish off my half of Sweet Temptation.

OMGsrsly

It would be nice to share some stuff from there. One day. :)

VariaTEA

Are we just going to keep placing orders together and sharing back and forth? I am totally okay with that plan, just saying.

OMGsrsly

LOL Ok! My cupboard is going to take a huge hit next week when Shmiracles’ box arrives. So, uhh, it’ll be a while before I can really do a shared order. Nice thing about Bayswater is since I’d be going to get it, there’s no miminum! :)

OMGsrsly

Miminum = I’m so freaking tired. Gonna go make a restorative & relaxing cup.

VariaTEA

Yay for no minimum!!

OMGsrsly

(I mean dollar amount, although they do 50g. Sorry!)

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22
drank Cola Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1938 tasting notes

Thank you Roswell Strange (and aisling of tea) for the opportunity to try this matcha. If only I didn’t convince myself Cola Milk had potential because prepped this way it is a whole lot of NOPE!

MissB

Think of it as a cola float! :P

VariaTEA

Haha that is what got me to make it this way but it certainly doesn’t taste like a cola float. It sorta tastes like licorice.

OMGsrsly

Sorry! I know I mentioned it on someone’s note.

VariaTEA

Haha no need to be sorry. The theory made sense, the result was less pleasant :P

Roswell Strange

Oh no D: Back to finding creative ways to try this…

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80
drank Cancer by Nina's Paris
1938 tasting notes

I fell asleep last night before getting to drink this so now I am sipping on it cold. The rooibos is a little more prominent in the cooled cup but so is the creamy coconut. Personally I prefer it hot but I am still enjoying this cup :)

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70
drank Sweet Temptation by Cornelia Bean
1938 tasting notes

This smells AMAZING! Like a Kinder Bueno which makes sense since it is a rooibos tea with nougat. Tastewise, I was taken aback at first because the nougat flavor is actually stronger than it comes across in smell. Also, it smelled as though their might be a chocolate component to this but the taste is 100% nougat. Not bad but certainly different from anything else I have had. I look forward to seeing what OMGsrsly thinks of this when I send her her share.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

Ooo, I am excite! :D Hopefully I like it lots.

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95
drank Buddha Bamboo by Tea Desire
1938 tasting notes

I wasn’t a lover of DAVIDs Bamboozled but this, I really like this. The bamboo provides body and a solid base for a nice fruity flavor of berries and currant. I could definitely enjoy this often. I think I see a Tea Desire order in my future. Thank you Roswell Strange for sharing it with me :)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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75
drank Tiramisu Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1938 tasting notes

Thank you Fjellrev (and Sil) for some of this delicious matcha. It is sweeter and creamier than the mocha matcha and with a bit less of coffee flavoring but it is still very good and the two are quite similar. I think out of the two, for my tastes, I would get this again but I am not sure if it would make the cut when compared to all the other matchas I have tried.

Sil

i love this one. it’s…probably one of my favourite now since it lacks the bitterness of the coffee matcha and isn’t tooooo sweet. i only made it in milk though.

VariaTEA

That is how I had it too and it was very good.

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Thank you Roswell Strange for sending me more of this tasty, tasty blend. Just a whiff of lapsang souchong and I start to crave it. It has a whiff of smoke to compliment the sweet cherry and creamy vanilla – a blend that perfectly captures Irene Adler. Luckily I picked up 3 oz along with samplers in the most recent Adagio sale but I won’t see that until I go back home at the end of April/beginning of May so I am super grateful to have some cups to hold me over.

Anna

Of COURSE the Irene tea nails it! <3

Hello.Kiki

You’ve inspired me… I must go find my sample now!

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After being overweight all my life I finally decided to commit to the long journey of weight loss. When life got too monotonous with all the diet food I decided to try teas in hopes of finding new flavors. I never realized the addiction I would face and now I am in love with all things tea!

However, I am still new to the tea scene and although I have bought many David’s Teas and Teavana Teas I know there is just so much out there to try and I am excited for each and every new experience. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

Well after over a month on steepster, I have learned many new things about tea and my own personal tastes. For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well. Oh and I LOVE Red Leaf Tea’s flavored matcha.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

Tea Ratings (a loose guide):
1-15 – This cup is going down the drain
16-30 – I will finish the cup but I am not making another
31-50 – I don’t think I like this but I will try another cup just to be sure
51-60 – I am really on the fence about this tea
61-70 – I like this enough to finish what I have but I won’t be buying it again
71-80 – I like this and will buy it every now and then
81-90 – I really like this and will replace it as soon as I can
91-100 – I LOVE this and will buy more before I run out of what I have so that this is never missing from my cupboard

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