300 Tasting Notes
Once upon a time ago, I was away at a conference. I found myself in the elevator talking away to total strangers. I was the only person talking in the elevator. When it was apparent that no one was going to talk to me, I said, “oh well, just call me a nut.” Then I heard this lone voice say, “ Hello Hazel” as he exited the elevator. I died laughing and ever since that day Hazelnut has long been a favorite flavoring. I was thrilled to find it available in a matcha, I could hardly wait to get my order. Upon getting my order, I poured the bright green matcha powder into a tin. The smell from this endeavor almost took my breath away. This is one strong flavored matcha! Hazelnut is typically nutty and aromatic. This particular blend is extremely roasty. Perhaps a coffee drinker could more appreciate the roast on this blend.
To say the least, I was disappointed. I could certainly drink the tea and I did, but it was not as tasty as I had hoped. It was a bit too roasty for my taste and left an aftertaste in my mouth.
I contemplated this tea all week long. Every Matcha I have sampled from Red Leaf have been superb. I just could not stand to turn my back on this one. I searched recipe after recipe and finially decided upon making scones.
Today, I made a Hazelnut matcha scone from this tea from Red Leaf tea: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/hazelnut-matcha.html
My disappointment turned into elation! This strong flavored matcha is the perfect addition to a basic scone recipe. The scone is flaky, slightly sweet and is this beautiful pale green hue. I am drinking a Ceylon black tea with my Hazelnut Matcha scone and let me tell you I am in heaven. This is just what I was looking for, who knew that Matcha would be a great addition to baked recipes. Now, I can get all the health benefits of Matcha when I enjoy my black teas and not blow my diet on a cookie filled with fat. This is definitely a Win, Win for me in a tea ordering situation that I viewed as bleak. I am so thrilled that I took a chance and added that 1 tablespoon of matcha into my scone recipe. You read that right! Only 1 tablespoon was needed to bring out the nuttiness of the hazelnut and the smoothness of the matcha. Both are greatly enhanced in this flaky scone.
Let me start off by saying that I don’t like anything Green, until now! This matcha has captured my attention in an everyday sort of way. I don’t own a tea bowl, tea sifter or a bamboo spoon, but I can still enjoy this tea everyday.
When you first get your package, it is flat. Try to remember it is a powder chock full of antioxidants. I read the brochure that came with my order and then I got down to the business of adding this tea to my cupboard.
The first thing I did was to pour my matcha into a tea tin. I did not know (until I read that informative brochure) that I needed to store the tea in the refrigerator or freezer, so I figured the best way to protect it was to get it secured in a tea tin. I took a whiff and then admired the vibrant green color. The smell is intoxicating with toffee goodness. I quickly measured out ½ tsp of matcha into my coffee mug, ½ packet of raw sugar and 2 ounces of hot water. I used my mini wire whisk to create a nice foam, then I topped it all off with 2% milk.
Today, I had this tea without the added sugar. I liked it, but adding a wee bit of sugar really brings out the toffee flavor in this blend.
I have sampled a lot of different teas. Some I liked, some I hated. This English Toffee matcha by Red Leaf Tea is expertly blended to provide the tea drinker a unique experience. Here is the link on this matcha so you can read more about it on the official website: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/english-toffee-matcha.html
English Toffee Matcha is rich in flavor. It is not bitter or grassy. Remember I stated I have tried a lot of different teas, black and green. And the green teas have not been on the reorder list, but the tides turned when I discovered matcha from the Red Leaf Tea Company. I have been a tea drinker for the last four years. During this time, I have been looking for and longing for a tea that is creamy, milky and full of flavor. I tried a Milk Oolong, thinking it would fit the bill. But no, it did not. Let me tell you that my socks have been blown off by this blend and with the stellar customer service (I got my tea order in two days and I received a USPS tracking number by email) Red Leaf Tea provides, it only encourages me to keep drinking their teas. I have finally found my all time favorite tea and who knew that the answer to my tea dilemma would be green.
Thanks to mrawlins2 for this beauty. The creaminess is addictive. The bergamot is perfectly balanced. I added some rock crystals in the brew basket and a splash of milk. I thought I had found the earl grey that Jean Luke Picard enjoyed, but honestly this is probably the one on the captain’s shopping list, it is so enjoyable because it is NOT perfumy in any way and there is absolutely no bad after taste. If you are still looking for a drinkable earl grey, give this one a try.
I really enjoyed this tea last night and after reading the description of the tea this morning I can see why! The base is a Ceylon, which I love:) The apricot balance in the tea is spot on. I did not reinfuse the leaves as it was pretty light to begin with, but overall a good cup of tea for the afternoon or after dinner.
The dry leaves smell of Assam, which worried me a bit. But after brewing that robustness was toned down by the Ceylon to create a mild morning cup of tea. Brisk enough for that first cup of tea, but not so over the top with astringency. The first cup I added a wee bit of milk, the second one plain. Lemon might be better than milk.
This is the best after dinner tea I have ever had! The peppermint is perfectly balanced against the Yunnan base.
Fresh strawberries ripe on the vine. Got that picture in your mind? Good. Now imagine all that juicy goodness in your teapot…you can taste summer in your cuppa. The dry leaves smelled incredible and the brewed tea does not disappoint. Very fresh, very drinkable. This would be incredible iced:)
Been on a tip fest here lately. Brewed up in my mini teapot + raw sugar + milk=a perfect way to start the day:)This is the only tea in my cupboard that even sounds remotely good. Perhaps it is the heat index of 1000+ degrees that has me holding off on drinking hot tea. Iced tea is good, but hot tea is why I started drinking tea in the first place…come on winter or a least a fall like breeze!!!
What can I say, Let me count the ways I love this tea! Second infusion, plain with chocolate. First infusion add raw sugar and a splash of milk and drink up before it gets cold. This is my all time favorite tea…smooth, drinkable, pairs perfectly with breakfast foods, affordable…this is one that I buy in bulk cuz I don’t want to ever be without this tea. It is a keeper in my cupboard:)
Love this tea. This morning I added a tsp of Agave Nectar and viola a perfect cup of tea:)