474 Tasting Notes

90

I liked this one pretty good, tho I don’t consider it a Tea it is a pretty good “coffee” type drink.
This one to me tastes like a chicory, dandelion herbal coffee substitute, I can’t taste very much of the orange peel or anything else really other than maybe the burdock.
My review of this is prolly biased because I’m very fond of chicory dandelion coffee substitutes, I like the slightly bitter herbal coffeelike goodness and thats what this one is to me.
It can brew up really dark and nice if you let it, If you have some from your verdant TOTM club brew it strong and treat it like a coffee, If you have an espresso maker machine you can totally make this tea in there and it is the best.
I’ll be brewing this in my Espresso maker from time to time in the mornings until I run out of it, Luckily I was able to get some more so hopefully I wont run out any time soon :)

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85

The Aroma of the dry leafe is really sweet and honeylike, most pleasant.
The leafe appearance is beautiful golden yellow buds with very small visible hairs, very pretty to look at, they look a little different from most of the other yunnan golds I’ve had.

I steeped this one first as directed on the website 3-5 minutes at about 203degrees, I went for 5 minutes.
The taste is delicious with very nice yet slightly subtle flavors, sweet fruit notes and malt a little peppery on the end, very slight astringency on the aftertaste.
The taste is really good tho it is a little weak to me just not quite as bold as some yunnan golds and dian hongs that I’ve had.

The second steeping is a little better than the first the flavors are a little stronger but still sligthly “weak” I hate to call a tea weak like that maybe it’s just not bold enough for my personal preference, I think perhaps a rinse would have made the first steep even tastier so i’ll do that next time.
Overall this is a pretty good tea to me, the fact that it is a little weak to me means not much really because it is still very tasty and enjoyable, perhaps this would be perfect for some folks.

I think I’ll get some photos of the leafe and rewrite this as a blog post tonight, the leafe is really pretty to me I want to show it off :)

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90

This is a delicious silver needle.
The aroma is sweet to me like honeysuckle, when the water hits it the aroma fill the air with sweetness :)
The flavor delicate but tasty with sweet notes of honeysuckle and hay with a slightly spicy woody almost peppery note with a faint familiar aftertaste that I cant quite place on the first steeping.
On the second steep it was still delicate but not as much as the first Sweet with a little more hay notes this time and the woody note is a little stronger with the same lingering aftertaste.
Third steep is a little delicate again with hay notes still and the honeysuckle notes changed more into just a sweet honey type note kinda like clover honey the woody peppery note is more like sandalwood now and the aftertaste I’ve decided is like Basil as stated in the description.
Fourth steep was weak but still quite drinkable but its probably best to stop at three.
The wet leafe looks like little string beans lol

Flavors: Honey

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95

This is the latest Campfire Blend and I think it is wonderful :)
The earlier campfire blend was very good outdoor tea perfect for sitting by the fire, The new mix tho is even better I consider it a “wilderness” tea.
The smokey lapsang in here is very smooth yet full flavored, the cedar replacing the orange peel and the added chicory really turned this version around for me, it adds just the right touch and make for a really nice balance in the flavors.
Smoke and Cedar/Pine is the main notes I get from this one with minor sweet earthy almost mint like notes.
This is a great remake of Campfire Blend i hope the Cedar stay around for awhile.

Also, I’m not sure if it can be oversteeped but I know it can handle a pretty long hot steep and make a very bold exciting tea thats just all smokey sweet cedar goodness, try it really strong you may like it that way.

Flavors: Cedar, Pine

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90

Well Done Verdant :)
When I was reading the description and I saw all the ingredients that were in this tea tea I thought “meh too much stuff in there” and didn’t expect much from it.
When I tasted it realized i was wrong in thinking it had too much going on because the taste of all those things actually go really well together.
It is almost like a type of tea for wintertime but not quite bold enough for cold weather days, It is very subtle and sweet and actually pretty dern good for Springtime.
I can taste most of the things in this one, the cinnamon and the dandelion root, ginger, vanilla and even the Tea itself But it is difficult to tell single most of those flavor notes out because they are so very well balanced and really play together as one.
I figured it may be too complex to be enjoyed with all those ingredients But the flavors of this tea are only slightly complex with an overall unique taste.
Very Well Done.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec
CelebriTEA

This is a very nice puerh :-)

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100

Omg This is Awesome!!!!
Reminds me of Raisinets with some vanilla.
I love the Zhu Rong Tea, I was totally pleased with my TOTM box this time around New Zhu Rong and a Kick-Ass Zhu Rong blend :)

This one make me think of being at the movies with my Mom eating Raisinets, she really liked those, I think she would have enjoyed this tea too :)

Nicole

I love Raisinets. Though I don’t like raisins on their own. Must be the chocolate. :) This sounds like a tasty blend.

