92 Tasting Notes

I found this on sale today at the store, so I picked up one box of this, along with a box of organic genmaicha. Instead of drinking this straight up, I made ochazuke with it! I layered cooked white rice, umeboshi (pickled plum) paste, wakame seaweed flakes, and bonito flakes in a bowl, poured a cup of hot green tea over it, and then topped it with some crumbled seaweed/wasabi flavored rice cake. Umai!

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3 min, 0 sec
Janefan

sounds wonderful!

Little Yellow Teapot

Oooo…you’re making my little teapot tummy hungry! Oh, HUMANS…make me some of this!

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drank Berry Bellini by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
92 tasting notes

Grossness. Hot hibisicus sourness that completely masks the flavor of green tea. Was a bit better when it cooled down and I added Splenda and honey. Otherwise, I won’t bother with this tea.

gmathis

I can’t figure out why so many blenders insist on messing up fruit flavors with hibiscus. If I wanted a floral tea, I’d get it.

S

Seriously! I hate hibiscus. Actually, I don’t mind it in small quantities in fruit teas that I expect to be tangy, but the two teas I tried from Zhena’s said green tea on it, and the hibiscus totally ruins the flavor! UGH!!!

S

I forgot to add, I understand adding hibiscus to tangy fruit teas, like cranberry or raspberry or something, but in peach or kiwi? Those are not tangy flavors, just sweet ones! Grr.

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This blend tastes to me like your average English Breakfast blend, but it’s saved from mediocrity by this delicious syrupy sweet note. Still, I’m pretty disappointed by A&D’s Series 2 set so far…so expensive, and not that tasty. Sigh.

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88
drank English Breakfast by Twinings
92 tasting notes

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87
drank Earl Grey Decaf by Twinings
92 tasting notes

Oh wow…this tea is pretty darn good, even though it’s from a teabag and decaf. I wasn’t even keeping track of how long I steeped it, but I think it steeped pretty long, in boiling water…yet not a bit of bitterness! I added in some milk and Splenda, and the tea is strong enough to handle it. It tastes creamy, orangey, sugary, and flowery. It’s late, and I apologize if this note is just blah. But the tea itself? Good enough that it’s making me feel better since my kitty, who peed all over her own winter coat fur bloomers, backed up into my leg 5 minutes ago and got pee on me. :(

(Side note….should I take her for a haircut? It’s the middle of winter, but my apartment is really warm…)

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Boiling
fcmonroe

Sounds like a haircut is in order to me!!!

Auggy

Aww, poor kitty. My oldest can’t really groom herself anymore and she’s long haired so we keep her shaved. In the winter she wears sweaters.

S

Wait wtf my comment got messed up… I typed Ashes (less than three heart) and then that Wendy is normally good at keeping clean, and she managed to pee in the box, but it’s icky how her back legs got soaked.

S

Was definitely not saying that Ashes is icky!! She’s like Wendy’s older twin sister :)

Auggy

Hehe – no worries! I know you love the kitties! :)

S

By the way, the fact that kitty sweaters exist is making me want to shave my cat, just for the hell of it. :)

LENA

lol…poor kitty! both of my cats are short hair, so i’m going to give them an extra hug for not ever getting pee on me. glad your tea kept you in good spirits.

Auggy

Shanti, I’ll tell you a secret – it’s really a doggie sweater. Shhh! Don’t let Ashes know!

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I measured up 11 ounces of water. I heated the water to around 194 degrees. I added a little less than 1.5 teaspoons of dry leaf to my teapot. I timed it for 3:45. I tried it plain. With Splenda. With milk. But the result was always the same—no caramel!

This tea is yummy on its own, as a smoky, non-bitter, savory tea. The texture is like silk, and it goes down easily. I won’t have any trouble finishing it off. But I wanted caramel, damn it!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec
wombatgirl

I’ve been having problems getting it too…

takgoti

Drat. Maybe I’m just crazy. I’m going to have to do this again soon and see if I notice anything in particular. The only thing I can think of is that when I drink my tea I usually hold it in my mouth and swish it around; I almost never swallow straight-away. Black teas in particular require a bit of taste acclimation before my taste buds are accustomed to it. Other than that…I’ve got nothing. So sorry!

S

Maybe my tastebuds are just wonky :)

I tend to find flavored teas that other people say are “weak” flavored pretty strong, so perhaps I’m just too sensitive to the smoke flavor to taste caramel? I also tried Adagio’s caramel recently, which is like “holy shizz caramel!!1” tasting, so I might just be expecting too much.

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86

This tea is almost flawless. No bitterness; just the dreamy, delicious combination of strawberry, papaya, and pineapple, and green and black tea. Lovely without sweetener. Without a doubt, I will repurchase this tea. For a more thorough review, see my last tasting note.

Ricky

Midnight summers dream…. ohhhhh Shakespeare memories

Janefan

This tea sounds lovely, and gets extra points in my book for the Shakespeare reference!

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I’ve been craving some kind of strawberry kiwi high fructose corn syrup disaster all week, so when I saw this at the store this afternoon I immediately snatched it up. The smell of the leaves is unmistakably sweet strawberry kiwi high fructose corn syrup disaster, which I’m actually happy about!

Steeped up, the tea tastes like sour strawberry herbal tea. I’m not tasting any of the green tea, nor any sweet kiwi flavor. I’ve gotten used to drinking my teas without sweetener, so I was a little surprised by the fact that I wasn’t able to drink this tea, a fruit tea, on its own. I added a little Splenda, but unfortunately that didn’t work out. The sweetener didn’t blend into the flavor of the tea at all. Now the tea just smells like strawberries dipped in Splenda, with that characteristic “Splenda” taste. It tastes like Splenda in hot water mixed with strawberry juice. While I don’t hate Spelnda (I actually like it) I’m not really in the mood to drink Splenda Tea. So down the drain this cup goes.

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5 min, 0 sec

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78
drank Mandarin Matcha by 52teas
92 tasting notes

I’ve found that it’s really hard to compare this to plain, unflavored matcha—they’re two different animals. Even though Mandarin Matcha isn’t the same as regular matcha, it’s still wonderful in its own way. The powder is olive green, rather than the bright, radioactive green of fresh matcha. I’m guessing the color is due to the pulverized dried orange that is mixed in with the matcha, and not just the quality of the matcha itself. The smell is flowery and sweet.

Today I’m using two scoops and 4 ounces of hot water. The color of the tea is a murky green, and quite a bit different from that characteristic jade green color of regular matcha tea. Mandarin Matcha does not foam, no matter how hard or how long I whisk it. Only a few weak bubbles appear at the surface.

The taste is a bit weaker and sweeter than regular matcha is at this concentration. I’m guessing this is because of the orange that’s mixed in with the matcha dilutes it. The orange taste is light and not artificial tasting. There is a strange sharpness or sourness near the back/middle of my tongue, but it’s bearable. Happily, there is no bitterness.

In exchange for the orange note, you do lose some of the vegetal/grassy flavor of regular matcha. At the same time, there is an interesting blossomy component to it that I didn’t taste in the plain matcha I have on hand. And oh, the smell! The smell of Mandarin Matcha is divine. Juicy orange, tart and sweet, cream, and matcha.

I think it’s a good change of pace from regular matcha. The novelty of the orange flavor certainly makes it worth trying. While I don’t know if I’d consider it the best matcha I’ve ever had, it has earned a place in my cabinet.

Cofftea

SO glad to see the rating go up!=D Although I must admit a part of me was hoping that a lack there of would lead you to share the wealth lol. My one bag is going all too fast, but I can’t wait to see what flavors they do next!

Ricky

Mandarian matcha… I’m nabbing those packets the moment they are back up on 52teas! Oh yeah, what does it come in? A tin? The pouches?

S

Ricky – The matcha comes in the same pouches as the other 52teas.

Cofftea

I just hope they change the preparation suggestions.

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Huh. Today this actually hit the spot. It is very sweet, but it’s not “yucky” the way my last cup was. At the same time, this was so sweet that I had to chase it down with some water. I definitely won’t repurchase, but I may be able to at least finish off the carton.

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