CelebriTEA

I love Raisinets too!
Sorry you didn’t get the chance to enjoy this with your Mom .

mrmopar

She is with you all the time in your heart. Tomorrow April 15th will be 38 years since mom went to heaven. Doesn’t get easier but you will always know by things you see or find later on that she left things for you to help you out. I find something new each year to let me know that.

CelebriTEA

Tommy, I lost my Mom Nov 9,2013
Thanks, John, for helping me through that time.
I am so thankful for Steeps ter and the friends I have made here.

Thomas Edward(Toad)

Thanks you guys :)
CelebriTEA i’m sorry for your loss too, you must know how i feel sometimes, it’s only been a month since i lost my mom so like you still pretty recent, Can you imagine 38years? oh my Mrmopar thats such a long time to miss her, its pretty tough to deal with loosing such an important person in your life, i miss her so much but i’m glad she has no more suffering. I’m sure i’ll be reminded of her everywhere i look and in lots of tings i do for a long time to come,like this tea, I am looking forward to all those thing to come.
She really would have loved this tea.

CelebriTEA

I love you guys~ nice to have friends who understand and care.
Tommy will you please follow me so I can message you from time to time.

CelebriTEA

Thank you Tommy for your words of kindness.
I believe God directed me here for new friends who along with God helped me through
those tough times. It often feels like yesterday.
Thanks John for acting as counsellor and I am sorry both of you have gone through this loss~ it is nice to have friends who understand,but I hate it that it is at the expense of such a great loss.God Bless you both, my friends, Mothers Day is coming up quick and ithas me thinking.

mrmopar

Me Too. My birthday is right before Mother’s day and one week after she passed. Tough times for a week or so.

Thomas Edward(Toad)

Yep, i’m seeing all the mothers day stuff in the store and it sux, even emails arent safe from it.
Following you CelebiTEA :)

mrmopar

Yeah but brother we will make it through and know they are always with us. Sometimes we just have to look for the signs they give us.

TeaExplorer

“… they are always with us. Sometimes we just have to look for the signs …”
I wholeheartedly believe that, based upon my own experiences. Both of my parents passed around Thanksgiving yet I see and feel their presence almost every day, and that makes it just a little more bearable.

CelebriTEA

I think we have our own little club here…
yeah we are all feeling the moments
trying to spend as much time as I have left with my Dad…
cheers to you all …have a wonderful day

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90

As a child I never cared for cheesecake I always remember my parents eating it and when they offered it to me I just wasn’t having it. My mentality then told me that Cheese plus Cake would not be a good combination so I hated even the thought of it because I just didn’t understand.
When I was a little older(early 20’s, don’t judge me lol)I accidentally ate some cheesecake at a friends and I was like “OMG,you made this? It is so good,What is it”
My friend told me it was Cheescake and I was just like “Oh, Great Cheesecake” I didn’t want to admit that I was always scared of the stuff lol
Anyways I loved loved loved the cheesecakes every since then and I’ve had lots and lots of them many different ways, So good :)
This Tea nails the cheescake taste to me pretty well, It is very creamy and smooth with a sweet cheesecake taste, very tasty but a little too subtle so Not perfect but pretty close.
Cheesecakes taste different pending on who makes it or where you buy it and such, I’ve had Excellent cheesecakes and Not So Good cheesecakes and in between cheesecakes. You can tell the difference between homemade and the store bought kind and so on and such So all cheesecakes taste different in their own way.
This matcha ,To me, taste like a cheesecake somebody made at home but not from scratch more like a nobake cheesecake Or the kind of premade cheesecake that comes in a tub , very tasty.
Tho not quite homemade in the taste and the taste is a little subtle, it is still quite nice.
Even a nobake boxed cheesecake can be super tasty and We Love to buy the cheescake in the tub and eat it right from the container those are fun times and thats what this matcha reminds me of :)
This one that I tasted was just a sample and tho it IS yummy good I think it could be tweaked to perfection and made to taste like a real home made cheesecake.
http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/cheesecake-matcha.html
I still have enough of the sample to make more of this I’m totally going to add a touch of the Caramel Matcha into it next time, I love caramel cheesecake.

Flavors: Butter, Cream

CelebriTEA

Mmm…I love the Cheesecake Matcha as well…
I had some before bed last night.

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100

I really, really, really like this Matcha a lot.
I’ll surely be trying other Matchas from Red Leaf and I think I want to try this one as a black tea matcha too.
Bumped up to 100 rating for me, This stuff is just too good :)

oh, Here a link to my blog post about CaramelMatcha again if ya want to read it
http://toadsteablog.blogspot.com/2014/04/caramel-matcha-by-red-leaf-tea_6.html
Thank you :)

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100

I had the Caramel Matcha earlier made my usual way but with Chocolate Milk instead, it was super good. Tasted like one of the simply caramel milky way bars. I couldn’t taste the matcha as much because of all the flavor going on but it was still super good.
very sweet!

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